If you’re looking for ideas for fun in December, you’ve come to the right place
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.
If your kids haven’t seen this one, they’ll certainly love it — the 1996 Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. let’s just hope they don’t get any ideas for themselves! Showings start at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $4.
Come see the second-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.
If you haven’t caught Frozen fever yet, this library event will put you in the mood. Build a snowman, play Frozen games, get your picture taken with the Snow Queen and Princess and more. Free.
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.
Come out for the next installment of Young Artist’s Studio with local artist Citlaly Stanton for a chance to practice some basic yoga poses AND Spanish words. Open to ages 5-11. Free.
Earn an hour of code in the computer labs, enjoy a showcase of projects by computer science students, play games with Sphero and gobble cookies! RSVP not required but encouraged.
Enjoy games and activities to celebrate the release of the latest book in the wildly popular Dog Man series. The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a colorable pull-out poster (while supplies last).
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.
One of the area’s annual treats — this is year No. 56 — 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.
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.
This free program at the Spurlock Museum will feature resident storyteller Kim Sheahan with a story-based tour of the museum’s offerings.
A carriage ride through beautiful Allerton Park in Monticello? Count us in! It’s part of a weekend festival that includes no shortage of fun things to do.
The Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center again hosts a popular feature during the days when school is out. Swim from 1:30-9 p.m. for a nominal fee.
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.
The Illini women have had a solid opening to the season and they’ll take on their archrivals during what’s been dubbed “217 Day.” Tickets are $2, hot dogs are $1 and T-shirts are $7 (hence, 217 — get it?).
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! The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m.