We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving weekend – to turkey dinner and beyond!
Families can choose from a myriad of events and activities this weekend in Champaign-Urbana
As you may be already baking pies, preparing noodles and (hopefully) thawing your turkey if you’re cooking tomorrow, we have a whole slew of good info to share with you ahead of the long weekend. Looking for things to do in Champaign-Urbana this week… check out this Thanksgiving break post for 25+ ideas. Still don’t have plans for food the day of Thanksgiving? We have a list of places you can head out to eat, too. Looking for an activity to do right at home this weekend? Make a holiday bucket list – ideas specific to C-U can be found here!
Whatever you choose to do, there are holiday-themed events and activities to fit your desires this weekend in Champaign-Urbana. We hope that you sincerely have a wonderful long weekend ahead. Happy Thanksgiving!
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chambanamoms.com thanks Champaign County Forest Preserves for presenting this weekend’s planner
Check out the beautiful Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve decorated for the holidays as it brims with light! This is a free event!
Local area high school choirs will be singing Christmas carols on the following days:
- Friday, December 1: Urbana High School from 5-7 p.m.
- Friday, December 15: Rantoul Township High School, TBD
- Friday, December 22: Centennial High School, TBD
A few events to check out this weekend
Looking for something to do with your family? You’ve come to the right place! Our events calendar aggregates family-friendly events happening in the Champaign-Urbana metro area. We know you’re busy and looking for a bang for your buck, so we put an emphasis on including free and low-cost events that you can plan to attend on the fly. Please note that events are subject to change without notice.
Remember, many sporting events and outdoor activities are subject to change without notice or at the last minute. Check with event organizers when in doubt before heading out to an event.
Thank you to OSF HealthCare for presenting the chambanamoms events calendar. For more information, visit OSF here.
Friday, November 24, 2023
University of Illinois Ice Arena Turkey Skate
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
UI Ice Arena
German Christmas Market - Opening Day
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Riggs Beer Company
Paxton Tree Lighting Ceremony
Time: 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 25, 2023
Santa at Lincoln Square Mall
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Square Mall
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Walnut and Washington Lot
Champaign Center Parade of Lights
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 26, 2023
Illinois Women's Basketball vs Canisius | FamILLy Day
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
State Farm Center
Catlin Parade of Lights
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christmas Tree Lighting
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bement Veteran’s Park
Featured Event – Christie Clinic Presents: Twinkling Lights and Hot Cocoa
Sunday, November 26, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a special evening of lights, family-friendly fun, and free cocoa at Prairie Farm (2202 W. Kirby Ave, Champaign). Prairie Farm will be lighting up the farm this holiday season and we are so excited to be a part of the fun.
Grab your mittens, warm coats, and hats and join us on a stroll through the twinkling lights. Enjoy photo opportunities, free cocoa, live music, and more at this event that is sure to be fun for all ages.
DreamCatchers Acoustic will be providing music at this event! We will also have Maria’s Kitchen on-site with food available for purchase. During the event, we will be taking donations of individually-packaged snacks and food items for Crisis Nursery. Check out their website for info about their most-loved snacks (under “Grocery”) for those they serve!
A special thank you to our friends at Christie Clinic for sponsoring this event! We would also like to thank our friends at the Champaign Park District for hosting us.
Thanks to our secondary sponsors: Crisis Nursery, Mousin with Mama and Champaign Winter Farmers Market.
Book your hotel stay between November 26 – 30 to enjoy $119 per night for stays through 2024 (conditions apply). Take advantage of their exclusive Cyber Monday deals for wedding event spaces to receive 10% off of wedding room rental between November 26 and December 26 for weddings in 2024 & 2025 (conditions apply). Enjoy live jazz music at their on-site restaurant, Houlihan’s, every Thursday night!
3 day Spa-liday gifting with Everything You Spa.
- Black Friday – purchase a Signature HydraFacial, receive a complimentary lip or eye perk.
- Small Business Saturday- purchase a $100 gift card, receive a free Everything You Spa cold roller. Also, buy more save more with skincare products. Buy 1 get 10% off, buy 2 get 15% off, buy 3 get 20% off and come have breakfast on them with Industrial Donuts. Plus go home with a swag bag!
- Cyber Monday – purchase a $100 gift card on line and they will gift you with two $25 gift cards to give to friends.