41st annual Holiday Treasures exhibit and sale; now through Dec. 30, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington; includes painting, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture and seasonal gifts.
Christmas at Clover Lawn, holiday decorations with Dickens theme; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. thru Dec. 29; David Davis Mansion, Bloomington; free, donations accepted.
Season of Light; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 30-Dec. 15, Illinois State University planetarium; program recounts historical, religious, and cultural rituals surrounding winter; $4, adults, $3, ages 5-12.
Annual tree lighting ceremony, with carolers; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7; Withers Park, downtown Bloomington.
Bloomington-Normal Jaycees annual holiday parade; 10 a.m. Dec. 8; begins at Kingsley Jr. High travels south on Center Street to downtown Bloomington.
Christmas at the Mansions, tours of David Davis Mansion, Ewing Manor and a third secret location; 2-5 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8; $18 in advance, available through Dec. 7 at Casey's Garden Shop, The Garlic Press, Hy-Vee Market, both B-N Schnucks and David Davis Mansion.
Live Window Vignettes, in conjunction with First Friday, art studios and galleries also open; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Bloomington.
Sing-a-long concert of Handel's Messiah; 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7; ISU Center for the Performing Arts concert hall, Normal; free will offering.
ISU String Project winter concert, performances by children in grades 3-8; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8; ISU Center for the Performing Arts, Normal
Miller Park Zoo Wild Nights, explore the zoo, see hundreds of luminarias, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7-8; Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; $7 adults or $3 for MPZ members, kids under 3 free.
Breakfast with Santa; 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Dec. 8; Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; $9 members, $14 non-members, pre-registration required at www.bpard.org.
Skate with Santa; 12:40 to 1:55 p.m. Dec. 8; Pepsi Ice Center, downtown Bloomington; Santa and elves available for photos.
USA Ballet Youth Ensemble Presents The Nutcracker; 3-5 p.m. Dec. 9, Bloomington-Normal Masonic Temple, 302 E. Jefferson St., Bloomington; $20; 309-808-2898.
Tour de Lights; 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 13, bus tour of B-N holiday lights; departs from Lincoln Leisure Center, Bloomington; $6 with online preregistration at https: //recweb.cityblm.org.
Indoor farmers market; 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15; Grossinger Motors Arena, downtown Bloomington.
East Peoria Festival of Lights; Nov. 22-Dec. 31; downtown East Peoria and other locations; holiday light show, displays, more.
The Nutcracker performed by the Champaign Urbana Ballet and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9; Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center, Urbana; $21-$45.
Santa’s Wildlife Express; 4-8 p.m. Dec. 7, 2-8 p.m. Dec. 8, 2-7 p.m. Dec. 9, Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City; train ride and indoor activities; $13 per person; registration required; 309-676-0998.
Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour; 7 p.m. Dec. 7; Peoria Civic Center; $27 and up.
The Nutcracker, performed by Peoria Ballet; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9; Peoria Civic Center; $10-$45.
The Nutcracker, performed by the Springfield Ballet Co., 44th annual production; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9; UIS Performing Arts Center, Springfield; $17-$37.
Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour; 3 p.m. Dec. 9; BOS Center, Springfield; $25.50-$275.50.
Christmas Wonderland, holiday show; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; $35-$65.
Allerton Mansion A Holiday Affair, elegant evening with drinks, dinner, dessert and the soothing sound of vintage holiday records; 6-10 p.m. Dec. 15; Allerton Mansion at Allerton Park, Monticello; $80-$90 via Eventbrite.
Luminaria Sunday at the Dana-Thomas House; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 16, Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield; tours of Frank Lloyd Wright home, with 1,000 exterior candles; free.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, musical; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16; State Farm Center, Champaign; $39-$65.
The Bottle Rockets; 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $17 and $20.
Lindsey Stirling; 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Grossinger Motors Arena, downtown Bloomington; $35-$75.
Brass Band of Central Illinois "Go Tell It On the Mountain"; 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Center for the Performing Arts, Illinois State University, Normal; special guest: SOI Chorus; free; voluntary donations.
Pink Talking Fish; 8 p.m. Dec. 13; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $17 and $20.
Mr. Blotto and the Henhouse Prowlers; 8 p.m. Dec. 14; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $14 and $18.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, UIS Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; Holiday Pops in the Heartland.
Matthew Curry's 4th Annual Fender Bender; 8 p.m. Dec. 15; Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $12 and $15.
Bement Country Opry; 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Monticello Community Ballroom; artist Eric Gordon; meal, 5 p.m.; $10; 217-778-0990.
