Dec. 4: Illinois Chamber Orchestra's "A Candlelight Concert"
The ICO will present works by Ferrandini, Haydn and Handel, including a singalong to "Messiah," at 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church. Tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information call 206-6160 or visit www.ilsymphony.org.
Dec. 4-6, 11-13: "Geppetto and Son"
Disney's classic tale comes to the stage at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call 523-2787.
Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 17-23, 26-27: Holiday Lights at the Zoo.
Henson Robinson Zoo is illuminated with holiday lights and displays from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is free with a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. For more information, call 753-6217 or visit www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org
Dec. 5: Downtown Springfield Holiday Parade
This year's parade theme is "Chillin' with Jack Frost." The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Horace Mann parking lot and heads west on Jefferson Street, south on Fifth Street, east on Capitol Avenue, north on Sixth Street. For more information, call 553-2082.
Dec. 5: Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony winter concert
The student orchestra will perform at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2941 Koke Mill Road. Tickets are $5 for adults; children are free. For more information call, 753-8000 or visit www.svys.org.
Dec. 5: "Avenue Q"
The 2004 Tony Award winning musical comes to Sangamon Auditorium. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $46-$56 and are available by calling 206-6160.
Dec. 5: Pancakes, Paws & Santa Claus.
Come to Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Shore Drive, from 9 to 11 a.m. for breakfast and free a photo of your child with Santa. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children who are Springfield Park District residents, $9 and $7 for nonresidents. For more information, call 753-6217 or visit www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org.
Dec. 5-6: Springfield Choral Society concert
Marion van der Loo will conduct the choral society's "Peace in All the Earth" concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Central Baptist Church, 501 S. Fourth St., and 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 629 E. Spruce St., Chatham. Cost is $10 for unreserved seating. For tickets and program information, call 523-8810 or visit www.springfieldchoralsociety.org.
Dec. 5-27: Poinsettia display
The archetypal holiday plant will be part of the Washington Park Botanical Garden's holiday display from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. Admission to the garden, 1740 Fayette Ave., is free.
Dec. 6: Sound Celebration Chorus concert
The Sound Celebration Chorus performs its annual holiday show at 3 p.m. at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12. For more information, call Sherri Glynn at 483-4129 or visit www.soundcelebrationchorus.org.
Dec. 9: Contemporary Readers book group
Lincoln Library's new lunch hour reading club will focus on contemporary fiction and nonfiction. The group will meet at noon on the second Wednesday of the month in Carnegie South. For more information, call 753-4900, ext. 206
Dec. 9, 16, 23: Old Capitol Holiday Walks
Free self-guided tour of downtown Springfield retail shops, art galleries and restaurants featuring local artisans, live music and art exhibits runs from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 544-1723 or visit www.downtownspringfield.org.
Dec. 11: Music For Big Kids
Springfield's best new band (as named by the Illinois Times) rocks Theater 3 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., with three other acts. Show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $8. For more information, call 523-2787.
Dec. 12: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Christmas Remembrance
The names of Illinois POW/MIA will be read at 1 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Ave. Hearts also will be hung on a pine tree. Event is free. For more information, call 782-2717.
Dec. 12: Christmas at 603
The Vachel Linday Home, 603 S. Fifth St., will feature traditional holiday decorations, spiced tea and cookies, seasonal music and performance of Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Souvenir copies of Lindsay's Christmas poems and candy canes will be distributed to guests. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 524-0901.
Dec. 12: Auld Abe Syne: An 1800s Holiday
The Illinois State Museum's A Place for Discovery will transport visitors back in time to show the traditions of 19th century holiday celebrations. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 782-6044.
Dec. 12-13: "The Nutcracker"
The classic holiday performance by the Springfield Ballet Company returns to Sangamon Auditorium. Shows are at 2 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets are $16-$26 and are available at 206-6160.
Dec. 13: Caroling at the Carillon
Gather around a bonfire and sing Christmas carols to the music of the Rees Memorial Carillon bells. Includes souvenir songbooks, hot cocoa and cookies. The free, family event is from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at the carillon in Washington Park. For more information, call 753-6219 or visit www.carillon-rees.org.
Dec. 15: "Cirque Dreams Illumination"
Sangamon Auditorium will play host to the team of world-class acrobats balancing and dangling to an original musical store. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $46-$56 and are available by calling 206-6160.
Dec. 18-20: "Every Christmas Story Ever Told"
Instead of performing "A Christmas Carol" for the umpteenth time, Joey Cruse, Gus Gordon and Johnny Molson will improvise their way through classic tales, from Charlie Brown to George Bailey and everywhere in between in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors and children and are available by calling 523-2787 or visiting www.scfta.org.
Dec. 19: Illinois Symphony Orchestra Pops
The ISO will present "Home for the Holidays," featuring singers and bagpipers at Sangamon Auditorium. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28-$40, and $10 for students. Seniors get a $5 discount. For more information, call 206-6160 or visit ilsymphony.org.
Dec. 20: "The Joy of Christmas"
The Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Drive, plays host to a 4 p.m. concert of sacred and classical Christmas music by Debbie Eddy, Kamen Petkov, Abby Eddy, Dennis Jones, Mark McCue and Ann Hine. Concert is free, but donations will be accepted.
Dec. 20: Dana-Thomas House Luminaria Evening
The Dana-Thomas House will be decked out for the holidays and will include more than 1,000 glowing luminarias as well as live music and tours from 4 to 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, call 782-6776.
Dec. 31: First Night Springfield
Music, dancing and performances of all kinds at many downtown venues to celebrate the arts and the new year. First Night Button admission: $10 (price rises to $15 Dec. 29). For schedules, buttons and other information, call 753-3519 or visit www.springfieldartsco.org.
Story published Friday, December 4, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 7 )