Christmas Concert -- 7 p.m. Friday, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 6325 W. Main St., Maryville. The Granite City Community Concert Band will perform. Free. Donations appreciated. A goodwill offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the local food pantry. Information at www.graniteband.com.
Band of MidAmerica -- 7 p.m. Friday, Belleville West High School Auditorium, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville; 7 p.m. Saturday at O'Fallon Township High School Milburn Campus, 650 Milburn School Road, O'Fallon. Information bandofmidamerica.af.mil.
"Christmas With Monty" -- 7 p.m. Saturday, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 301 W. Broadway, Sparta. Monty Jackson is a singer, composer, arranger and recording artist who lives in Sparta. Free. An offering will be taken.
Holiday Concert -- 2 p.m. Sunday, St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 1014 W. Pontoon Road Granite City. Sponsored by St. Gregory Holy Seraphim Choir and the local chapter of the Armenian Relief Society. Free. An offering will be taken to benefit the Armenian Relief Society and the Holy Seraphim Choir. Refreshments will be served following the concert.
Sounds of Our Village -- 7 p.m. Sunday, Zion Evangelical Church, 117 W. White, Millstadt. The Millstadt Community Choir will perform instrumental and choral holiday selections. Free.
Candlelight Worship Service -- 7 p.m. Sunday, O'Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 W. Adams St., O'Fallon. Special performance by the O'Fallon Township High School Chamber Choir.
Westbrook-Green Concert Choir -- 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Paul Baptist Church, 1500 Bond Ave., East St. Louis. Free. An offering will be taken. Proceeds to go toward the choir's scholarship fund. Featuring the Westbrook-Green Concert Choir of East St. Louis.
Christmas Concert -- 3 p.m. Sunday, Church of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. The Metro East Commiunity Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Wilson, will perform. Free. Donations will be accepted. Information, call Stephen Wilson at 618-402-3534.
Country Music Dance -- 8 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Swansea Improvement Association, 216 Service St., Swansea. Music by Cactus Moon Band.
Ballroom Dance -- 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Lindendale Park Ballroom, Highland. Music by Larry Haller. Information at 618-654-9753.
Winter Wonderland of Lights -- Jan. 1, Horner Park, 11113 Widicus Road, Lebanon. Thousands of lights, animated musical displays, life-size nativity, Victorian village. Donations accepted.
Way Of Lights -- 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.
Christmas in the Park -- 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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.
Christmas Lights Wonderland -- 5-9 every evening through Dec. 31, American Farm Heritage Museum, Exit 45 on I-70, Greenville. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Complimentary coffee, cocoa and cookies. Santa will hear Christmas wishes Friday and Saturday nights at the Lil Red Barn. 1800s Christmas at Hill' 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.
Horse Drawn Trolley Rides -- through Dec. 22, downtown Belleville.
Downtown Edwardsville in December -- through Dec. 21, Extended hours at downtown merchants Wednesdays & Thursdays until 7 p.m.; Saturdays until 6 p.m. Winter Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 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. today; 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St. Cost: $10 per child. Pre-registration required.
Breakfast with Santa at Dinner Time -- 5-8 p.m. Friday and Dec. 20, Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Cost: $25 per child; $12 per adult. Meal includes scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits/sausage gravy. Reservations at 618-233-0513 ext. 3.
Journey To Bethlehem -- 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, and 5-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, First Baptist Maryville, 7110 State Route 162, Maryville. Free family-friendly, live, outdoor, walk-through play. Live animals, cozy fires to warm the way, and complimentary refreshment. Each tour will last approximately one hour. Reservations at fbmaryville.org/jtb of 618-667-8221.
Holiday Craft, Gift & Home Decorating Show -- 4-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Illinois 13 and 159, Belleville. Admission: $3 weekend, kids (12 & under) free. Furniture, primitives, pottery, jewelry, Christmas decor, gourmet foods, more. Information, call JSP Inc. at 618-628-7878.
