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Celebrate the Season: A Guide to Festive Events in BN

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to kick off the festivities than by immersing yourself in the enchanting events happening in the Bloomington-Normal area? From tree lighting ceremonies to magical performances, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Mark your calendars and let the holiday spirit fill your heart.

Downtown Bloomington Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, December 1, 2023 – All Day Location: Downtown Bloomington Square

The city will come alive with the sparkle of holiday lights as the Downtown Bloomington Holiday Tree Lighting takes center stage. Throughout the day, the square will be adorned with festive decorations, creating a magical atmosphere that is perfect for family outings, romantic strolls, or capturing that Instagram-worthy holiday snapshot.

As the day unfolds, make your way to The Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular, a must-see event that promises to dazzle and delight.

The Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular December 1-3, 2023 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Step into a world of wonder at The Pantagraph’s Holiday Spectacular, hosted at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. From 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, be treated to a spectacular showcase of holiday cheer, featuring captivating performances that will leave you in awe.

But the festivities don’t end there. Uptown Station welcomes you to Santa’s Station on multiple dates in December 2023, creating a magical space for kids and adults alike to share their wishes with Santa Claus.

Santa’s Station Multiple dates in December 2023 Location: Uptown Station

Give your little ones the chance to whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa himself at Santa’s Station, a heartwarming experience that captures the essence of the holiday season. Check the schedule for available dates and make this a cherished tradition for the whole family. For the Santa’s Station schedule, visit

As the month unfolds, don’t miss the chance to witness the enchanting Lindsey Stirling Snow Waltz Tour at Grossinger Motors Arena on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

Lindsey Stirling Snow Waltz Tour Thursday, December 7, 2023 – 7:00 pm Location: Grossinger Motors Arena

Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing sounds of the season as Lindsey Stirling brings her Snow Waltz Tour to Grossinger Motors Arena at 7:00 pm. This unique holiday experience combines music and dance, promising an unforgettable evening for all.

For those who appreciate the magic of live theater, the Community Players Theatre presents “Holiday on Robinhood Lane” on the same evening.

Community Players Theatre Presents Holiday on Robinhood Lane Thursday, December 7, 2023 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm Location: Community Players Theatre

Step into the world of holiday enchantment with the Community Players Theatre as they present “Holiday on Robinhood Lane” from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. This theatrical production is sure to warm your heart and leave you with a renewed sense of holiday joy.

As the month progresses, explore the unique offerings of the Krampus Market hosted by The Painted Wraith Curiosity Shoppe on Saturday, December 16, 2023.

Krampus Market (Hosted by The Painted Wraith Curiosity Shoppe) Saturday, December 16, 2023 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Location: Reality on Monroe

Discover a darker side of the holidays at the Krampus Market, hosted by The Painted Wraith Curiosity Shoppe. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, explore an array of unique and mystical items that add a touch of the extraordinary to your holiday celebrations.

As the holiday spirit reaches its peak, wrap up your festive preparations at the Indoor Holiday Farmers’ Market on Saturday, December 23, 2023.

Indoor Holiday Farmers’ Market Saturday, December 23, 2023 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: Grossinger Motors Arena

Stock up on last-minute holiday goodies and gifts at the Indoor Holiday Farmers’ Market. From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, explore a winter wonderland of local produce, handmade crafts, and seasonal treats, ensuring your celebrations are filled with the finest local flavors.

Make this Holiday season a month to remember by immersing yourself in the magical events happening in BN. Whether you’re enjoying the twinkling lights of the holiday tree, savoring the sounds of live performances, or indulging in the festive spirit at Santa’s Station, there’s no shortage of joyous experiences to share with loved ones. Happy holidays!

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