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Go! calendar - Nov. 30, 2017

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Music, comedy, theater and more - in BloNo and Central Illinois

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Matthew Curry, Fender in hand, at the first Fender Bender fundraiser two years ago. No. 3 returns Saturday night to Bloomington's Castle Theatre, along with special guests Aberdeen Green.

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Special events


Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale; Nov. 30-Dec. 30, McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington; affordable works and seasonal items by more than 60 local and national artists; 309-829-0011. 

Christmas at Clover Lawn; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 30, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe Drive, Bloomington; historic home decorated for Victorian Christmas; $2-$4; 309-828-1084.

Once Upon a Holiday: December First Friday; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1, various downtown Bloomington, restaurants, shops and galleries; holiday edition of First Friday, with extended merchant hours, live window vignettes, strolling carolers, lighting of Withers Park Christmas tree at dusk, McLean County Museum of History open house, more;

The Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; holiday music and entertainment revue; $14-$34; 866-686-9541.

Season of Light; 7:30 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1-16, ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on winter solstice historical, religious and cultural rituals; $2-$4; 309-438-5007.

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A member of Illinois State University Big Red Marching Machine has decorated his horn with Christmas wrapping paper, as he marches through the intersection of Center and Division in Normal during the 2016 Bloomington-Normal Jaycees Christmas Parade.

Bloomington-Normal Jaycees Christmas Parade; 10 a.m. Dec. 2, Kingsley Junior High School in Normal to downtown Bloomington square, with Santa and Mrs. Claus; free; 309-319-6107.

Christmas at the Courthouse; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; live holiday music, homemade cookies/cider, children’s crafts, caroling, multicultural St. Nick, more; 309-827-0428.

Jim Gaffigan; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; comedian; $35.75-$69.75; 800-745-3000.

Victorian Christmas Splendor; 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Vrooman Mansion, 701 E. Taylor St., Bloomington; Tea Ladies Victorian-era Christmas tea; $38; 309-827-2200 for reservation.

Vaudeville Monday; 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Normal Theater, Normal; showcase for local entertainers in all styles and formats; free; 309-454-9720.

Central Illinois

Greater Peoria Farm Show; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; exhibits, information, more; free; 507-437-7969.

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East Peoria Festival of Lights; 5-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 31, downtown East Peoria and other locations; two-mile drive-through displays ($10 per car/van) and other attractions; 309-427-7786.

Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show and Candlelight Walks; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 30, Luthy Botanical Garden in Glen Oak Park, Peoria; holiday floral displays and sales, with candlelight walks 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 1-16; donation; 309-686-3362.

Forest Park Nature Center Holiday Nature Art Show & Sale; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 31, Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights; 309-686-3360.

DeWitt County Museum Holiday Tours; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 30, C.H. Moore Homestead, 219 Woodlawn, Clinton; tours of decorated Victorian mansion, with candlelight tours and live music, 5-8 p.m. Fri., through Dec. 22; $1-$3; 217-935-6066.

PNC Winterfest; Nov. 30-Jan. 14, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; outdoor frozen ice rink, with themed nights, entertainment stage, refreshments and more; $5-$10 per 90-min. skating session;  

Dwight Light-Up Christmas Parade; 6 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown Dwight; floats, bands, Santa, tree lighting, carriage rides, more; free; 815-584-2091.

Christmas at the Weber House & Garden; Dec. 1-31, Weber House, 1503 Baker St., Streator; historic home decorated for holidays; 815-672-8327.

Christmas with the Lincolns; Dec. 1-Jan. 5, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield; Abraham Lincoln home decorated for mid-1800s Christmas; 217-391-3221.

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Downs' Forest of Lights in Dooley Park.

Dooley Park Forest of Lights; dusk nightly, Dec. 1-31, Dooley Park, Downs; illuminated holiday displays; free.

Forest Park Nature Center Holiday Shop & Stroll; 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 8-9 and 15, Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights; hikes along luminaria-lit nature trail, live music, storytelling, caroling, hot wassail, nature art show and sale; 309-686-3360.

Christmas in Minier; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Minier; craft/business vendor fair, Christmas parade (2 p.m.); free;

Christmas on the Prairie; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2, Lexington school gyms, and downtown Lexington; crafts and bake sales, 80 local vendors, kids' shopping area, live music, horse and buggy rides, merchant open houses, food, Santa's workshop, more; 309-365-8431.

Deck the Heights Christmas Walk; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Peoria Heights; trolley rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, merchant specials and activities, tree-lighting ceremony; free; 309-685-4812.

Fairbury Christmas Parade and Celebration; all day Dec. 2, downtown Fairbury and other locations; parade (10:30 a.m.), with Santa visit, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie sale, Kids’ Christmas Corner, merchant specials, food, more.


Sue Kiley of Bloomington listens to Randall Carriger, Sugar Grove Nature Center operations assistant, describe the bird observation room during the Sugar Grove Nature Center Family Nature Exploration Day held in 2011. 

Family Nature Exploration Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Funks Grove; guided hike, animal feeding, holiday craft activities, more; free; 309-874-2174.

Minonk Parade of Lights; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Minonk; illuminated float parade; free.

Julmarknad Christmas Market; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Bishop Hill State Historic Site; Swedish holiday festival with folk characters strolling village, live music, Swedish foods, handmade wares, folk art, more; free; 309-927-3345.

The Splendor of Christmas Past: Peoria Historical Society Holiday Tour of Homes; 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3, Flanagan House Museum, Pettengill-Morron House and three private homes; tours of five historic Peoria homes; $15-$20; 309-674-1921.

