Luthy Botanical Gardens Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show

Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show in Peoria

Step into a winter wonderland filled with hundreds of poinsettias at Luthy Botanical Garden’s Candlelight Walk and Poinsettia Show in Peoria, Illinois.

Festival of Lights in Shelbyville

Kick off the holiday season at Forest Park’s annual Festival of Lights in Shelbyville, IL, featuring thousands of twinkling lights.

Once Upon a Holiday in Bloomington

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

Shenandoah Tree Farm in Alma

Fine Pines at Shenandoah Christmas Tree Farm

Shenandoah Christmas Tree Farm in Alma, Illinois provides beautiful trees and fun activities for the whole family.

Galena Artists' Guild

Night By Candlelight in Galena

The Night of the Luminaria in Galena shines each winter.


Hear the Train Whistle Blow at Chicago’s Winter Flower and Train Show

Watch model trains wind and weave through a small village of red, white and pink poinsettias during the Winter Flower & Train Show.


Give the Gift of Riley’s in Pittsfield

Spice up your meals with Riley’s Seasonings and Spices from Pittsfield.

One-Stop Shop at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show

Shop til you drop at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago.

Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Recent research has shown that providing garden birds extra food during cold months helps ensure a more successful breeding season in the springtime.

Farm Facts: Mad About Mistletoe

Facts and trivia about the season’s romantic plant: mistletoe.


Travel Illinois: Peoria

There’s no better time than winter to visit Peoria, when we all long for a touch of the familiar and the comfortable. The fact this city has attractions galore doesn’t hurt, either.


Farm Facts: Evergreens

This winter, swap out your artificial tree for an evergreen variety.


The Gift of Illinois Foods

Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Buy local for holiday presents. There are some great gift ideas made in Illinois.

Simplify Gift-Giving With This Handy Worksheet

Track how much you spend on gifts this holiday season.

rosemary plants

Rosemary, a Versatile Winter Herb

Rosemary, a perennial evergreen shrub, can easily be grown in a home or garage during the winter months. The key is to make sure the area is cool and moist.

Christmas Tree Farms in Illinois

Christmas Trees: Find a Farm in Illinois

‘Tis the season to traipse across Illinois farms with your families in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

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.

The Naperville Riverwalk in Naperville, Illinois, is about 2 miles long and is a popular spot for jogging and walking.

Travel Illinois: Naperville

Visitors love Naperville for its proximity to several major interstates, free parking throughout the city and plenty of green space, with more than 130 parks, four sports complexes and two golf courses.

Sledders, Cattle Gather Where the Illinois Prairie Slopes

Illinois’ biggest hills are often in cattle pastures, designated for grazing livestock – and they’re great for sledding.


Four Ways To Use Turkey Leftovers

Even when the holidays are over, your fridge may still be filled with the remainder of that huge turkey. But your delicious holiday leftovers do not have to go to waste; in fact, you can create fun, tasty dishes that are a far cry from a simple sandwich.


Holidays at Bishop Hill

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