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Dec
01

Christmas in Carterville
December 01, 2017

Downtown Carterville | 07:00 pm
 
The Annual Christmas in Carterville is a Free community event sponsored by the City of Carterville, with help from many local businesses and volunteers.  The Downtown streets are closed-off in the afternoon to allow for a safe and fun Christmas experience.
 
The first Friday in December, downtown businesses open their doors to provide endless options for memory making with families.  From visits with Santa, hot cider, hot chocolate, chilli, hot dogs, barbeques, ornament making, candy land trail, and letters to Santa to carriage rides, live entertainment and more, the downtown streets buzz with excitement. Carolers, kettle corn, cookies, christmas trees and wreaths help bring people together to celebrate the season.  There is also a Christmas Market for those looking for something special for their loved ones.
 
Mark your calendars for the Downtown Christmas in Carterville, it is something you don't want to miss!
 
101 South Division Street- Carterville, IL 62918
618-985-2252
www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-Carterville-317982874885302

Dec
01

Murder Mystery Dinner and Show
December 01, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 05:00 pm
 
Come out to Legends on December 1st for a Murder Mystery Dinner & Show put on by Jest Entertainment. Social hour will begin at 5pm, with the show beginning at 6pm.
Menu:
Bread Rolls and Butter
House Salad with choice of House, Ranch, Blue Cheese or Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Appetizer:
Crunchy Ahi Tuna Roll with Toasted Sesame Ginger and Wasabi Mayo
Entrees:
Grilled Chicken Breast with Pesto Sauce
House Smoked Pork Loin with a Sweet and Spicy Cherry Sauce
Vegetarian Option available as requested
Sides:
Herbed Wild Rice Blend
Colorful Vegetable Medley
Dessert:
Brown Sugar Glazed Kouign Amann with Pecans
 
Tickets are very limited for this event and pre-purchase is required.
 
326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/WalkersBluff/

Dec
01

Eli Tellor Live
December 01, 2017

Historic Log Cabin Tavern | 08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

 

Eli Tellor performs live Friday, December 1st from 8pm-11pm!

 

1105 South Court Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-9537
https://www.facebook.com/events/1552906331456490/

Dec
01

Christmas Extravaganza-Small Business Saturday
December 01, 2017 - December 02, 2017

Irons In The Fire | 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
 
On Friday, November 24 from 8am to 6pm Irons In The Fire will be kicking off the holiday shopping season with a Christmas Extravaganza on Small Business Saturday!  Come early to win a door prize and get exclusive deals.  Deerly Doe, Southern Doe Lips, Irons In The Fire, Live Simple Shop, Crown Brew Coffee Co., and many local vendors encourage you shop local this holiday season.  With live music from The Rices - Southern Gospel, vendor fairs, and sales that can't be beat, it's time to mark your calendars and get ready to cross gifts of your Christmas shopping list.
 
Also, stop by again on November 25th, December 1st, and December 2nd from 8am-5pm!
 
113 Jersey Street, Carterville, Illinois 62918
(618) 713-7950
https://www.facebook.com/events/332154360527414/

Dec
01

Date Night in the Cave
Weekly on Fridays
October 20, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
 
Bring that special someone out to the Tasting Room to enjoy the unique atmosphere and a lovely dinner for two!  Cost is $45 per couple.
 
14250 Meridian Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/WalkersBluff/

Dec
02

Downtown Holiday Fair
December 02, 2017

Dotty Event Center | 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
The Herrin High School Class of 2018 Project Graduation Committee is hosting a Holiday Vendor Fair.  This event is a great way to grab some unique holiday gifts from local vendors and support the senior class.  The list of vendors will be updated as the event date gets closer.  This is will be a fun-filled event of shopping, silent auction, raffles, and much more!
 
