Metro East Calendar of Events Dec. 7 – Dec. 13

Downtown O’Fallon will be filled with holiday spirit in Tinsel Around Town
Saturday, Dec. 9.

DEC. 7

SWCD Cover Crop Field Day
Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Hunsche Farm, 12610 Niggli Rd., Highland

Local experts will discuss a variety of cover crop management techniques as well as soil conditions and erosion control to support cleaner water and better yields. Lunch provided. Register at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (618) 296-4468.

Identity Theft Seminar
Thursday, 10:30 A.M.-noon
Four Points by Sheraton, 319 Fountains Pkwy., Fairview Heights

A licensed clinical social worker and author will explain identity theft, how it works and how to prevent it. To register, visit or call (618) 624-5588.

A Christmas Carol
Thurs.-Sun; 7:30 p.m. (Sun. Matinee $2 p.m.)
Looking Glass Playhouse, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon
$12; students $11

One of Charles Dickens’ most beloved tales retold on stage. For more information, call (618) 537-4962.

Nat King Cole Christmas
Thursday, 2-4 p.m.
Playhouse at Westport Plaza, 635 Westport Plaza, St. Louis, MO

Evan Tyrone Martin resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole in An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. For more information, visit

Sonoma Firefighters’ Benefit Dinner
Thursday, 6-9 p.m.
Porter’s Steakhouse, 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville

Six-course dinner with wine pairings will benefit the Sonoma County Resilience Fund which plays a role in disaster responses. For more information, call (618) 345-2400.

Alton Middle School Winter Concert
Thursday, 7 p.m.
2200 College Ave.

In addition to the choir, the JAZZIOS will be performing. For more information, call (618) 474-2200.

Listen It’s Christmas at JAC
Thursday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 N. Broadway, Alton

Tia McGraff will perform seasonal music with the help of guitarist Tommy Parham. For more information, visit

DEC.  7-14

Student Exhibition at McKendree
Public reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday
McKendree University Gallery of Art, 224 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon

Come see what the students have accomplished. For more information, call (800) 232-7228.

DEC.  8

Starting and Growing a Veteran Owned Business
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
American Legion Post 137, 109 N. Penn St., O’Fallon
Free to veterans

Participants will be given the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to public and private sector resources. For more information, call (618) 632-8879.

Belleville Christmas Pickers Market
Friday, 3-4 p.m.
St. Clair County Event Center, 1550 E. State Rte. 14, Belleville

Vintage, antique and handmade crafts brought by vendors from 10 states. For more information, call (217) 883-0570.

Alton Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra Singalong
Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Rogue Theatre Co., 1320 Milton Rd., Alton

Sit in the theater or mingle in the lobby to listen. Singalong lyrics will be provided. For more information, call (636) 328-5120.

Troy Church Presents “The Other Wise Man”
Friday, 7-9 p.m.
Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Rd.
$10; $2 children 12 and under

The story tells of another wise many who lived his life honoring Jesus. For more information, call (618) 667-6241.

DEC.  9

Old Belleville Historical Luminary Walk
Saturday, 5-9 p.m.
Downtown Belleville

Abend and Garfield streets lined with candle-filled luminaries, strolling carolers. Free hot chocolate. Take pictures with Santa. For more information, call (618) 233-6769.

Gingerbread Workshop in Edwardsville
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum, 722 Holyoake Rd.

Parent/child teams learn the basics of pastry decorating techniques. Registration required by calling (618) 692-2094.

Santa Breakfast in Troy
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center St., Troy
$5 per person; under 2 free

Children accompanied by an adult can register to have breakfast with Santa. Four adults to a family. To register, call (618) 667–6535.

Breakfast with Santa in Wood River
Saturday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Roundhouse at Central Park, 633 Wood River Ave.
Call for admission price

For more information, call (618) 251-3130.

Fairview Heights Christmas Spectacular
Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Four Points Sheraton, 319 Fountains Pkwy.
Free admission

Children will enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, games, a caricature artist and meeting Santa. There is a small fee for games and crafts. For more information, call (618) 489-2040.

Local Artist & Author Market
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Collinsville Memorial Library, 408 W. Main St.

Meet and support local authors and artists who will be selling their books, artwork, jewelry and crafts. For more information, call (618) 344-1112.

Whiteside PTC Holiday Market
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Whiteside Middle School, 111 Warrior Way, Belleville

Local crafters and vendors. Children can enjoy the kids’ corner, and pictures with Santa will be available for purchase. For more information, call (618) 239-0000.

