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.