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Family Fun Easter Events Throughout Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Easter is a few weeks away! You can get into the holiday spirit in the weeks leading up to the big day at fun events throughout the Champaign/Urbana area. There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy. Come enjoy all the Easter festivities in the communities throughout our area.

 

10th Annual Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Elks Lake Pavilion - Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve (109 South Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet)

Cost: $5 per child

Come meet the Easter Bunny while you fill your basket with eggs. The child that finds a golden egg will win a special prize! There are 3 separate egg hunts. Children ages 0 to 3 can participate at 9:00 am. Children ages 4 to 6 can hunt at 9:30 am. The hunt for children ages 7 to 10 starts at 10:00 am. All proceeds from this event benefit the Mahomet Parks & Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Register HERE.  

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Pells Park (Paxton)

Cost: FREE!

The Paxton Emergency Response Services is hosting an egg hunt at Pells Park. Each child has the opportunity to find 10 eggs. There will be prizes for children children ages 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10.

 

Eggs-ploration!

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Fill your basket with eggs at this old-fashioned hunt. The hunt is open for children 13 and under and will begin right at noon.

 

Hoppin’ Hound Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Champaign Bark District (5001 West Windsor Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE! (residents) | $5 per person (non-resident)

Your furry friend can get in on the Easter fun! Let your dog participate in their own egg hunt. There will be treats for dogs and their owners, family activities, pet photography, and more!

 

Sensory Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Prairie Farm (2202 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

This special event is for children with special needs and their siblings. The eggs will be specially designed with lights, sounds, and textures. There will be opportunities for socializing and enjoying treats after the hunt. Register HERE.  

 

Fabergé Egg Decorating Party

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Zahn Learning Center - Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $3 per person

All ages can decorate their own Fabergé eggs! Get creative as you design the papier-mâché eggs with fun embellishments. All materials will be provided.

 

Nite Lite Egg Pursuit

Date: Friday, April 14th

Time: 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Hessel Park (1400 Valley Road, Champaign)

Cost: $10 per person

Harken back to your childhood as you participate in this adult's only flashlight egg hunt. Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS has filled the eggs with great prizes. Search for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze eggs to win spectacular prize packages.

 

2017 Egg Hunt with a Splash

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center (102 East Michigan,  Urbana)

Enjoy a special egg hunt in the pool! Grab your plastic bag to fill with the eggs you find. Register HERE.  

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Forest Preserve Park (1411 North Market Street, Monticello)

Cost: $1 per child

The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their egg hunt. There are two designated areas for children 4 and under and children 5 to 10 years old.

 

27th Annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Start the morning with hayrack rides between 10:00 and 10:45 am. Then, fill up your basket with all of the eggs that you find throughout the park. There will be a special guest there as well!

 

Bunny at the Ballpark

Date: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Illinois Field (1605 South Wright Street, Champaign)

Come cheer on the Fighting Illini as they take on Northwestern. After the game, stay for an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny!



Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy Easter!

Starting this weekend, you can marvel at the work of amateur artists throughout our local area at the Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show 2017. This great annual event allows nonprofessional artists throughout the state to showcase their creative, visual works of art.

 

The show for Champaign County will be held at the Springer Cultural Center located in downtown Champaign. It will be held March 18th through April 29th. Come marvel at art work in a variety of mediums, including digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery, sculpting, and more.

 

 

There is a youth and adult division for the artists. There will be a public critique by the show's juror at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 29th, to conclude the art show. Blue Ribbon and Best of Show winners at the Champaign County show are eligible to enter the Illinois State Town & Country Amateur Art Show this upcoming fall.

 

 

Come support the incredible works by these talented, amateur artists of all ages and cheer on the winners who will be heading off to state to showcase their work to the rest of Illinois!

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Saturday, March 18th - Saturday, April 29th

Times: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (Mondays-Thursdays) | 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Friday) | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: Springer Cultural Center (301 North Randolph Street, Champaign)  

Cost: FREE Admission!

University of Illinois Engineering Open House This Weekend!

by Rose Price

Located in the heart of Champaign/Urbana, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

is one of our nation's best public universities. It is not only a great institution of higher learning for the students that attend it but also helps to strengthen our community. We are incredibly proud of the academic and extracurricular achievements of UI students.

 

Did you know that the University of Illinois is home to one of the world’s top ranked engineering programs? Come celebrate the innovative work and research completed by remarkable UI engineering students at the Engineering Open House 2017: Illuminate New Horizons this Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th!

 


Since the 1920s, this FREE event has become a highlight for the community every year. It is open to all ages and offers fun programming both days for students and community members to explore all areas related to science and engineering while showcasing the work of the university's students. Here's a list of the weekend's events that you cannot miss! 

