We are officially past Halloween, which means all bets are off on talking about the holidays.
Before we dive in though, we have one more fantastic fall event happening this weekend. The eighth annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival is held throughout Urbana, starting today and heading through Saturday. They will feature over 80 performances from local and national folk and bluegrass bands. There will be dances, jam sessions, instrument making and storytelling over the course of the weekend and will welcome several well known artists in folk music.
After this weekend though, we are officially in holiday mode.
You can start your decorating early after you head to the Chris Cringle Craft Show at the Fluid Event Center next weekend, November 11-12. They have over 80 vendors on hand ready to get you new decorations or great gift ideas for the holidays.
Then the following weekend, November 18-19, Gifford State Bank offers their Country Christmas Craft Show at Gordyville. Block off a few hours to attend as this show has over 300 booths to shop from ranging from homemade toys to jewelry to decorations. It’s only $1 to get in!
You can also head to Arthur that Saturday for the Country Christmas Kickoff and Lighted Christmas Parade. They’ll have hot chocolate and cookies, and of course, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
And just like that, it’s Thanksgiving weekend! Officially get in the spirit of the holidays at the annual Parade of Lights in Downtown Champaign. This happens the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 6pm. Kids can get their photos with Santa before the parade at Big Grove Tavern and there will be plenty of other pre-parade entertainment.
Of course, now is an excellent time to head to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch. This is a must stop before the holidays to get kids up close and personal with Santa’s reindeer. They love to eat graham crackers, so put one in your mouth and they’ll come in for a reindeer kiss!
If you’re looking to get a tree or greenery, check out Pheasant Ridge Farms in Urbana. They’ve been growing and caring for these evergreens all summer to have them ready to be cut down to decorate. They open up for the season on November 21, so circle that date on the calendar and go pick out the perfect tree for your home.
The holidays are upon us, and these are just a few of the events happening to get us started in the season! Learn more at visitchampaigncounty.org.