"Arrival at Camp River Dubois" -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, Interpretive Center, Hartford. Displays of Native American artifacts, frontier medical tools and military weapons to help people today connect to the moment in 1803 when the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at its Illinois winter camp. Free, open to public. On Saturday, retired teacher Ron Stellhorn will demonstrate how flax is processed to produce linen. Other exhibitors will be present the entire weekend. The 2nd Regiment U.S. Artillery will be presenting (but not firing) its cannon. Jim Duncan will display firearms carried by soldiers on the expedition and Ken Porter will exhibit frontier artifacts.
Holiday Story Time -- 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 21 and 22, Eckert's Garden Center, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville. Free. Story of the gingerbread man. After story, each child makes a gingerbread craft. Information at 618-233-0513.
Breakfast With Santa -- 8 a.m.-noon Saturday-Sunday, 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.
Cookie Walk -- noon-2 p.m. Sunday, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 111 O'Fallon Troy Road, O'Fallon. Annual cookie walk, Christmas booth and cookbook event. Information at 618-632-6168.
Christmas Celebration -- Sunday, St. Boniface Parish, Parish Center, 1007 Olive St., Evansville. Homemade chicken and dumpling dinner begins serving at 11 a.m. Adults $8, children (under 12) $4, children (3 & under) free. Christmas fair: handcrafted crafts, unique items, product vendors. Kringles Korner Country Store: homemade cookies, jams, candies, breads, cakes, pies. Drawings held at 3 p.m. Visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Decorate your own cookie or cupcake. Live music. Parish School of Religion, Christ Choir sings at 1 p.m.
A Winter's Aire -- 7 p.m. Sunday, Corpus Christi Parish Center, 205 Rasp St., Shiloh. Concert and wine tasting event with silent auction to benefit "Project Orphan." Tickets: $20, includes food, wine and entertainment featuring a performance by The St. Louis Harmony Chorus. Reservations at 618-632-7614.
Kids Christmas Party and Breakfast with Santa -- 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday, New Baden American Legion, 105 E. Illinois St., New Baden. Sponsored by the New Baden Jaycees and VFW Post 3642. Cost: $7.50 adults, $4 kids. All you can eat, featuring Behrman's sausage. Santa will be present to breakfast with a present for kids in 4th grade and under. Not required to purchase breakfast with Santa.
"The Glory of Christmas" -- 7 p.m. Sunday-Monday, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Instrumental overture at 6:40 p.m. Free event. An offering will be taken.
Information at 618-397-5994 or www.stmatthewumc.org.
Wilderness Walk -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Ave., Edwardsville. Free, open to all ages. Registration requested for groups of 10 plus. A narrated hike and exploration along the 1-mile trail. Information at 618-692-7578 or email@example.com.
Kwanzaa -- 6 p.m. Tuesday, East St. Louis Higher Education Campus, 601 J.R. Thompson Drive, Room 2083, Builidng B, East St. Louis. Free family event. Co-sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Black River Writers Press, Drumvoices Revue and the East St. Louis Cultural Revival Campaign Committee. "Kwansaba Candle-lighting Ritual" will be performed by the Soular Systems Ensemble. Invocation, dances, open mike, bazaar with books, gifts and fabrics. Information at 618-650-3991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
McKendree All-Student Art Show -- through Dec. 23, McKendree Gallery of Art, 224 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Reception 4-7 p.m. today. Gallery hours by appointment. Every student enrolled in an art class is required to submit work for the show. Information at www.mckendree.edu/artgallery.
Paintings of Dave Woesthaus -- through Jan. 10 at the law firm of Mathis, Marifian, and Richter's gallery space, 23 Public Square No. 300, Belleville. New paintings titled, "Fragile Hope." Gallery hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Aviston Fish & Chicken Fry -- 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton St., Aviston. Eat in or carry out. 618-228-7311.
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.
Freeburg Fish Fry & Bake -- 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Joseph's Parish Center, 6 N. Alton St., Freeburg. Fried cod loins (plate, sandwich or pound), baked cod, shrimp, grilled cheese, spaghetti, onion rings, French fries, slaw, mac and cheese, desserts, refreshments. Sponsored by the Support Committee. Eat in or carry out. 618-539-3209.
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.
