Visitors Guide for Events
December 2014

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
  We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.
   
CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Alton, IL
  Through December 26, 2014
Monday - Friday: 6 pm - 9 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 5 pm - 9 pm
Rock Springs Park on College Avenue
Drive through Rock Springs Park to see more 2.5 million lights adorning trees and lighting displays throughout the park. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the holiday spirit.
Admission is $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding 10 or more persons.
For more information call 1-800-ALTON-IL or 618-465-6676

WATERFOWL DECOY SHOW
West Alton, MO
  Through December 31, 2014
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
"Working Wildfowl: Decoys, Carvings, and the Waterfowl Tradition" Decoy Show is an original exhibit showcasing wildfowl decoys and duck calls. Bird decoys, which were first fashioned by Native American hunter-artists over 1000 years ago, are the only major folk art form to originate in North America. The decoy is a symbol of all that binds us together.  The sportsman, the birdwatcher, the conservationist, and the wildlife biologist all are equally fascinated by the wonders of wildlife on this great river Flyway.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090

SIUE HOLIDAY
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR

Edwardsville, IL
  December 3 - December 4, 2014
8 am - 8 pm each day
Morris University Center - Main Floor, 1 Hairpin Drive
This annual fair is sponsored by the Morris University Center Print and Design Shop and features handmade crafts by local artisans and original works by many artists around the area. Items available for purchase include many types of handmade goods including ceramics, wood, weaving, fiber, metal and glass, among others. Many of these articles are suitable for holiday gifts.
Free
For more information call 618-650-2178

SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL

Godfrey, IL
  Friday, December 5, 2014
6 pm - 8 pm
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
Visit beautiful Glazebrook Park as it is lit up with lights to celebrate the season. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus, roast chestnuts and marshmallows on an open fire, carriage rides and free hot cocoa and treats. In honor of the giving season, attendees are asked that non-perishables food items are brought for donation to the Crisis Food Center.
Free
For more information call 618-466-1483

JINGLE BELL RUN
Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
Registration at 7 am, Race starts at 8 am
1713 Stamper Lane
Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s 5k, 1 mile walk, 1/2 mile kid run Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 k, 1 mile walk, or a 1/2 mile kid run route by yourself or with team members and celebrate the season by giving. Includes an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast after the run/walk.
Entry fee
For more information visit the event's webpage

TASTE OF CHOCOLATE

Grafton, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 West Main Street
Taste the chocolates of Grafton! Enjoy a plate of homemade chocolate desserts donated by different businesses and restaurants in Grafton. There will be many different goodies from which to choose from. Recipe booklets are available for $2.50 each.  This is a great time to shop for all on your Christmas list!
Tickets are $8 or two for $15
For more information call 618-786-7000

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
The house tour is from 12 pm to 4 pm. The tickets include touring historic homes, the village museum, churches, bed and breakfasts and riding in a horse drawn carriage or decorated wagon with a team of horses. Lunch will be available for purchase for $11 at Farley’s Music Hall between 11:30 pm and 4:30 pm (or until sold out) catered by My Just Desserts.
Advance admission is $15 and is available online or at the Alton Visitor’s Center or at either B&B in Elsah. Advance tickets are recommended.
Tickets are limited and day of event admission will be $18 (cash only)
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For more information call 314-308-0931

SANTA AT THE
HASKELL PLAYHOUSE

Alton, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
Noon - 2 pm
Haskell Playhouse

Santa will stop by the Haskell Playhouse for pictures. There will also be a antique doll display and free candy canes.
Cost is $2 for a picture with Santa or bring your own camera.
For more information call 618-465-3026

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
2 pm - 8 pm
Blum House, 414 West Main Street
Sponsored by the Collinsville Main Street Community Association this event allows visitors to experience some of Collinsville’s finest festively decorated homes as residents have decked their halls and will open their doors for guests. Participants will begin the tour at one of Collinsville’s most notable historic landmark homes, the Blum House. The stately, two-story home was built by the internationally-known Blum Bell Factory founder J. Henry Blum circa 1906. Here participants will pick up their informational packet before embarking on the self-guided tour.
Admission
For more information call 618-558-1372
  or visit the event's webpage

SOUTHERN GOSPEL
CONCERT SERIES

Bethalto, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
7 pm
Bethalto Church of God, 800 East Bethalto Drive

Enjoy the sounds of Southern Gospel at the monthly Southern Gospel Concert series. These monthly concerts are open for everyone to come and enjoy. Fill your car, van, or church bus. December features a Christmas Concert by The “Providence Quartet" from Piedmont, SC.
Free, donations suggested
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or more information call 618-259-0065
  or visit the website

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, December 6, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join The Nature Institute members and friends and take a leisurely moonlit hike through the Mississippi Sanctuary, a 37-acre area of grand vistas and spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and wildlife. Terrain is light to moderate and the hike is about an hour long.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

OLDE ALTON
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

Alton, IL
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

Alton High School, 4200 Humbert Road
Over 200 crafters display their wares at this event that benefits the instrumental music program in the Alton School District.
Small admission charged; Children under 12 are free
For more information call 618-474-6996

GRAFTON HOLIDAY RIVERWALK

Grafton, IL
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Noon - 6 pm both days
Various locations
Celebrate the start of the holiday season in Grafton. Stop in the various businesses along Main Street and near the riverfront for special promotions, discounts, refreshments and entertainment. The Jerseyville High School choir will be caroling throughout the town. Visitors will also be able to tour the various B&Bs and guest houses in town, a perfect opportunity to check out the accommodations and purchase a gift certificate as a gift. The festivities will conclude with a Show Choir performance at the Grove Memorial Park Gazebo the town lights up!
Free
For more information call 618-786-3017

