Keyboard and guitar duo -- 7-10 p.m. Friday, The Weingarten, 1780 East State Route 15, Belleville. Tom Doctor on keyboards and Gary Dotson on guitar playing pop rock, rhythm and blues, country and classic rock. Also appearing at 7 p.m. on Monday at The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St Louis.
A Doo Wop Christmas -- 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, The Gathering Place, 290 S. Burns, Sparta. Music by the BLEND. Tickets: $35, includes catered meal, including dessert. Call 618-965-3726 or thegatheringplaceoffbroadway.com.
Benefit Rock Concert -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. WDLJ 95.7 FM The Rock is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by sponsoring a benefit concert for H.I.S. Kids with specail musical guests Faustus, Justin K and The Rx Blues Band. Tickets are $19.95, which includes a seat, EFIC CD and a full-color commemorative poster. www.wdlj.com
Musical Celebration -- 4 p.m. Sunday, Brooklyn Christian Faith Center, 501 Jefferson, Lovejoy. Sponsored by Brooklyn Community Choir. Featuring national recording artists, Pastor Gregg Haynes and the Happy Guitar, William Rainer, musician Jesse Prather and Carmen Bonner. Information: Sister Janie Summers at 314-382-6718.
Christmas Concert -- 7 p.m. Sunday, Edwardsville High School Auditorium, 6161 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Free. Featuring the Edwardsville Municipal Band under the direction of James Kerfoot. Mark Nelson will narrate "Ask Not -- A Musical Tribute to the Life of JFK." Information at www.edwband.com.
"An Evening of Jazz" -- 6-9:30 p.m. Sunday, The Lighthouse (The Frank Holten state Park/Grand Marais Golf Course Clubhouse), 5802 Lake Drive, Centreville. St. Louis' Denise Thimes will perform a benefit concert for The Katherine Dunham Centers. Performances by The KDCAH Children's Workshop. Refreshments served. Tickets: $25 in advance, $27.50 at door. Part of proceeds to be used for educational programming at The Children's Workshop and The Katherine Dunham Museum for operational expenses. Tickets may be purchased at Afro World, St. Louis; Jacob's Herbs, Fairview Heights; The Personal Boutique, East St. Louis, or by calling 618-795-5970.
"A Happy Christmas" -- 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lincoln Theatre, 103 E. Main St., Belleville. Mike Williamson & Company present their new holiday musical variety show filled with your favorites. Cost: $15 group rate; $17 individuals. Reservations: 815-229-6852 . Information at 618-233-0123.
Ballroom Dance -- 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2524 N. Illinois St. Music by The Renditions.
Square Dance -- 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Gibault Catholic High School, Columbia Avenue and Moore Street in Waterloo. Finger food. Caller: Joe Obal. Sponsored by the Waterloo Quadrilles Square Dance Club.
Winter Wonderland of Lights -- through Jan. 1, Horner Park, 11113 Widicus Road, Lebanon. Thousands of lights, animated musical displays, life-size nativity, Victorian village. Donations accepted.
Way Of Lights Christmas Display -- through Jan. 3, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. More than 1 million white lights featured along a 1.5-mile route depicting the Journey to Bethlehem. Camel, donkey, pony rides, petting zoo, kettle corn. Free donations accepted. Carriage ride reservations at 618-397-6700. Children's village, puppet show, souvenir photos, Christmas tree display, community choirs, wreath display, silent auction at Visitors Center. Laser show presented by The Power Source 309 at the Guild Center. Information: 618-397-6700 or 314-241-3400, visit wayoflights.org.
Gingerbread Walk -- through Jan. 2, downtown Belleville. Stroll down Belleville's Main Street to view award-winning gingerbread creations displayed in downtown merchant windows starting at the Square on East and West Main streets. Information at 618-233-1416.
Santa Claus Parade -- 10 a.m. Friday, parade route will begin at 17th and Main streets and will proceed east on Main Street to Forest Avenue. Featuring 100 parade floats, marching bands, dance groups.
Holiday Sing-along -- 6 p.m. Friday, Public Square, downtown Belleville. Lighting of the fountain.