210 North Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
(618) 988-2192
https://www.facebook.com/events/1856753241308461

Dec
02

Teen Games
The Weekends on Saturdays
April 15, 2017 - April 14, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
 
Free gaming open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1976725895892270

Dec
04

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
December 04, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:00 pm
 
Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm!  Marking the 25th North American Anniversary Tour in 2017, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production values and world class Russian artists.  Larger than life puppets and nesting dolls, and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.  Gather the family and see why the press raves this show a “Knock Out!” – New York Times.
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030
groups@nutcracker.com

https://www.facebook.com/nutcracker.moscowballet/

Dec
04

Tai Chi
Weekly on Mondays
April 17, 2017 - April 16, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 09:00 am - 10:00 am
 
Beginner level Tai Chi Class.  Free and open to the public of all ages.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1741624636128454

Dec
04

Lego Club
The First Monday and The Third Monday of the Month
April 17, 2017 - April 16, 2018

Marion Carnegie Library | 05:30 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Come to the Children’s Department for a fun-filled evening of Legos for all children up to 12 years.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/392501397787142

Dec
05

Story Hour
Weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
November 01, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
 
Stories, snacks and activities for pre-school age children.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935

Dec
06

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
December 06, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 06:30 pm
 
JCDM presents: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center! Come out for a night of storytelling and dance. Dress rehearsals will begin at 3:30 that day.
 
800 Tower Square Plaza Marion- IL 62959
618-997-4030
https://www.facebook.com/events/918860068283878

Dec
06

Teen Craft Night
December 06, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Fun crafts for ages 12-19.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/285378071951095/

Dec
07

Free Photos With Santa
December 07, 2017

Shawnee Dreams Photography and Framing | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

 

Shawnee Dreams and Country Creations are happy to announce that they will be having Santa for a Free Photo day on December 7th from 5pm to 7pm.  Santa will arrive by Firetruck at 5pm courtesy of Williamson County Fire Protection District Station 3. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Lighthouse Shelter.  Additional Photos are available at reduced rates.

 

19205 Crab Orchard Rd, Marion, Illinois 62959
(618) 982-2572
https://www.facebook.com/events/1926337954359370/

Dec
07

Winter Wonderland
December 07, 2017 - December 11, 2017

Rent One Park | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
 
Fans and families are invited to the ballpark for it's 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland!  The magic continues all weekend long with fun winter activities for the whole family.
 
Friday, December 8th:
     Hours: 6pm-10pm
     Carriage Rides: 6pm-8:30pm
     Fireworks Spectacular: 9pm
 
Saturday, December 9th
     Hours: 11am-9pm
     Carriage Rides: 12pm-7pm
 
Sunday, December 10th
     Hours: 1pm-8pm
     Carriage Rides: 1pm-7pm
 
Admission is $3 on Friday and $2 on Saturday & Sunday.  Admission for children under 2 is FREE, though activities fees still apply.  ALL children 12 years and under MUST be accompanied by a person 16 years or older.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event.  Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.  Tickets are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable.
 
Activities include carriage rides ($3 per rider), ice skating ($5, including skate rental), a 31 foot-high Giant Snowzilla, Jr. slide ($3), a challenging snow maze ($3), Glow-In-The-Dark mini golf ($2 per golfer), snowball fights, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (FREE), and more!  Holiday treats, drinks and concession favorites will be available for purchase.
 
Fans can purchase an All-Access wristband, which gives access to all activities, except carriage rides, for $14 on Friday night (a savings of $2) and $12 on Saturday (a savings of $3).  Like last year, fans can enjoy activity tables and games, and fans can also send holiday letters to soldiers and veterans of the military.  New this year, the Miners will be teaming up with various not-for-profits this holiday season, and will be hosting the popular Christmas Playhouse Village Fundraiser for CASA of Williamson County.  The playhouses, constructed by local high school students, will be located on the concourse during Winter Wonderland, and fans can walk around the houses and purchase raffle tickets to win.
 
1000 Miners Drive- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 998-8499
https://www.facebook.com/SIMINERS/

Dec
08

Winter Shoppingland Craft/Vendor Event & Coat Drive
December 08, 2017

Herrin Elks | 04:30 pm - 08:00 pm
 
Join A Kiss Good-buy Consignment Shop for their 2nd Annual Craft/Vendor Event and Coat Drive at 4:30pm on Friday, December 8th.  Coats and Blankets will be collected to distribute to local shelters and other organizations.  There will be unique crafters for your last minute shopping, coffee and hot chocolate provided.  The Elks will open to the public for food/drink purchases!
 
