Here's a look at upcoming holiday-related events and activities over the next two weeks in Central Illinois.

Nov. 10

Uptown Normal Holiday Open House; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, uptown Normal; Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, merchant specials, more.

Nov. 11

Tickets, “Home for the Holidays” tour of homes; 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2, Lincoln; host: Lincoln Woman’s Club; $8 in advance at The Guest House, Cindy’s Cottage or Lincoln Woman’s Club member; $10 day of at Woman’s Club Building.

Elf, The Broadway Musical; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, downtown Bloomington; $39-$71.

Nov. 12

Registration; DIY Holiday Gift Series; various December dates, Normal Public Library; includes Dip Mix Ornaments, Mint Sugar Scrub, Book Sleeve, Tea Cup Candle; registration required.

Registration; Nature Drawing: Pinecones, Berries, & Evergreens; 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12, Normal Public Library; presenter: Jill Wallace, Sugar Grove Nature Center; registration required.

Nov. 16

Baby Fold's Festival of Trees; Nov. 16-18, Interstate Center, Bloomington; custom-designed trees and centerpieces, silent auctions, entertainment, more.

Nov. 17

Registration, The Polar Express Experience; 9:30-10:30 a.m., noon-1 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Normal Public Library; registration required.

Nov. 18

Farmer City Christmas Parade; 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Farmer City; begins at fairgrounds, then south on Main Street through business district; theme: “Christmas in the Wilderness.”

"Christmas Is..."; 2 p.m. Nov. 18, Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center, Pontiac; Vermillion Valley Show Chorus; $15 at 309-747-2679 or

Nov. 21

Turkey Roundup!; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21, Normal Public Library; children’s turkey craft.

Nov. 22

East Peoria Festival of Lights; Nov. 22-Dec. 31, downtown East Peoria and other locations; holiday light show, displays, more.

Nov. 24

Clinton Christmas Parade;  Nov. 24, Mr. Lincoln's Square, downtown Clinton; parade and opening of Santa's House.

Toys for Tots Silver Ball, Bowiemian Wrapsody, featuring Wildermore, Jack Dupp & The Empty Bottles; 7 p.m. Nov. 24, Castle Theatre, downtown Bloomington; $12 and $15.


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