Turkey Skate -- 1-4 p.m. Friday, Fun Spot Skating and Party Center, 1400 West Blvd., Belleville. Cost: $8 admission, includes regular skate rental if needed and all-you-can-eat pizza and soda; $4 for non-skaters, includes the all-you-can-eat pizza and soda. Afternoon of games, prizes and pizza (no turkey). Information: 618-235-4502 wo www.funspotrocks.com.
Art & Craft Fall Fair -- 3-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. More than 400 exhibitors featuring crafts, holiday items, gifts, jewelry, decorations, more. Admission: $4 Friday, $2 Saturday, $1 Sunday.
Indian Market Days -- noon-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville Road, Collinsville.
Free admission. Suggested donation of $7 adults, $5 seniors, $2 students, $15 families. Three dozen American Indian artists, crafters and vendors will be selling paintings, drawings, baskets, beadwork, pottery, rugs, corn husk dolls, musical istruments, metal work, wood carvings, feather work, decorated gourds, jewelry. Information: 618-346-5160 or www.cahokiamounds.org.
Mouse Races -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Jarvis Township Senior Citizen Center, Tri-Township Park, Troy. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food available for purchase. Free admission. Benefiting the services of the Jarvis Township Senior Citizens. Information: 618-667-2022 or 618-667-6662.
Waterloo Christmas Walk -- 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, downtown Waterloo. Visit the quaint specialty shops in the historic area of Waterloo. Enjoy live music, visit with Santa and take a free carriage ride. Lighted parade at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The parade starts at Gibault Catholic High School and follows the Porta Westfalica Route to downtown Waterloo. In case of inclement weather the parade will take place on Sunday 1. The parade is sponsored by GLOW (Great Ladies of Waterloo). Free. For more information about the parade call 618-939-7433. Information on walk at 618-939-8600.
Horse Drawn Trolley Rides -- Friday through Dec. 22, downtown Belleville. Take a free ride through downtown aboard the horse-drawn trolley.
Christmas in the Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 29 through Dec. 21, Charley Brown Park, Old Highway 50, Flora. Featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, Little Toot train rides, Santa Claus at the Santa House, light displays (by participating businesses, churches, organizations, individuals), Gingerbread replicas of the Depot on display. Donations are accepted at gate. Information at 618-662-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Lights Wonderland -- 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Christmas Eve, Dec. 31, American Farm Heritage Museum, grounds of the museum, Exit 45 on I-70, Greenville. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Lights are on every night. The Lil Red Barn will provide complimentary caffee, cocoa and cookies. Santa will hear Christmas wishes at the Lil Red Barn. An 1800s Christmas will be presented at Hill's Fort, a replica of a War of 1812 fort. Friday through Sunday nights (weather permitting), take a 1 mile train ride around the museum on the American Heritage Railroad's Polar Express. Tickets for train ride: $2 per passenger (3 & up). Information at 618-664-4189 or 618-664-9733.
Christmas Candlelight Tours -- 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. The customs of the 1820s will surround guests as Father Christmas, and his mischievous brother Rupert, entertain children and adults. Historically garbed docents will be throughout the house as guests take a self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms. After tour enjoy hot wassail and Christmas treats by a cozy fire in the washhouse hearth. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, free (5 & under). Information at 618-692-1818 or www.stephensonhouse.org.
Santa at Edwardsville Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays; starting Nov. 30 through Dec. 21, Edwardsville City Park, Edwardsville. Tell Santa your holiday wishes. On Saturday, Nov. 30, see Santa arrive to the City Park in a fire truck, courtesy of the Edwardsville Fire Department. The Parks Department will have a digital camera onsite and can email pictures to participants, but parents are encouraged to take their own pictures. Information: 618-692-7538.
Swansea Santa House -- 6-8 p.m. weekdays, 2-5 p.m. weekends, Nov. 30 through Dec. 22, Melvin Price Memorial Park (next to Lehr Center) 1500 Caseyville Ave., Swansea. Cost: $5, includes a picture of your child, grandchild, or the child at heart taken with Santa. Children receive gifts from Santa.
Breakfast With Santa -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and Dec. 1, 7. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $15 per child, $12 per adult. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Special gift for each child. Photo with Santa. Reservations suggested. Meal includes scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy. Information/reservation at 618-233-0513 ext. 3.