Okawville Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 233, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Eat in or carry out. 618-243-6545.
Scott VFW Fish Fry -- 5-8 p.m. Friday, Scott VFW Post 4183, Belleville. Carry outs. Sandwiches or plates at 618-746-9801.
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.
Winter Waffle Wonderland -- 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Governor French Academy campus, 219 W. Main St., Belleville. Waffle breakfast and silent auction. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 child. Auction to benefit the school.
Turtle Soup -- 10 a.m. Saturday, South Side Improvement Association, 800 S. Sixth St., Belleville. $12/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.
Fried Chicken -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, Canteen Hall, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All you can eat. Adults $10, children (12 & under) $5. Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post.
Cribbage -- 6:30 p.m. today, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Drive, Collinsville. Nine games against nine different opponents. Information: Phil at 618-288-7910 or Dee at 636-233-8032.
Grab-N-Go Gift Show -- through Jan. 3, Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, Edwardsville. Free, open to public. Refreshments will be served. Cash and carry exhibit. Art work reasonable priced for gift-giving and available to take upon purchase. Ceramics, wood crafts, fiber, painting, more.
Nature Center Fundraiser -- 6-9 p.m. today Plowisharing Crafts, 224 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Your purchase will help support Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville. You can find gifts for everyone, including home decor, holiday items, jewelry, pursers, scarves, more. Information at 618-692-7578.
Cookie & Candy Sale -- 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road, Granite City.
Cookie & Sweet Goods Sale -- 1 p.m. Sunday, The Pentecostals of Troy, 8965 Route 162, Troy. No phone orders. Information at 618-667-6054 or email@example.com.
"A Christmas Pudding" -- today through Sunday, Alton Little Theatre, 2450 Henry St., Alton. Holiday musical featuring 22 talented actors and vocalists. Tickets: 618-462-6562 or online at www.altonlittletheater.org.
"It's A Wonderful Life" -- 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Historic Avon Theatre, 535 N. 2nd St., Breese. Tickets: $10 adults, $9 senior citizens, active military. Reserve tickets at 618-526-2866. The saga of George Bailey, Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and viciv duty. His guardian angel saves him from despair on Christmas Eve. He shows George what life would have been like if he had never been born and that this has, after all, been a wonderful life. Steve Klostermann plays George Bailey, Jennifer Klostermann is Mary Hatch Bailey and Patrick Kreher is Clarence the angel.
"Nutcracker" -- 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Wildey Theatre, 252 N. Main St., Edwardsville. Tickets on sale now. Presented by Turning Pointe Academy of Dance. Dancers from Collinsville, Maryville, Edwardsville, Troy, Highland and Litchfield. Tickets at Wildey Box Office or http://www.wildeytheatre.com.
"One Quiet Night" -- 6 p.m. Saturday (dinner theater); 6 p.m. Sunday (dessert theater), Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road, Troy. Christmas Dinner Theater or Christmas Dessert Theater. Saturday menu: Chicken cordon blue or Pork tenderloin medallions both on bed or rice, green beans, dinner salad, roll, cheesecake. Children's menu: Chicken fingers, mac n cheese, green beans, cookie. Cost: $15 adults, $10 children (6-12). Sunday tickets are by donation in any amount to the music department. Tickets must be obtained for both evenings by calling 618-667-6241 or visiting the church.
BBQ/Meat Shoot -- noon, Saturday, Caseyville Moose Lodge, 8550 Bunkum Road, Caseyville. Meat and money rounds. Meat wheel also.
Meat Shoot -- 11 a.m.-dusk Sunday, Elks No. 664, Illinois 161 and Old Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights. Free soup. Raffles. Ham, bacon, loins, turkeys, more. House gun available. 12 and 20 gauge.
Meat Shoot -- noon Sunday, Kountry Korners, 5866 Floraville Road, Millstad. Benefit for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Collinsville -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Collinsville Township Senior Center, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Admission: 3 non-perishable food items or 1 new toy per person. Door prizes, raffles, mulligans, 50/50, games. Benefits The Collinsville Township Food Pantry. Maximum 5-10 persons per table. Reservations at 618-344-7787.
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