Events

Events

Oct
26
Fri
Torment at Twelve Hundred
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm
Torment at Twelve Hundred

Be Tormented! Severe mental suffering ~ October Weekends

“Torment Twelve Hundred” continues its daunting saga each year!  Your visit will exceed the boundaries of fear, sending you on a walking path through dark winding tunnels, outdoor wooded trails, highly detailed buildings and more.  One of the top 10 haunts in Illinois by USA Today. Not recommended for 12 years and younger. Open toed shoes and high heels are prohibited!

Open Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm to 12:00am, Sundays and Halloween 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Oct
27
Sat
Geneseo Farmers Market @ Geneseo City Park
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Geneseo Farmers Market @ Geneseo City Park  | Geneseo | Illinois | United States

The Saturday morning farmers market becomes a social event. Vendors offer locally homegrown produce and handmade baked items and crafts. Bring your coffee, buy a pastry and talk with vendors on how they grow their produce or bake their heavenly delights.

Torment at Twelve Hundred
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm
Torment at Twelve Hundred

Be Tormented! Severe mental suffering ~ October Weekends

“Torment Twelve Hundred” continues its daunting saga each year!  Your visit will exceed the boundaries of fear, sending you on a walking path through dark winding tunnels, outdoor wooded trails, highly detailed buildings and more.  One of the top 10 haunts in Illinois by USA Today. Not recommended for 12 years and younger. Open toed shoes and high heels are prohibited!

Open Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm to 12:00am, Sundays and Halloween 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Oct
28
Sun
Torment at Twelve Hundred
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm
Torment at Twelve Hundred

Be Tormented! Severe mental suffering ~ October Weekends

“Torment Twelve Hundred” continues its daunting saga each year!  Your visit will exceed the boundaries of fear, sending you on a walking path through dark winding tunnels, outdoor wooded trails, highly detailed buildings and more.  One of the top 10 haunts in Illinois by USA Today. Not recommended for 12 years and younger. Open toed shoes and high heels are prohibited!

Open Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm to 12:00am, Sundays and Halloween 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Oct
31
Wed
Torment at Twelve Hundred
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm
Torment at Twelve Hundred

Be Tormented! Severe mental suffering ~ October Weekends

“Torment Twelve Hundred” continues its daunting saga each year!  Your visit will exceed the boundaries of fear, sending you on a walking path through dark winding tunnels, outdoor wooded trails, highly detailed buildings and more.  One of the top 10 haunts in Illinois by USA Today. Not recommended for 12 years and younger. Open toed shoes and high heels are prohibited!

Open Fridays and Saturdays 7:00pm to 12:00am, Sundays and Halloween 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Nov
23
Fri
“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Nov
24
Sat
Small Business Saturday
Nov 24 all-day
Small Business Saturday

Celebrate and Support Local Small Businesses

Spend the day in Henry County browsing the unique small businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities.

Shop for the latest in stylish fashion at our boutiques – Entwined in Bishop Hill, Katsch in Geneseo, or Johnson’s Hub in Kewanee.

Looking for home decor, candles, or something to get you in the holiday spirit?  Urban Farmhouse in Geneseo is always loaded with farmhouse style inventory, and Songbird Lane Antiques in Cambridge is a great place to find antiques and primitives.  Shop for traditional or fun & funky decor and accessories, a lot of it handmade by local artisans, at Mosaic Art Market & Studio in Kewanee, Savage Inspirations in Annawan, or My Moon Creations in Geneseo.

Add beauty to your life with a gorgeous floral arrangement from Village Florist Gifts and Antiques in Geneseo, Heartfelt in Kewanee, or Old Mill Gardens in Atkinson.

If you’re into original art, be sure to visit Rutabaga Art or Smith Studio and Gallery in Geneseo or Gallery on Second in Kewanee.

Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch at Cerno’s Bar and Grill or The Boiler Room in Kewanee, P.L. Johnson’s in Bishop Hill, or Sweet Peas Grill & Bar in Geneseo.  After you’re done shopping, stop in for a craft beer or glass of wine at Geneseo Brewing Company or Lionstone Brewery & Gastropub in Geneseo or Lavender Crest Winery in Colona.

Spend the day in Henry County and support our small businesses – special people contributing to their communities!

Ol’ Fashioned Christmas
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

An Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Celebration!

Hidden away and found each year is the timeless Galva Ol’ Fashioned celebration to be held Saturday, November 24.  A simple homespun artistic and joyful event.  The Galva Arts Council brings the community and its families together at the downtown Arts Council building, which will be abuzz all day.

Ol'Fashion Christmas

Spend some time browsing the Festival of Wreaths and Country Christmas Craft Show, and take the kids to make an ornament to take home.  Enjoy a treat along the Chocolate Walk, but save some room!  Lunch is served from and features a fabulous baked potato bar with trimmings, dessert, and beverage.

