Metro East Calendar of Events Nov. 21 – Nov. 27

Christkindlmarkt opens for the season in Belleville Downtown Square on Nov. 23. (Photo courtesy of Belleville Christkindlmarkt)

NOV. 22

SIUE Turkey Trot
Thur. 8-9:30 a.m.
Vadalabene Center, Southern Illinois Univ., 1 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville

Bring the family to run in the ninth annual race. Kids’ Fun Run fee is $15. For more information, visit

Gobble Hobble Fun Run
Thur. 7-7:30 a.m.
Glik Park, 125 Sportsman Road, Highland

Before you get your first piece of pumpkin pie, join in a 2-mile fun run/walk. For more information, call 618-651-1386.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Thur. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Best Western, 3559 College Ave., Alton
$23; children under 12 $12; under 5 free

Dinner includes salad, roasted turkey, chicken pasta, and many sides. For more information, call 618-462-1220.

Thanksgiving Feast
Thur. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pere Marquette Lodge, 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton
$28.95; under 12 $10.95; 0-3 free

Let the cooks at the Lodge prepare your Thanksgiving meal for you. For more information, call 618-786-2331.

NOV.  23

Santa Parade in Belleville
Fri. 10 a.m.-noon
Downtown Belleville

Welcome Santa at the largest holiday parade in Southern Illinois. For more information, 618-233-6810.

Black Friday Pie Social
Fri. 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cambridge House of Maryville, 6960 Rte. 162, Maryville
Free admission

Take a break from Black Friday shopping to enjoy a slice of pie and a hot drink. For more information, call 618-288-2211.

Lighting of the Community Fountain
Fri. 6-8 p.m.
Public Square, Belleville

The holiday season in Belleville begins with the lighting of the fountain, caroling, cookies and hot cocoa. For more information, call 618-233-2015.

Lighted Christmas Parade in Highland
Fri. 6-8 p.m.
Crest View Lane

25th annual parade features lighted floats and ends with turning on the lights at the Square. For more information, call 618-654-3721.

NOV.  23-DEC. 23

Christkindlmarkt-German Christmas Market
Fridays all day
Belleville Downtown Public Square

Special shopping ideas and experiences. For more information, call 618-233-2015.

Visit Santa in Belleville
Daily, afternoons

The Optimist Club sponsors the house that gives kids a good place to visit with Santa. For more information, visit

NOV.  23-24

Candlelight Tours
Fri.-Sat. 6-9 p.m.
409 S. Buchanan St.
$10; children 6-12 $5

Historically garbed docents discuss the history of the Stephensen House as guests visit the festively decorated rooms. For more information, call 618-692-1818.

NOV.  23-25

Indian Market Days at Cahokia
Fri. noon-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
130 Ramey St., Collinsville

Vendors and American Indian artists will have jewelry, paintings, crafts, clothing, weavings, carvings, baskets, pottery, and sculpture for sale. For more information, call 618-346-5160.

NOV.  23-DEC. 26

Christmas Wonderland
Sat. & Sun. 5-9 p.m.; Mon.-Fri. 6-9 p.m.
Rock Springs Park, 2100 College Ave., Alton
Suggested donation $7 per car

More than 25 million lights are used in the display. For vehicles, larger than a small van, the admission fee is $1 per person. For more information, call 800-258-6645.

NOV.  24

Gingerbread House Workshop
Sat. 10 a.m.
Eckert’s Country Store, 951 S. Green Mt. Road, Belleville
$14 per house

Participants will be guided in the making of a gingerbread house. All materials supplied. For more information, call 618-233-0513.

Green Gift Bazaar
Sat. all day
YWCA of Alton, 304 E. 3rd St.

Unique and earth-friendly gifts for your whole family. For more information, call 618-463-1016.

Great River Road Run
Sat. begins at 10 a.m.
Downtown Alton

59th annual event features 2 and 10 mile courses that are flat and fast. For more information, visit

Bethalto Christmas Village Opening
Fri. & Sat. 5-8 p.m.
213 N. Prairie, Bethalto

Celebrate Christmas with a stroll through the decorated park, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, see a live nativity scene, and enjoy activities for children. The village will be open every Friday and Saturday evening through Dec. 22. For more information, call 618-377-8051.

NOV.  24-25

Great Train Show
Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville

Coast-to-coast model train show with hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, operating exhibits, and activities for children. For more information, call 618-344-2884.

NOV.  25

Pancake Breakfast
Sun. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
St. Mary’s Church, 1802 Madison Ave., Edwardsville
$8; children $4; family $25

The breakfast is a cooperation between the Knights of Columbus and Father McGivney Catholic High School. Menu includes pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, juice, and coffee. For more information, call 618-656-4857.

NOV.  27

Skin Cancer Screening
Tues. 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive

Screenings will be given by Dr. John Felder and Lorilee Sebesta, FNP-C. For an appointment, call 800-392-0936.

Introduction to Natural Childbirth
Tue. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
1st Floor, Smith Wing, Alton Memorial Hospital., 1 Memorial Drive

The class is meant as an introduction to options for those interested in non-medicated childbirth. To register, call 800-392-0936.


–Metro East Calendar of Events Nov. 21 – Nov. 27–