UPCOMING EVENTS

Downtown Christmas

December 14 - 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Old Town Square
ADDRESS: Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: http://cityofmarionil.gov/
PHONE: (618) 997-6281
EMAIL: public@cityofmarionil.gov
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The City of Marion would like to announce a Downtown Christmas to be held around the historic Tower Square. The festivities will include ice skating, carriage rides, food vendors, classic Christmas music, and of course, Santa Claus. In addition, the various shops and restaurants around the Square will also be open.

"This is a unique opportunity to highlight the natural beauty of our downtown area during a special time of year", said Mayor Mike Absher. He continued, "We have so many great businesses downtown that we want to encourage folks to patronize, so what better way to support shopping local than bringing people here and having some fun while we're at it."

No taxpayer funds were used in bringing this event to Marion, and funds raised from this year's event will go to support the event next year. The event is weather-permitting and there will be fees of $10 for adults and $5 for children for ice skating which includes the skate rental, and $10 per family for carriage rides. The food vendors will also be for a fee.

Pictures with Santa

December 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Angel Rhodes Live

December 15, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Honker Hill Winery
ADDRESS: 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale, IL 62902
WEBSITE: http://www.honkerhillwinery.com
PHONE: (618) 549-5517
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Honker Hill Winery has always been one of my favorite spots, even before I played music there! Come see me while I'm in town!

High Image Christmas Spectacular!

December 16 - 17, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Marion Cultural and Civic Center
ADDRESS: 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: http://marionccc.com/high-image-christmas19/
TICKETS: http://marionccc.com/high-image-ticket-sales/
PHONE: (618) 997-4030
EMAIL: derek@marionccc.com
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High Image Dance presents its 24th production of A Christmas Spectacular! Come experience a family-friendly, polar-rific production that will ring in the Christmas spirit. With colorful costumes, vibrant stage lights and fun choreography set to classic Christmas tunes, this presentation is sure to bring holiday cheer!

Monday Performances:
* Mini's: 6pm-7pm ($5)
* Recital: 7:30pm-9pm ($7)

Tuesday Performances:
* Mini's: 6pm-7pm ($5)
* Recital: 7:30pm-9pm ($7)

Doors open 1 hour prior to show.

Pictures with Santa

December 17, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Bend it at Pookie's

December 17, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Pookie's Beer, Burgers, Bocce
ADDRESS: 109 North Madison Street, Marion, IL 62959
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bend-it-at-pookies-tickets-79335475543
PHONE: (618) 440-5100
EMAIL: jill@youryogaelement.com
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Unroll your mats on the bocce courts at Pookie's! Your Yoga Element founder and instructor, Jill Franks, will lead your through an hour-long, all-levels class. After yoga, reward yourself with a pint of your choice -compliments of our friends at Pookie's.

Tickets are $15 and include an all-levels yoga class plus one post-yoga pint of your choice. Afterwards, we encourage you to stick around and enjoy one of Pookie's famous burgers. *Please note that the post-yoga beer at this event is reserved for those ticketed guests who are 21+. Be prepared to present valid identification.

A Word on Accessibility - If you have any specific needs, concerns, injuries, or limitations, please let us know either via email in advance, or connect with the teacher directly before class begins.

Small event (approximately 18 guests)
Parking on-site and in close proximity (see parking map in link)

Pictures with Santa

December 18, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Wednesday Wine & Shopping

December 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: The Tasting Room at Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.walkersbluff.com/happenings/
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
EMAIL: info@walkersbluff.com
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Walker's Bluff has partnered with local vendors to host a holiday shopping event. This is the perfect night out to shop for that unique, hand-crafted, holiday decor for your home. Vendors will offer a variety of jewelry, crafts and clothing to make the perfect gift this holiday season.

Need a professional photo to frame, or a photo to include in Grandma and Grandpa's gift? We have the perfect opportunity for you! On two of the shopping dates, December 11th and 18th, between 7pm and 9pm, Courtney Page with Boulder Creek Photography will be offering professional photos with SANTA in front of our beautifully decorated fireplace. Perfect for family photos or for your little ones.

Free admission. The Tasting Room opens at 4pm and Vendors will be set up from 6pm-9pm.

