Light Up Cambridge ~ Christmas on the Square
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Light Up Cambridge ~ Christmas on the Square @ Cambridge | Illinois | United States

Visit historic Cambridge, Saturday afternoon and absorb the community kickoff to the holiday season. Bring the kids beginning at 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for holiday crafts and games including how to decorate cookies, and making food for reindeer. A festive lighted parade is a must see, and Santa is in tow. Take a tour of B&B Toy Museum to view toys of past and present. Visit with Santa and share Christmas wishes, don’t forget to purchase a Christmas on the Square ornament to hand on your tree.  Enjoy downtown holiday lights, select your Christmas tree and visit local businesses for a taste of holiday spirit.    Sip hot chocolate while touring by hayrack the “Light Up” Cambridge homes. Stop in at the community hall for Trees for a Cause and view decorated trees and bid on your favorite during the silent auction.

Sunday, stock up on the Swedish Bake Sale and devour a BBQ lunch at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. Tour a select group of homes decorated for the season.  Drive on over to the high school and warm up with chili and listen to the jazz band at 5 p.m.. End the evening and attend the First Baptist Church Concert.  See you then.

Andover Christmas Walk
Dec 2 @ 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
Lucia Nights Celebration @ Bishop Hill National Historic Landmark
Dec 8 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 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.

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.


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