Snowball V, with Steady Flow, Mt. Joy, and Billy Raffoul; 6 p.m. Dec. 7; Monarch Music Hall; Peoria; $15 and $18.
PrimeTime Country Opry Christmas Show; 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Olympia High School auditorium, Stanford; doors open at 6 p.m.; ham meal at 5:30; $7; 309-449-5484.
This One's Pink, a tribute to Pink Floyd, and Mojo, a tribute to Tom Petty; 8 p.m. Dec. 8; Monarch Music Hall, Peoria; $10 and $13.
Holiday Jazz featuring Millikin University Jazz Sextet with Angel Spiccia; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8; Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Millikin University, Decatur; tickets, $7.50-$25.
Michael McDonald; 7 p.m. Dec. 9; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; $49.95-$79.95.
Andrew Peterson presents "Behold the Lamb of God;" 7 p.m. Dec. 12; Virginia Theatre, Champaign; tickets, $25-$40.
American Family Christmas concert; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Five Points Washington; Peoria Area Civic Chorale; soloist: Penelope Shumate; $20, adults; $8, students through college; 309-693-6725, www.peoriacivicchorale.org or at the door.
The Ghosts of Dickens; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Eastland Mall, Bloomington; free tickets at box office one hour before show time; includes characters, carolers, live music; presented by Crossroads Area Student Theatre; mall festivities, 5-8:30 p.m. weekdays, noon-8:30 p.m. Sat.
The Little Town of Christmas; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 and 2 pm.. Dec. 9, Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton; $12; 217-379-7028.
Renaissance Christmas Dinner; 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Terrill Rooms, Donald B. Cerf College Center, Eureka College, Eureka; Eureka College Chamber Singers, meal; $27 adult, $13 student or children under 12; 309-467-6317 by noon Nov. 27; seating begins 6:30 p.m.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; 6:15 p.m. Dec. 6-8, 12:45 p.m. Dec. 9, Vermillion Players, Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center, Pontiac; dinner theater; $37; 815-844-1187 or www.pontiaceagle.com.
Annie!; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9-15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 16, Eureka College Pritchard Theatre, $11.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, University of Illinois Springfield's Performing Arts Center; $25-$59.
Semi Sweet; 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.
The Bygones; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Bloomington Moose Lodge; nostalgic rock; no cover.
The Bad Plus; 7:15 p.m. p.m. Dec. 7 (doors open at 6 p.m.); second show, 10:15 p.m., Dec. 7, Nightshop, Bloomington; jazz; $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
Mark and Melisa; 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; $5 cover.
Robert Sampson Blues Band; Dec. 7, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
Harry Tonchev Trio; Dec. 8, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
The Bygones; 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 8, Winners Lounge, Bloomington; nostalgic rock; no cover.
Karaoke; 7 p.m.-midnight Dec. 8, Winners Lounge, Bloomington.
Mark Rose, Pelafina; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Nightshop, downtown Bloomington; alternative rock; $6.
Toke, Blackwater, Trench, DJ Wireless Mike; 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Nightshop, downtown Bloomington; hard rock/metal; $8.
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 9, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.
Karaoke; 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 11, Ride the Nine/Shooters Lounge, Bloomington.
A Wilhelm Scream; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Nightshop, downtown Bloomington; punk; openers: Hospital Job, Dirty Rotten Revenge; $10-12; www.nightshop517.com.
Karaoke; 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.
Open jazz stage; Dec. 13, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
The Country Mavericks; 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.
Acquaintances; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Nightshop, Bloomington; garage-influenced noise rock; cover TBD.
Karaoke; 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Eagles Aerie 527, Bloomington; no cover.
Kilborn Alley Blues Band; Dec. 14, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
Soft Spoken; Dec. 15, Jazz Upfront, Bloomington.
King T's; 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Clinton Eagles; blues and oldies; no cover.
She Said So; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7, PK UnKorked, Pontiac; no cover.
Twang!; 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8, PK UnKorked, Pontiac; no cover.
Silver Fox band; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.
Greg Wolf; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 15, PK UnKorked, Pontiac; no cover.
Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 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.
Jammies and Jingles, design ornaments, play holiday games and visit with Santa; 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7; Children's Discovery Museum, uptown Normal.
Breakfast with Santa, complimentary photos with Santa, children’s activities; 9-11 a.m. Dec. 15; Bloomington-Normal Marriott, uptown Normal; $16 each, kids under 2 free, advance tickets required at eventbrite.com.
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