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Festivals, concerts, lectures, parades, fairs, art shows and city-wide yard sales . . . Illinois South has it all! There's no excuse for staying home. Try our searchable Events Calendar to find something special to do! Search by date, location or keyword. To search by county, put just the name in the keyword field (ex. Clinton, not Clinton County). To submit an event for the website, complete the 2014 Fill-In Form and return it to smeier@thetourismbureau.org. If your event is for the last months of 2013, please note that on the form. Because of the size of our region, we can't accept entries for fund raisers, parish picnics or weekly events, such as Farmer's Markets, concerts, wine tastings, etc. We give priority to events that are multi-day and can be expected to draw from outside a 50-mile radius.

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Now - Nov. 16, 2014 Mascoutah in the Civil War: Stories You Haven't Heard Before
Mascoutah Heritage Museum | 306 W. Main St. | Mascoutah, IL 62258 | 618-566-9744
To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Mascoutah Historical Society has created an exhibit to highlight how the city's citizens responded to the national crisis of the Civil War. Visitors to the Heritage Museum can explore the complexities of Mascoutah's involvement through artifacts, images and documents.
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Admission: Free
Now - Nov. 1, 2014 Pumpkin Pickin' at Rainbow Ranch
Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo & Exotic Farm | 9906 State Rt. 15 | Nashville, IL 62263 | 618-424-7979
Come to the farm to meet the animals, walk through the corn fields and find a special pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern.
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Now - Nov. 2, 2014 Mourning Col. Stephenson
1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House | 409 S. Buchanan | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-692-1818
Experience the customs grieving families practiced and say goodbye to Colonel Benjamin Stephenson as he lies in state in the parlor of his home. Watch as lawyers begin cataloging the Stephenson's personal items for the probate records, and as Lucy prepares to auction off her belongings.
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Admission: Fee Charged
Oct. 23, 2014 - Oct. 23, 2014 The Regency Bridal Show
The Regency Conference Center | 360 Regency Park | O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 618-624-9999
Sample delights, see a fashion show and shop area wedding vendors.
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Admission: $15
Oct. 24, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014 Belleville Trick or Treat
1 E. Main St. to 400 E. Main St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-6769
Trick or treat on the Nation's longest main street, and stock up on candy and goodies!
Oct. 24, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014 27th Annual Halloween Party
Caseyville Community Building | 909 S. Main | Caseyville, IL 62232 | 618-345-6256
Lots of games, costume contest, Halloween pictures, food, and more.
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Admission: Free Admission
Oct. 24, 2014 - Oct. 24, 2014 Classic Albums Live: Abbey Road
The Hett | 701 College Rd. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-6863
Not a tribute band, but world class musicians playing one of the world's greatest albums - track for track, note for note, meticulously researched and lovingly recreated, live! Hear some of the Beatles' greatest hits, such as "Come Together," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something" in a one-of-a-kind concert experience. For more information visit www.thehett.com
Admission: Call or visit website for ticket information.
Oct. 24, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Haunted Hayrides
Eckert's Farm | 2719 Eckert Orchard Ln. | Millstadt, IL 62260 | 618-233-0513
Theres lots of ghoulish fun for young and old during this hayride through Eckerts haunted orchard. Haunted hayrides take place every Friday and Saturday night (after the sun goes down) through October 26th
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Admission: Fee Charged
Oct. 24, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014 Country Treasurer's Craft Show
Belle-Clair Expo Center | 200 S. Belt East | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0052
Get a jump on the holidays shopping for handcrafted furniture, florals, jewelry, wearable art, candles and more.
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Admission: $3.00
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 18, 2014 "Hostoric Buildings & Bridges along the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail" by Emilie Eggemeyer
History Museum of Monroe County | 724 Elaine Dr. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-5008
This is one of three lectures in a series that will discuss the historical significance of the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail by highlighting important buildings, bridges and archaeological sites along the trail, which is retraced in large part today by Illinois Route 3.
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Halloween Costume Party & Contest
Albion, IL 62806 | 618-445-2303
Dress up and join the fun!
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Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Belleville City Museums Open House
123 N. Church St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-6769
Belleville city museums will be open this day, and in addition the dedication of the Labor & Industry Museum Annex will take place.
