Between the Polar Express, the quaintly decorated downtown, and several other holiday events, Monticello has become quite the capital of Christmas in Central Illinois.
This year, old holiday traditions return to town and a new one will begin. It’s definitely worth taking a trip to Monticello this Christmas season!
What started as a “friendly” competition between siblings has led to a major holiday light show that just keeps getting bigger and better each year. The McIntosh Christmas Lights Show, located at 404 S. Charter, Monticello, will be up and going by this weekend. Hours are 4:30-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4:30-11 p.m. Friday- Sunday. The light show, which incorporates lights and music using Light-O-Rama technology, was recognized on a list of the top places to see Christmas lights in Illinois. You can watch the show from the convenience of your car and hear the songs and audio on your radio with the use of an FM Transmitter. Tune to 101.7. This year they’ve added a few songs and more lights!
While you’re in town, don’t forget to drive by North North Charter Productions 828 N. Charter to check out their amazing light display!
Winter Wellness Walk
This year Allerton Park has its own lights display thanks to a partnership with Kirby Medical Center. Enjoy an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Avenue of the Formal Gardens and Brick Wall Garden to the Visitor Center. The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8pm until January 15 to help you stay moving this winter.
Lunch with Santa
Have Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot, a holiday favorite with kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. Check out the frequently asked questions (FAQ) HERE. Some tickets still available.
It’s only one day but the Monticello Christmas Parade is also a fun way to make you feel festive! The parade is typically the first Saturday of December and begins at 11:30 a.m, with a new theme every year. The parade route begins on Hamilton and ends back at the school on State St.