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Gum Drop Drive Holiday & Light Displays

Annabelle Market 300 S Main St, Anna, IL

Take a scenic drive or walk through the Anna city park.  Trees and light poles in the City park will be decorated with LED lights for the holiday season.  Everyone is invited to drive or walk through during this time to enjoy the display!

Christmas in the Village – Cobden

Downtown Pavillion: * 2 - 4pm - Santa & Mrs. Claus (Cobden Village Shops if weather is too harsh) * 2:30 - 4pm - Caroling - before & after the arrival of the Cobden High School Band(around 3:30pm) * 1 - 3pm - wagon rides with Cobden Elf Ray Hogan Read more…

Magical Christmas Tour at the Historic Rose Hotel

Jingle all the way down to the Historic Rose Hotel where this historic building has been brought back to life. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the most magical Christmas decorations in the area! Every room is decorated and will be open for tours! Gingerbread men, candy canes, and Read more…

Metropolis Christmas Parade and Tree lighting

Theme of this year's parade is:  Christmas at the Movies.  This parade will start on Ferry Street(down by Cordavino’s restaurant), come up to 5th street (turning @ light by City National Bank), turning onto Superman Square then finishing the last haul down market street towards Walgreens!

Christmas on the Square – Vienna

Event will on the Vienna, IL town square will include: -two horse drawn carriages for rides around the square -candy cane hunt for the kids -hot chocolate and snacks -visiting with Santa 🎅 -cookie walk -Live Nativity also 4-6pm -Stores will be open for Christmas shopping -surprise guest for photos Read more…

Ugly Sweater Party at StarView Vineyards

StarView Vineyards 5100 Wing Hill Rd, Cobden, IL

Eat, drink and be ugly! Join us for our annual Ugly Sweater party! $5 admission includes light hors d'oeuvres and music. Sweater contest categories: - Is that a sweater? - Ugly, but classy - Burn it now! - Made by Grandma - Clever sweater - Best of Show. The Ugliest Read more…

Christmas Bazaar – Anna

Join us for First Christian Church,  200 Mallard Ln, Anna, IL  1st annual Christmas Bazaar. We are so excited for this event! We will have vendors set up with crafts, home made items, clothing, direct sales, and more. Food vendors will be set up inside and out, so come hungry Read more…

Art in the Park at Giant City State Park

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

What better setting than outdoors at Giant City State Park to get creative and learn how to watercolor paint! Join local artist, Anne Krippenstapel, for a leisurely afternoon of creating art inspired by nature. This is a free program and all sup-plies will be provided. Registration required. Please call 618-457-4836 Read more…

Cookie Decorating Class at Kiki’s Coffeehouse

Kiki's Coffeehouse 326 S Main St, Anna, Illinois

Learn to decorate sugar cookies using Royal Icing! You will receive informational handouts, tips and tricks for making the icing and decorating. We demonstrate basic techniques for flooding and design. You will receive a dozen cookies (prebaked by us) to decorate during class and take home to share with your Read more…


Ecology and Behavior of the Bobcat and Coyote

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Join Nicole Gorman, SIUC Graduate Research Assistant, as she discussed the ecology and behavior of the main predators in Illinois, bobcats and coyotes. Nicole will also discuss how these animals affect their prey, move, use space and interact with their habitats, including Giant City! Registration required. Please call 618-457-4836 for Read more…

Beak & Company at KiKi’s Coffee House

Kiki's Coffeehouse 326 S Main St, Anna, Illinois

MUSIC MONDAY. Doors will open at 6 for cocktails and Beak & Company will start at 7pm. It's always a great party.


Mysterious Stone Forts of Southern Illinois

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Our world is full of mysterious and unexplained places, many of which are monu-ments made of stone, built by ancient people for reasons that we can only theo-rize, many are shrouded in mythology and legends. In Southern Illinois located on high isolated ridges in the Shawnee Hill Country, stretching in Read more…