Christmas favorites: Santa and carols

The Madison County Record Nov. 22, 2005, 5:52am

Christmas in Belleville!

  • Santa’s House
    Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Belleville
    Location: Downtown Belleville next to the Fountain (handicapped accessible)
    Friday, Nov. 25: Open after parade until 4:30 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m.
    6 p.m.: Sing Along-Official lighting of Christmas lights on the square
    Featuring local choirs performing favorite Christmas carols.
    Weekdays through Dec. 16, from 5:30-8 p.m.
    Saturdays through Dec. 17, from 10 a.m.-noon, 1-5p.m., 6-8 p.m.
    Sundays through Dec. 18, from noon-5 p.m.-enjoy hot chocolate and cookies
    Dec. 19 through 23, from 10 a.m.-noon, and from 1-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
    Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    For more information visit

  • Masterworks Chorale presents Christmas at the Cathedral (sponsored by Regions Bank)
    Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    St. Peter’s Cathedral, 200 West Harris St., Belleville
    Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $5 for students
    Advance tickets available though Masterworks, from chorus members, or at:
    The Vineyard, 6500 West Main, Belleville, 394-2050 and
    The Basket Case, 1680 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, 233-0290
    Featuring Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas carols, Candlelight procession and favorite and new carols of the season. Special appearances by Masterworks Children’s Chorus.

    This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state
    agency, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    For more information call 618-236-0182 or visit

    Christmas in Alton!
  • Christmas Wonderland
    Rock Spring Park, Alton
    Opens: Friday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 30
    Monday – Friday, from 6-9 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday, from 5-9 p.m.
    “Walk Thru Night”: Monday, Nov. 28, from 6-9 p.m. $1 per person, 10 and under free
    Carriage Rides: Fridays, from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, from 5-9 p.m., and Sundays, from 6-9 p.m.
    Petting Zoo and Photos with Santa nightly through Dec. 24
    Suggested donation is $7 per car (vehicles with 10 or more $1 per person).

    For more information, call 866-465-7890. Labor provided by the “Grandpa Gang.”

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