 

On Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, check out the 250 Student Exhibits in the Engineering Quad and other campus buildings. Overwhelmed by which exhibits to visit? Take a tour leaving every hour from the Visitor’s Booth on the south side of Grainger Library. The tour will take you to the biggest exhibits and will also be able to recommend exhibits to check out!

 

From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, elementary and middle school students can Discover EOH! This fun scavenger hunt takes students on a journey to find the best exhibits. Participants will collect signatures as they explore and can receive a prize upon completion at the Engineering Council Office (103B Engineering Hall).

 

From 9:00 to 3:00 pm, all community members can participate in the Illini Engineering Challenge! This fun experience allows the public to join in on an onsite design challenge for a chance to win a prize!

 

There will be two special events held on Friday evening. At 7:00 pm, attend a lecture by Guest Speaker Vilas Dhar, a social impact investor and attorney, in the Grainger Auditorium (ECEB 1002). Stay for the Tesla Coil Concert at 8:30 pm for a stunning light show choreographed to renditions of everyone's favorite songs.

 

The Engineering Open House also allows area students to get involved with engineering and design. Local high school students are competing in the Engineering (Bard) Quad High School Design Competition. The teams have built a Rube Goldberg machine. Come check out all the amazing designs by these teams throughout the event at the I Hotel and Conference Center (1900 South 1st Street). On Saturday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, 6th and 8th grade students can enter the Middle School Design Competition. Students are challenged to build a bridge. The winning bridge will have the best design and hold the most weight. This competition will take place at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. 

 

 

Come celebrate the achievements of our area's students and have fun learning more about science and engineering with our community. We cannot wait to see you at the Engineering Open House 2017!

 

Great Events in Champaign/Urbana This Week!

by Rose Price

As February comes to an end and March begins, there is much to do to celebrate a new month. Throughout Champaign/Urbana, there are events occurring all week long to give you something fun to do. Here are our recommendations for fun events to attend this week.

 

 

Tuesday, February 28th

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras

Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Guido’s Bar & Grill (2 East Main Street, Champaign)

Join Lola’s Brush to celebrate Mardi Gras with a special painting party! The public painting party will allow you to create a special holiday themed piece of artwork that you can display in your Champaign/Urbana home. Enjoy time with friends during this fun event. The cost is $30 per person.

 

Sense and Sensibility

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Watch Ang Lee’s film adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility. The 1995 drama stars Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Enjoy an evening at the beautiful Virginia Theatre for only $5!

 

Friday, March 3rd

Urbana First Friday

Time: 4:00 - 11:00 pm

Location: Downtown Urbana

Head to downtown Urbana for this free event filled with fun activities all evening long. This evening will feature the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture Fair at the Urbana Civic Center from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Learn more about local growers, try some delicious vegan cocktails, watch a flower demo, and enjoy live music. Other highlights from the evening include 10 minute games at Lab Escape, food and drinking tastings at local establishments, live music at the Iron Post, an art opening at Amara Yoga & Arts, and so much more!

 

Tastings - A Night of Food, Wine, and More

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Orpheum Children’s Science Museum  (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Help raise money for educational programming for children during this fun event. The evening will include over 200 wine samples from vineyards around the world and an auction with unique items. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP admission, which includes hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. All guest must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Saturday, March 4th

Hinamatsuri: Girls' Day at Japan House

Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Location: Japan House (2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and craft session to celebrate Girls’ Day, a traditional holiday in Japan. Marvel at the traditional Hinamatsuri dolls on display. Everyone who attends will also receive a special sweet to take home! Children 12 and under cost $10 and accompanying adults are $6.

 

Twin City Squared Presents Broadway Backwards  

Midsummer’s Night Swing

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: SoDo Theatre (111 South Walnut Street, Champaign)

Come to this special one night only show put on by Twin City Squared. Broadway songs will be “backward”, meaning women will sing men’s Broadway tunes and vice versa. It is sure to be a fun filled night of entertainment. Tickets are $20 per person.

 

Chocolate Fantasy in Downtown Monticello!

by Rose Price

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the 14th Annual Chocolate Fantasy in historic downtown Monticello. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with your sweetheart or have a fun evening on the town with friends on Friday, February 10th!

