Holiday Events in the Peoria Area

Holiday Events Peoria

Looking for Holiday Events in the Peoria Area?  Here’s a summary of the most popular events locally to help celebrate the holidays!

  • FOLEPI’s Winter Wonderland Opens on Thanksgiving evening and running through January 2nd.   Find full details about the event at www.folepi.org
  • The 134th Annual Peoria Santa Claus Parade – the longest-running parade in the US – will take place on Friday, November 26 in downtown Peoria.  Find more information  about the parade at https://explorepeoria.com/events/santa-claus-parade-2021
  • Small Business Saturday will take place at many Peoria area small businesses like the Sunbeam Building on Sheridan Road in Peoria.  Find full details about that event at https://explorepeoria.com/events/sunbeam-building-small-business-saturday
  • Shawn Degenhart and the Gospelfest Singers will present their 2021 Christmas concert, Christmas Classics, at Five Points Washington on Saturday.  Find more information about the concert at https://explorepeoria.com/events/gospelfest-christmas-classics
  • A Christmas to Remember will be presented at the Barn III Dinner Theatre in Goodfield running Thursdays – Sundays through New Years Eve. For ticket information, visit https://explorepeoria.com/events/barn-iii-dinner-theatre-a-christmas-to-remember-dec
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical will be presented at the newly renovated Scottish Rite Theatre December 2 – 5.  For performance times and tickets, click HERE
  • Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Holiday Parties will take place at the Broadway Lounge for 3 weekends beginning December 3rd.  Find more information and order tickets HERE
  • The Kris Kringle Market will take place at the Peoria Heights Tower Park from 3 – 7 pm at Tower Park on Friday, December 3.  Find more information at https://explorepeoria.com/events/kris-kringle-market
  • Christmas at the Fields, an original holiday revue, will be presented by the Metamora Thesbian Society at Metamora Fields Golf Club December 3 – 5 including a buffet meal.  For more details, visit https://explorepeoria.com/events/christmas-at-the-fields
  • The 20th Annual Christmas on Court will take place in downtown Pekin on Friday, December 3.  Find more information at https://explorepeoria.com/events/20th-annual-christmas-on-court
  • FOLEPI’s Shop & Stroll will take place in the Historic Four Corners District in East Peoria on Saturday, December 4th.  Find full details about all the East Peoria Festival of Lights events at www.folepi.org
  • Central Illinois Ballet’s Nutcracker will be performed at the ICC Performing Arts Center on December 4th & 5th.  Find times and tickets at https://explorepeoria.com/events/central-illinois-ballet-the-nutcracker
  • The Peoria Historical Society Annual Holiday Home Tour will take place on December 4th & 5th featuring the two home museums and a virtual tour of several other Peoria homes decorated for the holidays.  Find hours and ticket information at https://explorepeoria.com/events/holiday-home-tour-2021
  • The 38th Annual Stocking Stuffer Store will take place at Northwoods Mall running December 9 – 19.  All proceeds benefit Crittenton Centers.  For full hours and other details, visit https://explorepeoria.com/events/stocking-stuffer-store-2021
  • Christmas at the Movies will be presented by the Scottish Rite Theatre on December 9 and 10.  Featuring Shawn Degenhart and the Scottish Rite Pops Orchestra playing Christmas music from the movies as well as traditional holiday favorites, find tickets HERE
  • Friends in Harmony will present Christmas With Friends at Pekin Community High School on December 10 and 11.  Find details at https://explorepeoria.com/events/christmas-with-friends
  • Breakfast With Santa will be held at the Peoria Chapter of Izaak Walton League in Spring Bay on December 11.  Find more information, visit https://explorepeoria.com/events/breakfast-with-santa
  • Lunch with Santa & his Super Hero helpers will take place at the Broadway Lounge on Saturday, December 11 with 4 time slots:  at 11 am, 11:30a, Noon, or 12:30 pm.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com
  • The Peoria Area German Society will present Kristkindlmarkt which will take place at Expo Gardens on Saturday, December 11.  Featuring over 40 vendors with offering a variety of holiday arts and crafts, baked goods and imported items from Germany and Austria.  Find full details at https://explorepeoria.com/events/kristkindlmarkt-of-peoria
