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November Events



Christmas is fast approaching and so is the 2017 Minier Christmas Parade. The parade steps off at 2pm on December 2nd. Don’t miss the festive start to the holiday season. Come see the Marching Spartans perform, the floats, the Tin Lizzies, local dignitaries, hero characters, Christmas characters and, of course, Santa Claus and his elves. Following the parade the Super Heroes and Santa will greet children at the Minier Fire Station. From 11am-4pm, home business vendors and local crafters will set up shop in the Masonic Lodge on Main Street in Minier. This is a perfect place to do Christmas shopping; there will be a wide range of Christmas gifts – food, candles, baskets, jewelry and more. To learn more, please send an email to


The Chiara Center will host the Franciscan Nativity Festival on Friday, December 1st from 2-7pm and Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd from noon-4pm. Free and open to the public, the Festival features more than 100 Nativity Sets, many of which are new entries to the annual Festival. The Chiara Center is located at 4875 LaVerna Rd in Springfield. To find out more, visit




Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts will present Decades Rewind Sleigh Ride on December 10th at 7pm! Decades Rewind is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Celebrate the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s from the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert. Join us for a special edition show, which will have holiday music from each decade of music. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309-434-2777.




It just isn’t Christmas until you’ve experienced the Peoria Area Civic Chorale’s “An American Family Christmas”! Get into the Yuletide spirit with beautiful music from classic carols like “The First Noel” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” to secular holiday favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” The show will be held at Five Points Washington on December 15th and 16th at 7:30pm and on December 17th at 3pm. Tickets are $8 for students, $20 for adults, and $18 for groups of 10 or more. To find out more or to purchase tickets, just call 309-693-6725.




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