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Christmas events around the region

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Christmas Events

(WSIL) -- Communities across our region are getting into the holiday spirit with many different Christmas events. 

Check out our list of community gatherings in the month of December:

December 1

  • Carbondale Tree Lighting
  • Town Square Pavilion
  • 5 p.m.
  • Coats being collected for Coats for Kids
  • MHS Madrigal Story Hour
  • Marion Cultural and Civic Center
  • 10:30 a.m.

December 2

  • Holiday Block Party
  • Eldorado
  • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Stress & Trauma Treatment Center's Family Center
  • 1200 Locust St. 
  • Free to the public
  • Games, resources for families, hot chocolate, cookies, caroling, crafts, pictures with Santa, hourly giveaways
  • Every child will leave with Christmas gift

December 3

  • Hometown Holidays Light Show
  • Carbondale Park District
  • Hickory Lodge Admin. bldg at 1115 W. Sycamore St.
  • Each evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Talon Falls Christmas in the Country
  • 2932 KY-849, Melber, Ky
  • 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekends through Dec. 26
  • Train ride through Christmas lights
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Story time
  • Outdoor activities
  • Petting farm
  • "A Christmas Story" showing
  • The Varsity Center, Carbondale
  • Tickets available here
  • Also showing Dec. 4&5 and 9-12
  • Hometown Christmas
  • Murphysboro
  • 6 p.m. Tree Lighting
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carriage rides 
  • Photos with Santa
  • MHS Concert Choir and MHS Jazz Band
  • Food on site

December 4

  • "Santa in the Park"ing lot
  • African American Museum of Southern Illinois
  • University Mall, Macy's parking lot, Carbondale
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Christmas in the Village
  • Cobden
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Holiday bazaars, open houses, Christmas lights
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus 1-3:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. Cobden School band concert at the park
  • TubaChristmas
  • Carbondale University Mall
  • 2 p.m. 
  • Free to the public
  • Santa Paws
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Marion Chevrolet, 2604 W. DeYoung St., Marion
  • Pet friendly pictures with Santa
  • Raffle prizes
  • Food truck
  • Proceeds benefit St. Francis CARE
  • Jingle All the Way 5K
  • 7 a.m.
  • Calvert City
  • Wear your ugliest sweater
  • Proceeds to to Calvert/Sharpe Family Resource Center
  • Pinckneyville Christmas Bazaar
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Vendors
  • Pinckneyville Middle School
  • Candy Cane Hunt
  • Ages 10 and younger
  • National Quilt Museum, Paducah
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • Free for kids
  • Christmas on the Square
  • Perryville, Missouri
  • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ornament making
  • 6 p.m. Light Parade, tree lighting
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Choir starts, hot chocolate, cookies, pics with Santa

December 5

  • Christmas on the Square
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Johnson County Courthouse, Vienna
  • Horse & Carriage Rides
    • Pictures with Santa
    • Miss Daisy the Cow
    • Candy Cane Hunt
    • Caroling
    • Christmas Cookie Walks
    • Children's Christmas Stories
    • Chili, Hot Dogs, Hot Chocolate
    • Gifts & Drawings for the kids
    • Kid Activities
  • Meet Santa and holiday photos
  • The Pavilion, Marion
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Free to the public

December 8

  • Reindeer Story Hour
  • Marion Carnegie Library
  • 10:30 a.m.

December 12

  • Christmas Changes Everything
  • musical celebration
  • Marion First Baptist Church
  • 401 W Union St.
  • 6 p.m.
  • Free admission

December 15

  • Grinch Story Hour
  • Marion Carnegie Library
  • 10:30 a.m.

December 17

  • Christmas in Carterville
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Family friendly activities
  • Lights
  • Vendors

December 19

  • Meet Santa and holiday photos
  • The Pavilion, Marion
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Free to the public

December 22

  • Santa Story Hour
  • Marion Carnegie Library
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Pjs and Pancakes for teens
  • Ages 12-19
  • Marion Carnegie Library
  • YA department
  • 3 p.m.

Christmas Day, December 25

  • 5th annual community Christmas dinner
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Marion First Church of God
  • 1409 Broeking Road, Marion
  • Take-out orders to be made by Dec. 23