 

This favorite annual event in Monticello features all things deliciously chocolate! 20 businesses downtown will be offering unique and decadent chocolate concoctions from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Whether you love chocolate mousse, chocolate stout beer, or a chocolate chicken mole, there will be something to satisfy your chocolate craving. Explore all that downtown Monticello has to offer as you dine, shop, and socialize during Chocolate Fantasy.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets can be bought in advance for $10 online HERE or at one of these locations throughout town:

Monticello Mercantile (116 East Main Street)

Out of the Blue Polish Pottery (223 East Livingston Street)

These Four Walls (101 South State Street)

 

To redeem your advance tickets, please visit one of the following check-in locations:

Bergie's - The Occasional Place (106 South Charter Street)

Canvas & Corks (208 South Market Street)

Monticello Mercantile (116 East Main Street)

Zybell House Baking Company (116 East Main Street)

 

 

Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event for $20. But, don’t delay! Tickets are limited and past events have sold out. You don’t want to miss out on this year’s Chocolate Fantasy!

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, February 10th, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Downtown Monticello

Cost: $10 (in advance); $20 (day of)

 

Great Valentine's Day Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! The Champaign/Urbana  area has tons of great events planned for the holiday. Whether you are looking for a romantic date idea for you and your significant other or something fun for the whole family to do, there is an event for you in our area. Check out our recommendations for things to do this Valentine's Day!

 

Adult Events

Vengeful Valentines Murder Mystery Dinner

Dates: Friday, February 10th - Saturday, February 11th

Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 am

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $220 - $240 per couple

For a truly unique Valentine’s Day experience, bring your sweetheart to an interactive murder mystery party. You will need to gather clues to find the suspect and solve the mystery! Dinner and a continental breakfast are included. Choose whether you would like to lodge in the Gate House, House in the Woods, Evergreen Lodge, or Mansion. Call (217)333-3287 to make reservations.  


 

Endless Love in the Afternoon

Date: Sunday, February 12th

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: FREE admission!

Celebrate love around the world with your significant other. Listen to multicultural love stories, admire love-related artifacts, and create a handmade card. There is a $2 charge per craft.


 

Casablanca Screening

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: Check their website for showing times

Location: The Art Theatre Co-op (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Cost: Check with theatre

See one of Hollywood’s greatest love stories on the big screen when The Art Theatre Co-op presents a special Valentine’s Day showing of Casablanca.


 

Failure: A Love Story

Dates: Wednesday, February 8th - Sunday, February 12th

Times: 7:30 pm (Wednesday-Saturday performances); 3:00 pm (Sunday performance)

Location: Krannert Center (500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana)

Cost: $25 per adult; $24 per senior; $15 per student; $10 per UI Student and youth

Take in a show during date night. The Krannert Center is putting on a spectacular performance about 3 sisters in 1920s Chicago. The show is filled with laughs and tears. Purchase tickets HERE.  

 

Family Events

Daddy Daughter Dance 2017: Under the Sea

Date: Friday, February 3rd

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn (1501 South Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $26 per person

Fathers and daughters will love a night of dancing, food, and fun at the Hilton Garden Inn. There will be a full dinner. All girls will receive a goodie bag. There are photo packages available for an extra fee. Dance the night away under the sea! Girls should be 12 and under and accompanied by an adult. Register HERE.


 

Kids Valentine & Chocolate Making Party

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Allerton Public Library District (4000 Green Apple Lane, Monticello)

Cost: FREE!

Kids will love making crafts and treats for someone special at this fun event. Call (217)762-4676 or info@monticellolibrary.org to reserve a spot.  


 

Valentine's Day Storytime

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Barnes & Noble (65 East Market View Drive, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Come here some Valentine’s Day stories as a family! The featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose and Valentine’s Day is Cool by James Dean.

 

 

Wishing you a happy and fun Valentine’s Day in Champaign/Urbana!

 

New Year's Eve Events in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

This Saturday marks the last day of 2016. Celebrate all that happened this past year and all you have to look forward to for 2017 this weekend. There are many incredible New Year's Eve events planned for December 31st throughout the Champaign-Urbana area. Check out these great events for you to enjoy with your family during the day or for an adult night out on the town.

 

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Noon Year's Eve

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Children’s Discovery Museum (101 East Beaufort Street, Normal)

Cost: $2 per member, $9 per non-member

Your kids do not have to stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year! Head to the Children’s Discovery Museum for a special countdown to noon! There will be a confetti blast! Also, enjoy fun activities, arts and crafts, face painting, noise makers and more. Register HERE.

 

Party Like It’s 1900! New Year’s Day Noon Day Celebration!

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie (950 North Lombard Street, Mahomet)

Cost: FREE!

Learn all about the history of New Year’s Eve celebrations and traditions, such as resolutions, the story of Baby New Year and Father Time, and more. Party like it’s 1900 with music, snacks, games, and crafts popular at that time. There will also be a balloon drop at noon!