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Godfrey, IL
  December 6 - December 7, 2014
Saturday: 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Sunday: 3 pm - 4:30 pm

First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road
Celtic Christmas II, with Celtica and the Clarkson School of Dance by the Great Rivers Choral Society will rekindle the flame in the hearth with music and song from the infinitely rich treasury of Ireland's cultural heritage. Imagine a wintry day in the Christmas season, where Irish and Scottish musicians regale locals and travelers alike with their playing. Caroling from the choir mixes with the instrumental riffs of the traditional musicians, and the warmth from their collaboration literally chases the cold winter away. This concert will bring together the worlds of classical and Celtic music.
FreE. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert.
For more information call 618-465-2315
  or visit the organization’s website

COMMUNITY DANCE

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
7 pm - 10 pm
Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street
The Historic Elsah Foundation is sponsoring an evening of Contra dancing, where couples dance in two facing lines. Live music will be provided. The caller scheduled are Susan and Mark Young. All dances will be taught - no experience or partner necessary.
$6 for adults, children free
For more information, call 618-447-1127

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Alton, IL
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
7 pm - 9 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway
The Jacoby Arts Center presents a special session of its music concert series, LIVE at Jacoby: Saturday Nights. A cash beverage bar available at each concert, serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. In honor of the holidays the Jacoby hosts Jesse Prather who will put you in the Christmas spirit. Experience some traditional Christmas music as well as some new songs as Jesse sings and plays the piano.
Admission
For more information call 618-462-5222

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS
HYMN SING
Elsah, IL
  Sunday, December 14, 2014
3 pm - 5 pm
Everyone is warmly invited to Elsah's annual Christmas Hymn Sing. This event starts in the Methodist Church, moves across Selma Square to the Christian Science Church, and is followed by cookies, punch, and coffee in Farley's Music Hall.
Free
For more information call 618-578-8744

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Monday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Summer is here, come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578
 

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Join in on the fun at the Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room the second Saturday of each month and enjoy appetizers and wine tasting! This month's featured wine is White Haute Riesling! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!
For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
 

ARRIVAL AT
CAMP RIVER DUBOIS

Hartford, IL
  December 13 - December 14, 2014
10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Witness the arrival of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as reenactors arrive at the mouth of the River Dubois to establish their 1803-04 Winter Encampment. Join the members of the Corps in a military demonstration of 1803 U.S. Army Expedition. Visitors can experience camp life in early Frontier Illinois, and watch demonstrations of period crafts and skills.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
  Thursday, December 18, 2014
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every third Thursday of the month The Nature Institute partners with Eddie Agha of Agha Designs Jewelry Studio and invites the public to a program of the TNI Astronomy Association. Participants will navigate the preserve with naturalist Eddie Agha to observe and record constellations. No telescopes are needed. Guests will also receive short, instructional lessons about activities and workshops associated with the program, and find out how to join the TNI Astronomy Association.
Free, but reservations are required
For more information or to make reservations call 618-467-2521
  or email pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAM

Grafton, IL
  Friday, December 19, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014

8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

WINTER EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arrive by 6:50 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the winter equinox sunrise and learn of the discovery, form and function of an ancient post circle called Woodhenge that was used as a solar calendar by the Cahokians. No ceremony or ritual is presented. Woodhenge is located 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound and the main entrance to the site.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

BIRDING TRIP
West Alton, MO
  Saturday, December 20, 2014
8 am - 10:30 am
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join the Audubon Center staff and volunteers for a birding trip in search of birds. The trip will leave from the Center at 8 am and take a short drive to a few locations in the Sanctuary. Please dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water for the walk. If you have binoculars, be sure to bring them along too. This walk is a family friendly event suitable for beginners as well as seasoned birders.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Alton, IL
  Saturday, December 27, 2014
7 pm - 9 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway
The Jacoby Arts Center presents its music concert series, LIVE at Jacoby: Saturday Nights, on the last Saturday night of each month. A cash beverage bar available at each concert, serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. December's musical act is Canadian Folk Singer Tia McGraff and her husband, Tommy Parham who sing rootsy melodies and honest-to-heart songs to warm the soul in the middle of the winter!
Admission
For more information call 618-462-5222
     
Probable Events
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.

HOLIDAY ART SHOW
Alton, IL
  Through December 31, 2013
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway
This exhibit, which features the work of local artists, offers a variety of unique, handcrafted items for holiday gift giving. Items purchased may be taken from the gallery upon purchase, so come early for the best selection.
Free
For more information call 618-462-5222

BETHALTO SPIRIT
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WALK

Bethalto, IL
  Sunday, December 8, 2013
3 pm - 7 pm
First Baptist Church, 201 South Moreland Road & Prairie to West Central to Oak Streets
Stroll candlelit streets, climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage and experience the camaraderie of life in a small town Christmas village. Take in the sights and sounds of bell choirs and strolling musicians that add to the Victorian flair. Visit Father Christmas and enjoy wassail, roasted chestnuts, and many other holiday treats. There will be a Christmas concert performed by Bethalto Spirit Choir and Orchestra at 3 pm at First Baptist Church on Moreland Road with other activities beginning at 4 pm.
Free
For more information call 618-377-6030
FRONTIER CHRISTMAS
Wood River, IL
  December 14 - December 15, 2013
Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 9 am - Noon
Camp Dubois, Route 143 and Route 3
Get a glimpse of what Christmas was like on the frontier. 4 cabins at the replica of Lewis and Clark’s winter of 1803-1804 encampment will be adorned in period decorations, one each for the Elizabethan, French & Indian Wars, mountain man, and Civil War periods.
Free
For more information call
314-223-2621
   

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