Events

Although it would be impossible to list everything happening south of I-70, an effort is made to try to list some highlights. If you have an even or know of onLightse to submit, please email it to: asliceofsouthernillinois@gmail.com

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, SIGHTS, & SOUNDS:

ALTON

Christmas Wonderland https://www.riversandroutes.com/listing/christmas-wonderland/5845/

https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasWonderlandAlton/

BELLEVILLE

The Way of Lights at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows https://www.facebook.com/323693377655128/posts/3792037167487381/

BENTON

12/19/20 3rd Annual Spirit of Christmas Light Parade https://fb.me/e/1ISyDYV2I

CARBONDALE

12/5/20-12/6/20 Lights Fantastic Float Display https://www.facebook.com/763733763750003/posts/3294996293957058/

CARLYLE

11/27/20-1/10/21 Carlyle City Park Drive-Through Christmas Light Show https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2789433601295460&id=1548256528746513

CARRIER MILLS

12/19/20 Living Hope Church presents a Dtive Thru Nativity https://fb.me/e/1NZS99aQV

CENTRALIA

Fantasy of Lights 2020 at Centralia Foundation Park https://fb.me/e/1lO728cXn

11/28/20 Holi-YAY Festival of Lights- Centralia IL Downtown District https://fb.me/e/1YUELREcE

COLLINSVILLE

Woodcock Family Light Display https://www.christmaslightfinder.com/displays/display-details/?id=2656

Woodford Way Wonderland https://www.facebook.com/WWWHolidayLights/

COULTERVILLE

Coulterville Holiday Light Display https://www.facebook.com/Coulterville-Holiday-Light-Display-184976148000/

DUQUOIN

11/28/20-12/30/20 DuQuoin Holiday Lights Fair https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3493683257367848&id=163396890396518

12/1/20-1/1/21 Lewis Light Show http://lewislightshow.com/

EFFINGHAM

Wonderland in Lights 2020 https://fb.me/e/CPx99gAD

FAIRFIELD

Huber Family Light Display https://www.facebook.com/Huber-Family-Christmas-Light-Display-107116551220134/

Phelps Family Christmas Display https://www.facebook.com/phelpsfamilychristmasdisplay/

HERRIN

Timbercreek Drive

Reis Lane https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10223808728023209&id=1144860062

12/19/20 Angels / Snowmen / Christmas Tree Earring and/or Pendant at
CottingTree Beads
11a-1phttps://buff.ly/2LD3VUU

JOHNSTON CITY

Coulson’s Fantasy of Lights https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218701530511583&id=1298474960

Southern Illinois Christmas Santa and Anya Claus House https://www.facebook.com/groups/263268040373679/?ref=share

14806 Christmas Tree Road

12/5/20-12/6/20 Treasure Trail (Pickers Outlet Mall-Johnston City, Rosebud Antique Mall-Colp, and Southern Estate Antiques) https://fb.me/e/KWCZmpok

Discount deals and holiday joy”

MARION

Cherry Valley 7066 Cherry Valley

Yost Family Lights https://www.facebook.com/yostfamilylights/

11/27/20 Farm Fresh Christmas Trees Opening Day Black Friday at The Patch https://fb.me/e/AJ5dEcg3

12/5/20 Frosty the Snowman and Home Alone at Oasis Drive-In Theater, fundraiser to benefit Marion Unit 2 Foundation, $30 per vehicle https://fb.me/e/3ELz5GiLG

12/18/20-12/20/20 Carriage Rides, Downtown Marion
https://buff.ly/3n8NCwT

12/19/20 Drive Thru Visit with Santa
The Pavilion
3p-6p
https://buff.ly/38angEM

12/20/20 Christmas Celebration/ Celebracian de Navidad
Union Street Arts
4p-7p
https://buff.ly/37u1Umu

MARYVILLE

Christmas on the Compound https://www.facebook.com/Christmas-on-the-Compound-101753961312442/

Barbarotto Lane

MT. VERNON

Christmas in the Park at Veteran’s Memorial Park https://facebook.com/events/385127925734572/?ti=as

MURPHYSBORO

12/5/20 Murphysboro Hometown Christmas 4th Annual VIRTUAL Tree Lighting Ceremony https://fb.me/e/3YJxzWmsK

12/5/20 Drive In Movie-The Polar Express https://fb.me/e/YAWZMxPk

OLNEY

11/27/20-12/30/20 Olney Christmas Light Display at Olney City Park https://www.facebook.com/1514176182157098/posts/2777584685816235/

SALEM

11/28/20-1/3/21 Lewis Family Christmas Display https://fb.me/e/1JRLC6ife

12/4/20 The Perfect Man (snowman) Sale at The Rusty Nail https://www.facebook.com/209071005779777/posts/3776583969028445/

12/4/20 Twilight Christmas at Country Creek Treasures https://fb.me/e/y9oi4OZa

TROY

Troy ToyLand Christmas Display https://fb.me/e/CPx99gAD

VIENNA

Elliotts Christmas 2020 https://www.christmaslightfinder.com/displays/display-details/?id=3706

WEST FRANKFORT

11/28/20-1/1/21 Candy Cane Lane https://fb.me/e/7Fx2qufEI

12/17/20 Santa’s Virtual Storyline LIVE https://fb.me/e/1qxNp0MEt

https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasTownWestFrankfort/

12/19/20 Drive-In Movie Night-Christmas Classics https://fb.me/e/38uWHfHyE

Please note that the following annual events have been cancelled or postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19:

-Christmas Tree Lighting and Craft Fair with Santa at Walker’s Bluff

-Christmas in Carterville

-Brunch with Santa at Legends

-Antique Power Days (Salem)