Breese Christmas Parade -- 6 p.m. Saturday, Breese. The line-up starts by the tracks on North Main and travels to the park where we will welcome Santa and he will light up the park. Visits with Santa Claus, Christmas tree decorating, demonstrations, train displays and children's activities.
O'Fallon Santa's Hut -- 7-9 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21; and noon-4 p.m. Dec. 24, corner of 1st and Vine in downtown O'Fallon. Leave a letter in Santa's mailbox, don't forget to include your name and address.
Support for Meirink Family -- Saturday, Althoff Catholic High School football field, Belleville. Come to show our support for Bill Meirink and family. Events start at 10 a.m. with barbecue lunch at noon. 5K fun rn and walk and bags tournament. Althoff vs. Belleville East and West (get out those old jerseys and join in the fun) football game. Raffle.
Walking Tour -- 10 a.m. Saturday, West Belleville. Tour of historic village of West Belleville starts at West End Park, 1106 West Main St. Tour is approximately 16 blocks long and lasts about 60 minutes. $10 per person; 12 years old and up. Benefits the Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required: 618-236-7481.
Tails, Trails, Twinkles -- 7 p.m. Sunday, The National Shrine of our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive, Belleville. Bring your dogs and family members to enjoy a walk through the Way of Lights. Walk begins at 5:30 with Scotty leading the way. Pet friendly vendors on hand with opportunities to shop for your four-legged friends. Dogs must be on leashes. Information at 618-397-6700 or 314-241-3400 or wayoflights.org/twinkles.
Holiday House Tour -- 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Greenville. Sponsored by Greenville Women's Club. Unique homes and collections. Information: www/greenvilleusa.or or call 888-862-8201.
Ham and Meat Raffle -- 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Columbus Club, 114 W. Oak St., Millstadt. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Free pork sausage and fried potatoes. Attendance prizes.
Christmas Pageant -- 2 p.m. Sunday, Highland Hope United Methodist Church, 12846 Daibeer Road, Highland. The third annual Miss Merry Christmas Pageant and toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. The pageant is open to kids of all ages who live in Illinois. Entry fee: $30 per contestant ($25 if bring a toy). Admission: $5. Information/application, email email@example.com.
Holiday Story Time -- 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 1, 7. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22, Eckert's Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Kids will hear the story of the Gingerbread Man and make a gingerbread craft.
Old-Fashioned German Christmas -- 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Historic Maeystown. Music of the season by the Peterson Family Singers, the Valmeyer High School Music Department, the Band Room Brass, Carl Seavers and Jim Abbott on dulcimer and a German carol sing. Story time with Frau Kingle. A visit from Sankt Nikolaus. Make-and-take German ornament session for kids. St. John United Church of Christ will host a Christkindlmarkt and woodcarving, photography and jewelry at the mill. Carriage rides in the afternoon. Women's Club Taste of Christmas dessert sampling, Weihnacht Stew and Strudel, holiday coffees and teas are some of the food offerings.
Museum Christmas Open House -- 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library, 715 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Annual Christmas open house. Friends of the museum will decorate for the season; local muscians will perform seasonal music in the 1836 Weir House Museum. More than a dozen wreaths designed by Madison County florists will be on dispplay and for sale through a silent auction. Photographs of the wreaths can be seen at madcohistory.org The Madison County Historical Society's antique sleigh is on the plaze to be filled with non-perishable food to replenish local food pantries. Refreshments will be served.
Downtown Edwardsville in December -- Dec. 1-21, Extended hours at downtown merchants Wednesdays and Thursdays until 7 p.m.; Saturdays until 6 p.m. Winter Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7 in downtown Edwardsville. Features artisans, baked goods, crafters, locally grown items, & unique, boutique gifts & products from our community. Downtown caroling, window decorating contest. Elves workshop: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12; 2-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St. Cost: $10 per child. Pre-registration required. Information at 618-692-7538.
Festival of Trees -- 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville. The evening includes complimentary beverages, heavy appetizers, live music and a silent auction. Cost: $40 per person. Sponsor a live tree for $100-$150. Proceeds to benefit Tote Me Home, which provides tote bags of food to low-income children in the Unit 10 School District every week, and the Collinsville Charities for Children, which provides shoes to low-income children. Open to everyone. Information/tickets at 618-344-2884.
