ILLINOISouth Holidays - Sounds of the Season

Posted on 12/04/2013 by TheTourismBureau
sounds of the season blog

Do you hear what we hear? The sounds of the season are filling the air in ILLINOISouth!

From sing-alongs to symphonies, Christmas carols and holiday hits abound at holiday events in our region. Whether you like to lend your voice or just want to sit back, relax and listen - have a look below to find the perfect musical event for the whole family! -- December 4 A Happy Christmas Lincoln Theatre, Belleville Come see Mike Williamson and Company in their new holiday show filled with your favorites! 618-233-0123 December 4 "The Sound of Christmas," Starring Elisabeth von Trapp and the Carolian Brass The Hett, Lebanon This holiday celebration features the beloved music of the von Trapp family and "The Sound of Music," performed by Maria's granddaughter Elisabeth and the exceptional Carolian Brass Quintet. 618-537-6863 December 5-8 Madrigal Performance O'Fallon Township High School, O'Fallon If you aren't in the holiday mood yet, this amazing show will get you there. Come and see this a capella holiday vocal performance, jesters, queen and king and much, much more! 618-624-4500 December 6 Christmas at the Courthouse Olney Musical entertainment, refreshments and more will help you find your Christmas spirit. 618-392-3111 December 6, 13, 20 Holly Jolly Christmas Newton Singer Burl Ives (aka Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) recorded Holly Jolly Christmas, which has inspired his hometown to plan this even every year. Puppet shows, carriage and wagon rides, carolers in period dress and Santa Claus are just a few of the activities. 618-783-3399 December 6-7 Christmas in Vandalia Vandalia Friday night will be the "City Christmas Tree Lighting" at 5:00pm on the hill on Gallatin Street. Then enjoy shopping in Downtown stores, merchants will be staying open late and many will have sales/specials that evening. There will be carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, fire barrels for warmth, wine tasting, Mr. & Mrs. Claus and more! Also, the Rotary Club Annual Christmas Parade and Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse. 618-283-1161 December 8 Christmas at Willoughby Willoughby Farm, Collinsville See a new side of Willoughby Farm: decorated for the holidays! Visitors will sip hot cider or hot chocolate and nibble on holiday sweet treats while visiting with Santa Claus in the farm house. Remember to bring your camera to snap a photo of Santa with your little one. Join us in the Bank Barn for a holiday sing-along while guests make ornaments to take home. From 1-4pm. 618-346-7529 December 8 Yanda Log Cabin Christmas Sing-Along Yanda Log Cabin, Glen Carbon Come join us for a Christmas sing-along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will also be hot apple cider, juice and cookies! 618-288-7271 December 8 Millstadt Weihnachtsfest {German Christmas Festival} St. James Parish Center, Millstadt Come to our Christmas Festival celebrating Millstadt's German heritage! This event features an arts and crafts fair, German food (bratwurst, potato pancakes, etc.) and beverages, the Holiday Cookie Walk, and musical entertainment (including German folk music provided by the Waterloo German Band). St. Nikolaus arrives in a parade at noon. Children are invited to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 618-476-1812 December 11-12 Las MaƱanitas National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville This event celebrates the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe with Mexican decorations, serenades, dancers, flowers, and prayers beginning at 9pm and culminates with holy mass (in Spanish) at midnight. The community gathers after mass for breakfast with Mexican pastries, other foods and hot chocolate. 618-397-1210 December 14 Travel Back to Bethlehem Beulah United Methodist Church, Sumner Go thru the beautiful decorated city of Sumner and follow the luminaries south to Beulah Church. Live biblical scenes portrayed for the last 2 miles including; Mary and Joseph headed towards Bethlehem, King Herod, shepherds guarding their flocks, live animals at the Live Nativity. Enjoy refreshments in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy live music in the Sanctuary. 618-936-2325 December 15-16 The Glory of Christmas St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Belleville This musical drama includes 200 people encompassing choir, orchestra, drama troupe, horse drawn sleigh and parade of the wooden soldiers. 618-397-5994 December 31 A Timeless New Year Show Lincoln Theatre, Belleville The annual show featuring music and celebration is a great way to bring in the New Year. 618-233-0018 December 31 New Years Eve & La Guiannee Legion Hall, Prairie du Rocher Come join us in the tradition of singing French song "La Guiannee," which has been sung every year for over 275 years. 618-284-7146 -- For more information on these and other great events visit our online calendar of events here.

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