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Black Diamond RV Superstore
2405 Black Diamond Drive, Marion, IL 62959
Shop the Christmas Market at Black Diamond RV Superstore!
Friday, November 27th 9AM-6PM
Saturday, November 28th 9AM-4PM
Indoor shopping with Over 25 Local Artisans & Homemade Goods, Live Music, Food Trucks, and Adult Beverages.
Admission is FREE! Be sure to add the Christmas Market at Black Diamond RV Superstore to your weekend shopping list!
If you are interested in being a vendor please contact Daphne at 618-316-1842.
Join us on November 27-28 for our second annual Holiday Shop Hop! We are extending the event this year to make sure everyone has enough time to explore our downtown, shop/eat local, and save big! Including the opportunity to win a grand prize ultimate downtown shopping experience valued at $1,000!
Make sure to mark interested in this event to stay up to date on participating locations!
How it works:
Pick up your Shop Hop card at ANY of the participating locations to get started. Have your card stamped at the register (no purchase necessary) at each location. Once completed, turn into ANY participating store at the register in exchange for a discount voucher redeemable one time at participating stores.
The grand prize shopping spree winner will be selected from the completed cards at random and announced after the event.
Participating Locations & Hours
**Please note to pay special attention to the hours of each boutique- some store hours may be extended**
Byassee Music and Sound
521 W. Main Street
Friday & Saturday 9AM-6PM
Join us on November 27th for the Opening Night of Herrin's Hometown Christmas! We will kick off the holiday season with the official arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree. The tree will be located in front of the First Southern Bank. Santa will arrive from the North Pole and be available throughout the evening to visit with the children. We also welcome you to walk down Park Avenue to marvel at the restored and recreated holiday decorations in the windows of our downtown businesses and on the city light posts.
Movie night this Friday, November 27th. Join us at 6pm for Elf OR at 9PM for Christmas Vacation. You can pre-order your tickets now online ($30 per car for each movie). Enjoy a classic Drive-In experience at Oasis Theater, located at the former Illinois Centre Mall.
Crown Brew Coffee Co.
107 E. Union St., Marion, IL 62959
Christmas Trees & Wreaths | Live Music | Food Trucks | Vendors | Horse Rides
Join us for an outdoor festive Christmas Market & Tree Lot Sunday, November 29 at 2-7pm in the Crown Brew parking lot
(107 E Union Street Marion, IL)
Christmas Trees are available for pre-sale and the day of. You can order your tree at themosaicinitiative.org/christmastrees
Funds raised will go to The Mosaic Initiative (a nonprofit organization located in Marion, IL) to combat sex trafficking and exploitation locally and globally.
*We kindly ask that you please follow CDC's mandated Covid-19 guidelines with social distancing & sanitization
Spread Christmas cheer in the Holiday Lights Contest!
Every entry will be mapped to encourage drive-by viewing. Prizes will be awarded by popular vote via this website and Facebook. In the event of a tie, the Mayor will make the deciding vote. Good luck to all!
1602 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL 62959
The Pavilion and Marion Carnegie Library have teamed up to bring Santa to Marion this season!
Come out to the Pavilion December 1st from 3-6 for your chance to meet Santa and get a special (socially distant) photo with him!
While you wait your turn in your vehicle, you will be able to tune in on your radio to enjoy some holiday tunes and stories!
A fun holiday to-go craft will also provided to the first 100 kids that come through!
*This event is free and open to the public
**Thank you to the MCCC Foundation for the use of the Santa House front porch and partially funding Santa's visit
111 N Division , Carterville, IL 62918
Gather up the littles and come by Bloom Boutique to get a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Each child will receive a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a package of delicious chocolate chip cookies to take home.
Shop for any last minute Christmas gifts while browsing at Bloom Boutique.
Photography by Taylor Rumsey Photography
Cookies by Heather's Bakeshop & More
Please RSVP so that we can safely accommodate those who wish to attend. We will be following safe social distancing guidelines required at the time of the event!
Help us keep the Holidays happy!
208 N 14th Street, Herrin, IL 62948
Instructor: Cathy Helleny
Materials: $10.00 Kits
Join this class & make your choice of ornaments. You can make Christmas Spider, Poinsettia, or Icicle. Registration is required for kit availability.
Black Diamond Harley-Davidson
2400 Williamson County Parkway, Marion, IL 62959
Join us for the first ride of the year! The Polar Bear ride is a tradition among Motorcycle riders. We begin the New Year the best way we know how...With a ride! Meet at the dealership at 10:30am and kickstands up at 11:30am. Free Breakfast, Giveaways and more! More info to come. ALL MOTORCYCLES and VEHICLES WELCOME!
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place with over 100+ vendors to choose from- all under one roof!
Meet vendors, sample the services, and potentially even find your dream dress during the fashion show. Fashion Show begins at 3pm with the Cake Eating Contest brought to you by Diamond Designs and Marks Bakery directly afterwards. Presented by River Radio and Joyce's Boutique & The Pageant Room.
Don't miss the premier social event of Southern Illinois, the Annual Red Carpet Gala presented by Heartland Regional Medical Center. Individual Tickets are $100 each, at table of 8 is $650 and table of 12 is $900.