Things are just holly-jolly elsewhere in Pantagraphland for this busiest of all holiday weekends. Among the offerings on tap in towns around Bloomington-Normal are these festive affairs:

  • The Conklin Players give "A Gift of Christmas," the annual holiday musical revue, 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, at Five Points Washington in Washington.
  • In downtown Dwight, the annual Light-Up Christmas Parade plugs in at 6 p.m. Friday, complete with town tree lighting ceremony, carriage rides and more.
  • Over Downs-way, the annual Dooley Park Forest of Lights is strung up and ready to go for its monthlong run at dusk Friday.
  • From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, it's Christmas in Minier downtown, with a 2 p.m. parade, a vendor fair and more.
  • Christmas on the Prairie, the annual Lexington fete, is back from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Lexington school gyms and downtown, with 80 local vendors, Santa's workshop, merchant open houses and more.
  • At 10:30 a.m. the annual Fairbury Christmas Parade steps off downtown, followed by Santa visit, horse-drawn carriage rides, merchant specials and more.
  • At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Minonk Parade of Lights brightens the downtown area.
  • The fun continues on Sunday, LeRoy-way, with the LeRoy Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. downtown and a craft fair from, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LeRoy High School.
  • At 3 p.m. Sunday, the annual Streator Community Chorus performance of "The Messiah" is presented at St. Michael the Archangel Church.

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