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December brings its unique set of holiday-related fun, and many of us find it difficult to squeeze in anything else. But rest assured, if you need a break from all things holiday, we can provide some suggestions.
Here are our top 10 picks for December fun. (If you’re looking for holiday fun, check out our Gigantic Holiday Fun Guide):
Come see the first ever Irish dancing competition in Central Illinois. Dancers are coming from all over the country and Canada to compete, and judges are coming all the way from Ireland. Event starts with beginner competitions and ends with current world medal holders.
The Best Band in the Land heads indoors for this concert featuring its signature tunes, highlights of the season, and some exciting extras at the Krannert Center.
Pick up a themed booklet for your family and take a self-guided tour of the museum. Interns will be available to assist.
Indoor sledding, holiday games and all kinds of wintertime activities are featured during one of the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum’s most popular events. Available on Dec. 8 and 15.
Master of Ceremonies Patch Adams will direct a talent show that you won’t want to miss. It is a fundraiser for the Gesundheit! Institute.
If your kids haven’t seen this one, they’ll certainly love it — let’s just hope they don’t get any ideas for themselves! Starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $5.
If you’ve never seen a sled hockey game, you are in for an absolute treat. The athletes are remarkable; their skills are sublime. After the game, stick around to try the sleds yourself!
One of the area’s annual treats — this is year No. 55 — is the opening of your favorite Christmas lights display in Urbana. Begins at 6 p.m. If you’ve never seen the opening ceremony, make plans to attend. You won’t be sorry.
Musical theatre students ages 7-13 take you on an adventure with Maiden Melody and Radical Rhythm as they attempt to save their town from the Sorcerer of Silence.
If you’ve never seen one of these shows produced by University of Illinois chemistry students, trust us: You will get a kick out of it. Click the link for details and show times.
Bring the family to Urbana Early Childhood School for FREE monthly preschool lessons in basic numbers, letters, listening skills, peer interaction, and emotional development needed to prepare for kindergarten. Must pre-register.
Vendors will be offering a variety of small animals, reptiles, birds, supplies and more for purchase. Admission is $5, kids 10 and under are free.
The Elks National Hoop Shoot is a FREE free throw contest for youth age 8-13. Whoever makes the most baskets out of 25 attempts wins. Separate divisions by age and gender.
The rink will be decorated, picture-taking opportunities are available and you’ll feel as if you’re in a winter wonderland. Afternoon times are available.
It’s the next Chambanamoms indoor playdate, presented by Christie Clinic! If, like us, you’re missing summer and in the mood for some free swimming, here’s your chance.
If you’re doing some last-minute shopping at Market Place Shopping Center, stop by the Food Court for a free performance of some 60 men, performing show tunes, patriotic music, old time favorites and more.
If the kids can’t stay up until midnight, they still deserve a chance to ring in the new year. So the Orpheum is offering a balloon drop at noon!