‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
Thur.& Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 1:30 p.m.
Peoria Players Theatre, 4300 N. University St.
$15; children $10
The musical version of the popular Christmas story will be performed by the Community Children’s Theatre. For more information, visit cctpeoira.org.
‘The Messiah’ Sing-along at ISU
Fri. 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Concert Hall, 400 W. Beaufort St., Normal
The Illinois State University Friends of the Arts is hosting a sing-along concert of Handel’s Messiah. For more information, visit finearts.illinoisstate.edu/foa/.
Fri. 7 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center Arena, 201 SW Jefferson St.
Everyone should see the Globetrotters at least once…and as often as possible. For tickets, call 800-745-3000.
Christmas Rocks at the Pops
Fri. 7 p.m.
Washington Five Points, 360 N. Wilmor Road
$12; seniors $10; students $8
The Peoria Pops Orchestra presents a Christmas concert. For more information, call 309-444-8222.
A Christmas Garden Party
Fri. 4-6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.;
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N. Prospect Road, Peoria
$8; child $6
Enjoy a poinsettia display, music, the Hall of Christmas Trees, and door prizes. For more information, call 309-681-3506.
Holiday Shop & Stroll
Fri. 6-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 6-8:30 p.m.
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N. Forest Park Drive,
Free, donations appreciated
Stroll a forest path lit with luminaries, enjoy seasonal entertainment, and shop at the Nature Art Show and the Trailhead Nature Store. For more information, call 309-686-3360.
Midwest Open Indoor Archery Tournament
Fri. noon-8 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 201 SW Jefferson St.
Free for spectators
12th annual Pro/Am attracts novice to professional archers from across the World. For more information, visit peoriaciviccenter.com.
Santa’s Wildlife Express
Fri. 4-8 p.m.; Sat. 2-8 p.m.; Sun. 2-7 p.m.
Wildlife Prairie Park, 3826 N. Taylor Road, Hanna City
Reserve your place on the train that rides through the woods, as well as decorating holiday cookies, and seeing animals open their gifts. For reservations, call 309-676-0998.
‘It’s a Wonderful Death’
Fri. – Sun., 5:30
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 State Route 9, Mackinaw
Participate in the murder mystery dinner theater wherein something dire will happen at a Christmas party. Three complimentary wine samples per guest plus a buffet dinner served after the first act. For more information, visit mackinawvalleyvineyard.com.
Handel’s Messiah Performed in Peoria
Sat. 7:30 p.m.
Grace Presbyterian Church, 8607 IL-91
The Peoria Symphony Orchestra teams with the Apollo Chorus from Chicago to offer the season’s classic oratorio. For more information, visit peoriasymphonyorchestra.org.
Make a 3D Ornament
Sat. 2-4 p.m.
Studio 3, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St.
Design and create your own 3D printed ornaments from snowflakes to snowmen. No experience required. For more information, call 309-686-7000.
Critter Christmas at the Zoo
Sat. 9-11 a.m.
Peoria Zoo, 2320 N. Prospect Road
$18; child $12
Enjoy breakfast and crafts with Santa and then watch the animals receive their special treats. For more information, call 309-686-3365.
Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lindenhof, 7601 N. Harker Drive, Peoria
The Harmonie-Concordia Singers and the Peoria German-American Society host a vendor event which also offers German food. For more information, visit peoriagermans.com.
Nutcracker Ballet Performed in Peoria
Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center Theater, 201 SW Jefferson St.
The classic ballet will be performed by the Peoria Ballet with music provided by the Heartland Festival Orchestra. For more information, call 800-745-3000.
A Very Electric Christmas
Sun. beginning at 2:30 p.m.
ICC Performing Arts Center, 1 College Drive, East Peoria
$25; students $15
Lightwire Theater presents a program to inspire. For tickets call 309-694-5136.
Washington Christmas Home Tour
Tue. 1-4 & 6-9 p.m.
105 Zinser Place
See five decorated houses in Washington. For more information, call 309-444-4793.
–Tazewell County Calendar of Events Dec. 5 – Dec. 11–