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 88th Annual Halloween Parade & Fall Festival & Craft Fair
Centralia Recreation Complex & Downtown | 115 E. Second | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-6789
This parade is older than the Macy's parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more. The Fall Festival is held during the day with a childrens parade, chili cook-off, mini train rides, haunted house, craft fair, games for the kids, food and car show.
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Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Fall Festival
Downtown | 221 W. Main St. | Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618-558-1372
The day is packed with fun family festivities that include Trick or Treating, a Chili Cook-Off from 10am to 3pm, a Childrens Costume Contest at noon, and a Pet Parade that steps off from the Dog Park at 2pm.
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Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Halloween Hi-Jinks
Main Street | Columbia, IL 62236 | 618-281-7144
Main Street merchants have stocked up on treats for the little princesses, ghosts and all.
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Admission: Free Admission
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Edwardsville's Halloween Constume Contest
City Park Bandstand | 101 S. Buchanan St. | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-692-7538
Costumed children should arrive at the park with their parents by 11:30 a.m. to register for the event. Participants will be grouped in separate age categories: baby to 3 years old, 4-6 years old, 7-9 years old, 10-12 years old and a special category for group costumes. The Edwardsville Lions Club will begin judging at noon with each child taking a turn on the stage at the bandstand. Prizes donated by GCS Credit Union will be awarded after each age category has been presented. Entertainment at City Park, prior to the contests start time, includes the SIUE Suzuki Strings playing Halloween-ish music starting at 11:00 a.m. and the Edwardsville Walgreens Store will be taking pictures of each participant with a fall background. Parents can pick up one free copy of the picture at Walgreens after the event. Trick-or-treating on Main Street will immediately follow the costume contest. Participating Main Street merchants will be at their door offering candy to costumed children. You can pick up a map of participating merchants at the registration table. This event is free of charge but parents must arrive at the park no later than 11:30 a.m. to register for the event. The Parks Dept. will be selling hot dogs, soda and water for those who wish to enjoy lunch.
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Admission: Free
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 The Flora Halloween Parade
Flora, IL 62839 | 618-662-5646
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Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Greenup Halloween Celebration
Greenup, IL 62428 | 217-923-3401
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Louisville Fall Festival
Downtown Louisville | Louisville, IL 62858 | 618-665-3348
Celebrate fall in Louisville!
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Chili & Soup Cookoff
New Baden Village Park | 1103 E. Hanover St. | New Baden, IL 62265 | 618-588-3813
There's a Tasters' Choice competition for both chili and soup with prizes awarded in both categories. Families will find a craft fair, touch-a-truck equipment display, bounce houses, etc.
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Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Pumpkin Patch & Children's Bike Parade
Downtown | O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 618-624-4503
Children are invited to join the bike parade and trick or treat at downtown merchants. Pictures of the kids in costume will be taken at no charge.
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Mardi Gras
Pinckneyville, IL 62274 | 618-357-3243
All the events are family friendly from the flea market and craft fair to the entertainment and kids games. Don't miss the evening lighted parade or the area's largest end of season car show. Buy into the HUGE 50/50 drawing (past winners have taken home as much as $12,307.
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Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 25, 2014 Craft and Antique Fair
West Salem, IL 62476 | 618-446-8808
There are treasures to be found at this craft and antique fair.
Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014 Farm Festival
Eckert's Country Store & Farm | 951 S. Green Mount Rd. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0513
Head to Eckert's to celebrate all that is Fall! Weekends from Labor Day through October enjoy outdoor festival foods and music at this old-fashioned all-American festival. There will be kid's activities and more!
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Oct. 26, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014 Oktoberfest
Hidden Lake Winery | 10580 Wellen Rd. | Aviston, IL 62216 | 618-228-9111
Celebrate Oktoberfest with German style food and music by George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass.
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Admission: Free
Oct. 26, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014 Witches Night Out
221 W. St. Louis St. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-8420
Sharpen the point on your hat, oil the broom and fluff up the cat, leave the little goblins where they're at and come to Lebanon's scariest shopping event. Restaurants and shops will be open. A fortune teller will be strolling the street. The spooky music and historic buildings provide a haunted backdrop for some wicked good fun. It's a "ghoul's night out." Costumes are encouraged; it's quite a sight to see.
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Admission: Free Admission
Oct. 26, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014 Halloween Parade
Leu Civic Center | 111 N. 2nd St. | Mascoutah, IL 62258 | 618-566-2175
It's a party with food, costume contests and children's games, plus a parade!
