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Shawnee Hills Christmas Opry at St Anne’s Historic Church

Southern Illinois premier music variety show. It's going to be a great night of music and a great family show. This time the Shawnee Hills offer is giving back to Union County by donating 100% of it’s profits to Performing Arts Scholarships to the 4 high schools in Union County, Read more…

A Dickens of a Christmas – Eldorado

Now's the time Eldorado is putting on A Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Eldorado. Help us recreate the 1841 Epic story, The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. There will be giveaways, plenty of activities for the kids, food, music, shopping and more right on 4th street, Downtown Eldorado. Free Read more…

Christmas on the Square – Vienna

Event will on the Vienna, IL town square will include: A FREE community event sponsored by the Revive Vienna Committee and located on the Square around the Historic Johnson County Courthouse in Vienna, IL ~Horse & Carriage Rides ~Pictures with Santa ~Miss Daisy the Cow ~Candy Cane Hunt ~Caroling ~Christmas 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…


Wreaths Across America

Mounds City National Cemetery, in Pulaski County, IL. The wreath-laying ceremony is held on a specified Saturday in December at 11:00 a.m. Central Standard Time at National cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. The goal of the Mound City National Cemetery Preservation Commission is for every Read more…

Christmas Bird count

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Put your citizen science skills to work in service of the longest-running database in all of ornithology. Bird watchers at all levels, including beginners, are welcome to participate in the all-day count will be held on Monday. This early winter bird census is conducted at Read more…

Santa and Pajama Party at Kiki’s CoffeeHouse

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

Pest Pro 618 is sponsoring a fun evening at Kiki's for the kids. Wear those pajamas and bring a pillow and blanket! Doors will open at 5 so you can come in and get your spot. We will show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at 6. Then, at 7, Santa and Read more…

Ugly Sweater Party – Harrisburg

Southern Illinois Ax & Ale 35 S Vine St, Harrisburg, IL

The holidays are just around the corner so mark your calendar to attend our Ugly Sweater party. If you attended last year you know it's a fun night. Come dressed in your ugliest christmas sweater

Comfortably Numb 8hr Adventure Race

Touch of Nature Environmental center 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, IL

 A multi-sport, off-road, team event with no marked course. Teams must use a map and compass to navigate their way through a series of checkpoints on mountain bikes, in canoes, and or on foot to reach the Finish line. Race Location: That’s a secret! A course overview will be available closer Read more…

Mysteries of Ancient Fire

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

Join Mark Denzer and follow the progression of humanity’s relationship with fire! Take a look through ancient and modern lenses to discover how we have manipulated this powerful element through time. From ceremonial and ritual uses to transforming landscapes and mundane daily uses, fire has been our partner since time Read more…


Birding Hike

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

With vegetation out of the way, it is a nice time to look for birds in Giant City! Join Vicki Lang-Mendenhall, park volunteer and Southern Illinois Audubon Society member, as she guides participants along the 1/3 mile Post Oak Trail on Jan. 29 and Feb. 18 . Sign up for Read more…

“Black History Month Exhibition” – Harrisburg

Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL

The Ella Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art at Southeastern Illinois College will  host a “Black History Month Exhibition” which will be held in the main gallery.   618-252-5400 ext. 2599 for more information.