December Events in Illinois
Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas
Dec. 6, Lerna
Celebrate the voice of Sam the Snowman, Burl Ives, with family-friendly activities including bonfires, hot cocoa and cookies, horse rides and much more at the annual Jasper County Holly Jolly Christmas.
Let the kids come along for a visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and several characters from the famous “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” movie. Cap off the fun event with carolers and musicians playing Christmas favorites at 7 p.m. in the town square. To learn more, call (618) 783-3399 or visit newtonillinois.com.
Taste of Chocolate
Dec. 6, Grafton
Chocolate lovers unite!
Visit the southwestern Illinois town of Grafton during its annual Taste of Chocolate event to enjoy dozens of homemade chocolate creations from local businesses and residents.
Sponsored by the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and held at the Grafton Winery, this event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $7 per person. Guests can enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee with their chocolate creations. Anyone with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss this delicious event.
For more information, call (618) 786-3001 or visit enjoygrafton.com.
Christmas at the Farm
Dec. 7 and 14, Yorkville
Bring the family to the Lyon Farm and Village in Yorkville just south of Aurora for an old-fashioned Christmas experience.
Operated by the Kendall County Historical Society, Lyon Farm features 15 historical buildings that trace the history of Kendall County plus many more interesting destinations, including a fully stocked general store, an 1840s schoolhouse and more.
Kids can make various Christmas crafts and listen to classic holiday storytelling. Other highlights include a train display around the Christmas tree, roasted chestnuts and, of course, a visit and photo with Santa Claus.
Lyon Farm and Village holds its Christmas event on two consecutive Sundays, Dec. 7 and 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (630) 553-6777 or visit kchs.co.
Light Up the Night
Dec. 7, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015, Kewanee
The streets of Kewanee are aglow in early December for the Drive of Lights to celebrate the holiday season. Thousands and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights adorn the city streets, neighborhoods and Windmont Park for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Take a drive through Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut neighborhoods, walk through the park, listen to carolers and enjoy cookies in the park’s shelterhouse.
To learn more, visit Kewanee’s website or call (309) 852-2175.
Night of Luminaria
Dec. 13, Galena
More than 5,000 candlelit luminaries illuminate the streets of Galena for one of the most beautiful sights of the holiday season.
During the Night of Luminaria, visitors can drive, walk, or take a trolley or carriage ride down the streets of the Northwestern Illinois town as the luminaries come alive at dusk. Walk through Grant Park or stop on Prospect Street for some of the most stunning views. Take advantage of the extended hours at local businesses for last-minute Christmas shopping, and dine at one of Galena’s delicious restaurants.
The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Find out more about the Night of Luminaria at visitgalena.org.