Family Calendar & Concerts
Jazzy Christmas (Tue. Dec 10, 2013 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Join the families of Confluence Church, for the 2nd annual Jazzy Christmas. Tito Carrillo, a professor of Jazz at the University of Illinois, and his friends are donating their time and talent to perform in a variety of Jazz Ensembles. Join us at the Iron Post, 120 S Race St, Urbana,on December 10 from 5-7 p.m. There is a $5 cover per person, with 100% of that going to Restoration Urban Ministries. Please go online for details.
Holiday Shopping Party (Tue. Dec 10, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Kenwood School, 1001 South Stratford Champaign IL, is having a Shopping Party to get all your shopping done in one place on Tuesday, December 10th 6-8pm. There will be various vendors and some Homemade products. Admission is $2 (cash only) and will get you a raffle ticket. Please call or email for more details.
The Nelons & LeFevre Quartet in concert (Tue. Dec 10, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Family Worship Center presents a special evening at Lakeland College, 5001 Lakeland Blvd Mattoon IL, Tuesday, December 10th with the award-winning Gaither Series group the Nelons with their friends, the LeFevre Quartet. General Admission Adult Tickets $11.50 | Children 12 and under FREE. Tickets available at the Mattoon Family Worship Center Office, 1816 Broadway Avenue, Mattoon. For more information please call or go online.
Cookies & Carols (Tue. Dec 10, 2013 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
Join us for Cookies and Carols on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 210 W Church St, Champaign, IL. Come and enjoy singing traditional Christmas Carols in the sanctuary, followed by refreshments in the Friendship Center North. Please call or go online for details.
MOPS in the Evening (Tue. Dec 10, 2013 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm)
Moms of who are expecting or have kids through Kindergarten are welcome to come to Calvary MOPS. We support. We uplift. We encourage you to continue. Join us on the Second and Fourth Tuesday of Every Month 6:45pm – 8:45pm at the Calvary Bible Church, 2587 E. Armour Rd. Bourbonnais, IL. Childcare is provided and you can call or go online for details.
Coffee with a Cop (Wed. Dec 11, 2013 8:00 am - 10:00 am)
Terre Haute IN
Come and Join your Vigo County TRIAD beginning 11-13-13 and then 2nd Wednesday of EVERY month 8am-10am at the Meeting Grounds Coffee House, 619 Washington Ave. Terre Haute, for Coffee with a Cop. It provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the departments' work in county neighborhoods. Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues. For more information please call, email or go online.
Music For A Season of Joy (Wed. Dec 11, 2013 11:15 am - 1:15 pm)
Advent Concerts and Complimentary Lunch will happen 3 consecutive Wednesdays in December at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m at the First Baptist Church, 1320 Arbor Drive, Decatur, IL. Lunch will take place at noon. The concert on December 4th will be Organist, Mark Gifford, December 11th will be Harpist, Christina Marshall and December 18th will be Rachel West Kramer and The Kramer Family. Please call, email or go online for details.
Advent Organ Recital (Wed. Dec 11, 2013 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
The Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 210 W Church St, Champaign, IL, will host Advent Organ Recitals: Wednesdays at noon December 4th: Chris Holman, organist/director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana. December 11th: Michael Fisher, organist at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church of Champaign. December 18th: Ray Wiggs, organist at First United Methodist Church of Champaign. Join us for the half-hour concert and lunch. Bring your sack lunch or order a box lunch from the church. Call by noon on Tuesday to order your lunch.
Mothers of PreSchoolers (Thu. Dec 12, 2013 9:15 am - 11:15 am)
40 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431
Mothers of children ages birth through kindergarten are invited to join our MOPS group to build friendships, be encouraged by each other, and gain practical parenting strategies. We meet on the 2nd and 4th at 9:15am Thursdays at Messiah Lutheran Church at the corner of Jefferson and Houbolt in Joliet. Moms share brunch, laugh, and hear inspiring speakers in our meetings while their children are lovingly cared for in the Moppets program with age-appropriate activities and snacks. Please call to RSVP with your name and the names and ages of children attending with you.