Christmas on the River Kickoff -- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Chester Square Gazebo Park, Chester. Tree lighting, music. Christmas on the River events are Dec. 6-8, in Chester. Lighted Parade is 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Santa will arrive by barge on the Mississippi at 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Arts and crafts.
Schmidt Art Center -- Through Dec. 12, Schmidt Art Center, Southwerstern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. "True Scale of Trees" by Mel Watkin; a series of large-scale drawings based on uprooted trees. "Gilt" by Arny Nadler; painted ceramic sculptures that reference the figure and anatomy. "American Rephotographs" by Sherwin Tibayan; projects examine the relationships between digital photographs and the history of the photograph makeup. "Paintings 1993-2013" by John M. Groessmann; features abstract paintings that seek a balance among composition, spatial construction and thoughtful color relationships.
Caseyville Fish Fry -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fried fish and other foods at 4 p.m. Bingo at 7 p.m. Lighted off-street parking.
Collinsville Fish Fry -- 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat in or carry out. Cod, catfish fillets, Tilapia, sides.
Collinsville Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Eat in or carry out. Fried cod, baked cod, whole catfish, multiple sides. Senior plates starting $4.99. Call ins at 618-345-1492.
Fairview Heights Fish Fry -- 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road. Walton's Fish Fry. Homemade desserts. Carryouts: 618-632-5222.
Highland Fish Fry -- 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carry out. 618-654-6367.
Millstadt VFW Fish Fry -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post 7980, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Open jam session from 6 p.m. Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post 7980.
O'Fallon Fish Fry -- 4-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. Highway 50, O'Fallon. Sponsored by KC and Ladies Auxiliary. Eat in or carry out. 618-632-6229.
O'Fallon Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O'Fallon. Sponsored by Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and Ladies Auxiliary. Fried and grilled fish and chicken, homemade sides and desserts. Children's menu. To go orders delivered to car. 618-624-2651.
O'Fallon Fish & Chicken Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, O'Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O'Fallon. Carry-outs available. 618-632-8879.
Shiloh Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Sponsored by Eagles No. 545. Cod, Walleye, shrimp, chicken strip plates. Eat in or carry out. 618-624-5412.
Summerfield Fish Fry -- 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. 618-934-3841.
Swansea Fish Stand -- 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, shrimp and more. Saturdays: fried chicken, fish, more. 222-7171.
Turtle Soup -- 10 a.m. Saturday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. 6th St., Belleville. $12 per gallon. Call-ins welcome. 618-233-9380.
Walton's Chicken Dinner -- 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. For carryouts call 632-5222.
All You Can Eat Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, Canteen Hall, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. Adults $10, children (12 & under) $5. Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post.
Euchre Tournament -- 7 p.m. Friday, Smithton Senior Center.
Luncheon, Card Party & Bingo -- noon Tuesday, St. Luke's Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Sponsored by St. Luke Perpetual Help Sodality. Cost: $6. Cards and bingo, sleepers, raffle, and table prizes. Menu: Turkey with dressing and gravy, apple salad, roll, cake, coffee, ice tea.
Grab-N-Go Gift Show --Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Free, open to public. Refreshments will be served. Exhibition dates Friday through Jan. 3. Cash and carry exhibit. Art work reasonable priced for gift-giving and available to take upon purchase. Ceramics, wood crafts, fiber, painting, more.
Meat Shoot -- noon Sunday, American Legion Post 1255, 201 Eiler Road, Belleville. Sponsored by American Legion Post 1255. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Doors open at 11 a.m. Shoots, wheel raffles, attendance prizes, free food, drink specials. Rain or shine, enclosed shooting area. House guns available. Questions at 618-538-5445.
Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m.-dusk Sunday, Elks 664, Highway 161 and Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Free soup, raffles. Ham, bacon, loins, turkeys, more. House gun available 12 & 20 gauge.
Collinsville -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Proceeds benefit Mission of Moms, which sends care packages to service men and women serving overseas. Doors open at 6. $12 per person, soda included. 50/50. Silent auction. Reservations: 618-345-1492 or www.postermywall.com.
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