Fireworks above Holiday Train

DECEMBER 7

– DeWitt's Hometown Christmas begins at 9 a.m. at Emmaus Road Church with the arrival of Santa on a firetruck. From 9-11 Santa take photos with area children. Visits with Santa are free with the donation of a canned food item for the DeWitt Referral Center. Santa will be available until 11 a.m. A children's Christmas carnival will entertain from 9-11 a.m. at Emmaus. At 11:15 a.m, DeWitt Operahouse Theater will present holiday music. At 3 p.m., A lighted pickup parade will lead to the Christmas Tree Lighting in Lincoln Park. Live Window Displays will take play from 3-7 p.m. 

– Old-Fashioned Hometown Christmas activities in Fulton, Illinois begin with the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Fulton Fire Station, 1802 16th Avenue, from 7-10:30 a.m. Fulton’s Old Fashioned Hometown Christmas Walk will take place downtown from 5-7:30 p.m. The walk will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, free cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and cider, carolers, a brass quartet, kettle corn and a live Nativity. Following the tree lighting at 5 p.m., the Christmas Walk committee will announce the winners of its house-decorating contest.

– Fulton’s Windmill Cultural Center will be open beginning at 10 a.m. as part of Fulton's Old-Fashioned Hometown Christmas activities. Miller Claus will greet guests from 5-7:30 p.m. Sinterklaas will welcome visitors of all ages with gold coins. A craft center will have bell ornaments to decorate and take home. From 5:15-5:45 p.m., Linda Flikkema’s piano students will play Christmas music at the Windmill Cultural Center. From 6-6:30 p.m. Clinton Community Children’s Choir will perform, and from 6:45-7:15 p.m. the Clintones will sing familiar Christmas songs.

– St. Joseph Catholic Church will conduct a cookie walk from 9-11 a.m. in the church's Harness Hall at 417 Sixth Ave. in DeWitt. Cookies are $6 per pound. Containers are provided. Gluten-free cookies are available.

– Symphony of Lights will be open at Eagle Point Park from 6-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30. The cost is $8 per car for up to 10 people, and $2 for each additional person.

– The Symphony of Lights craft show will take place at Eagle Point Park Lodge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.

– The George Curtis Mansion, located at 420 Fifth Ave. South in Clinton, will be open for tours at 1:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. A tour of the first floor is free. A tour of all three floors is $6 per person.

– Clinton County Historical Society Museum presents the Festival of Trees from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can view a variety of themed trees decorated by individuals and organizations. The museum is located at 601 S. First St. in Clinton.

– Santa Claus comes to Clinton Hy-Vee from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children can have photos taken with St. Nick and enjoy a buffet-style breakfast, cookie decorating and other activities.

– Santa Claus will listen to children's Christmas wishes at Riverside Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The restaurant is located at 517 N. Second St. in Clinton.

– The Pizza Hut in west Clinton will host Santa Claus from 2-4 p.m. The restaurant is located at 2712 S. 25th St.

– Citizens First Bank welcomes Santa Claus from 9 a.m. to noon at 1442 Lincoln Way. Children may have their photos taken with Santa and with Kristletoe the elf. Santa crafts will keep children occupied while they wait.

– Village Cooperative, 1160 14th Ave. NW in Clinton, will have a holiday bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon. Cookies, brownies, bars, cakes and breads are among items for sale.

– The Lyons Business & Professionals Association will host its Winter Festival from 9-11 a.m. Participating businesses in the Lyons district will offer holiday activities, and Santa will be in his house outside of Jensen Oil/Bicycle Station. From 4-6 p.m. the Lyons Christmas Walk will take over Main Avenue. Music, activities and refreshments will welcome visitors to the Lyons district.

– The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will pull into Clinton at 6:40 p.m. For the second consecutive year, the train will stop near the Sawmill Museum at the east end of Main Avenue. A fireworks display will accompany the train’s departure about 7:15 p.m. Residents are invited to bring food donations for local food banks and enjoy the mini concert from the stage on the train. 

– Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. S. in Clinton, will raise money for Information, Referral & Assistance Services with a brunch and silent auction from 9-11 a.m. Specialty baskets, homemade baked goods, candy, crafts, gift certificates, antiques and collectibles will be up for bid, and a secret Santa table will be available for children.