Moms Together with Kathy & Jack Stockman (Thu. Dec 12, 2013 9:15 am - 11:15 am)
MOMS TOGETHER welcomes Kathy and Jack Stockman presenting Celebration of Christmas. In the midst of all the shopping and baking, we sometimes lose sight of the true reason that we celebrate Christmas. Jack and Kathy Stockman love to inspire families to develop new traditions and make their celebrations more meaningful. Join us at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, West Campus, 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva, IL, on Thursday December 5th or 12th at 9:15am. Please call or go online for details.
Madrigal Society Feast (Thu. Dec 12, 2013 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
618 542 2130
Join the Madrigal Society of Southern IL for a midevil Christmas feast and concert on Thursday, December 12th at 5:30pm. A social hour begins at 5:30 and the dinner at 6:30. This event will take place at Elks Club DuQuoin Il. For ticket and details please call.
Let It Be Christmas presented (Thu. Dec 12, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
1635 Emerson Ln., Naperville, IL
Let It Be Christmas (The Gospel According to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, George, and Ringo) is Epic Theatre Company's original Beatles rock-opera nativity story told in one act. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children (11 and under) and are on sale now at www.communitychristian.org/letitbe on a first-come, first-served basis. All performances take place at Community Christian Church Naperville Yellow Box, 1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville. Performance dates and times are: Thursday - December 12 - 7:30 PM Friday - December 13 - 7:30 PM Saturday - December 14 – 8:00 PM Thursday, December 19 - 7:30 PM Friday, December 20 - 7:30 PM Saturday, December 21 – 8:00 PM More information is available on line.
Moms On a Mission (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 9:00 am - 11:00 am)
First United Methodist Church Sullivan Il
Fellowship with a Purpose is what MOMS (Moms on a Mission) is all about. Come join us as we fellowship over breakfast and discuss a devotional together. Beginning: September 13 we will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 9:00-11:00am at First United Methodist Church in Sullivan IL. Childcare provided. For more information please go online.
Holiday Toy Drive (Fri. Dec 13, 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.
Mothers of Preschoolers (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 9:30 am - 11:30 am)
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is seeking to empower all moms to be the best moms they can be through engaging learning, inclusive Christian Fellowship, mutual supportive relationships, spiritual growth, and service in the community. There is free childcare and we meet from 9:30-11:30a., 2nd and 4th Fridays beginning in September. Join us at St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, IL. Please call or go online for details.
Nature Tales and Trails (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Bring your child out for nature story time. Each month we will read a story on a different nature-related topic and bring it to life during a nature hike at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL, on Friday, December 13th at 10am. Please call for details.
Live Nativity (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Join the First Assembly of God, 1741 Essington Road in Joliet, IL, on Friday-Sunday, December 13, 14, 15, 6-8p December 20,21,22, 23 6-8p for a Winter Wonderland Live Nativity. This event is free to the community. Come drive through this experience as you go back in time. All of this free, while you drink hot chocolate and stay in the warmth of your car. Please call or go online for details.
Journey to Bethlehem presented (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)
St. Paul's Lutheran School, 1780 Career Center Rd in Bourbonnais IL, is presenting "Journey to Bethlehem". This year's Christmas program will happen on Friday, December 13th. The free concert will begin at 6:30PM in the gym. Following the concert, explore the streets of the Bethlehem marketplace filled with food and crafts prepared by the children. For more information please call or email.
The 12 Plays of Christmas presented (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Discover the heart of Christmas all over again through 12 modern holiday stories on Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th @ 6:30pm at the Praise Assembly of God Church, 1300 Osage Rd in Charleston IL. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and kids over 12 years of age. Your ticket includes a catered meal which will be served at 6:30pm, followed by the production which starts at 7:00 pm. Kids 12 and under will eat free. You can reserve tickets on our website or by calling.
