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Christmas at the Courthouse - A Time-Honored Tradition Continues
Date & Time
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The McLean County Museum of History and the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center opens its doors to the entire community each year on the first Saturday of December for a day of family fun and holiday cheer. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments and more on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Following the annual Jaycees holiday parade, the Hoopeston High School marching band will assist St. Nick in making his grand entrance into the Museum. Children and their families can visit with St. Nick from noon until 3:00 p.m., make crafts and play traditional games, provided by the Museum’s Education Department. Mike Matejka will share his model toy train, which is always a hit with the children and adults. Other activities include face painting by Wild Style Design Company from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Musical performances this year will feature the acoustical styling of Marcos Mendez, the Bloomington High School Quartet, the Sunshine Bells, Loving Missionary Choir, Sound of Illinois Chorus, Wind Song Quintet and Dale Evans.

During the Museum’s annual Christmas at the Courthouse on Saturday, this year the Museum is excited to host the Crossroads Area Student Theatre Christmas Festival during the holiday season! CAST performances of “A Dickens Christmas Festival” will be held throughout the entire Museum. Inspired by Merry Old England (with emphasis on the merry), the Museum will be filled with characters straight from the pages of the classic works of Charles Dickens. Visitors will find Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Oliver, and many more, as the following three plays will be presented at various times during the festival—Bah Humbug, The Cratchit Family, and Dickens in America. Notable characters will have collector cards to handout to any young adoring fans.

Saturday, December 7, CAST will perform 12:00-4:00 p.m., and an encore presentation on Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.
McLean County Museum of History
200 N Main St
Bloomington, IL

(309) 827-0428