La Salle Business Association’s Christkindlmarket, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m.4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the parking lot at Second and Marquette streets. Hand-picked vendors selling unique and hard to find items, authentic German trinkets, German food and music, beverages, local candy, plus much more.
Pearl Harbor Day Parade — Dec. 7. Peru’s 11 a.m. Water Street, Peru. The parade starts at the Peru Rescue Station and ends at South Shore Boat Club. A flyover with two TBM Avengers and three T6 Warbirds will take place.
Peru Hometown Christmas — Dec. 7. Starting at 1:15 p.m. Santa will arrive at Washington Park by helicopter. From there, a parade with Santa will head from Peru Public Library to city hall. At city hall there will be a tree lighting ceremony, ornament making, treats, a Christmas movie, free pictures with Santa and gifts for all children in attendance. A second tree lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Maud Powell plaza.
Santa’s Workshop — Dec. 7. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. La Salle-Peru Township High School )with the gymnasium as the entrance). Activities for children and more. Free to the public
Breakfast with Santa — Dec. 8. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Peru Fire Station. Hosted by the fire department. $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free for kids three and under.
Bureau County Fairgrounds Holiday Vendor Sale, Dec. 7 and 8. Admission is Free. Doors open at 8 a.m. both days. Saturday afternoon stop at the fairgrounds after the Santa parade at 1:30 p.m. and bring the kids to the Lions Club kids party in building No. 3. Shop while they play games. New vendors will arrive Sunday.
A Magnolia Christmas celebration, noon Dec. 8, Magnolia Township Preservation Association building, 110 N. Peoria St. Free lunch. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for photos and to listen to children’s wishes. Judging for best snowman creatures building contest as well as best Christmas light display will take place.
Saturday Morning PaintALong, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec 7 at Music Suite 408 in the Westclox Building, “Make A Wish” 10-11:30a.m. Age 7 and up.
29th annual Festival of Flutes presented by the Music Suite 408 flute ensembles under the direction of Sue Gillio & Jennifer Etscheid, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Zion United Church of Christ, Peru. Music includes traditional carols and the Hallelujah Chorus. Free and open to the public.
A tribute to Tiskilwa’s 15 country schools on display at the Museum on Main 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7.
Tiskilwa Country Christmas. Starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 7, TCA will provide evergreen trees for a decorating contest. Visitors can stop by the Museum on Main anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy galleries decked out in a festive mood, with Lionel model trains chugging around the Christmas tree. The society will host an open house at their new Gallery on Galena (north end of town, just south of the tracks), 10 a.m.-noon. Other events: bake sale Community Church beginning at 8 a.m.; holiday crafting at the Tiskilwa Library starting at 10 a.m. “Treats and Tours” at the Tiskilwa Inn. Alpaca items. the Bureau County Chorus will perform holiday music at 1 p.m. at the museum.
United Church of Christ (Congregational) Cookie Walk — Dec. 7. 7:30-10:30 a.m. At the Spring Valley church. Select your own holiday cookies and candies for $7 per pound. Homemade peanut brittle $7 per bag. (815) 663-1951.
Christmas Cookie Sale — Dec. 7. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Ottawa. $5 bakers dozen. (815) 433-1060
Advent Lessons and Carols — Dec. 7. 5 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, La Salle. Candlelight service featuring the L-P Chamber Singers, Refreshments will follow in the parish hall. The public is invited. Church and hall are handicapped accessible.
Polar Express Pajama Party — Dec. 7. Showings 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Music Suite 408, Peru. This theme party is for children and their parents. The movie, “The Polar Express”, will be shown on the big screen in the arts center. Guests are invited to come in their pajamas. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hot chocolate and treats will be served following the movie. Every child will receive a silver bell like the one they will see in the film. $8 per person. Seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase required. (815) 223-4408
Illinois Valley Youth Choir Holiday Concert— Dec. 8. 4-5 p.m. La Salle-Peru Township High School’s Matthiessen Memorial Auditorium. The choir will sing “Jesus Child,” “Jazzy Saint Nick,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” “Dormi, Dormi” and “Before Paling of the Stars.”
Holidays at the Museum “Shiny and Bright”—Dec. 8. 4-6 p.m. Hume-Carnegie Museum in Mendota. Presented by Mendota Museum and Historical Society. Decorations, beverages, appetizers and desserts. This is a ticketed event, $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Reservations by Dec. 3
8th Annual Holy Family School Craft and Vendor Show — Dec. 8. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Holy Family School, Oglesby. More than 60 vendors