  • The Peoria Ballet will present the Nutcracker at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12.  Find times and ticket information at https://explorepeoria.com/events/peoria-ballet-the-nutcracker
  • Lessons and Carols will performed at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 11 at 6 pm and on Sunday, December 12 at 11:15 am. For more information, visit https://fumcpeoria.org
  • The Annual Peoria Sing-It-Yourself Messiah will take place as a Hum-It-Along at First Federated Church on Sunday, December 12 beginning at 2:30 pm.  The audience may not sing, but may hum along due to COVID restrictions.  For more information or to reserve seats, call 309-685-5258 or visit www.ffcpeoria.com
  • The Prairie Wind Ensemble will perform their Holiday Pops Concert concert at Five Points Washington on Sunday, December 12 beginning at 4 pm.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com
  • From Peoria to Lebanon is a partnership between the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Scottish Rite Theatre and  the Itoo (Aytou) Society consisting of an art exhibition at the Museum along with the concert to benefit Beruit, funding much-needed medical relief and supplies through the American Lebanese University.  An Art Auction will run December 15 – 22 featuring donated pieces from Lebanese artists.  World-Class pianist Dr. Tony Karam will perform at the Scottish Rite Theatre on Sunday, December 19 beginning at 2:30 pm.   For more information about the month-long benefit, click HERE
  • The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical will be presented at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Friday, December 17.  For ticket information, visit https://explorepeoria.com/events/the-elf-on-the-shelf-a-christmas-musical-2021
  • Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present An American Family Christmas at Five Points Washington on December 17 – 19.  Find more details at https://explorepeoria.com/events/an-american-family-christmas-2
  • The Peoria Players Holiday Special featuring the Peoria Area Performing Arts Studio will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre December 17 – 19.  Find ticket information and more details at https://explorepeoria.com/events/peoria-players-holiday-special-2021
  • The Peoria Pops Christmas will be presented at Five Points Washington on Wednesday, December 22.  For ticket and show information, visit https://explorepeoria.com/events/a-christmas-extravaganza-featuring-the-peoria-pops-orchestra
  • The New Year’s Eve Countdown will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday, December 31st from 3 – 6 pm with a kids ball drop at the conclusion of the event.  Find more details at https://explorepeoria.com/events/new-years-eve-countdown-2021 
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance will take place on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday, December 31st from 5 – 7 pm.  Featuring a prime rib buffet with all the trimmings and live big band dance music by Chuck & the C-Notes, for tickets, visit http://www.spiritofpeoria.com
  • Peoria Players Theatre will present Rock Around the Clock on New Year’s Eve beginning at 7:30 pm.  A a 50s & 60s musical revue, the $25 ticket includes  hors d’oeuvres at intermission and are available now by calling 309-688-4473 or at https://peoriaplayers.org
  • An All-Vaccinated New Year’s Eve Salsa event will take place at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria beginning at 8:30 pm with a complete with a dance lesson, party favors and a champagne toast.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com
  • The Get Lit New Year’s Eve Fun Run will take place at Folepi’s Winter Wonderland on New Year’s Eve beginning at 9 pm.  For more information, call 309-694-1740 or visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com
  • Enjoy a New Year’s Eve Party with Todd Kelly’s Water Street Stompers at the Broadway Lounge on New Year’s Eve beginning at 9 pm.  For more information, visit https://square.link
  • The Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos New Year’s Eve Bash will happen at the MAXAM Event Center in downtown Peoria featuring a dinner buffet, an extended version of the popular Dueling Pianos show and drinks (draft beer, wine, premium mixed drinks, soft drinks – no shots).  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com

Make sure to to check our Events Calendar frequently for holiday events in the Peoria Area as they are added!

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