 

Noon Day Drop

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm  

Location: Orpheum Children’s Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per member, $8 per non-member, $28 for group of 4 people

Celebrate the New Year with your little ones at the Orpheum Children’s Museum. There will be crazy hats, arts and crafts, noise makers, and music. There will be a countdown to noon with a balloon drop!

 

New Year's Eve Countdown Party

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Riggs Beer Company (1901 South High Cross Road, Urbana)

Cost: FREE!

Have a fun, unique New Year’s Eve celebration at Riggs Beer Company. Enjoy a delicious buffet with German food, beer-braised beef sandwiches, stew, drunken chicken, and more. There will also be a special keg of 100% Riggs Estate Barleywine especially for the celebration. Play fun games throughout the night.

 

Speakeasy New Year's Eve Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 5:00 pm and 2:00 am

Location: Seven Saints (32 East Chester Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Step back in time as you look forward to 2017. Get dressed up in your most dapper gear to celebrate at a speakeasy themed party. Dine on delicious appetizers and featured cocktails as you celebrate.

 

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NYE at Jupiter's at the Crossing

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Jupiter’s at the Crossing (2511 Village Green Place, Champaign)

Cost: $60 per person (general admission), $90 per person (prime rib dinner package)

Come to the largest New Year’s Eve party in Champaign! There will be an open bar, pizza buffet, musical performance by 90’s Daughter, photo booth, party favors, and more. Cheers to 2017 with a champagne toast. Enjoy an after party with DJ Shane Canfield. Tickets can be purchased HERE.  

 

WCIA 3’s Champaign Toast to the New Year!

Date: Saturday, December 31st

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: Corner of Market and Main (Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Celebrate with WCIA 3 for their New Year’s Eve Toast! There will be a two story bottle of champagne in downtown Champaign! Dance to live entertainment provided by Radio 6. This free event will help you ring in the New Year right!

 

Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2017!

More Champaign Area Christmas Events!

by Rose Price

Jingle bells are ringing throughout Champaign/Urbana! Christmas is right around the corner. The area has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. Spend these last couple weeks celebrating with everyone at these great Community Holiday Events occurring throughout the Champaign area!

 

 

Breakfast With Santa

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!

Have a jolly breakfast with Santa! Enjoy delicious breakfast snacks and fun activities all morning. Register HERE.

 

Holiday Showcase

Dates: Saturday, December 10th - Monday, December 12th

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $10 per person (Showcase only), $28 per person (Showcase and Lunch)

Come to the beautiful Allerton Mansion for a day of festivities. The mansion is decorated with holiday cheer. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list from the artisans and businesses selling their products, crafts, and baked goods. There will be tours of the mansion from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm. Fill your bellies on complimentary cookies, tea, and coffee. Finish off your day with a carriage ride on the grounds. A special lunch buffet is also available for an additional charge. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

Holiday In Whoville

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $3 per person

Your children will love an afternoon in Whoville! Watch the classic Dr. Suess tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. After the screening, enjoy caroling, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, and hot cocoa. There will also be trolley rides around West Side Park to marvel at the beautiful holiday lights. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

Snow Globe Saturdays

Dates: Saturday, December 10th and Saturday, December 17th

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Orpheum Children's Science Museum (346 North Neil Street, Champaign)

Cost: $5 per person (Members), $8 per person (Non-Members)

Marvel at the beauty of the winter wonderland in the Orpheum Theatre. There will be indoor snowball throwing and sledding as you dine on delicious holiday treats, make festive crafts, and so much more!

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dates: Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th

Times: 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm (Saturday), 3:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre (2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $15 per adult, $13 per senior and student, $9 per child

Good Grief! Celebrate the season with all your favorite Peanuts characters as you watch the classic animated television special come alive on stage! Afterwards, your children can meet all of the Peanuts! Reservations can be made HERE.

 

Best Christmas Movies Ever

Dates: Monday, December 12th - Saturday, December 17th

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per film, $18 for series pass

Watch some of the most beloved classic Christmas movies of all time. During each screening, warm up with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate. See one film or see all four at a special discount price! The screening schedule is as follows:

The Bishop’s Wife (1947) - December 12th and 13th

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) - December 14th and 15th

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - December 16th

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) - December 17th (1:00 pm and 7:00 pm screenings)

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

Holiday Whodunit

Date: Saturday, December 17th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Douglass Community Center (512 East Grove Street, Champaign)

Cost: $10 per person (Resident), $7.50 per person (Non-Resident)

Solve a fun, family friendly mystery at the North Pole! This mystery party is great for all ages. Participate in the mystery by being one of the 20 characters or watch the fun unfold in front of you. There will also be delicious holiday food. Register HERE.