Four Tickets for Christmas presented (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
The Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave., Hillsboro IL, will be preforming a Broadway Style Christmas Musical "Four Tickets for Christmas" on Friday, Dec. 13 & repeat performance on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by a dessert reception. No tickets are needed. Please call the church for details.
The Living Christmas Tree (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
West Frankfort, IL
The Living Christmas Tree by the choir of First Baptist Church presents, "Joy to the World." Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, December 13, 14, & 15, 7:00 PM nightly. FREE admission. No tickets required. Join us at the church at 106 W. Oak St., West Frankfort, IL Please call for more details.
Miracle on 34th Street (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Miracle on 34th Street will be presented at 8 performances: Evenings on December 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, and 21st at 7PM and afternoon matinees on December 15th, 21st and 22nd at 3PM. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children under 12-years of age. A family group 5 for $50 is also available. Reservations can be made on line or by calling. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Family Force 5 in concert (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Join FF5, Flame, V-Rose, We As Human & Witness for a Christmas concert on Friday, December 13th at 7pm at the Discovery Church 200 Prairie Street, Elgin, IL. The VIP Doors open @ 5:45 PM and general admission open at 6:30 PM. For tickets please go online. For all other information please call the church.
The World of Christmas (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join us for a musical presentation or "The World of Christmas" by the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 650 N. Wyckles Road in Decatur IL, on Friday-Sunday, December 13, 14, 15 at 7pm. Childcare for preschool children will be provided for free. Please call, email or go online for details.
Four Tickets to Christmas presented (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join us for this entertaining Christmas musical for all ages as Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 951 Lincoln Avenue in Jacksonville Illinois, presents "Four Tickets to Christmas" on Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th at 7pm. Please call, email or go online for details.
A Clydesdale Christmas presented (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
The choirs of Parkway Church of the Nazarene, Oak Grove Church of the Nazarene, Trinity Church of the Nazarene, and West Side Church of the Nazarene, all from Decatur, will combine to present "A Clydesdale Christmas" featuring the music of noted composer/arranger, David Clydesdale. During the service, a special offering will be taken to support Hopeful Hearts Ministry, an outreach ministry co-sponsored by the four churches. It will be presented Friday, December 13 at Parkway Church of the Nazarene, 2701 Faries Pkwy, in Decatur, at 7:00 pm, and again Sunday, December 15 at West Side Church of the Nazarene, 1201 E Grand Ave, in Decatur, at 6:00 pm. Please call for more details.
Christmas Memories presented (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)
Black Road & Infantry Drive Joliet, Il
The New People, an adult singing group popular in the Joliet/Will County area and throughout Northern Illinois in the 1970’s and 80’s has reunited with 43 singers and musicians to bring you an entertaining evening filled with Christmas music and singing. Join us on Friday, December 13th and Saturday December 14th at the Judson Memorial Baptist Church on the corner of Black Road and Infantry Drive in Joliet. Tickets are $10, under 10 years old – free. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Judson Memorial Baptist Church food bank. For additional information, please call.
Archers & Illuminators in concert (Fri. Dec 13, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Join us for an acoustic show with the Archers & Illuminators and My Yesterday, Lindsey & Katie Monoc & Garett Shields on Friday, December 13th at 8pm. The cost is $8 and will be held at The Merge 4141 N Cloverleaf Dr. St. Peters, MO. Please call or go online for details.
Breakfast with Santa (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 8:00 am - 10:00 am)
Bring your little ones for fun filled morning with Santa and don't forget to bring your camera. Join us at the Grace UMC, 1718 Avalon Joliet,Il, on Saturday, December 14th at 8am. The cost is $8 adults, $6 for 12 and under, and 3 and under are free. All processes to benefit HIS Home 300 bike ride which help support HIS Home for Children orphanage. Please call for details.