-Centralia Halloween Parade

-Golconda Shrimp Festival

-HerrinFesta Italiana

-Murphysboro Apple Festival (events postponed until 2021 but some food may be available through the website)

-Salem Little Egypt Festival

-The DuQuoin State Fair

-The Cobden Lions Club Peach Festival

-The Missouri Valley Conference (Saluki Football) may try a spring schedule

UPCOMING AND ANNUAL EVENTS:

BELLEVILLE

12/14/20 Annually in December Way of Lights Anniversary-A Family Tradition at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows https://facebook.com/events/1020107164999845/?ti=as

BENTON

12/19/20 3rd Annual Spirit of Christmas Light Parade https://fb.me/e/1ISyDYV2I

CARBONDALE

1st Saturday each December

Carbondale Lights Fantastic Parade-MODIFIED FOR 2020 DUE TO COVID-19: //lightsfantasticparade.com/#activities 12/5/20-12/6/20 Lights Fantastic Float Display https://www.facebook.com/763733763750003/posts/3294996293957058

4/5/24 2024 Total Solar Eclipse at SIU Carbondale https://facebook.com/events/s/2024-total-solar-eclipse-at-si/734918499874299/?ti=aseclipse.siu.edu

February Annual Taste of Blackness hosted by New Zion Missionary Baptist Church https://facebook.com/events/s/25th-annual-taste-of-blackness/985522888501123/?ti=as

March Annual Celebrate Women Event at Morris Library, SIU-C https://facebook.com/events/s/24th-annual-celebrate-women-ev/988639771521276/?ti=as

Saturdays, April through November: Carbondale Farmer’s Market https://www.farmersmarketcarbondale.com/

CARRIER MILLS

12/19/20 Living Hope Church presents a Dtive Thru Nativity https://fb.me/e/1NZS99aQV

CARTERVILLE

12/4/20 CANCELLED Christmas in Carterville (1st Friday in December) https://www.facebook.com/Christmas-in-Carterville-317982874885302

12/12/20 Cookies with Santa presented by Bloom Boutique & Deliciously Ordinary https://fb.me/e/5lqvhyDZO from the event page: “We are closely monitoring state and local mandates as our event approaches. We have so much interest in this event that we may have to set appointments.

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12/20/20 CANCELLED Brunch with Santa at Legends https://fb.me/e/3oXQiGV26

Sundays, May through October, Carterville Farmer’s Market https://www.facebook.com/CannonParkCommunityMarket/

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CENTRALIA

12/4/20 Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll https://fb.me/e/3H4MeSXNC

Annually in August: Centralia Balloon Fest https://facebook.com/events/s/centralia-balloon-fest-2020/739798669831734/?ti=as

https://facebook.com/events/s/drive-through-balloon-glows-at/696493427875553/?ti=as

CISNE

Annually in August, The Cisne Reunion https://www.facebook.com/CisneReunion/

COBDEN

Annual Cobden Event, Lions Peach Festival https://facebook.com/events/s/the-cobden-lions-club-peach-fe/466605840691183/?ti=as

EFFINGHAM

December Wonderland in Lights https://facebook.com/events/576438539770870/?ti=as

GOREVILLE

May-October Goreville Farmer’s Market https://www.facebook.com/events/294036421288296/?ti=as

GRAFTON

Riverside Flea Market http://www.graftonloadingdock.com/flea-market

HARRISBURG

HERRIN

11/27/20 Opening Night of Herrin’s Hometown Christmas https://fb.me/e/31PgWbddX

Annually, Memorial Day Weekend, HerrinFesta Italiana 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

JOHNSTON CITY

12/5/20-12/6/20 Treasure Trail (Pickers Outlet Mall-Johnston City, Rosebud Antique Mall-Colp, and Southern Estate Antiques) https://fb.me/e/KWCZmpok

Discount deals and holiday joy”

MAKANDA

December, Annual Christmas with the Alpacas at Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch https://facebook.com/events/523824575043139/?ti=as

1st Annual Makanda Mushroom Festival https://www.facebook.com/MakandaMushroomFestival/

MARION

11/27/20 Farm Fresh Christmas Trees Opening Day Black Friday at The Patch https://fb.me/e/AJ5dEcg3

MCLEANSBORO

MT. VERNON

Christmas in the Park at Veteran’s Memorial Park https://facebook.com/events/385127925734572/?ti=as

September, Annual Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair https://facebook.com/events/s/cedarhurst-art-craft-fair/731107887703042/?ti=as

MURPHYSBORO

12/5/20 Murphysboro Hometown Christmas 4th Annual VIRTUAL Tree Lighting Ceremony https://fb.me/e/3YJxzWmsK

12/5/20 Drive In Movie-The Polar Express https://fb.me/e/YAWZMxPk

Annual September Event, Murphysboro Apple Festival https://murphysboroapplefestival.org/shop/

–event postponed until 2021, but food may be available on the website.

SALEM

Little Egypt Festival (1st Saturday in October) https://www.facebook.com/Little-Egypt-Festival-259946837352356/ 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

TAMMS

December, Annual Light Up Tamms Parade https://facebook.com/events/2471088646284054/?ti=as

ULLIN

White Crane Canoe Rental & Guide Service Monthly Full Moon Tour https://www.whitecranecanoes.com/book-online

VANDALIA

December, Christmas Open House and Candlelight Tours at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site https://facebook.com/events/927257600978069/?ti=as

WALTONVILLE

WEST FRANKFORT

December, Candy Cane Lane https://www.facebook.com/candycanelanewestfrankfort/

2020 Fantasy of Lights Parade-CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19