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Tis is the Season when lamp posts, buildings, homes and more turn into a Holiday ornament decked out with lights tinsel and garland celebrating a magical time of the year.


Springfield and surrounding communities have many Holiday Events for you and your family.


Dew Chilli Parlor's Of America would like to share some of those events, dates and locations with you in the hopes you will be able to attend and enjoy as many as possible.


If you know of an event you would like to share. Please "DEW" so in the comment section with all the details.


Below are a list of Holiday Events and information.


December 21, 2022

4pm-7pm


Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring Street, Springfield

(217) 782-7386


Free


Dress in your favorite festive PJs to join Mrs. Claus for story time at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and take home a free book too! Take part in holiday activities from around the world and learn a festive holiday dance with the Springfield Youth Performance group. Help us deck the halls and trim the tree by making ornaments from around the world for our community tree and explore the Memorial Holiday Fest student tree display throughout the museum. Activities and books available while supplies last.


LUMINARY NIGHTS AT THE DANA-THOMAS HOUSE:

December 21, 2022

Wednesdays & Saturdays 5pm-7pm


Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design

301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

217-782-6776

Donations Accepted

Half-hour evening tours of the 12,600 square foot mansion with a focus on more than 60 interior holiday designs and six trees created by the Civic Garden Club. Thirty people per tour (2 groups of 15). The site will be illuminated inside and out with more than one hundred LED candles. Tours begin at the front door along Lawrence Avenue.

Wednesdays, November 16-December 21

5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Reservations encouraged at DanaThomasLuminaryNights.Eventbrite.com


COPPER COIN BALLET COMPANY-NUTTY NUTCRACKER:


December 22, 2022

7 PM

University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center

One University Plaza, Springfield

217-206-6160

Admission

Holiday surprises abound when this magical tale turns upside down. If you thought you knew the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince… you don’t know Nuttin’. Dew Drop any notion you’ve had about this ballet, because when the Nutcracker gets Nutty it’ll be a Sugar Plum good time! What happens when the Nutcracker gets shot with his own cannon, and how will the mice behave in a land where everything is made of tasty temptations? You’ll be on your toes when you see this tutu funny waltz into Christmas.



STEAMY WINTER:

December 28, 2022

11 am - 3 pm


Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring Street, Springfield

(217) 782-7386

Free


Winter break may be ending, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to! Escape the end-of-break blues with crafts and activities. Join us for a STEAMy Winter. Make a coded candy cane, create frost in a jar, and more. Activities will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during this come-and-go event. Sit down for a story with storyteller Mike Anderson for stories and songs about the winter. Stories at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


NOON YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION:

December 31, 2022

9am-2pm

Kidzeum

412 E. Adams Street

217-679-2123

Admission


If your kiddo can't stay awake until midnight, ring in the new year a little bit early...at noon!

Please note that the museum (and festivities) will close a little bit early that day so their staff can get home in time to celebrate with their families.


FIRST NIGHT SPRINGFIELD:

December 31, 2022

1 pm - 10:30pm


Hoogland Center for the Arts/Downtown Springfield

420 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701

217-753-3519

Admission

The Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC) celebrates its 35th annual First Night Springfield on New Year's Eve in downtown Springfield. This family-friendly, celebration of the arts features talented local and regional artists & performers across multiple stages at multiple venues. There is a free admission children's stage and activity area from 1 pm-4 pm. All other performances take place from 6 pm - 10:30 pm. Fireworks take place in downtown Springfield at 8:15pm.

Guilty Pleasures: NYE Spectacular!


December 31, 2022

8 PM

The Pasfield House Inn

525 South Pasfield St, Springfield

(217) 670-2449


Admission


The Vaudeville Valley Circus and The Pasfield House present this dazzling and action-packed burlesque revue and variety show. Experience the excitement of classic, sultry, vaudeville entertainment in a beautiful historic landmark.

Tickets are $60 for general admission, $200 for VIP front row leather seating with premium bottle service for two! The show includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres as well as a champagne toast at midnight. The event also features a bar and live music by local 3-piece, The Guilty Boys, starting at 10:30 and going until 2023! Come share in the fun and dress as fancy or as casual as you like.


The Dew wanted to feature events at some of our communities' landmarks. There are many more festivities taking place through the holidays at many local businesses.

We want to thank the Springfield Illinois visitor's bureau for helping provide us with this information and for all they do in Central Illinois.


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