At dusk, everyone lines the streets to enjoy the Galva Chamber of Commerce’s lighted parade. It meanders downtown Galva and residents line the street to see lighted floats as melodies fill the air.   It becomes a magical night as Wiley Park is aglow with over 10,000 cheerful Christmas Lights. Walk through the park and enjoy the lights.

Head back to the Galva Arts Council building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening coffeehouse headliner begins at 7 p.m…  A festive  jump-start in store for your holiday spirit.  All musicians and storytellers are invited to join in the open-mic session beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Travel the back roads to Galva this holiday weekend. Bring a friend or two and light your Christmas spirit.

Galva Arts Council

Make & Take Ornaments – Bring your little ones between 9 and 11 am for a make and take ornament project.

Santa Clause – Meet Santa in the Gingerbread House at Veterans Park from 1 to 4 pm.  Bring your camera!  While you’re at the park, take a free horse-drawn carriage ride and let the kids make a mitten craft project.

Festival of Wreaths – Stop by the Galva Arts Council between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm and see a selection of decorated Christmas wreaths. If you want to bring one of the wreaths home with you, you can purchase tickets for a chance to win it.

Lunch – $5 will get you a bowl of soup, a hot or cold drink, and a cookie.  Serving from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Country Christmas Craft Show – Browse a wonderful variety of handmade crafts in The Swamp Banquet Room from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  While you’re there, drop off a canned good for the Cub Scouts Collection effort.

Chocolate Walk – The Performing Arts Boosters will be having a Chocolate Walk from 10:00 -2:00 in the Galva Arts Center with a variety of goodies for you to take home.

Coffee House – Regional performance of  Christmas Music. Open Mic follows at 8:30 for musicians, storytellers, and other performers. “It’s free … and you get a cookie”,  John Sloan.

“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Nov
25
Sun
“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Annawan Living Christmas Tree
Nov 25 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

A small-town Christmas celebration!

Spend a lovely Sunday afternoon in Annawan on Sunday, November 25th.  There are so many things to do – from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm enjoy a soup dinner at the United Methodist Church, take the kids to see Santa Claus at Mimi’s Treasures, and sit back and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride.   Make a visit to the Corner Coop for a delicious cupcake or stop by Mick’s Place for a warm drink.  There are children’s activities all afternoon.

End your day by watching the lighting of the beautiful village Christmas tree at 5:00 pm at the Old Community Center.

Nov
30
Fri
Atkinson Christmas Festival
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Atkinson Christmas Festival @ Atkinson | Illinois | United States

Three full hours of cheer during Atkinson Christmas Festival! Santa arrives by fire truck and will hear Christmas wishes and lists at the Township Hall. Sample and vote for your favorite Five Roaster Chili Competition downtown at L&J Hometown Market.  Meander downtown and visit the local businesses, treats for all!  Line up the kids for the Reindeer Fun Run downtown at State Street, Pluck a Penguin duck to win a prize, both young and old! Ugly Christmas Sweaters are requested, the secret ugly sweater patrol will be out, winner takes all! The cheerful holiday evening will end when everyone’s had enough fun!

Dec
1
Sat
“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Light Up Cambridge ~ Christmas on the Square
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 8:00 pm
Light Up Cambridge ~ Christmas on the Square @ Cambridge | Illinois | United States

Visit historic Cambridge on Saturday afternoon and absorb the community kickoff to the holiday season. Bring the kids beginning at 1 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for holiday crafts and carnival games including cooking decorating and face painting.  Take a tour of B&B Toy Museum to view toys of past and present. Visit with Santa and share Christmas wishes.  Grab some tacos at the Village Light Church office, then head out to see the lighting of the village tree and music at College Square Park.  Take a hayrack ride, visit the live Nativity scene, and get your family sleigh photo to remember the day.

On Sunday, enjoy the Lutheran BBQ luncheon and Swedish bake sale from 11:30-1:30, and enjoy the lights of the town until it’s time for the Baptist Church dinner at 5 pm followed by the Grace Notes concert at 7 pm.

 

Andover Christmas Walk
Dec 1 @ 4:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Andover Christmas Walk @ Andover | Illinois | United States

Andover’s festive Christmas Walk is for all to experience and enjoy! Begin with the tree lighting ceremony and sing along at Andover Lake Park.  Warm up with kids crafts and visit with Santa Claus while sampling holiday treats.   Take a drive and enjoy the Andover Lake Park aglow with lighted displays and luminaries, and then visit the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel with music for all.  Photo courtesy of Orion News Gazette.

A few of the evening events:

4:45 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony and Sing-a-long

5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. (American Legion Building)

  • Soup supper and Christmas goodies
  • Vocal Ensemble singing Christmas Carols in lower level
  •  Holiday Crafts, Games and Magic Show for the Children
  • Christmas music played on the piano in the upper level
  • Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, handing out treats to the children
  • Christmas Cookie Walk and Gift Giving Bazaar for gift giving!
  • Silent Auction featuring a variety of Christmas & Winter Decorations
  • Snowmen Display

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

  • Tractor-pulled wagon rides—drop-off and pick-up by east pavilion

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Musical performances
Dec
2
Sun
“Julmarknad” Christmas Market @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Market in Historic Bishop Hill

Wishing you could go back to simpler times, this Christmas season?

