Woodford County Calendar of Events Dec. 5 – Dec. 11

Santa’s Wildlife Express comes to the Wildlife Prairie Park this weekend Dec. 7-9. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Prairie Park)

DEC. 6-9

‘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.

DEC. 7

Guy’s Night at LHJD
Fri. 4-8 p.m.
Lucky Hunter Jewelry Design, 114 N. Main, Eureka

The show ‘Whiskey and Wishes’ will give men good ideas for holiday gifts. For more information, call 309-467-5252.

‘The Messiah’ Sing-along at ISU
Fri. 7 p.m.
Performing Arts Concert Hall, 400 W. Beaufort St., Normal
Free-will donation

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/.

Harlem Globetrotters
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 Rd.
$12; seniors $10; students $8

The Peoria Pops Orchestra presents a Christmas concert. For more information, call 309-444-8222.

DEC.  7-9

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.

DEC. 8

Breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Sat. 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Filger Library, 261 E. 5th St., Minonk

Family photo opportunity with Santa as well as stories, crafts, and donuts. To register, call 309-432-2929.

Make and Take Stuffed Animal Workshop
Sat. 9 a.m.
Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St.

Kids can stuff their own friend and take it home. Supplies limited. For reservations, call 309-467-2922.

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
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.

DEC.  8-9

Kristkindl Markt
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
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.

DEC. 9

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.

DEC. 11

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.



–Woodford County Calendar of Events Dec. 5 – Dec. 11–