A Very Merry Weekend: December 7-9

This time of year, holiday spirit is running through every corner of the greater Champaign County area. Looking for a way to get festive this weekend? Let’s talk about this Very Merry Weekend of the 7th-9th.

Mistletoe Market

December 7th 4-9pm

Local artisans, makers, growers & creators will have their best locally made goods on offer in one cozy & welcoming community space! Enjoy live holiday music from Jeremy Hamburger Music from 5-8pm, and grab a glass of wine from the Lumen Lounge!

Featured Local Vendors:
The Quirky QuiltressPieces of Megan HindsSteampunk GrubFresh PressThe Wright SoaperyBig Grove ApiariesElusive SocietySunshine StudioLara Jobe of Same Street Studios, Secret Gardens CUPretties by Paris, Old Town Flowers, Crass StitchingEmily Jeanne DesignsLumen,Page Roasting CompanyNorden German Design Studio, Pipapo, Bluestem Jewelry, Berries & Flour, Bakery & Harvest GoodsThe Veronica Shop, Brace and Byte Woodworks, Rumours Hat Shoppe - Champaign, IL, Critically Enraged, Araisedbanner, Poppy & Pinecone, Made By MEWCici CeramicsNitroCupThe Simple PaletteDelight Flower FarmPiper Pottery + CraftsGlow by LolaCarol Farnum ArtSoy Fabulous, and Sugar by Sarah!

Hungry for sweets? Oh, Honey Pie Truck and the Sidney Dairy Barn's Ice Cream Truck will be right outside!


Allerton Holiday Showcase

December 7th 5-9pm, December 8th 10am-4pm

Kick off the holiday season with a magical evening at Allerton!

Take an enchanting stroll through illuminating lights and festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk and enjoy snacks and beverages from the Greenhouse Café located in the Visitor Center. Then, head to the Mansion to enjoy live entertainment and do some holiday shopping from local vendors at the Holiday Showcase.

As you shop, drop your kids (ages 4 and younger must be supervised by an adult) at the Monticello Area Art’s Council’s Natural Ornament-Making Workshop in the Carriage House (“open house” format from 4-9pm), where you can make an ornament for our courtyard tree and one to take home!

A Magical Day with Santa and Friends 

December 8th and 15th, 10am-6pm

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer will be flying Santa and his friends to Dallas & Co on December 8th & December 15th! This is a FREE family event. Visit with Santa & his friends-Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph & Santa's favorite Elf! Enjoy holiday carnival games and all children will receive a stocking filled with Christmas goodies from Santa himself!


Brass and Brews Holiday Edition, Riggs

December 9th, 6pm

We get it, Santa might not be your thing. You prefer beer on tap to boxes under the tree. How about a bit of both? Riggs is hosting a night of holiday brass and delicious local craft beer at Brass and Brews: Holiday Edition!

The UI Graduate Brass Quintet is the premiere brass quintet at the University of Illinois. The group is comprised of graduate students in both master’s and doctoral programs, most of which are Teaching Assistants for the brass studios. UIGBQ has been featured in both on campus performances at UI and off-campus performances in the Champaign-Urbana area. Current members are Nick Albanese (tuba), Brian Galli (trumpet), Nicole Gillotti (trumpet), Brad Martinez (trombone), and Anna Marshall (french horn).


There’s much more happening to celebrate the holidays and get you in the spirit this weekend all over the greater Champaign County area. For every single sleigh ride, Santa visit, and winter wonder adventure, head over to the event’s calendar!


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