Come out to get some holiday shopping done, drink a glass of wine, and enjoy food and drink specials!

Are you interested in being a vendor at one of our shopping events? Call today to signup! A $15 deposit (refundable) is required to signup for a vendor spot. You can sign up for any of the dates, or all three (first 3 Wednesdays in December - 4th, 11th, and 18th).

Christmas on Main

December 18, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Sugar Creek Cafe
ADDRESS: 105 West Blue Avenue, Creal Springs, IL 62922
WEBSITE: https://www.crealsprings.net/
PHONE: (618) 996-8289
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Join us for the 3rd Annual Christmas on Main! We will have a live nativity scene, Christmas tree lighting, area churches sing, wagon rides and warm up with cookies and chocolate. We hope to see you there!

Pictures with Santa

December 19, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Trivia Night Thursdays

December 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: The Tasting Room at Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.walkersbluff.com/event/trivia-night-2019/
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
EMAIL: info@walkersbluff.com
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Bring your friends to Trivia Night every Thursday evening (up to 6 people per team). The top team will win $25-off of their bar tab for the evening!

Amazing food and drink specials include:
$2 Coronas
$8 Pepperoni and Garlic & Cheese Pizzas
$10 All Other Pizzas
$15 Pitchers of Sangria
$8 5-Domestic Bottles
$4 Pints-Local Draft Beer
$5 Long Islands

Now offering a 3-bottle wine special! Get three bottles of Walker's Bluff wine for only $35 on Wednesday's and Thursday's only. *Not valid with any other offer. Excludes Cabernet and Syrah.

Pictures with Santa

December 20, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Movie Night: The Polar Express

December 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff Production Room
ADDRESS: 14250 Meridian Road, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.walkersbluff.com/event/the-polar-express-free-movie-night-122019/
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
EMAIL: info@walkersbluff.com
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This month, we will be showing "The Polar Express" in the Production Room attached to The Tasting Room. Entry is FREE for this event with food and drink specials.

Specials: $1 popcorn/candy/cans of soda, $2.50 root beer/coke float, $4 spiked soda/hot chocolate.

The Polar Express (2004) [G] Synopsis: Tom Hanks and Director, Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for this inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Scalehound & Big Jim Slade

December 20 - 21, 2019 | 9:00 pm - 12:00 am
WHERE: John Browns On The Square
ADDRESS: 1000 Tower Square Plz, Marion, IL 62959
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Two of our favorites and yours...back again from Nashville.

Scalehound - In 2011, SCALEHOUND released their self-titled debut album, recorded at The Switchyard in Nashville, TN, with only an acoustic, a resonator, and a stomp board. The album contains 11 songs that run the gamut, from swampy opener "The End If We Want It" to heavy closer "Movin On".

SCALEHOUND was also a featured artist in THE DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL (now PIVOT) series "Liner Notes" during the documentary "John Lee Hooker:That's My Story".

In addition to SCALEHOUND, the brothers are also members of Abandon Jalopy, the solo project from Brad Smith of Grammy Nominated/Multi-Platinum act Blind Melon.

SCALEHOUND recently added Terry Thomas on drums (former drummer for Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Atlantic Records) and begin recording album Scalehound album #2 in Summer 2019.

Big Jim Slade - Big riffs, harmony vocals, and finger-lickin good melodies. This is Big Jim Slade.

Pictures with Santa

December 21, 2019 | 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Cookies & Ice Cream with Santa

December 21, 2019 | 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Come have your picture taken with Santa, then choose a cookie or ice cream and sit near Santa and enjoy your treat! Photos taken by My Michelle's Photography, packages available for purchase.

Brunch with Santa

December 21, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Legends at Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Rd, Carterville, IL 62918
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
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Santa Claus is comin' to town!

Walker's Bluff continues to bring holiday joy to your family this year with a wonderful brunch buffet with Old Saint Nicholas.

Santa will be in town on Saturday December 14 & 21 from 10am-2pm! Call (618)956-9900 to make your reservations!