Oct. 26, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014 Wabash Valley Youth in Action Fall Festival
Mt. Carmel City Park | Mt. Carmel, IL 62863 | 618-263-4230
This fun festival is tailor made for kids with a Little Mr. Harvest Prince contest, costume contest, art activities, carnival games, inflatables, emergency vehicles on display, performances by area groups and food.
Oct. 27, 2014 - Oct. 27, 2014 Toledo Kiwanis Halloween Celebration
Toledo, IL
Oct. 30, 2014 - Oct. 30, 2014 Annual Lions Club Halloween Parade
Downtown | Vandalia, IL 62471 | 618-283-1152
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Oct. 31, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014 Muder Mystery Dinner "Murder at the Haunted Winery"
Hidden Lake Winery | 10580 Wellen Rd. | Aviston, IL 62216 | 618-228-9111
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a murder mystery dinner!
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Admission: $45
Oct. 31, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014 Scare Square & Pumpkin Glow
City Hall Fountain Park | 208 S. Rapp Ave. | Columbia, IL 62236 | 618-281-7144
Loads of Halloween fun, trunk-or-treating for the kids and pumpkin carving contest for all ages.
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Admission: Free Admission
Oct. 31, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014 EdGlen Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade
Edwardsville, IL 62025 | (618)656-7600
Over 100 floats, marching bands, school groups and entertainers take to the streets of Edwardsville to experience this 90+ year tradition called the biggest Halloween celebration in the Metro-East.
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Admission: Free Admission
Oct. 31, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014 Halloween Parade
Downtown | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-395-7302
Dress up and come watch the parade with costumed characters, floats and treats!
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Oct. 31, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014 Trunk or Treat
Waterloo Courthouse Square | 100 S. Main St. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-8600
Organizations provide a safe trick or treating environment for the kids. Event features a Candy Check Point sponsored by the Waterloo Fire Department and Monroe County EMS.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 1, 2014 Taste of Belleville
2100 W. Main St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-2332015
Come see and sample a variety of delicious foods!
Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 1, 2014 HEA Holiday Bazaar
City Park | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-395-7302
Shop early or shop late, but start your shopping here!
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Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014 Woodcarvers' Show
Belle-Clair Expo Center | 200 S. Belt E. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0052
The 44th Midwestern Woodcarvers' Show has some of the best carvers from around the country. The carvers display their artwork in one of the largest shows in the country. Pick-up a unique gift or piece of artwork for your home.
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Admission: $4 Admission
Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014 34th Annual O'Fallon Township High School Band Booster's Arts and Crafts Fair
O'Fallon High School | 600 S. Smiley | O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 618-632-3507
This arts and crafts fair is one of the largest and well-known through-out the St. Louis Metro-East area will feature over 350 booths with talented artists and crafters from across the region. Enjoy the music of our Madrigal Singers and a visit from Santa Claus while you shop. You'll be impressed with fabulous food, featuring homemade breakfast and lunch selections and fantastic desserts. Show us a copy of this Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth event for $1 off admission.
Admission: $4 Adult, $2 Child
Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014 Winter Rendezvous
Fort de Chartres | Prairie du Rocher, IL | 618-284-7230
A winter gathering of French & Indian camping and competing in a team woodswalk musket competition.
Nov. 2, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014 Children's Masterworks Concert
115 W. B St. | Belleville, IL 62220s | 618-233-3303
Children's Christmas Concert
Nov. 2, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014 Deck the Halls
Piper Hall at McKendree University | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-8420
Holiday style show and decorating tips.
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Nov. 7, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014 Solid Gold Cadillac
208 Kaskaskia St. | New Athens, IL 62264 | 618-475-3248
Open House Theatre presents the three act comedy about a small stockholder versus a big corporation. www.openhousetheater.net
Admission: $5-$10
Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 8, 2014 Brewery, Bottle & Jar Show
Belle-Clair Expo Center | 200 S. Belt E. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0052
There are over 250 tables dealing with beer and brewing, an assortment of collectible bottles and jars. The largest show in the Midwest!
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Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 8, 2014 5K & Kids Fun Run
St. Joseph's in Breese | 9515 Holy Cross Ln. | Breese, IL 62230 | 618-526-5698
Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 8, 2014 Raptor Awareness Show
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site | 30 Ramey St. | Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618-346-5160
Learn about lives of birds of prey through a demonstration and flight show by the World Bird Sanctuary. 2:00 p.m.
