Welcome December… it’s holiday go time in Champaign-Urbana
Now’s time to browse those holiday events and activities ALL OVER town and make your plans for your family. You also probably want to know where to find Santa or if there are any parades or Christmas tree lighting ceremonies happening this weekend, too. If your child would prefer a sensory-friendly Santa experience, we know of several happening.
Ho Ho Holidays: Shopping Local in Champaign-Urbana
chambanamoms.com will be celebrating local boutiques, shops and restaurants during our 2019 Ho Ho Holidays: Shopping Local Event this weekend. We plan to shop and eat our way around Champaign-Urbana and beyond and we’d love to see your pictures visiting our featured businesses. Get the full scoop on all of Ho Ho Holidays partners right here… including special offers for this weekend as you shop!
chambanamoms.com thanks the Champaign Public Library for bringing us our Weekend Planner
Looking for free activities, books, and movies? The Champaign Public Library and Douglass Branch offer remarkable resources for families, including 11 storytimes every week.
Don’t miss out on this week’s events, including a Frozen Party at the Main Library from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Costumes welcome! Enjoy Frozen games, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Take a photo with Anna and Elsa at their Winter Wonderland photo station. Everyone gets to take home a cookie or a free book!
Great for the entire family and completely FREE.
Featured Event Listings
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum Snow Globe
Experience the Snow Globe in the Orpheum Theatre Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 21! Immerse in this fun winter wonderland with sledding, Kris Kringle visits, Jolly Trolley rides, holiday games, and more! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, too.
Central Illinois Youth Chorus Winter Concert
Saturday, December 7, 3pm
Central Illinois Youth Chorus presents their 42nd annual Winter Concert “Peace” at 3PM, Sat. Dec. 7. Singers ages 5-18 will share uplifting songs with the community at Faith United Methodist Church. Tickets are $5, Youth & Seniors 65+ are FREE. Now auditioning for Jan. 2020.
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery Farm Holiday Farm Tasting and Open House
Sunday, December 8, 12-4pm
Taste the best local flavors of the season and make some holiday memories at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery! They will host a Tasting Party featuring theirfavorite cheese, wine/beer and condiments. For $10 plus tax, guests can try two-2 oz. samples of wine or beer, as well as three cheese and two condiment samples out of a wide variety of choices. The farm store will be open as well. Visit their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Ho Ho Holidays – Shopping Local Around Champaign-Urbana
Holiday shopping is upon us! Are you ready? Chambanamoms can help. Shopping locally can be fun and beneficial for all, not to mention you can usually find unique gifts for the loved ones in your life. Make plans now to join us for our 2019 Ho Ho Holidays: Shopping Local Event Dec. 5-8. Follow along on our Facebook event page here.
I-Power School of Gymnastics
Gym N Learn Open House – Sunday, December 8, 2-4pm
Looking for an active preschool program for your 3-5 year old? Visit I-Power’s preschool facility to learn more about their Gym n Learn program! They wrap up gymnastics, kindergarten readiness skills, and play into a perfect program for your preschooler. Visit the Gym n Learn open house this weekend!
Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening this weekend:
Friday, December 6
Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8
Junior League Bright Starts provides monthly preschool academic instruction and social-emotional skill-building to children and provide their parents/guardians with ideas to reinforce these skills at home. The program includes the whole family by providing dinner at the start of each session and childcare for siblings. Their sessions for the 2019-20 school year are: December 12, January 9, February 20, and April 16. Visit their website or Facebook page now.
To Tell You My Story Chapter 3—an evening of real-life stories where Jesus shows up
We all have a story to tell. Stories of hope and victory, grace and freedom, love and justice.
Kids can kick and punch their way into the new year!
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For more events, as always, check our Champaign-Urbana family-friendly events calendar, presented by Busey Bank.