Danville area residents, Mahomet and Rantoul will get a taste of the Christmas cheer this weekend, while for Gibson City the fun will be next weekend.
Santa is quite multitasking. He will be in all four places, sometimes at the same time.
Here’s a look at what’s going on in the region:
Nearly 50 floats are scheduled for the Night of the Lights parade starting at 6 p.m. today.
âOur city loves this parade. It’s a must see event, âsaid Ashton Greer, Danville Community Relations Administrator.
– From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today, carriage rides will be offered. A holiday bazaar with more than 20 craft vendors will take place from noon to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday in the county administration building.
– On Saturday, Santa Claus will be available in his sleigh for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple Plaza.
– Saturday at 3 p.m., the Danville Barbershop Chorus will present a concert of Christmas favorites at the Fischer Theater in downtown Danville.
The concert will feature classic Christmas carols, some Christmas spiritualities and favorites such as “Frosty the Snowman” and “Winter Wonderland”.
Two quartets will also be presented performing a few songs each.
There will be Christmas activities every three days this weekend, sponsored by the Muhammad Region Chamber of Commerce.
Tonight, a Christmas market with local businesses and vendors will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with Santa Claus due to arrive downtown by fire truck at 6 p.m.
âHe will walk up to his little house next to the village offices. He will see children there, âsaid Walter Pierce, executive director of the chamber.
There will also be carriage rides and a sidewalk lit Christmas arch tunnel from the village offices and along Jefferson Street.
âJust south of that, there are about 80 wooden trees and snowmen that the companies painted themselves or that the bedroom painted,â Pierce said. âThey will be on display on Friday evening.
“Many downtown businesses will be open for free hot chocolate or chocolate chip cookies or pie slices.”
Happens the rest of the weekend:
– On Saturday, local businesses and vendors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the city center.
Nearly 200 children have registered for donuts with Santa Claus during several time slots at the LycÃ©e Mahomet-Seymour.
A children’s shop will be held at Yo Yo, where young people can buy gifts for their parents and siblings, with the help of an elf.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be on site for a driving tour near the village hall.
– On Sundays, shopping time for children is offered from noon to 6 p.m. at Yo Yo’s.
The busy holiday weekend kicks off at 4 p.m. today, with the Monticello Area Arts Council’s Mini Christmas Tree Festival at the Livingston Center.
Also on Friday, every hour starting at 5 p.m., Allerton Park and Retreat Center will host its annual Holiday Showcase and Holiday Glow opening night. The Holiday Glow will continue from December 4 to 23, December 27 to 30, January 7 to 8, and January 14 to 15. No tickets are required (except December 3), donations will be collected.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday: Willow Tree Missions Christmas extravagant sale, featuring Christmas decorations, bake sale items, craft vendors and personalized ornaments.
At 11:30 am Saturday, it’s the Monticello Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, this year’s theme being âA Christmas in the Hometownâ.
The Light Up Rantoul Christmas Parade and other activities are on the program tonight downtown.
The parade line begins at 5:15 p.m., with the staging area on Congress Avenue near the high school. The parade will head north on Chanute Street, then east on Sangamon Avenue to downtown.
Photos with Santa can be taken from 6:30 p.m. in the Kesler Building at 112 E. Sangamon Avenue.
The Santa Claus Workshop, with crafts for children, will be open at 120 E. Sangamon Ave.
Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available from 6.30 p.m.
CITY OF GIBSON
Coming next weekend: an illuminated parade at a standstill, an event honoring local heroes, business-related activities, horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating.
âChristmas Saluteâ is the theme of the annual Christmas celebration, sponsored by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce on December 10-11.
Events begin next Friday night, with a stationary illuminated parade through the city’s North Park from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Last year was the first year the chamber opted for a drive-through parade, and it was a huge success, organizers say. This year there will be quite a few more light exhibitions, and it is hoped that this event will continue to grow each year.
As parade participants leave the park, they will be asked to head south on Sangamon Avenue, where additional activities will take place in the downtown area.
There will be Christmas music, heated fireplaces, Santa will greet the kids at Hood’s Ace Hardware, Jay’s Place serving adult hot chocolate and other Christmas spirits.
On Saturday December 11, many businesses and restaurants will be organizing events and / or special offers.
A full list of these will be listed the week before and posted on the Facebook event page “Gibson City’s Lighted Christmas Parade”.
People will also want to plan some activities for next Saturday.
A heroic event is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in which the community takes the opportunity to recognize many of the emergency response personnel who have been important to the community this year.
Afterwards, there will be carriage rides available in the city center from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Students from Prairieland’s CEO program chose to add to the chamber celebration with an ice skating event.
The ice rink, which can accommodate around 50 people at a time, will be equipped with synthetic ice.
Prairieland CEO is a high school class that provides entrepreneurial learning opportunities for students of Gibson City, Fisher and Paxton. This is a private program funded by local businesses from the three communities.
The students, who earn high school credits for completing the program, are tasked with starting a “business” to make money as a group that will then fund individual projects later in the year. The rink was their choice.
The chamber encourages those who come to enjoy the Christmas celebration to take the time to drive through town to see the houses participating in the home decorating contest.