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Admission: Free
Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 8, 2014 Toast of Marissa
200 N. Main St. | Marissa, IL 62257 | 866-326-4256
Wine tasting, live music, food, vendors, 5K Run, 1 Mile Fun Run, 50/50 raffle and grape stomp.
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Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 8, 2014 Christmas Craft Show
St. Theresa | Salem, IL | 618-548-2222
Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 8, 2014 Holiday Shopping Expo
58 Frank Scott Parkway East | Swansea, IL 62226 | 618-942-8000
The 8th Annual Holiday Shopping Expo features over 40 unique, local gift stores, boutiques and artisans in one convenient locations. A spaghetti luncheon will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for $5.
Admission: Free
Nov. 8, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014 Edwardsville High School Band Booster Craft Fair
Edwardsville High School | 6161 Center Grove Rd. | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-655-6097
At the EHS Craft Fair there will be over 250 booths of quality handcrafted items.
Nov. 9, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014 Auto Swap Meet
Belle-Clair Expo Center | 200 S. Belt East | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0052
Auto parts and accessories to buy and sell.
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Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 11, 2014 - Nov. 11, 2014 Veteran's Day Ceremony
East Main & West Main Street | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-6810
A ceremony to honor Veterans.
Admission: Free
Nov. 12, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 Dance in Concert
Dunham Hall Theater | 6 Hairpin Dr. | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-650-2774
Come join in the 45th year for DIC! A body in motion tends to stay in motion! No truer words could be spoken about SIUE alumni and faculty dancers and their love of dance. Celebrate the poetic beauty of the human body through the interpretive lens of some of the most creative choreographers today! http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/theater/Season14-15.shtml
Admission: $10-$12
Nov. 13, 2014 - Nov. 13, 2014 Aladdin & the Musical Lamp
Community Arts Center | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-2951
Nov. 14, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 Olde Tyme Christmas
Downtown | Vandalia, IL 62471 | 618-283-2728
Christmas in Vandalia! Come Downtown and start your Christmas Shopping early. There will be carolers, Mr. & Mrs. Clause and more!
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Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 Monroe County Welcome Center Scavenger Hunt
Monroe County Welcome Center | 6 Gall Rd. | Columbia, IL 62236 | 618-281-8821
A fun-filled hunt through the magical towns of Monroe County. The event is not a race, but a joyful journey. Many prizes and giveaways!
Admission: $10
Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 WNOI Holiday Bazaar
Floyd Henson Junior High School | Flora, IL 62839 | 618-662-8313
Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 Speaker Bill Nunes
Glen Carbon Historic Museum | 124 School Street | Glen Carbon, IL 62034 | (618)288-7271
Bill Nunes will speak about about local prohibition bootlegger Buster Wortman as well as World War II.
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Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 Leu Civic Center 2014 Vendor and Craft Fair
Mascoutah Sportsmens Club | 1535 North County Rd. | Mascoutah, IL 62258 | 618-830-4359
Begin your holiday shopping with unique gifts for everyone on your list.
Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014 Holiday Craft Bazaar
Fayette County Hospital | 7th & Taylor St. | Vandalia, IL 62471 | (618)283-1231
Crafts, food and lunch!
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 16, 2014 Antiques & Collectibles Flea Market
Belle-Clair Expo Center | 200 S. Belt East | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0052
There are over 600 tables and 300-400 vendors selling antiques and collectibles. There is both old and new merchandise and it's indoor/outdoor year round.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 15, 2014 - Nov. 16, 2014 Craft Show
The Holiday Motel | 1300 South West | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-292-5664
There will be wood crafts, scented jellies, spices, jewelry, quilters, knitting, Signature Home Style, wooden flowers, Tupperware and much, much more!
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Nov. 17, 2014 - Nov. 17, 2014 Saint Louis Symphony Mondays
The Hett | 701 College Rd. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-6863
An exquisite concert experience features smaller chamber ensembles of Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians. For more information visit www.thehett.com
Admission: Free
Nov. 20, 2014 - Nov. 20, 2014 Holiday Open House
Eckert's Country Store & Farms | 951 S. Green Mount Rd. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0513
Kick off the holiday season with Eckert's Holiday Open House. Fun for the whole family begins at 5:00 p.m. with plenty of samples, wine tastings, cookie decorating and face painting. Eckert's culinary team will share recipes and tips for easy entertaining during the holidays. Register to win their signature holiday gift baskets and meet Santa himself.
