Family Calendar & Concerts
Nativity Festival (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
A display of more than 100 international Nativity Sets and tour of St. Francis of Assisi Church at the Chiara Center 4875 LaVerna Road Springfield, IL. The Festival is free and open to the public. Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon-4 p.m.Please call, email or go online for details.
Candy House Creations (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm)
Create fabulous decorated houses from all sorts of goodies and treats. We provide all the supplies- the graham crackers, cookies, candies, and frosting. Listen to holiday tunes while your sweet tooth builds its dream house. Registered participants may drop in the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W. Stoughton St., Urbana, IL, any time between 2:30pm and 4pm on Friday, December 6th. All participants must register in order to ensure adequate seating, but you will only be charged for the number of candy houses that you’ll decorate. Please call for details.
The Night Before Christmas Concert (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Join the Compass Church for new version of The Night Before Christmas on Sunday, December 1st at 4pm and Friday, December 6th at 7pm. You'll experience through music and storytelling why a baby born 2000 years ago is the hope and light of the world.The December 1st concert will be at the 95th St Campus of the Compass Church in Naperville and the December 6th concert will be at the Hobson Campus, 1551 E. Hobson, Naperville IL. For more details and to reserve your free seats please go online and childcare for kids under 3 is provided.
Light Up the Night Fundraiser (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Terre Haute IN
The Terre Haute North Vigo High School Athletic Department is sponsoring a benefit on Friday, December 6th, for Clay County teacher and coach, Chad Smith, who has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The Vigo County and Clay County communities are invited to participate in activities prior to the North Patriots-Northview Knights basketball game at 7:00 P.M. Supporters who arrive at 5:00 P.M. may purchase a meal for $5 in the cafeteria and so much more. Please call or email with any questions.
Hope's Christmas Sock Hop (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Join us on Friday, December 6th from 6-10pm for Hope's Christmas Sock Hop. This event is open to All Ages and a visit with Santa is available. Admission is $5 and concessions will be available. All proceeds will benefit the education at Hope Lutheran Church 305 E. Black Rd Shorewood, IL. Please call or email for more details.
Live Outdoor Nativity (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
Bring to life the real Reason for the Season by including this free live nativity. Real Live Animals children can pet and feed, beautiful costumes, creative scenes, professional music all help bring the Christmas story to life. Don’t forget your camera to capture the moment at the new photo stations! Warm up afterwards with some Refreshments while kids do a take home Christmas Craft at the Bethel Pentecostal Church, 480 E. Airline Dr., East Alton, Il, Friday-Sunday December 6,7,8 from 6:30–8:30 pm. Please call or go online for more details.
Ministry Night with Sharon Leynes (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
O Holy Night:One Night with the King with Sharon Leynes ministering will be happening on Friday, December 6th at 7pm at the Maranatha Assembly of God, 555 W. Imboden Dr, Decatur IL. Please join us for finger foods and fellowship at 6pm. This ministry is present by Joshua Company Ministries. Please call for details.
Matt Vollmar & The Great Romance in concert (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join Matt Vollmar & the Great Romance for their Christmas Tour on Friday, December 6th at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. This event will be held at The Works on the south side of the Square in Carlnville IL. No ticket is required, but an offering will be taken.This event is sponsored by Element Student Ministry. Please call or go online for details.
MikesChair, Finding Favour and more in concert (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
MIKESCHAIR, Finding Favour, and City Harbor Singing primarily Christmas songs at the "It's Christmas" Tour, on Friday, December 6th at 7pm. The concert takes place at First Christian Church 100 N. Jackson St in Clinton IL. Please call, email or go online for details.
E2 in concert (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Mattoon Christian Church, 221 N. 19th St, will have a Christian Rapper by the name of Eric Tillman aka: E2 from Newburgh, IN Friday December 6th at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. Please call or go online for details.
Women of Faith Christmas Simulcast (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Sounds of the Season (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Olivet’s presentation of “Sounds of the Season” Friday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Centennial Chapel on Olivet’ s campus, Bourbonnais, Ill. There is no admission charged. Celebrate Christmas with innovative performances of favorite holiday music by Olivet students and faculty. Please call, email or go online for details.
Honoring Israel (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
December 6th at 7pm. Beltline Christian Center, 310 Oakwood Avenue in Alton, Illinois will be hosting a night to "Honor Israel." There will be a time of worship, prayer, and a message from Pastor Matthew Prince.This night will include up to the minute information as to what is happening in Israel and the surrounding nations. There will also be a live SKYPE session with Michael Utterback, the Director of Ministry to Israel live from Jerusalem, Israel. Please call or go online for details.
Sounds of the Season (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join the Charleston Community Church, 2360 Shawnee Dr. in Charleston, IL, for your favorite Christmas hymns and carols played on a grand piano by three very skilled ladies. This event will be held on Friday, December 6th at 7pm. Please call, email or go online for details.