Craft Bazaar and Benefit (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)
A Craft Bazaar and Benefit For Jason Pritchard on Dec. 14th from 9am-3pm at the Cayuga Park in Cayuga, IN. People can set up a table for the Bazaar for $25.00. If people bring in a canned good to donate to our local food pantry in Cayuga, IN; they will get a chance to win an afghan. There will be a chili supper from 3PM to 7PM EST The cost is $5.00 for adults and children under 6 is $2.00. Please call for more details.
Operation Support Our Troops Wreathes Across America (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)
Join Operation Support Our Troops for Wreathes Across America Ceremony as we lay wreathes. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 14th at 11am at the the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Springfield IL. Last year we placed 4600 wreathes. To sponsor a wreath simply contact us. For more information please call or go to our website.
Special Story Time (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Join new author Kathy Mang for a book special story hour and book reading on Saturday, December 14th at Noon at the Hickory Point Mall, Rt 51 in Forsyth IL. We will have a coloring page and story book cookies. Room for only 36 children. Please call if you have questions.
Christmas Fun at the Woods (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
The Sisters of Providence welcome you and your family and friends to a day filled with festive family fun at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods! Activities include: cookie-making with the sisters, sleigh rides, sing-a-longs, and much more! The cost is just five dollars.This event takes place Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 – 5 p.m. at Owens Hall, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Please call and register by December 7th. More information online.
Stories of Giving (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
In celebration of the holiday season, resident storyteller Kim Sheahan will offer a family storytelling concert of multicultural folktales highlighting giving and generosity at the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana IL. Join us on Saturday, December 14th at 2pm. Free admission. Please call or go online for details.
Meet A Critter (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Join us for Meet a Critter at the Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL, on Saturday, December 14th at 2pm. Learn fascinating facts and meet the nature center animals up close! Complete a fun animal craft to take home. Please call or go online for details.
The Christmas Lodge presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
World Overcomers Church proudly presents "The Christmas Lodge", a heartwarming drama about restoration, redemption... and second chances. Saturday, December 14the at 2:00 PM Sunday, December 15th at 10:00 AM at the World Overcomers Church 1315 West Lake Street, Bartlett, IL. Please call or go online for details.
Christmas Carol presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Mid-Summer Moon Productions will present an original adaptation of the Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol on December 14, at Heartland Community Church's Grand Palace 3253 N Brush College Road Decatur, IL. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. and a dinner theater at 5 p.m. Tickets are available on-line and are $10.00 for the matinee performance and evening show(only) and $25.00 for the dinner theater. Dinner theater tickets must be reserved.
Mobile Food Pantry (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is coming to Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1451 Raymond Drive in Naperville, with their mobile food pantry on Saturday, December 14th from 3-5pm. This is a traveling food pantry that delivers nutritious food directly to people in need of food assistance. Food is served on a first come - first served basis. Please bring bags, boxes, or carts for food. The church is between Ogden Avenue and Diehl Road. For more information, call the church or visit our website.
Family Christmas Fest (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm)
Bethel, Bourbonnais is having their Family Christmas Fest December 14th at 3:30 pm. The event will take place at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. State Route 50 in Bourbonnais. Come join us for fun, laughter and singing as we welcome back Ken Schultz, "The Holly Folly Christmas Elf" and our AWANA Children's Choir. Please call or go online for details.
Bethlehem Live presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Experience the 1st Christmas in an interactive play with all the sights and sounds of ancient Bethlehem. Join us at the Central Christian Church,1101 North Vermilion (on the Northeast corner of English and Vermilion) in Danville IL, on Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15 from 4 PM to 7 PM Presentations start every 25 minutes Live animals Plenty of free parking in the back. For group reservations please call.
Walk Through Bethlehem (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Come Walk through Bethlehem Saturday, December 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds in Cayuga, Indiana. This is a unique look at the Christmas Story with live animals and music. For questions call or email.
