Things To See & Do: Nov. 10-March 24

NOVEMBER
1-Dec. 24
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, retail events in downtown Morris, shopmorrisil.com.
10-11
3 FRENCH HENS HOLIDAY MARKET, Grundy County Fairgrounds, http://3frenchhensmarket.blogspot.com.
12-15
ALAN JACKSON TRIBUTE SHOW, Doug Brewin sings and plays the hit songs recorded by country music legend Alan Jackson, Starved Rock Lodge, starvedrocklodge.com.
15
PAINT & WINE, in the Starved Rock Cafe, starvedrocklodge.com.
17-19
PRINCETON’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WALK, Main Street turns into a magical holiday treasure with music, carriage rides, shopping and more, downtown Princeton, princetonchamber-il.com.
24
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, lighting of historic Washington Square, visit from Santa, holiday parade, downtown Ottawa, pickusottawail.com.
24-26
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Christmas house walk, carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, and more, downtown Morris, 815-941-0245, downtownmorris.com.
25
KEEPING CHRISTMAS CLOSE TO HOME, Light Up Streator, and 5th Annual Lighted Parade & Starlight Shopping, Christmas toy drive, vendors, food, and a visit by Santa, streator.org.
27
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Holiday music with Cindy Isenhower and her Flute Studio students, Reddick Public Library, Ottawa, pickusottawail.com.

DECEMBER

1

MIDNIGHT IN MORRIS, open houses, downtown Morris, morrisil.gov.

1-3, 8-10

CHRIS KRINGLE MARKET, holiday market with activities, visits from Santa, carolers, and Chris Kringle Market vendors, Washington Square, Ottawa, pickusottawail.com.

1, 8

CANDLELIGHT TOURS, Reddick Mansion, Ottawa, reddickmansion.org.
1-31
CHRISTMAS AT THE WEBER HOUSE & GARDEN, holiday decorations of the historic home, illuminated by candles, Streator, 815-672-8327,weberhouseandgarden.com.
7-8
CHRISTMAS TEA,
 Lock 16 Center, La Salle, tea, sandwiches, scones, desserts, reservations at 815-220-1848, lasallecanalboat.org.
7-10
“SORRY! WRONG CHIMNEY!” Festival 56 production based on the book by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears, Grace Performing Arts Center, Princeton, festival56.com.
9-10
CHRISTKINDLMARKET, holiday market with vendors, music, food and drinks, downtown La Salle.
9
OTTAWA’S OLD TOWN FARMERS CHRISTMAS MARKET, 807 Building, downtown Ottawa, pickusottawail.com.
11-12
CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY, special sales and holiday family activities, downtown Spring Valley, spring-valley.il.us.
16-23
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TROLLEY TOURS,
 originating from Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.
17
PRINCETON COMMUNITY BAND AND BUREAU COUNTY CHORUS, Christmas concert, Princeton High School, princetonchamber-il.com.
18
ELVIS THROUGH THE YEARS, Festival 56, Grace Performing Arts Center, Princeton, festival56.com.
20

PAINT & WINE, Starved Rock Cafe, starvedrocklodge.com.

JANUARY

6

PENGUIN PLUNGE, Make-A-Wish fundraiser, Heritage Harbor Ottawa Marina, 815-433-5000, penguinplunge.webconnex.com/2018.

7

2018 BRIDAL EXPO, sample cake and Starved Rock Cuisine, listen to DJs, chat with photographers, meet with florists and more, Starved Rock Lodge, starvedrocklodge.com.
14
SLED DOG DEMOS, Free Spirit Siberian Rescue, Starved Rock Visitor Center parking lot, starvedrocklodge.com.
20-21
WINTER WILDERNESS WEEKEND,
 free guided hikes, Starved Rock State Park, Utica, starvedrockfoundation.org, 815-667-5356.
20-21
WINTER MEGAHIKE,
 tour of entire trail system at Starved Rock State Park, Utica, 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.27-28
EAGLE WATCH WEEKEND,
 eagle viewing, live raptor demonstrations, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, and Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, Utica, 815-667-4211, 815-667-4054, starvedrocklodge.com, usace.army.mil.

FEBRUARY

3-4
CROSS COUNTRY SKI WEEKEND, instruction and guided tours, Matthiessen State Park, Utica, 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.

12
WINTER DRUM CIRCLE: Local musician Dave Peterson will lead an interactive drum circle featuring African percussion and Native American flutes, Starved Rock Visitor Center, starvedrocklodge.com.
18
SLED DOG DEMOS, Free Spirit Siberian Rescue, Starved Rock Visitor Center parking lot, starvedrocklodge.com.
26-28
SEWING RETREAT 2018, classes, shopping, tours, Starved Rock Lodge, starvedrocklodge.com.
MARCH
23-24
MASTERS WALLEYE CIRCUIT TOURNAMENT, f
ishing competition on Illinois River, Spring Valley, 815-664-2609 or 580-765-9031, masterswalleyecircuit.com.ONGOING

ROCK STAR 2018, every Thursday evening from Feb. 15 to March 8 for annual Rock Star competition at Starved Rock Lodge, starvedrocklodge.com.
BALD EAGLE TROLLEY TOURS, Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, 9 and 11 a.m., Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.GUIDED WINTER HIKES (Saturdays and Sundays), Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.

WALKERS CLUB, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.

WINE TASTINGS, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica. 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS, Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, 815-220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.

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