221 East Monroe Street- Herrin, IL 62948
618-942-5653
(618) 942-6446

Dec
08

Christmas Holiday Open House
December 08, 2017

Herrin City Hall | 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
 
Come out to the 3rd Annual Christmas Holiday Open House!  Make ornaments, meet Santa, and much more fun!  Free drawing for a boys and girls bike!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
300 North Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
618-942-3175
https://www.facebook.com/CityOfHerrin/

Dec
09

Jaimee Paul - Christmas Time is Here
December 09, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 07:30 pm
 
Jazz vocalist, Jaimee Paul, sings and swings in the holiday season with an eclectic mix of arrangements of Christmas classics including Big Band, lush orchestration, jazz combo, and intimate acoustic renditions.
 
Raised in Southern Illinois, Jaimee Paul found herself falling in love with the soulful sounds of Gospel, Blues and Jazz.  Coming from a musical family, music constantly filled the house, ranging from Beethoven to Bing Crosby and Abba to Aretha Franklin.  She began singing in church at the young age of 4, and has never stopped!
 
Doors at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets range from $25-$35.  All ages welcome!
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030

Dec
09

Breakfast with Santa
Weekly on Saturdays
December 09, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Walker's Bluff | 08:00 am - 11:30 am
 
Santa Clause is comin' to town!  Walker's Bluff continues to bring holiday joy to your family this year with another wonderful breakfast with Old Saint Nicholas.  Santa will visit on three Saturdays in December at Legends.  Call today to make your reservation!
 
MENU - Both include unlimited drink bar (juice, milk, coffee, hot coco, tea, soda, water)
 
Adults:
$13.99 - Pancake, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon
 
Ages 2-12:
$6.99 - Pancake, Scrambled Eggs, Berries
 
2 and under: FREE
 
326 Vermont Road- Carterville, IL 62918
618-956-9900
https://www.facebook.com/events/134648833822689

Dec
10

Birding Tour
December 10, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 08:15 am
 
Come and join us for a birding tour guided by Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers.  Experienced birders will lead the tour.  Binoculars are available at the Refuge Visitor center for check-out.  Reservations are required.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Dec
11

Christmas at the Library
December 11, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 07:00 pm
 
Come and enjoy a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and a couple Elves from the North Pole!  Crafts and snacks included.  FREE and open to the public.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/291194878060589/

Dec
13

Stem: Fake Snow
December 13, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
 
Come and learn how to make fake snow and also how to construct your own snow shovel!  FREE and open to ages 9-19.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/126424234735505/

Dec
16

Blend Acapella's Farewell Tour Doo Wop Christmas Concert
December 16, 2017

The Herrin Civic Center | 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 
This is one of Blend's last concerts on their farewell tour! Come out to the Herin Civic Center for Blend Acapella's Doo Wop Christmas concert, which benefits The Robert N. Brewer Family Foundation scholarship program. Saturday, December 16th. Doors open at 6; Concert starts at 7. Call Marie at 618 988 1234 to reserve tickets. Tickets $10 each.
 
101 S 16th St, Herrin, Illinois 62948
(618) 942-6115
https://www.facebook.com/events/347652465660563/

Dec
16

Santa Photos & Toys-R-Us Gift Card Giveaway
December 16, 2017

Robert N. Brewer Family Foundation | 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
 
Drop by the Robert N. Brewer Family Foundation as they open their doors to the community for FREE pictures with Santa from 12pm-5pm.  If your children bring a letter to Santa, they will get a response mailed back to them.  Register to win a $100 Toys-R-Us gift card.  Winner will be telephoned by Santa at 5pm.
 
The Robert N. Brewer Family Foundation awards Scholarships to graduating Herrin and Marion High School Seniors.  Join us later in the evening for a benefit Christmas concert at the Herrin Civic Center featuring Blend Acapella Doo Wop!
 