Live Nativity (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join the Beulah United Methodist Church, 1040 Beulah Lane Sumner, IL for a live nativity. This is a 3 Mile Live Nativity (tuned in to radio) to tell the story of Jesus, ending at Beulah United Methodist Church. At the church we have villages with live animals. Also inside we serve hot chocolate and cookies. The sanctuary will also have musical performaces for you to enjoy! The Nativity is open 5-9pm on Saturday, December 14th. Please call or go online for details.
Night in Bethlehem presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Murdale Baptist Church, 2701 W Main Street Carbondale IL, is hosting a Night in Bethlehem it is a Re-Creation to Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is a totally free event on Saturday, December 14th at 5pm. Please call or go online for details.
Avenue of Trees (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
301 W. Wilson Str.
The Monticello Church of the Nazarene, 301 W. Wilson Str., Monticello, IL, will present an "Avenue of Trees" presentation on Saturday, December 14th from 5:00-6:30p.m. and Sunday, December 15th from 5:00-6:30p.m. Christmas refreshments will be served. Please call for more information.
The Carpenter's Son Ballet presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
This December, Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts will come together to present the second annual run of The Carpenter’s Son, a full length story ballet with a cast of over 100 area students, The Carpenter’s Son is a Christmas tradition. Saturday December 14 at 6:00PM Sunday December 15 at 3:00PM Tickets go on sale Friday November 1st. Adults $15, Children under 10 $10 and Group of 12+ $12. Tickets available online or by phone. This event will take place at Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center 19900 South Harlem, Frankfort IL. Please call or go online for details.
Live Nativity (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
The New Hope C.P. Church, 2100E/2100N Yale IL, will be presenting a "Live Nativity Scene" on Saturday December 14th and Saturday 21st from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to drive through the church property. Cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate will be served in the church fellowship hall. The church is located 9 miles south of Casey or 3 miles north and 2 miles east of Yale.
Walk Through Bethlehem (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Come & join us at the Edgewood Full Gospel Church, 209 S Rt. 37 Edgewood, IL, for a chance to walk through the city of Bethlehem like it was the holy night that Jesus was born in a manger. There will even be live animals in the stable! *Saturday, December 14th form 6-9p.m. and Sunday, December 15th from 9a.m. to Noon. Admission is free and form more information, please call.
Christmas Coffeehouse (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm)
Join us on December 14 & 15 for a time of coffee, tea and homemade cookies, while listening to Jazz music beginning at 6:45 pm at the Faith Community Church, 910 Main Street West Chicago IL. Following the Jazz music we will be having a Christmas Carol sing. If you have any questions or would like more information please see our website or call or email the church office.
The Christmas Song presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
The Christmas Song is a powerful presentation that tells the remarkable story of God’s love and will be presented on Saturday, December 14th at 7pm at the First Baptist Church, 1111 East US 50 O'Fallon, IL. Please call or go onliend for details.
Tarney's Christmas presented (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
Join us for an original Broadway-style Musical Produced by: FHC & Making A Difference Children's Theatre The story of a little elf on a search for the real meaning of Christmas. This presentation is at the Family Harvest Church, 18500 92nd Ave., Tinley Park, IL. There will be 4 Show Times: Friday, Dec. 13 at 10:30AM or 7:30PM Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2PM or 7PM General Admission: $7 Adults $5 Children (12 & under) Please call or go online for details.
Jenny Simmons in concert (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
636-528-4148 opt 1
A night of Music & Stories with Jenny Simmons.(formerly of Addison Road) on Saturday, December 14th at 7pm. Admission will be 2 non-perishable food items for The Bread for Life Food Pantry. The concert will be at: St. Stephen United Methodist Church 101 St. Stephen Lane Troy, Mo. Please call for more information.
The Perfect Dream, Riley Adkisson & Jenna Jackley (Sat. Dec 14, 2013 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Join us at the Merge, 4141 N Cloverleaf Dr. St. Peters, MO on Saturday, December 14th at 8pm for a concert with The Perfect Dream, Riley Adkisson & Jenna Jackley. Tickets are $8 and you can call or go online for details.