Belleville's holiday season shimmers

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2005

The Belleville Chamber of Commerce has compiled a rather exhaustive list of Christmas-related activities.

"In fact, so many special events, open houses and sales are in the works," the Chamber states in a press release, "that everyone in the St. Louis metropolitan area will find a entertaining activity especially suited for them right here in our own backyard!"

The following is a list of "backyard" events:

  • "Way of Lights" Christmas display
    Nov. 15, 2005 - Jan. 6, 2006
    The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville. Phone: 397-6700

  • Gingerbread House workshop
    Nov. 19 and 26
    Dec. 3, 10 and 17
    Eckert's Country Store & Farms, Belleville. Phone: 233-0513

  • The Nutcracker Ballet and Concert
    Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
    Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
    Scottish Rite Bodies, Belleville. Phone: 277-1373

    This traditional holiday classic performed by the Belleville Philharmonic Society, Masterworks Chorale and the Belleville School of Ballet will delight young and old.

  • Holiday Brunch and Fashion Show
    Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.
    St. Clair Country Club, Belleville. Phone: 257-0747

    A delicious brunch accompanies this show featuring latest holiday fashions for men and women from Don Rogers, modeled by area educators. Proceeds will benefit the Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship fund. Call for ticket information.

  • Gingerbread Walk
    Nov. 25 through Dec.24
    Belleville Main Street. Phone: 239-9428

    Create a gingerbread masterpiece to enter in this annual holiday contest, then stroll down East Main Street to see this dazzling display of tasty holiday decorations.

  • Holiday I-SPY Windows
    Nov. 25 through Dec. 31
    Downtown Belleville
    Belleville Main Street. Phone: 239-9428

    Window decorations and displays in the style of the popular I-SPY series of children's books will dazzle and captivate all ages.

  • Santa Parade
    Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.
    Downtown Belleville
    Belleville Optimists. Phone: 235-0533

    Santa Claus is coming to town ... in the largest Christmas Parade in Southern Illinois!

  • Santa On The Square
    Nov. 25 through Dec. 24
    Belleville Square
    Belleville Optimists. Phone: 235-0533

    Children of all ages visit Santa in his house on Belleville's Square to share their dearest wishes of the season.

  • Lighting of the Fountain
    Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.
    Belleville Square
    Belleville Optimists. Phone: 235-0533

    Join Mayor Eckert for this traditional holiday kick-off and community caroling.

  • Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
    Nov. 25 through Dec. 18 on Saturdays and Sundays
    Downtown Belleville
    Belleville Main Street. Phone: 239-9428

    Enjoy a free, leisurely ride through history aboard our large horse-drawn trolley. Enjoy Belleville's historic shopping and entertainment district from a unique point of view.

  • Holiday Craft Fair
    Nov. 25 through 27
    Dec. 9 through 11
    Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. Phone: 233-0052

    Discover the perfect holiday gifts and decorations as you explore hundreds of holiday craft booths.

  • Painted Pottery "Original Holiday Ornaments"
    Starting Nov. 26 every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 4 p.m.
    Broadway Center of Arts. Phone: 233-0431

    Create an original ornament each year for your holiday ornament collection.

  • Mrs. Claus Storytime
    Saturdays and Sundays starting Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.
    Broadway Center of Arts. Phone: 233-0431

    Join Mrs. Claus on the Broadway Center's Santa's Workshop Set as she reads children her favorite holiday stories.

  • Art On The Square Unique Boutique
    Nov. 26 through Dec. 18 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    30 Public Square, Belleville. Phone: 800-677-9255

    Local artists and craftsmen will display and sell artwork during this holiday season.

  • Make The Holidays A Little Brighter For Others
    Beginning in November Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois. Phone: 236-2531, ext. 106

    Enlist your organization, church or club to participate in a series of holiday donation programs through the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois. The Center is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Family program and a Holiday Housewarming Program (to benefit the Charles T. and Joan Meyer Women's Shelter.) The Center will also need stocking stuffers and holiday gifts for clients. For more information on how you can make someone's holiday a little brighter contact the VPCSWI.

  • An Old Fashioned Christmas Concert
    Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.
    Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
    Lincoln Theatre, Belleville. Phone: 233-0018

    Enjoy an afternoon of classic holiday concerts and a Christmas Sing-A-Long.

  • Holiday Follies
    Dec. 2 and 9 at 7 p.m.
    Dec. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m.
    Broadway Center of Arts, Belleville. Phone: 233-0431

    Join Santa and his North Pole friends as they make their New York Debut. This hilarious holiday excursion takes you from the North Pole all the way to 42nd Street. Despite the barrage of merry mishaps and Christmas calamities, "Broadway Santa" dazzles theatre critics and take New York City by a storm! Make this production a family tradition.

  • Tree of Life Ceremony
    Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
    Lindenwood College in Belleville. Phone: 235-1703

    Hospice of Southern Illinois hosts this very special holiday ceremony to remember those who have gone from our sight.

  • Holiday Holiday Home Tour
    Dec. 4 from noon - 5 p.m.
    Family Hospice of Belleville. Phone: 277-1800

    Celebrating the beauty and bounty of the season in some of Belleville's most beautiful homes.

  • Holiday Open House
    Dec.8 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Metro East Insurance Group. Phone: 206-2600

    To celebrate a very special year in a new location at 4956 Benchmark Centre Drive, the Metro East Insurance Group is inviting all Chamber members to attend their Holiday Open House. Attendees can register to win a beautifully detailed Santa and Sleigh with Three Reindeer by reknown folk artist Jim Shore. The drawing will take place at 7 p.m.

  • Candlelight House Tour
    Dec. 11 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Belleville Philharmonic Hall, 116 N. Jackson St., Belleville, St. Clair County Historical Society. Phone: 234-0600

    Tour beautifully decorated Christmas homes throughout historic Belleville.

  • Pipe In The New Year
    Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.
    Lincoln Theatre. Phone: 233-0123

    Ring in the New Year with a gala theatre organ concert for a most unique New Year's Eve celebration of music.

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