Glow of the Season in Galena

December Events in Illinois

Check out exciting events across the state happening in December.

kewanee christmas lights

Holiday Lights Brighten Kewanee Park

Thousands and thousands of twinkling Christmas lights adorn the city streets, neighborhoods and Windmont Park in Kewanee for locals and visitors to enjoy.

quincy IL holiday lights

Light Up the Night in Quincy

Welcome the holiday season in Quincy at the dazzling Avenue of Lights event.

Christmas at the Mansions in Bloomington-Normal

Marvelous Mansions at Christmas at the Mansions

Celebrate the holidays with this annual three-stop historic home tour in Bloomington-Normal.

Holly Days

Warrenville Holly Days

Don’t miss the festivities at Warrenville Holly Days, featuring Santa’s arrival, a warm bonfire, horse and carriage rides and lots more.

Rudolph in Chicago

Rudolph the Chicago Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his start in Illinois’ own city of Chicago in 1939.

Christmas Around the World in Chicago

Head to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for their annual Christmas Around the World event.

Old Tyme Christmas in Metropolis

Experience Christmas like it was celebrated in the 18th century at Old Tyme Christmas at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis.

Christmas on the Square in Cambridge

Enjoy beautifully decorated homes, visits with Santa, holiday treats and the Festival of the Trees at Cambridge Main Street Christmas on the Square in Cambridge.

Once Upon a Holiday in Bloomington

Welcome the Christmas season in Bloomington, Illinois with an array of fun and festive activities.

Preservation Board Moves Quincy’s Annual Victorian Christmas Event to May

Tour six of Quincy’s historical and architecturally significant private homes decorated for the holidays during the town’s annual Christmas Candlelight

Holidays With Abe in Springfield

Discover where President Lincoln’s sons hung their stockings for Santa and how the family celebrated the holidays by taking a Christmas tour through the Lincoln Home in Springfield.

Galena Carriage Co, Galena

Travel Illinois: Galena

Galena proudly claims the home of President Grant, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, historical attractions galore and a thriving arts scene.

Candlelit Christmas

As much as we plan ahead for life’s most cherished holiday traditions, we often most remember the unplanned in our lives.


Holidays at Bishop Hill

Visit the Village of Bishop Hill in Northwestern Illinois for holiday festivals and shops and museums.


Memories Trim the Christmas Tree

Real trees provide long-remembered family experiences.