 

German Baroque Christmas

Date: Sunday, December 18th

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church (405 West Clark Street, Champaign)

Cost: $20 per person, $10 per student

This great Champaign/Urbana tradition features a medley of favorite traditional holiday songs from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and more classics. Join in the music with audience participation. The carols will be performed by the University High School Madrigals. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

 

Great Christmas Events in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

There are only 41 days until Christmas and everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! Christmas carols, decorations and good cheer will be filling the air everywhere. In Champaign/Urbana, there are plenty of Christmas events and activities for you and your family to enjoy all the way up until the big day!

 

21st Annual Festival of Trees

Dates: Saturday, November 19th - Sunday, November 20th

Times: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (Saturday), 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn (1501 South Neil Street)

Cost: $5 per person, $3 per person (senior citizens and children ages 4-12)

Get in the festive spirit and support a good cause at this favorite annual event. Shop the holiday gift gallery and enter to win raffle and silent auction prizes. Proceeds from the event help children and families in the Champaign/Urbana area. From 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, enjoy a delicious brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tickets for this particular event are $15 for anyone 4 and older and can be purchased HERE.

 

 

Santa's Secret Star

Dates: Saturdays, November 19th and 26th, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: William M. Staerkel Planetarium (2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per adult, $5 for children/students/seniors

Watch the sky light up during this great holiday show. Help Santa find his secret star as you learn more about the day and night sky.

 

The Reds of Christmas

Date: Friday, November 25th

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Historic Downtown Monticello

Cost: $15 per person (in advance), $20 per person (day of event)

Your entire family will love spending the evening in the enchanting Monticello. Experience all that downtown has to offer at the restaurants and shops, all of which will be in an extra festive mood. Sample red wines and holiday drinks as you explore. There will be carriage rides, carolers, and Santa with one of his reindeer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at several local establishments or online HERE.

 
 

The Nutcracker

Date: Thursday, December 1st - Sunday, December 4th

Time: Show Times Vary

Location: Krannert Center (500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana)

Cost: $45 per adult, $30 per student, $21 per child (ages 12 and under)

Experience a great holiday tradition by watching the Champaign-Urbana Ballet and Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra put on their production of The Nutcracker.

 

Sweets with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 18th

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $8 for child, FREE for adults with paying child (limit 2 adults per paying child)

Have the chance to meet Santa at the beautiful Allerton Mansion. Enjoy festive treats, arts and crafts, and storytime with Mrs. Claus. It will be an event that your children will never forget. Purchase tickets HERE.

 

Champaign/Urbana Folk and Roots Festival!

by Rose Price

Enjoy some of the best national, regional, and local folk musicians at the 8th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival. Downtown Urbana will be filled with music on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 through Saturday, November 5th, 2016. There will be over 80 folk performances and related activities during the 3 days of festivities. With performances, workshops, dances, jams, singalongs, and more, there is plenty for you and your family to enjoy. This grassroots festival promotes the tradition and history of folk music while celebrating what is new and unique in the genre. Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the Folk & Roots Festival:

 

Full Schedule

 

Perfomances!

Your ears will be filled with fantastic musical performances by artists from around the country. A wide variety of folk music will be on display, including blues, bluegrass, alt-country, swing, and more. There will also be Latin folk music, Native American folk music, and music for kids!

 

Workshops!

One of the best things about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival are the workshops that community members can participate in. Whether you are a beginner musician or more advanced, there are great workshops for you. Learn to play the banjo, fiddle or harmonica. Take a workshop about the history of women in blues or on narrative word-craft.

Dances!

Join in more fun by putting on your dancing shoes and participating in the numerous dances going on all weekend long. Learn traditional English and Irish dance. Square dance or try your feet at the contra dance. Whether swing dancing or wanting to participate in the family dance, you will have lots of fun at these activities.

 

Jams, Singalongs, and Other Events!

Musicians can grab their instruments and join in the jam sessions. With a variety of musical genres available to jam out to, enjoy playing with professional musicians and other people from your community. Along with the jam sessions, there are also sing-a-longs available with some of the performing artists, a great opportunity for the kids to join in the musical fun!

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, November 3rd 2016 - Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Thursday), 4:00 pm - Midnight (Friday), and 10:00 am ~ Midnight (Saturday)

Location: Downtown Urbana - List of Venues

Cost: FREE Admission to many events! $40 Full Festival Wristband, $140 Wristband 4-Pack, $20 Individual Evening Wristband (wristbands get you into all festival activities and events).

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