Visit with Santa at Miner’s Theatre
Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
204 W. Main St., Collinsville

Free photos and cookies. All are welcome, including your favorite fur baby. For more information, call (618) 972-4236.

Tinsel Around Town
Saturday, noon-4 p.m.
Downtown O’Fallon, IL

The OTHS Madrigals will serenade shoppers with seasonal carols. Warm up around the fire pits and enjoy come complimentary hot cider and other goodies. For more information, call (618) 624-4500.

Elf: Interactive Movie Experience
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Bethalto Public Library, 321 S. Prairie St.

Win prizes, eat snacks, play games, and watch one of the best Christmas movies ever. For more information, call (618) 377-8141.

Canned Film Festival
Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
Rogue Theatre, 1320 Milton Rd., Alton
Five canned goods will get you admittance

Local food pantries will benefit for the showing of “The Christmas Story.” For more information, call (636) 328-5120.

Ladies Night Out
Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum, 722 Holyoake Rd.

Adults can shop the vendors, enjoy desserts, champagne, wine and raffles. The Museum will be closed to children for this event. For more information, call 618) 692-2094.

A Night at the Mouse Races
Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight
Alton VFW, 4445 N. Alby St.

Come and support the Junior Oilers 10U Softball Team by participating in live mouse races, raffles and mouse roulette. Beer and soda included in ticket price. For more information, call (618) 401-4192.

A Very Critter Christmas
Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Treehouse Wildlife Center, 23956 Green Acres Rd., Dow
Free; donations appreciated

Learn about the winter season for backyard wildlife, take a tour of the Center, participate in nature-based holiday crafts to take home, and have pictures taken with Santa and an owl for $6. Register by calling (618) 466-2990.

Free Sunday Movie in O’Fallon
Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m.
O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza

The movie this month is “Leap.” For more information, call (618) 632-3783.

Christmas with the St. Louis Brass
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon
$20; general seating $12

Ticket proceeds will benefit the St. Louis Brass Band. For more information, call (618) 537-6863.

Christmas Concert
Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Moreland Rd., Bethalto

The Bethalto Comunity Choir will present a program of Christmas music. For more information, call (618) 377-6472.

Christmas Workshop for Kids 5-13
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gordon F. Moore Community Park, 4550 College Ave., Alton
$20; $15 for each addition child in family

Free time for parents; fun for kids. Family photo time from 1-1:30 p.m. Bring your own camera. For more information, call (618) 463-3580.

Elf Workshop for Kids 5-12
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton

Each child will have the opportunity to make a holiday craft or gift while their parents shop. For more information, call (618) 462-5222.

Great Rivers Choral Society: Music for Choir and Brass
Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.
Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Rd., Godfrey
Unknown admittance fee

The choir will be joined by a brass ensemble to help celebrate the season. For more information, call (618)-798-1492.

DEC.  9-10

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford

Celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at the winter camp. Event includes exhibitors of vintage tools, guns, rock & minerals, military re-enactors and artillery. For more information, call (618) 251-5811.

Visit with Santa in Columbia
Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Monroe County Welcome Center, 6 Gall Road

Santa visits with children and poses for pictures. Bring your own camera. For more information, call (618) 281-8812.

DEC.  9-31

Train Show in Belleville
Oliver C. Joseph, Inc. 3795 IL-15

The Gateway Garden Railroad Club features a giant layout of large scale trains bigger than the Lionel s you remember and see a 1950 s Lionel department store model layout. For more information, call (618) 233-8140.

DEC.  10

Sing a Song of Christmas
Sunday, 6-8 p.m.
St. John UCC, 201 S. Meyer Ave., Valmeyer

The Valmeyer Community Chorus will present a holiday concert featuring sacred and secular Christmas music. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call (618) 581-6163.

DEC.  12

Grief, Loss, Change Support Group
Tuesday, 5-6:30 p.m.
Alton Multi-specialists conference room, 1 Professional Drive

For more information, call (618) 463-7100.

DEC.  13

Blood Drive in O’Fallon
Wednesday, 3-7 p.m.
VFW Post 805, 223 W. 1st St.

Call to make an appointment or register online (800) 733-2767 or Enter “O’Fallon” to schedule an appointment.


–Metro East Calendar of Events Dec. 7 – Dec. 13–