Taste of Alton Downtown
Thur. 5-8 p.m.
Argosy Casino, #1 Piasa St., Alton
Guests sample dishes from 17 restaurants under one roof. Live music provided from Matt Taul. Proceeds benefit Alton Main Street. For more information, 618-463-1016.
Community Tree Lighting
Fri. 5:30-8 p.m.
Lincoln-Douglas Square, Alton
Santa arrives on the trolley at 6 p.m. Carols, blessing of the tree, and speakers enhance the event. For more information, call 618-463-1016.
Riverbender Holiday Open House
Fri. 7-10 p.m.
Community Center, 200 W. 3rd St., Alton
Immediately following the Alton tree-lighting ceremony, families and friends are invited to the Riverbender Community Center to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, get free hot cocoa and brownies, and win attendance prizes. Free trolley rides. For more information, call 618-465-9850.
‘Harm for the Holidays’ Mystery Dinner Theater
Fri. 6:30-9-30 p.m.
Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton
Audience participation accompanies dinner and solves a mystery. For more information, call 618-786-2331
Frauenabend (Ladies Night Out)
Fri. 5-8:30 p.m.
Village of Maeystown
Ladies can enjoy carriage rides, luminaries, festive shops, and restaurants. For more information, call 618-580-5875.
“Way of Lights” Opens
Sat. 5-9 p.m.
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. Demazenod Drive, Belleville
Sparkling lights illuminate the grounds. For more information, call 618-397-6700.
Lebanon’s Victorian Holiday
Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.
W. St. Louis Street
The Ole’ Lamplighter strolls St. Louis Street lighting the store fronts, followed by visits with Father Christmas, carolers and madrigals. There will also be children’s activities, horse-drawn carriage rides and holiday treats. For more information, call 618-537-8420.
MASC Presents ‘Witness for the Prosecution’
Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m.
The Capitol Theatre, 202 S. Main St., Waterloo
$14; student/senior $12
Monroe Actors Stage Company performs a famous Agatha Christie play. For more information, call 618-939-7469.
Prepared Childbirth Saturday Class
Sat. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive, Alton
For more information, call 800-392-0936.
Metro East Model Railroad Open House
Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
180 Summit Ave., Glen Carbon
Come see the trains running on our 18×27 foot HO Scale Layout. For more information, call 618-476-9228.
Free Community Thanksgiving Meal
Sat. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Vaughn Hill Church of Christ, 662 S. Bellwood Drive, East Alton
All are invited – eat in or carry out. For more information, call 618-259-2100.
Sat. 7-9 p.m.
Grafton Winery, 21028 Eckert, Grafton
Pianists Charlie Brockus and Ian Taul will duel it out in a fundraiser for the Great Rivers Choral Society. Ticket includes heavy appetizers and cash bar. For more information, call 618-401-1450.
Free Concert, Lecture
Sat. 3-5 p.m.
Farley’s Music Hall, 37 Mill St., Elsah
Flautist Jennifer Wilhelms will perform her program, “Echo on the Breeze.” For more information, call 618-374-1059.
Santa Parade and Holiday Festival
Sat. 1 p.m.
Downtown Granite City
21st Annual Santa Parade also includes a chili cook-off. For more information, call 618-452-6200.
Harry Potter Party
Sat. 2-4:30 p.m.
Collinsville Library, 408 W. Main St.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with a Harry Potter Party at the Library. There will be Harry Potter games, crafts, and movies. For more information, call 618-344-1112.
Poinsettia Wonderland Open House
Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Millstadt Gardens, 6667 Route 158, Millstadt
See the largest display of Poinsettias in the area as well as Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, holiday cookies, and crafters. For more information, call 618-476-9600.
Tue. 10 a.m.-noon
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville
Master Naturalist-led tour of the native wetland, prairie, and forest habitats. For more information, call 618-466-2990.
–Metro East Calendar of Events Nov. 14 – Nov. 20–