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; downtownbloomington.org.
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.
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.
Greater Peoria Farm Show; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; exhibits, information, more; free; 507-437-7969.
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; www.PNCWinterfest.com.
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.
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; www.minier.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uptown Normal Santa's Station; Dec. 2-24, Uptown Station, Normal; daily visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves; donations accepted; www.normal.org.
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.
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.