Yes, it is the weekend before Thanksgiving but we have to admit – we are most excited for the holiday lights that will start winking and blinking all over in the days ahead
This weekend is the informal beginning of the holiday season for families in Champaign-Urbana, as we plan Thanksgiving-at-home menus and start to soak in the Christmas lights.
We know something for certain about the Champaign-Urbana community – we care deeply about supporting our small businesses and restaurants on a local level and in a safe manner. With that being said, if you want to get some or all of your Thanksgiving dinner to-go this year, we know of many restaurants that are ready to help you out. Take the time to make your plans this weekend if you haven’t already, so you can celebrate with your household in a unique and special way.
And on to the holiday season!
There are so many creative and unique things to share with you as you plan your 2020 holiday season. Get a jump on the holiday spirit this year and head out to some see some pretty stellar annual lights displays that are lighting up this weekend all throughout Central Illinois. As far as we know, you will stay in your vehicle entirely for all of the light displays we list in that post, making it a perfect way to start the 2020 holiday season.
Remember that many area stores and restaurants have holiday specials starting up now. Get the scoop on shopping and eating local this holiday season here, and learn how to add your own business by filling out this form.
All seasonal holiday things can be found right here, with more info being added every day.
chambanamoms thanks Krannert Center for the Performing Arts for bringing us this weekend’s planner
Log in for a live-action, contemporary riff on a classic theme from Chicago’s own Manual Cinema. From her Chicago apartment, Aunt Trudy attempts to perform her late husband’s puppet production of A Christmas Carol on a family Zoom call. As she becomes absorbed in the story, the virtual meet-up transforms into a stunning, cinematic adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale complete with hundreds of dazzling paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and a live score.
For more information: Krannert Center’s website
A few events to check out this weekend
To find the complete chambanamoms.com event calendar, click here. Submit events you know of by clicking here. We welcome in-person and streamed events. Be sure to include the complete link to find your streamed event, if happening virtually.
Friday, November 20, 2020
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shelbyville Festival of Lights Opens
11/20/2020 - 11/21/2020
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hot Chocolate and Holiday Movie Weekend
at Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in Theatre, Gibson City IL
Sunday, November 22, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farmer City Christmas Parade
at Downtown Farmer City, Farmer City IL
This year is the 25th Anniversary of Junior League of Champaign-Urbana’s Festival of Trees! Due to the pandemic, this time-honored tradition in the Champaign-Urbana community will look different this year. The traditional public hours for viewing the Festival of Trees will be primarily virtual with raffle tickets and prizes purchased online.
For more events, as always, check our Champaign-Urbana family-friendly events calendar, presented by CIBM Bank.