Mahomet ‘Griswolds’ Add New Piece to Holiday Light Display

By Kelly Youngblood   For more than 30 years, the Schoonovers have been decking a lot more than just the halls of their home at 701 N. Timberview Dr. in Mahomet.   This year, the popular holiday display that boasts more than 100,000 lights will include a surprise addition.   George Schoonover said he's added a new "large" piece to the display. But the … [Read more...]

Champaign-Urbana Holiday Bucket List: 33 Things To See and Do in CU Before Christmas

If you are on Pinterest, you've seen those "Holiday Bucket List" pins.  They are a list of fun activities to see, do, or complete with your kids during the holiday season. You could think of them as a laundry list of more things you need to fit in during the holiday season, or like us, you can pick and choose from the events listed to add more local fun to your celebrations … [Read more...]

Champaign Center City Trolley Rides Return

A holiday tradition that began last year in Champaign-Urbana will be back again with a few new twists. Center City Trolley Rides, which are organized by Champaign Center Partnership and the Champaign Park District, will return during the first three Saturdays in December. Due to the rides' popularity last year, online registration will now be required and a small fee will … [Read more...]

Guide to Chanukah in Champaign-Urbana

If you are celebrating in Chanukah (or Hanukkah or Hanukah) in Champaign-Urbana, we've put together everything you need to know about observing everyone's favorite Jewish December holiday in one place. WHEN IS CHANUKAH?  This year, Chanukah starts with the first candle being lit on Sunday, Dec. 6. Chanukah lasts for eight days and nights, and concludes with the final … [Read more...]

Signs of Fall: Leaf Collection Begins in Champaign-Urbana & Beyond

Fall is certainly a beautiful season in Champaign-Urbana -- picturesque. colorful. transitional. Fall also means falling leaves. And there's a lot of ways to deal with that. One is to hope that the leaves will blow into your neighbor's yard. Another way is to let the children play in the leaves as much as possible. Of course, there's always the old-fashioned way: rake 'em … [Read more...]