Please remember to bring your own camera!
 
Two North Park Avenue- Herrin, IL 62948
618-988-1234
Marie

Dec
16

Very Merry Christmas Tour
December 16, 2017

Marion Cultural and Civic Center | 03:00 pm
 
Come out to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center for Very Merry Christmas Tour!  Newsong, Crowder, and Sarah Reeves will be performing.  Performances will be at 3pm and 7:30pm with doors opening an hour beforehand.  Tickets range from $21-$25 and all ages are welcome.
 
800 Tower Square Plaza- Marion IL, 62959
618-997-4030

Dec
16

Southern Illinois Roller Girls Season's Beatings
December 16, 2017

The Pavilion | 05:00 pm - 11:00 pm
 
Come on out to The Pavilion to see the last bouts of the season!  The Southern Illinois Roller Girls are hosting two scrimmages on Saturday, December 16th.  As part of a closing to their competitive season, they like to host a public scrimmage to show off how hard their skaters have worked this year.  There will be skaters from the Brigade of Handsome Gentleman, SIRG, and others from the surrounding teams.  Proceeds from this event will go to the Southern Illinois AIDS Holiday Project.
 
Doors open at 5pm
1st Scrimmage at 6pm
2nd Scrimmage at 7:30pm
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Kids 12 and under are FREE!
Adults must be 21+ to enjoy an alcoholic beverage.
 
1602 Sioux Drive- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-2657
https://www.facebook.com/events/1499027636845331/

Dec
22

Tacky Teen Christmas Party
December 22, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
 
Wear the tacky Christmas shirt you make on Wednesday, December 20th at craft night and join this fun Christmas Party. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1977602302511809/

Dec
28

Drive-In Movie
December 28, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
 
Come enjoy this drive-in showing of "Snow Buddies" in your decorated cardboard box car. In this spin-off of the Air Bud franchise, five pups follow an ice cream transport truck to a plane and end up flying with the ice cream shipment to Alaska. There they find a pup friend and a boy who needs five dogs for a big race. Rated G. Free and open to all kindergarten through sixth grade children.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611648372232093/

Dec
28

Teen Game Day
December 28, 2017

Marion Carnegie Library | 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm
 
Come enjoy video games and board games on this nice winter day. Free and open to all 12-19 year olds.
 
206 South Market Street- Marion, IL 62959
618-993-5935
https://www.facebook.com/events/124485148232711/

Dec
31

The Event
December 31, 2017 - January 01, 2018

Kokopelli Golf Club & Clubhouse Restaurant | 06:30 pm - 01:00 am
 
Come ring-in 2018 at Kokopelli Golf Club's first New Year’s Eve Party!  This party will be the first of its kind in Southern Illinois and one that you won’t want to miss.  Kokopelli’s elegant ambiance will provide the perfect backdrop for our celebration.  David Hays will prepare a gourmet selection of international cuisine and deserts for an evening of delicious “grazing”.
 
“The Main Stage” will feature Stretta, a premier cover band from Nashville, TN.  Stretta will have everyone out of their seats and dancing with popular songs spanning five decades.  As part of our fundraising efforts, “The Second Stage” will feature a Casino Night atmosphere complete with roulette and blackjack tables.  Professional dealers from St. Louis Casino Party will be in charge of running the casino.
 
Our Photo Booth, from My Michelle’s, will capture you and your friends on film in New Year’s Eve hats and masks to commemorate our celebration.  At midnight, we will ring in the new year with a champagne toast and a fireworks display by Frierdich Fireworks of Belleville, followed by a tasty Midnight Snack.
 
Country Inn & Suites is offering discounted room rates for guests that would prefer to stay in “the neighborhood” rather than drive home.  River-to-River will provide a shuttle from the hotel to Kokopelli and back to the hotel after the event.  River-to-River is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. This is Kokopelli's way of giving back to the community and an opportunity for you to help them as well.  Come enjoy a fun and memorable evening!
 
1527 Champions Drive- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-5656
banquets@kokopelligolf.com