Cricket County City Christmas Dinner Theater (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:13 pm - 10:13 pm)
A musical dinner theater presented of "Cricket County City Christmas". The courses served between scenes. The city cousins take it upon themselves to teach their dear simple family the “sophisticated way of life”. Yet somehow in the midst of all, the country cousins teach their city counterparts the real meaning of Christmas. Tickets not sold at door only in advance. Tickets are $22 - dinner & show, $12 kids 3-12, children 2 and under free, $80 family price. Proceeds go to missions. This event is Friday, and Saturday December 6th and 7th at 7pm. This event takes place at the Friendship Lutheran Church, 3601 S. Duncan Rd. Champaign IL. Please call, email or go online for details.
Mark Schultz in concert (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Mark Schultz will be performing his Christmas Acoustic Show at the Christmas in the Village concert series. Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1400 Mt. Zion Parkway in Mt. Zion on Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are only $20.00 for General seating. Day 40 will open the Christmas series with their acoustic melodies. Limited seating. For more information please call or go online.
New Legacy in concert (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Join us for a delightful evening of Christmas celebration with New Legacy at the First Baptist Church, 203 5th street Carrollton il. This event will be held on Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm There is no charge for this concert however a free will offering will be taken. Please call for details.
The Nutcracker presented (Fri. Dec 6, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Champaign Urbana Ballet Presents The Nutcracker A Holiday tradition, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin, Urbana, Thursday December 5 at 7:30 pm Friday December 6 at 7:30 pm Saturday December 7 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday December 8 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm Tickets: $18 - $38 . Please call or go online for ticket information and details.
Craft and Bake Sale (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 8:00 am - 12:00 pm)
The Cory Zion Church Women's Circle serves hot, homemade donuts starting at 8 a.m on Saturday, December 7th at the church, 3476 W. County Rd. 300 S., Cory, Indiana. Throughout the day, we have a variety of baked goods available for purchase as well as vendors that are displaying their unique hand crafted items. Please call for details.
Cookie and Crafts Sale (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 8:00 am - 10:30 am)
The annual cookie and craft walk at the First Christian Church,1600 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon IL, will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 8:00 – 10:30 am. Cookies and candy will be available for purchase, as well as small crafts made by the FCC sewing group or members of the church. Please call, email or go online for details.
Teens Encounter Christ (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
TEC Girls Weekend December 7,8,9th.at the Sts. Peter & Paul Church RR2 Peterstown (near Mendota, IL) Saturday morning at 9:00 am until Monday at 4:00 pm. Girls Ages 16-23. For more information please call or go online.
4th Annual Vendor Fair (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)
4th Annual Vendor Sale 9am-2pm St Paul UCC, 225 S. Laurel Street Staunton, IL.Over 20 vendors to choose from. Proceeds will help fund the youth mission trip. Please call for details.
Christmas Cookie Sale (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Christmas cookie sale at Mokena Methodist Church. 10901 W La Porte Rd, Mokena, on Saturday, December 7th beginning at 9am. Cookies will be sold by the pound or by container. Lots and lots of choices of cookies! Please call for details.
Holiday Toy Drive (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
We will be collecting toys at the Kroger Food Store, Route 36 (1818 S. Airport Plaza) Decatur IL. Before December 13th the toys collected will go to theWAND Toy Drive. All toys collected after December 13th till Christmas Eve will go to DMN Hospital in Decatur. Any toy donation can be dropped off at Kroger or if you would like to make a monetary donation can be made at customer service. Donations for new or gently used children's DVDs are being accepted for donation to the hospital. Please call or email for more information.
Holiday Extravaganza (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Calvary Temple Church, 301 S. Main St in Clinton, Indiana will be hosting a Holiday Extravaganza event. This event will include crafts, handmade items, baked goods & variety of other holiday gift giving items to purchase. The event will be held Fri, Dec 6th 4-9pm, Sat, Dec 7th 9-3pm. Vendor booths available. Please call or email for more details.
Holiday Bazaar (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Join the Women of the United Methodist Church, 210 Ruehl St in Forsyth Il for a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th from 9am-2pm. Lunch will be served from 11am-1pm. There will be a silent auction and many Christmas collectibles. Please call or go online for details.
Booster Fundraiser (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 9:13 am - 5:13 pm)
Rantoul Township Marching Band will be doing a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble on December 7th from open to close. The RTHS Madrigals, Marching Band and Drum line will all perform. Percentage of proceeds from that day goes to the RTHS Music Boosters. Please call for details.
Kid's Kraft Day (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Join the Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street West Chicago, for Kids Kraft Day. The community is invited Saturday, December 7 from 10 am - 3 pm. Ages 5 to 12 can be dropped off while the parents have time to themselves. Any younger children are welcomed, but a parent or guardian must remain to assist them with the crafts. Lunch will be provided. This is a FREE event. If you are able to help or have questions, please call the church office or by email us for details.
