Winter Weather Forces Changes to Community Events
WSIL -- Our recent winter weather has forced changes to annual Christmas events across southern Illinois.
Both Carbondale and Harrisburg have canceled their lights parades in favor of display events.
In Harrisburg, organizers will offer a drive-thru display of the floats at the Saline County Fairgrounds. The event will run 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.
The Lights Fantastic Parade Committee in Carbondale has opted for a "Lights Fantastic Stroll" at SIU. Floats will be parked in the lot north of the Communication Building, near the northwest corner of Chautauqua Street and Lincoln Drive. The public is invited to walk through and see the floats from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
In Williamson County, the snow and ice forced the postponement of Santa's Gift House. The fundraiser for the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center was pushed back to 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion. Further donations and registration will be accepted 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, also at the mall.
Eldorado Main Street has also rescheduled its annual Christmas Tree Fest for Saturday. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old city hall on Locust Street. A luncheon will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Santa also on hand. The lunch costs $6. A Christmas Cantata will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Eldorado.
The "Christmas on Main Street" event planned for Thursday, Dec. 12 in Creal Springs has been canceled.
Here are other events currently rescheduled for this weekend:
Christmas in Carterville - 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
United Methodist Children's Home Live Nativity and Festival of Trees - 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13
SIC Madrigal Feaste shows - 6 p.m. Dec. 13 - 14
Third Baptist Church (Marion) Christmas Extravaganza - 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
City of Paducah Candy Cane Hunt - 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Southern Illinois Alternative Gift Fair, Carbondale Civic Center - 2 - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
City of Paducah Christmas Parade - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Christmas in Hardin County - Saturday, Dec. 14
Christian Covenant Fellowship "Night in Bethlehem" - Dec. 14-15
Wind: 12 MPH
Humidity: 48 %