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Nov. 20, 2014 - Nov. 20, 2014 Diva Night
Main Street | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-2015
It's a girls night out with shops open, prizes and a party.
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Admission: $5
Nov. 20, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015 Gingerbread Walk
East & West Main Streets | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-1416
Stroll down Belleville's Main Street to view award-winning gingerbread creations displayed in downtown merchant windows starting at the Square on East and West Main Streets
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Admission: Free
Nov. 21, 2014 - Nov. 21, 2014 Frauenabend
Maeystown, IL 62256 | 618-580-5875
Enjoy an evening just for the ladies! Frauenabend, or Ladies Night Out, will feature unique dining, shopping and pampering for the holidays. Vici's Front Porch and Tea Garden will be open for dinner during the event, with dining from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The Maeystown General Store will offer private label food samplings, the Village Kaffeehaus will feature its Smooth Brew and teas, the Sweet Shoppe will offer discounts on teapots, Georgia Mae's Antiques will offer discounts on select items and the Preservation Society Museum will be open for visitors.
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Nov. 21, 2014 - Nov. 21, 2014 Lighted Parade
Red Bud, IL 62278 | (618)282-2315
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Nov. 21, 2014 - Nov. 23, 2014 Victorian Holiday Weekend
W. St. Louis St. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-8420
The Victorian Holiday Weekend includes the lighting of the buildings along West St. Louis Street, music, caroling, food, carriage rides, children activities and Father Christmas. The shops will be open so you can start marking-off your Christmas shopping list.
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Admission: Free
Nov. 21, 2014 - Nov. 23, 2014 Zion UCC Festival of Trees
New Baden Civic Center | 100 E. Birch St. | New Baden, IL 62265 | 618-588-3813
The New Baden Civic Center will be transformed with over 20 uniquely decorated Christmas trees, designed by New Baden businesses, organizations and individuals. Each evening will have live entertainment and the Sweet Shoppe. Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday.
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Nov. 21, 2014 - Dec. 13, 2014 White County Christmas
Downtown Carmi | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-7606
It's a White County Christmas featuring a Chocolate Tasting on November 21, Reindeer Run 5K and Festival of Trees on November 22 and Craft Shows on November 29 and December 13.
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Nov. 21, 2014 - Dec. 21, 2014 Visit Santa in Carmi
Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-7606
Santa will visit with the children at his house each weekend through December 21.
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Nov. 21, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014 Fantasy of Lights
Foundation Park | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-3214
From Dusk to 11:00 p.m.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 21, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015 Lebanon's Winter Wonderland
Horner Park | 11119 Widicus Rd. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-8420
This annual event is a step back in time. It is a trip to a much simpler time with scenes depicting several of the area's attractions, wonderful childhood memories, and fantastic ideas. A trip through Lebanon's Winter Wonderland is truly different from other attractions in the area. We don't pretend to be the biggest, brightest, nor most technically advanced. LWW is a view of the holiday that everyone remembers! See all the hand painted scenes and wonderful reminders of a much simpler time. Colorful lights and displays of all types are ready for your enjoyment. LWW includes a wide variety of illuminated venues and a life-size Nativity Scene.
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Admission: Free (Donations Accepted)
Nov. 21, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015 Way of Lights
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | 442 S. Mazenod Dr. | Belleville, IL 62223 | 618-397-6700
45th Annual Way of Lights - This unique celebration of Christmas features a drive-thru light display, tree & wreath displays, an interactive children's village, camel rides and an indoor laser show. With over one million lights, this event celebrates the true meaning of Christmas...the birth of Jesus.
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Admission: Free
Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Beer Pairing Dinner
Hidden Lake Winery | 10580 Wellen Rd. | Aviston, IL 62216 | 618-228-9111
Schlafly Beer paired with a five course meal.
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Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Girls Day Out
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | 442 S. De Mazenod Dr. | Belleville, IL 62223 | 618-397-6700
Jump start your Christmas shopping and enjoy lots of fun at the Shrine's Girls Day Out! With a multitude of vendors, and so much more, this exciting event has something for girls of all ages!