Kids' Advent Experience/Parents' Day Out (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Parents drop off their children at Clinton First United Methodist Church, 310 S 4th St., Clinton, IN, at 10am (Indiana time), then have the day to shop or just relax until 4pm. Children, ages 3 years through 5th grade, will hear the Christmas story from different perspectives, make crafts, and enjoy lunch and snacks. This program is FREE, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call or email the church with questions or reservations.
Happy Birthday Jesus Party & Parent's Night Out (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Lodge Church of God in Lodge, Illinois will be hosting a Happy Birthday Jesus Party and babysitting so parents can get Christmas Shopping done event on Saturday, December 7th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please bring your children out to enjoy this fun-filled afternoon and evening of celebrating Jesus's birth. opened up for ages birth to 12 years old. Please RSVP by calling for a total count of children. Please RSVP by Saturday, November 30th.
Candlelight at the Inn (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Join the Garfield Farm Museum, IL Rt 38 on Garfield Rd, LaFox IL, for Candlelight at the Inn on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th from 3-7pm. With a hearth cooking demonstration and a bake sale, discover the 1840's. Please call or go online for details.
Christmas Party (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Christmas Party– December 7th 4-8pm Come see East Bay Camp decorated and join in the fun as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7th from 4-8pm! Decorate ornaments. Decorating cookies. Freeze out hayrides. Swimming at the indoor pool! Holiday games Nativity coloring contest/ Story time Hot chocolate, brats & dogs, s’mores See the lights! Please call ahead to give us the number in your party. This event will be held at 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Hwy in Hudson IL and is sponsored by the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Please go online for details.
Living Nativity (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Our Saviors Lutheran Church presents the 3rd annual Living Nativity "come to the stable" Saturday December 7th from 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday December 8th at 4:30 p.m. This will be held at the church at 2645 W Sandwich Rd Sandwich IL (corner of Pratt and W. Sandwich) Refreshments will be served. For more info call the church.
Live Nativity (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm)
Join the Stringtown Church of God, 2390 S. Stringtown Rd, Covington IN, for a Live Nativity on Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 6-8:30pm (Indiana time). The church is located 7 miles south of Covington. Walk or drive thru and then join us inside for a bowl of soup. For more information please call.
Live Nativity (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Homer Glen IL
Christian Life Church, 15609 w 159th st Homer Glen, is having their annual live nativity on Saturday, December 7th from 6-8pm. Drive through and enjoy from the warmth of your vehicle, or park and come and experience the sights and sounds. We will be serving free cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate. Donations always welcome to help those in need. Please call or go online for details.
I-AM Funny Christian Comedy Show (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join us for the I-AM Funny Christian Comedy Show on Saturday, December 7th at 6pm. You’ll enjoy a great show of comedy, talent and praise with dancers, poets, surprise intermission act & more! Innovative Anointed Ministries (I-AM) and V.I.S.I.O.N of ISU will hosting this fundraiser for our Spring 2014 drama production. This will be held at Charles Brown African American Cultural Center on the ISU Campus in Terre Haute IN. I
Trivia Night (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
The New Providence Youth Group, Aftershock, 1751 N 2250th St Paris, IL, is hosting a Trivia Night event for the Paris, IL community on December 7th beginning at 6 pm. The cost is $10/person with a maximum group of 8 per team. Snacks and door prizes included in the cost. To pre-register please call or email.
Music Inspired By The Story (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
The Worship Ministry of First Christian Church, 1875 West U.S. Hwy 40 in Brazil IN, will present "Music Inspired By The Story" bringing the greatest story of all time to life through music and video on Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th at 6:30pm. This musical journey spans from Genesis to Revelation. The program is a free event and no tickets are required. Childcare for infants through preschool will be available each evening. Please call for details.
Madrigal Society Southern Il. (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Join the Madrigal Society of Southern Illinois for a date with the Claus's & music at the Lion's Club Park in Sparta IL on Saturday, December 7th at 6:30pm.
Annual Christmas in the Chapel (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Lincoln Christian University cordially invites you to its 2013 Christmas in the Chapel presentation: Once Upon a Christmas Knight: A Medieval Quest to Find the Treasure of Christmas Thursday, December 5 thru Sunday, December 8 Earl C Hargrove Chapel Auditorium 100 Campus View Drive, Lincoln , IL Join us for an afternoon or evening with times: Thursday, December 5, at 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at 2:30 p.m. Please call or go online for details.
Bells in Motion Christmas Concert (Sat. Dec 7, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Mount Olive, IL
“Bells in Motion” will perform a Christmas Concert at Zion Lutheran Church, 500 S. Old Rt. 66, Mount Olive IL, on Saturday, December 7th at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at the door. Adults- $10.00, Children- $5.00. If you need more information about this event, please call the church.