Start the Season With These Fun Champaign County Holiday Events

The holiday fun has begun in Champaign County! It's time to get out and celebrate the season (safely, of course). Here's a short list of some of the top holiday events happening this week in Champaign County.

Winter Nights in Porter Park

The Champaign Park District is excited to bring a lighted path to Champaign this holiday season with Winter Night in Porter Park.

Starting November 27, they will light up the trail around the pond in Robert C. Porter Family Park for families to enjoy until January 3, 2021. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the lighted path that leads to a mailbox where kiddos can mail their letters to Santa.

Gingerbread House Craft with Champaign Public Library – LIVE Online!

12/03/2020 | 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Make and decorate paper bag gingerbread houses. 

Pick up your craft supplies at the Main Library’s Children’s Desk beginning 9 am, Thursday, December 3, while supplies last.

The Champaign Public Library will be broadcasting their how-to instructions to make their Gingerbread House Craft at and on their Facebook page ( This program is designed for families with preschoolers and school age kids.

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Hot Chocolate and Holiday Movie Weekend

Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in Theatre

12/04/2020 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Make plans to head out to Harvest Moon for the final weekend of Hot Chocolate and Holiday Movie nights.

They will be showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” on screen 1 and “The Polar Express” on screen 2.

The gates will open around 5:30 and show time will be 6:30/7 pm.

Santa will be here for both nights! They’re working on getting some great hot chocolate and gourmet popcorn whipped up with some other grab and go treats.

Drive down their enchanting Lighted Lane featuring over 20,000 Christmas lights putting on a show for you to enjoy, watch our special on screen Christmas presentation before the movies start, grab some treats at the Snack Bar, talk to Santa and get a photo in Santa’s sleigh.

Feel free to bring in food or drinks for dinner with their limited menu, however they do ask you purchase a $5 per vehicle food permit (in advance or at the gate) with 100% of the sales benefiting St. Jude for these events.

Winter ready port-a-potties will be available for restroom use each night with hand sanitizer.

Drive-Through Santa Visits

Sangamon on Main

December 4th & 11th
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Drive through Sangamon on Main to meet Santa from a safe distance inside your vehicle. Enjoy a coupon for a free treat from YoYo’s courtesy of Darwyn Boston State Farm and Mahomet Car Connection. The MSHS Madrigals will be performing Christmas classics on December 4th.

Holiday Cookie Contest

All Day

Celebrate the holiday season and show off your decorating skills. Don’t worry about the taste because this will be a virtual contest. Decorate a holiday cookie and submit your picture(s) before the deadlines. A Parent/Guardian will need to submit photos for minors under the age of 16. Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

• All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest. Submit photos December 7-11. Limit one entry per person.
• Winner announced December 14.
• Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center on December 15.

TO ENTER: Email your photo, first and last name, and phone number to Each winner will be contacted via email or phone.

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