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Admission: Free
Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Art and Wine Walk
Downtown Belleville | Belleville, IL | 618-233-2015
Join us in Downtown Belleville in celebration of one of the greatest pairings of all time: Art and Wine.
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Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Santa's Holiday Avenue Parade & Chili Cook-Off
2000 Edison Ave. | Granite City, IL 62040 | 618-876-1076
Large holiday parade with over 100 entries followed by Chili Cook-Off and vendor festival. There will be St. Louis food trucks and local vendors as well as arts, crafts, jewelry and much more. Free stuff for the kids, face painting, pony rides, giant blow-up slide, bouncy house and train rides. For more information visit www.granitecity.illinois.gov
Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Lighted Christmas Parade & Open House
Downtown | Grayville, IL 62844 | 618-375-7158
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Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Holiday Happenings
Red Bud, IL 62278 | 618-282-3505
A full day of fun is on the menu with a chili cook-off and deer sausage competition, trolley rides, home tour and taste of Red Bud and make sure you don't miss Santa's arrival to town at noon!
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Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 22, 2014 Christmas Open House
Red Bud Area Museum | 116 East Market | Red Bud, IL 62278 | 618-282-2491
The museum will feature an old time Christmas display with hundreds of items that have been donated to the museum. It will be held in conjunction with the Chamber's Holiday Happenings that day.
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Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 23, 2014 The Nutcracker Suite Ballet & Concert
Scottish Rite Bodies Cathedral | 1549 Frank Scott Parkway West | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-277-1371
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite performed by the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra and Belleville School of Ballet featuring artists from The American Ballet Theater.
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Nov. 22, 2014 - Nov. 23, 2014 Holiday Hunt
Columbia, IL 62236 | 618-281-7144
Hunting weekend for the guys...HOLIDAY HUNT weekend for the girls. Hunt for fabulous Thanksgiving and Christmas deals and great prizes.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 22, 2014 - Dec. 19, 2014 Santa Land
Red Bud, IL 62278 | 618-282-3505
Please join us as Santa comes back to Santa Land on November 22nd from 12:00-4:00pm. He will also be available on December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 6pm-8pm with horse and carriage rides at City Hall.
Nov. 26, 2014 - Nov. 26, 2014 Way of Lights Walk
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | 442 S. DeMazenod Dr. | Belleville, IL 62223 | 618-210-0633
5K, 10K, or 20K walks through the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows while the Way of Lights illuminates the walking trails. A breath taking experience for all. Walk, jog or run at your own pace. Pets welcome but must be leashed and owner responsible for cleanup. Please bring a flashlight as it will be dark on some of the trails. Wheel chair and stroller accessible with some difficulty on the hills.
Nov. 27, 2014 - Nov. 27, 2014 Thanksgiving Brunch
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery | 15469 State Rte. 127 | Carlyle, IL 62231 | 618-594-8830

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Nov. 27, 2014 - Nov. 27, 2014 Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Musgrove Park | 406 Florence Ave. | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-393-8269
Sign up for this fun run just in time to work off some of the calories from Thanksgiving dinner.
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Nov. 27, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Christmas on the Square
Downtown Waterloo | 100 S. Main St. | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-5300
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas weekend in Waterloo! Shopping specials all weekend long, visit all participating merchants to be entered in a drawing to win great prizes. Saturday night is the GLOW Holiday Lighted Parade. There will also be music at the bandstand, beautiful holiday lamp post decorations, carriage rides, Santa and so much more!
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Admission: Free
Nov. 27, 2014 - Dec. 28, 2014 City of Olney Christmas Light Display
Olney City Park | 610 White Squirrel Circle | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-395-7302
Drive through the Olney City Park to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the Community Building each Friday and Saturday beginning December 5.
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Nov. 27, 2014 - Dec. 30, 2014 Holiday Lights Fair
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | 655 Executive Dr. | Du Quoin, IL 62832 | 618-542-8338
Three mile drive through Christmas lights display is open every night. Weekends in December, the beautifully decorated winter wonderland in Expo Hall, will have vendors with items for sale, food, kids' corner and music entertainment.
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Admission: $10.00 a car load
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 28, 2014 Santa Claus Parade & Lighting of the Fountain
Downtown Belleville | 17 W. Main St. to Oak St. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-910-0419
Come welcome Santa to Belleville for the largest holiday parade in Southern Illinois with 100 parade floats, marching bands and dance groups. Then see the Fountain come to Christmas life!