Holiday Extravaganza; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building, Springfield; more than 125 vendors, food, kids area, more; free; 217-585-1821.

LeRoy Christmas Celebration and Parade; Dec. 3, various locations in LeRoy; parade, 2 p.m. downtown; craft fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., LeRoy High School; free,  



ISU Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and University Band; 8 p.m. Nov. 30, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Brass Band of Central Illinois Christmas Concert; 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Central Catholic High School Auditorium, Bloomington; traditional British brass band in holiday concert; free, but donations welcome.

IWU Improvisation Workshop Class Concert; 1 p.m. Dec. 2, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

IWU Student Composition Concert; 3 p.m. Dec. 2, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Matthew Curry's Third Annual Fender Bender with Aberdeen Green; 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; blues groups; $12-$15; 309-820-0352.

Windsong; 2:15 p.m. Dec. 2, McLean County Museum of History; 6:15 p.m. Dec. 4, Meadows at Mercy Creek; 10 a.m. Dec. 5, Activity and Recreation Center, 10 a.m. Dec. 5; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Immanuel Bible Foundation; traditional woodwind quintet in holiday programs; free. 

ISU Music for the Holidays; 3 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; annual seasonal concert with ISU instrumental and vocal ensembles; $10-$15; 309-438-2535.

The Story So Far, Turnstile, Drug Church and Keep Flying; 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $22.50-$25; 309-820-0352.

Central Illinois

Jupiter String Quartet with Micheal Brown; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; chamber ensemble and pianist; $10-$33; 217-3336280.    

Moonshine Bandits; 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Limelight Eventplex, 8102 N. University, Peoria; country rap duo; $15-$18; 309-693-1234.

Christmas in the Chapel: An Old-Fashioned Christ-Mess; 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3; Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln; LCU Chorale holiday show; $6-$12; 217-651-4825.

Eureka College Chamber Singers Renaissance Christmas Dinner; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Eureka College Cerf Center Terrill Rooms, Eureka; meal, with entertainment through evening by Eureka College Chamber Singers; adults $27, 12 and under $13; 309-467-6420.

Heyworth Country Opry; 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Bill Robison & Horizon Band and special guest Ron Devore; $10, under 10 free; 309-660-2655.

Christmas Oratorio: Sinfonia da Camera; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by Ian Hobson, with U of I Oratorio Society; $5-$40; 217-333-6280. 

Streator Community Chorus Messiah; 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Michael the Archangel Church, 700 E. Lundy, Streator; civic chorus with guest soloists; freewill offering.

Tommy Emmanuel; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Virginia Theater, Champaign; rock-blues guitarist in holiday show; $39.50-$49.50; 217-356-9063.



IWU Opera Theatre: The Medium and The True Story of Cinderella; 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 3 p.m. Dec. 3; IWU Westbrook Auditorium; one-act operas; free.

Central Illinois

Motown the Musical; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; national tour of musical; $78-$83; 800-207-6960. 

The Best Christmas Ever; 6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10, Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center, 319 N. Plum, Pontiac; Vemillion Players musical holiday revue; $35; 815-844-1187.

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Conklin Players' "A Gift of Christmas" features, clockwise from lower left, Mary Simon, Pat Gaik, Erin Craig, Dan Challacombe, Tamra Challacombe, April Bieschke, Dave Windsor and Abby Reel.

A Gift of Christmas; 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at Five Points Washington, 360 N. Wilmor Road, Washington; Conklin Players holiday revue; $8-$25; 309-444-8222.



Tom Becker Trio; 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Bloomington Eagles; 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; no cover.

The Bygones; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; nostalgic rock; no cover. 

Country Mavericks; 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Bloomington Eagles; country; no cover.

Killer of Giants; 9 p.m. Dec. 1, Winners; Ozzy Osbournet tribute; $5.

Tom Ricker; 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Maguire's; acoustic variety; no cover.

Patrick Campbell; 6 p.m. Dec. 1, Shooters Lounge; 5 p.m. Dec. 5, DoubleTree Hotel; solo piano; no cover.

The Nostalgics; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Miller Park Pavilion; ballroom oldies; $8. 

Christopher Corkery; 9 p.m. Dec. 5, Winners; rock; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

Bob Jay; 8 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Mason City Limits, Mason City; comedy; $12.50.

For kids


Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.

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Stefanie Anderson holds her daughter up to see Santa inside of Santa's Station in 2014 in uptown Normal. 

Uptown Normal Santa's Station; Dec. 2-24, Uptown Station, Normal; daily visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves; donations accepted;

Central Illinois

Pontiac Santa House; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun, through Dec. 2-17, 5-7 p.m. Wed.-Fri., Nov. 30-Dec. 22; north side of downtown Pontiac square; Santa visits and photos, small treats; free; 815-844-6692.

Christmas with the Animals; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Wildlife Prairie Park, northwest of Peoria; holiday activities and encounters; $5-$8; 309-676-0998.

Critter Christmas; 9-11 a.m. Dec. 2, Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park, Peoria; breakfast with Santa, animal encounters, crafts, more; $12-$18; 309-686-3365.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national tour of holiday musical; $22-$42; 309-673-3200.



ISU Fall Dance Concert; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; faculty and guest choreography; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.

The Littlest Nutcracker; 6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Normal Theater, Normal; more than 200 Uptown Dancers in multimedia adaptation; $10; 309-454-9722.

The Nutcracker; 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3, ISU Braden Auditorium; Twin Cities Ballet production; $22.50; 309-438-5444.

Central Illinois

The Nutcracker; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9, 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; Champaign-Urbana Ballet production, with C-U Symphony Orchestra; $20-$45; 217-333-6280.




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