Metro East Calendar of Events Dec. 5 – Dec. 9

The Nutcracker will be performed at Durham Hall, SIU Edwardsville Dec. 8-9.

DEC.  7

Paper Airplane Competition
Fri. 6-10 p.m.
Riverbender Community Center, 200 W. 3rd St., Alton

Fold a paper airplane. Decorate and name it and enter it in the distance and display competition. Plus, meet a real-life U.S. Air Force pilot in honor of International Civil Aviation Day. For more information, call 618-465-9850, ext. 212.

Free HIV Testing
Fri. 8:30 a.m.
Madison County Health Dept., 101 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River

Confidential testing to determine the presence of HIV. For more information, call 618-692-8954, ext. 2.

Friday at the Movies: ‘Holiday Inn’
Fri. 9:30-11 a.m.
Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main St.

Enjoy coffee and donuts as you watch the 1942 Bing Crosby movie. For more information, call 618-288-1212.

Interactive White Christmas
Thur. 7 p.m.
Wildey Theater, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville
$15; seniors $12; students $10

Everyone gets a free goodie bag with special props to use during the annual showing of the movie. For more information, call 618-307-1750.

DEC.  7-8

ALT Presents ‘Smoke/Mountain Homecoming’
Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2-4 p.m.
2450 N Henry St., Alton
$25; youths $12

Alton Little Theater brings back the Singing Sanders Family. For more information, call 618-462-3205.

DEC.   8

Christmas Ugly Sweater 5K
Sat. 8-11 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Ministries, 600 Water St., Edwardsville

Wear you ugliest sweater and run to benefit Edwardsville Neighbors-In-Need and Glen-Ed Food Pantry while enjoying Christmas music, hot cocoa, and cookies. For more information, call 618-656-2918.

Model Train Show
Sat. 10 a.m-3 p.m.
Glen Carbon Village Hall, 180 Summit Ave.

See the trains running on the 18×27 foot HO Scale layout. For more information, call 618-476-9228.

RiverBend Bluegrass Band
Sat. 7-9 p.m.
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway, Alton

Cabaret seating to hear the traditional five-piece bluegrass band. For more information, call 618-462-5222.

Old Belleville Historical Luminary Walk
Sat. noon-3 p.m.
Downtown Belleville

Abend and Garfield streets will be lined with luminaries. You can expect strolling carolers, hot chocolate, candy canes, and Santa. For more information, call 618-233-6769.

Elizabethan Christmas
Sat. 7:30 p.m.
Godfrey First UM Church, 1100 Airport Road, Godfrey

Enjoy the sounds of the Great Rivers Choral Society as they perform Christmas music. For more information, visit

ASO Christmas Concerts
Sat. 4-5 & 7-10 p.m.
Hatheway Cultural Center, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey

The Alton Symphony Orchestra presents two concerts: the Jingle Bell Concert for children from 4-5 p.m. and “In the Nick of Time” Holiday Concert from 7-10. For more information, call 618-467-2326.

Large-Scale Model Train
Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oliver C. Joseph, Inc., 3795 IL-15, Belleville

The Gateway Garden Railroad Club offers a giant layout of large-scale trains bigger than the Lionel’s you remember. Show continues into December. For more information, call 618-233-8140.

DEC.  8-9

The Nutcracker Performed
Sat. 2 & 7; Sun. 2 p.m.
Durham Hall, SIU Edwardsville
$20; children $15

The University will host the classic Tchaikovsky ballet performed by Turning Pointe Academy of Dance. For more information, call 618-650-5555.

Arrival at Camp River Dubois
Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, 3500 New Poag Road, Hartford

Come celebrate the arrival of Lewis and Clark at the site where William Clark and his men arrived at Riviere a Dubois. Event includes re-enactors portraying life in the camp. For more information, call 618-251-5811.

Christmas Pickers’ Market
Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Clair Event Center, 1550 E. State Rte. 15., Belleville

Everything from fine antiques to plain old junk. For more information, call 618-830-7552.

DEC.  9

Bethalto Spirit Victorian Christmas Walk
Sun. 4-7 p.m.
213 N. Prairie St., Bethalto

Stroll through the downtown area, view the storefront decorations, costumed characters, and snacks. Special activities for children including Father Christmas. For more information, call 618-377-8051.

Tribute Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sun. 3 and 7 p.m.
Enjoy Church, 3303 Homer Adams Pkwy.,

The show combines the thunder of rock with the beauty of classical. For more information, call 618-465-5433.

L&C Gospel Choir Debut Concert
Sun. 4 p.m.
Hatheway Cultural Center, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey

The new choir at Lewis and Clark Community College is under the direction of Brenda Lancaster. For more information, call 618-468-4731.

Visit Santa in Columbia
Sun. noon-5 p.m.
Miller Flege House, 140 S. Main St.

Kids can visit with Santa and then enjoy crafts and refreshments. For more information, call 618-281-7144, ext. 134.



–Metro East Calendar of Events Dec. 5 – Dec. 9–