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What's Happening in Downstate Illinois December 19 - 25

What's Happening in Downstate Illinois December 19 - 25

Posted on 12/01/2022 by Emily Titsworth

Whether you’re looking for live music, a festival, marathon, or something family-friendly to bring the kids to, Downstate Illinois has something for everyone! Each week we highlight a few fun events within southwest, south central and southeast Illinois.  Our region hosts over 900 events each year, and we pride ourselves on providing the most accurate event information so that you don’t miss a thing. For even more events, be sure to visit the Downstate Illinois Calendar of Events page here!


Continuing Events


Belleville Christkindlmarkt

Belleville Public Square, Belleville, IL

Open Daily

Shop this open-air, German Christmas Market featuring unique handmade & European items, entertainment, food and beverages. Free admission. In case of extreme weather, check website at

Carmi's Christmas Lights of Hope

White County Fairgrounds, Carmi, IL

Saturday, November 26, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Carmi Christmas Elves present the 4th Annual Christmas Lights Hope! Christmas Lights of Hope is a drive through display with over 125 light up displays located at the White County Fairgrounds in Carmi, IL.

Christmas Lights in Carlyle City Park

Carlyle City Park, Carlyle, IL

Friday, November 25, 2022 - Sunday, January 8, 2023 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Come and enjoy all the spendor of Christmas as you drive through this amazing display!

Culp Family Christmas Lights

Willow Hill, IL

Friday, November 25, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

From our Family to Yours, We share our Joy of Christmas... Our decorations are small town and nothing fancy, just family made and painted for all to enjoy.

Downtown Belleville Live Music Row

Downtown Belleville, Belleville, IL 

Every Wednesday - Sunday, 2022 @ 6 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Welcome to Live Music Row! Beautiful Downtown Belleville has many venues that provide local & national Live Music acts. Live Music Row will be a place to see Live Music Events all in one place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information about performances, venues, becoming a sponsor or playing a show, visit the offical Facebook page!

Du Quoin Holiday Lights Fair

Du Quoin State Fairgounds, Du Quoin, IL

Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Friday, December 30, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join us for our 23rd Annual Holiday Lights Fair featuring over three miles of lighted displays - bigger and better than ever! Craft vendors, free entertainment, food, train rides for kids, and more!

Fantasy of Lights

Centralia Foundation Park, Centralia, IL

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

This colorful all-light display is located in the Joy Fields portion of the park. The lighted characters, many animated, makes the Fantasy of Lights display a favorite destination for many during the Christmas Season. It is open from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly. 

Festival of Trees

Merchants Park, Mt. Carmel, IL

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 

Festival of Trees is located at Merchants Park in Mt. Carmel IL. It is an area that is decorated with Christmas Trees from local business and groups. It is a nice area to enjoy the sight of Christmas Trees decorated for the holidays.

Jingle Hike Challenge 2022

HeartLands Conservancy, Belleville, IL 

Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Sunday, January 1, 2023 @ Noon 

The Jingle Hike Challenge is back for another year! Our staff have come up with 12 very special places in southwestern Illinois to explore this winter.

Lebanon's Winter Wonderland of Lights

Horner Park, Lebanon, IL

Friday, November 18, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Lighted holiday drive through display in Horner Park with animation and music display, organizational displays and much more!

The Lights - An Exhibition of Holiday Magic!

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL 

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Cedarhurst is creating the happiest holidays in southern Illinois! Immerse yourself in winter wonder with more than 1 million Christmas lights twinkling along a 3/4 mile walking trail through the heart of the museum’s 80-acre campus. Roast s’mores, view the art galleries, enjoy special holiday programs, and capture the moments at unique photo opportunities along the way.

Marshall Festival of Lights

Clark County Fairgrounds, Marshall, IL

Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Clark County Fairgrounds are decorated to the max for another year of the Festival of Lights, put on by the Marshall Christmas Committee. Much like many of the other displays, it is drive-thru only – and is open nightly from now through December 31st.

Mt. Carmel Santa House

Market Street, Mt. Carmel, IL

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - Friday, December 23, 2022 @ 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

This event is for people to come and see Santa Claus in person.

Newton Christmas Lights in the Park

Peterson Park, Newton, IL

Friday, November 25, 2022 - Sunday, December 25, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us at Peterson Park to see our Christmas Lights! There are dozens of displays set up throughout the park for folks to drive through and admire! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ONLY 

Olney Christmas Light Display

Olney City Park, Olney, IL

Thursday, November 24, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 

Don’t forget to visit the Olney Christmas Light Display in the Olney City Park this season to hear the sounds of Christmas and enjoy the colorful lights of the Holiday season.

Santa on the Square

Public Square, Belleville, IL

Friday, November 25, 2022 - Saturday, December 24, 2022

Visit Santa at his house on Belleville's Public Square. Photos optional. Optimist Club of Belleville. See for scheduled hours.

Santa on the Square - Highland

Downtown Highland, Highland, IL

Saturday, November 26, 2022 - Friday, December 23, 2022 @ 6 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Vandalia Festival of Lights

Rogier Park, Vandalia, IL

Friday, December, 2022 - Friday, December 30, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Every weekend in December starting December 2nd - 30th.

Way of Lights

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL

Friday, November 18, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Visit the largest spiritual, spectacular 1.5 mile light display telling the Christmas story.

Winter Wonderland

Scheve Park, Mascoutah, IL

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - Monday, January 2, 2023

Brighten your night with Mascoutah's Walk-through Christmas Light Display! 

Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Christmas Display

American Farm Heritage Museum, Greenville, IL 

Friday, November 25, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022 @ 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Looking for some family fun this Holiday season? Come visit our Christmas display.

WonderLight's Christmas

World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, IL

Friday, November 11, 2022 - Sunday, January 1, 2023 @ 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

WonderLight's Christmas is returning to the greater St. Louis area for the 2022 season! Come see over 1 million LED lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your own car stereo.

Come see Santa on the Square! 




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