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 28, 2014 Lighted Christmas Parade
Downtown Square | 907 Main St. | Highland, IL 62249 | 618-654-3721
This annual holiday parade culminates with the official lighting of the Downtown Square where musicians, Madrigal singers, carriage rides, hot chocolate, kettle corn and Santa himself await visitors.
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Admission: Free
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Christmas Candlelight Tours
1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House | 409 S. Buchanan | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-692-1818
Come experience Christmas at the Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House. The customs of the 1820s will surround guests as Father Christmas and his mischievous brother Rupert, entertain children and adults alike. Historically garbed docents throughout the house as guests take a self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms.
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Admission: $10 Adults $5 Children
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Christmas in the Park
Charley Brown Park | Old Hwy. 50 | Flora, IL 62839 | 618-662-5646
Christmas in the Park features horse drawn carriage rides, little toot train rides, petting zoo, Santa Claus in the Santa House, lots of festive light displays and more!
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Admission: Donations are Appreciated, Train Rides are $5 per person
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 2014 Basketball Capital Classic
2200 James St. | Lawrenceville, IL 62439 | 618-943-3516
This is the 26th year for the Basektball Capital Classic. There are 8 teams and play happens at both county high schools; Red Hill High School and Lawrenceville High School. The teams are from Marshall, Mt. Carmel, Teutopolis, Olney, Fairfield and Pinckneyville.
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Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 It's a Wonderful Life
Turkey Hill Grange | 1375 E. State Rt. 15 | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-767-6016
Brass Rail Players present this memorable holiday play.
Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Art & Craft Fall Fair
Belle-Clair Expo Center | 200 S. Belt E. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0052
There will be over 400 exhibitors featuring crafts, holiday items, gifts, jewelry, decorations and much more.
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Admission: Admission Charge
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Fall Indian Market Days
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site | 30 Ramey St. | Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618-346-5160
Purchase holiday gift items made by Native American artists and crafters; jewelry, paintings, baskets, pottery, weaving, herbals, bronze work and more.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Christmas in the Park
Charley Brown Park | Old Hwy. 50 | Flora, IL 62839 | 618-662-5646
Christmas in the Park features horse drawn carriage rides, little toot train rides, petting zoo, Santa Claus in the Santa House, lots of festive light displays and more!
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Admission: Donations are Appreciated, Train Rides are $5 per person
Nov. 28, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Christmas Walk
Market St. and 3rd St. | Downtown | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-5300
Visit the quaint specialty shops in the historic area of Waterloo for great specials. Santa arrives to his Santa Hut at the courthouse square, the downtown lamp posts are decorated and free carriage rides are available. Don't miss the parade on Friday!
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Dec. 21, 2014 Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
Downtown Belleville | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-6769
Take a free ride through downtown aboard our horse-drawn trolley.
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Dec. 23, 2014 German Christmas Market
Public Square | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-6769
Authentic German Christmas market features German crafts and food.
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Dec. 24, 2014 Santa on the Square
Public Square | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-910-0419
Stop in and share with Santa what you want for Christmas!
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Dec. 24, 2014 Santa on the Square
Downtown Square | Highland, IL 62249 | 618-654-3721
Monday-Friday 6-8 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - Noon and 1-4 p.m. Sunday 1-4 p.m. Christmas Eve 10 a.m. - Noon
Nov. 28, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014 Christmas Lights Wonderland
American Farm Heritage Museum | 1395 Museum Ave. | Greenville, IL 62246 | 618-664-9733
Tour the animated Christmas boxes and lights, then visit the Lil Red Barn Museum for free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Visit with Santa every Friday and Saturday, ride the Polar Express on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and enjoy 1800s Christmas at Hill's Fort.
Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015 Woburn Christmas Display
Woburn, IL | 618-664-9272
The Woburn Christmas Display features animated holiday scenes in a quaint village setting.
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 Christmas Lights in the Park
City Park | Carlyle, IL 62231 | (618)594-5205
Get into the spirit of the season as you view thousands of Christmas lights strung throughout the City Park.
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Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015 Christmas Lights in the Park
City Park | Carlyle, IL 62231 | 618-594-5205
Get into the spirit of the season as you view thousands of Christmas lights strung throughout the City Park.