Escape the frenzy of the Christmas season, and make your way to the Julmarknad Christmas Market in National Historic Landmark, Bishop Hill, IL. Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past.  Watch for Swedish folk characters “Tomten” roaming the village.  Special Music, Swedish food specialties, and an abundance of handmade wares, folk art, and antiques will be on hand to enjoy.  You’ll also be able to select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies during our Cookie Walk weekend, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’s a one-of-kind holiday experience, sure to delight the whole family.

Dec
7
Fri
Lucia Nights Celebration @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Drive the back roads to Bishop Hill for a memorial holiday experience Lucia Nights. As you enter the historic 19th Century village, you will be greeting with a candlelit glow of luminary-lined sidewalks and candles in the windows of shops, museums, and homes. A little snow doesn’t hurt the ambiance, either.

Lucia’s (young girls with candles) serve coffee and sweets in village museums and shops.  Enjoy a chili/soup supper at the Methodist Church or dine at local eateries. Perhaps do some last minute Christmas shopping? Carolers from local high schools will be strolling the village both evenings.  The event runs from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians will be featured at the Steeple Building and the Dairy Building.  Storytelling at VASA Archives and stop by the Bishop Hill Colony School for an old-fashioned barn dance.

Schedule

4 p.m. Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church Chili Supper
6 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Musical Performers at the Dairy Building
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Musical Performers at the Steeple Building

 

7 p.m. Saturday Only:

Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School

Dec
8
Sat
Geneseo Christmas Walk
Dec 8 @ 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
Geneseo Christmas Walk @ Geneseo | Illinois | United States

A Geneseo Christmas Walk

Geneseo‘s Christmas spirit sparkles, and magic is in the air. Make new memories and keep the old this holiday season in Geneseo, Illinois.

Visit with Santa beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Geneseo Library, then venture off to the Jingle Bell Obstacle Course at the Geneseo Community Center.

Family activities downtown from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. include concerts at the First Congregational Church, Smith Studio & Gallery will offer kids crafts, Central Theatre will offer writing letters to Santa.

Dine at one of the many local dinings and visit historic State Street for specialty shopping and artful gifts. Dusk sets and the streets are lined with visitors waiting to see the lighted parade featuring over 30 floats. As the parade

5:45 p.m. gather around the State Street Christmas tree (between the Geneseo Historical Museum and Designs on the Boulevard) Santa will light the tree marking the beginning of the evening festivities. Dusk sets and the streets are lined with visitors waiting to see the lighted parade featuring over 30 floats. As the parade

Dusk sets and the streets are lined with visitors waiting to see the lighted parade featuring over 30 floats. As the parade begins, grab roasted chestnuts let the magical evening begin! Tour the Geneseo Historical Museum, a 27 room Italianate mansion featuring lively tours and melodies performed by local musicians. Stroll the downtown and view decorated windows – some will feature live surprises! Partake in the “Angels Among Us” a treasure hunt. Visit Central Theatre for a family Christmas movie!

Walk Geneseo’s historic State Street and enjoy musical performances, including Madrigal performed by the Geneseo High School students, Community Choir and more!

Lucia Nights Celebration @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Drive the back roads to Bishop Hill for a memorial holiday experience Lucia Nights. As you enter the historic 19th Century village, you will be greeting with a candlelit glow of luminary-lined sidewalks and candles in the windows of shops, museums, and homes. A little snow doesn’t hurt the ambiance, either.

Lucia’s (young girls with candles) serve coffee and sweets in village museums and shops.  Enjoy a chili/soup supper at the Methodist Church or dine at local eateries. Perhaps do some last minute Christmas shopping? Carolers from local high schools will be strolling the village both evenings.  The event runs from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Musicians will be featured at the Steeple Building and the Dairy Building.  Storytelling at VASA Archives and stop by the Bishop Hill Colony School for an old-fashioned barn dance.

Schedule

4 p.m. Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church Chili Supper
6 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Musical Performers at the Dairy Building
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Musical Performers at the Steeple Building

 

7 p.m. Saturday Only:

Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School

Dec
9
Sun
Windmont Park Light Festival @ Windmont Park
Dec 9 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day
Windmont Park Light Festival @ Windmont Park | Kewanee | Illinois | United States

Windmont Park Light Festival – Celebrate the Season

Windmont Park Light Festival is a magical wonderland. View vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season in Kewanee.  Sunday, December 2, Santa arrives in the parade and signals the opening of the season with a fireworks display. The viewing season continues through New Year’s Day.

Take a leisurely drive through Northeast Park and enjoy the lighted displays from the warmth of your vehicle.