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Christmas Parade & Fireworks
Breese, IL 62230 | 618-526-7731
The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. the line-up starts by the tracks on North Main and travels to the park where we will welcome Santa as he lights up the park!
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 It's a White County Christmas Lighted Christmas Parade
Main & Main Cross Streets | Carmi, IL 62821 | 618-382-7606
A lighted Christmas parade welcomes Santa to town. The parade will be immediately followed by the tree lighting.
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Admission: Free
Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 "Come Home for Christmas"
Downtown Greenville | Greenville, IL 62246 | 618-664-9272
You don't have to live here to enjoy our Christmas caroling, the Courthouse lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas tree decorating, demonstrations, train displays and children's activities. Make us your home for a day.
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Christmas Parade
Market St. | Mt. Carmel, IL 62863 | 618-262-5116
Themed lighted Christmas parade. This year's theme is "A Christmas Story."
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Admission: Freed Admission
Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Santa Saturday
Nashville, IL | (618)327-3700
Santa arrives with carriage rides and prizes for all. FREE matinees are held at the historical State Theatre with window decorating contests, caroling and many sales.
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 Christmas Parade
O'Fallon, IL 62269 | 618-624-4500
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 City of Olney Christmas Parade
Downtown | Olney, IL 62450 | 618-395-7302
Don't miss the sights and sounds of Christmas during the Olney Christmas Parade. Santa will be making his grand entrance to Olney.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 29, 2014 GLOW Lighted Holiday Parade
Downtown Waterloo | Main Street | Waterloo, IL 62298 | 618-939-7433
Come out to see all the wonderfully lit up Christmas themed parade floats!
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Christmas at Eckert's
Eckert's Country Store & Farms | 951 S. Green Mount Rd. | Belleville, IL 62220 | 618-233-0513
Head over to Eckert's this holiday season! In the morning join Santa for breakfast at the restaurant. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Garden Center, children can be entertained during Eckert's Holiday Storytime. After the story, kids will be able to make a gingerbread craft. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Country Store, build that gingerbread house you've longed to build. Eckert's provides the supplies and guidance while you supply the creativity!
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Admission: Varies
Nov. 29, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 The Great American Train Show
Gateway Center | 1 Gateway Dr. | Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618-345-8998
This show features operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and much more! There is a train for kids to ride on as well. It's a great way to spend the day whether you are an avid modeler or just looking for fun and an interesting day out with the family.
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Admission: Admission Charged
Nov. 29, 2014 - Dec. 20, 2014 Santa House
City Park | Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-692-7358
Bring the children to Santa on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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Nov. 29, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014 Coulterville Holiday Light Display
Coulterville City Park | 102 West Grant | Coulterville, IL 62237 | 618-525-9182
1/2 mile walk thru display features a million lights and 400 Christmas figurines! Don't miss the walk through version of the "Candyland" game with favorites such as Lolli Pop Lane. Fridays and Saturdays evenings, there's food, crafts and Santa.
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Admission: Free Admission
Nov. 30, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Tails, Trails & Twinkles
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows | 442 S. De Mazenod Dr. | Belleville, IL 62223 | 618-397-6700
Bring your canine friends to enjoy a walk through the lights with Scotty leading the way. All walkers are welcome - dogs must be on leashes. Sorry pet lovers, dogs only! Enjoy refreshments, music and pet blessings. Sponsored by Scott Credit Union. Barket and Expo begins at 4pm - Walk begins at 5:30pm
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Admission: Free
Nov. 30, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Quilt Cash Bingo
1003 Olive St. | Evansville, IL 62242 | 618-853-4435
Bingo games and quilts.
Nov. 30, 2014 - Nov. 30, 2014 Cantus: All is Calm
The Hett | 701 College Rd. | Lebanon, IL 62254 | 618-537-6863
Recall the remarkable events of December 1914, when German and Allied soldiers met in no man's land for a Christmas truce in the midst of World War I. Using new arrangements of European carols and war songs for acappella voices, Cantus returns to the Hett, joined by the actors of Theatre Latte Da, to bring this moving moment in history to life. For more information visit www.thehett.com
Admission: Call or visit website for ticket information.
Dec. 1, 2014 - Dec. 20, 2014 Downtown in December
Edwardsville, IL 62025 | 618-692-7538
Participating downtown merchants will have extended hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There will be many activities with caroling along Main Street and Santa at the City Park as wells as a Winter Market, Elves Workshop and more.
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