Pricing: Adults $15.99
Ages 2-12: $6.99
Kids 2 and under: Free

On the Buffet:
Buttermilk Biscuits
White Pepper Gravy
Scrambled Eggs
Southern Style Grits
Hash brown Casserole
Buttermilk Pancakes
Applewood Cured Bacon
Pineapple Glazed Ham
Assorted Dessert

Santa on the Square

December 21, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Old Town Square
ADDRESS: Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: http://cityofmarionil.gov
PHONE: (618) 997-6281
EMAIL: public@cityofmarionil.gov
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Santa is on his way to downtown Marion! Let him know how good you've been this year! Presented by Marion Main Street.

Southern Illinois Opry

December 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: Herrin Civic Center
ADDRESS: 101 South 16th Street, Herrin, IL 62948
WEBSITE: http://www.herrincc.com/
TICKETS: http://business.herrinchamber.com/events/details/southern-illinois-opry-12-21-2019-679
PHONE: (618) 942-6115
EMAIL: richard@herrincc.com
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What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925, is today a live-entertainment phenomenon in Nashville, Tennessee. Dedicated to honoring country music's rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps.

In the image of that grand icon, the Southern Illinois Opry was born. Our events will feature local talent from all over Southern Illinois. We will also feature top International Recording Artists from Nashville and around the world. All of our shows will be hosted by the Herrin Civic Center and will include Bluegrass, Gospel, and Country Artists.

Tickets are $15 at the door the night of the event. Food, refreshments and cocktails from the bar will be available.

Second-Hand CarTunes

December 21, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: The Tasting Room at Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.walkersbluff.com/happenings/
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
EMAIL: info@walkersbluff.com
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Second-Hand CarTunes will be playing their exciting #Top40 act with covers of some of the most famous artists over the last 70 years including: Journey, Michael Jackson, Survivor, The Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Santana, The Eagles, Lenny Kravitz and more! Grab a friend and join us for great drinks, music, and atmosphere!

Deplorables

December 21, 2019 | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
WHERE: Just One More
ADDRESS: 1303 Enterprise Way, Marion, IL 62959
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The weekend before Christmas!! We don't know any details yet other than we are playing and we're sure sure it's gonna be a PARTY!!

Big Ol' Christmas Shindig

December 21 - 22, 2019 | 9:30 pm - 12:30 am
WHERE: Chevie's Lounge
ADDRESS: 913 West Monroe Street, Herrin, IL 62948
WEBSITE: https://www.coreyevittsmusic.com/performance-calendar
PHONE: (618) 942-4349
EMAIL: coreyevittsmusic@gmail.com
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Corey Evitts is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performer known for his high-energy live shows and his ability to play and sing several genres of music. His playlist includes music from all eras and styles. See him in a variety of music venues, including restaurants, wineries, bars, clubs, civic centers, and private parties.

Pictures with Santa

December 22, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

The Midtown Men: Holiday Hits

December 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Marion Cultural and Civic Center
ADDRESS: 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://marionccc.com/midtown-men19/
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midtown-men-tickets-64245078760
PHONE: (618) 997-4030
EMAIL: derek@marionccc.com
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The Midtown Men, reuniting stars from the Broadway smash hit JERSEY BOYS, will ring in the Christmas season with their "Holiday Hits" show. This evening of songs and stories will feature iconic Yuletide classics such as "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," as well as their signature renditions of the greatest rock and roll hits of the 1960s.

The popular vocal group will treat their audiences to the songs of The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Seasons, and more! Additionally, The Midtown Men will perform their holiday single, "All Alone on Christmas," which they recorded with Stevie Van Zandt and members of Bruce Springsteen's The E Street Band. Come celebrate "the most wonderful time of the year" with these seasoned Broadway veterans!

Pictures with Santa

December 23, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Pictures with Santa

December 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Jack & Josie's
ADDRESS: 1105 N Carbon, Marion, IL 62959
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Santa Claus is Coming to Jack & Josie's!! Come get you picture taken with him. Pictures will be taken by My Michelle's photography. Packages will be available for purchase. Santa will be here from Black Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 24th. Excluding Mondays.

Trivia Night Thursdays

December 26, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: The Tasting Room at Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.walkersbluff.com/event/trivia-night-2019/
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
EMAIL: info@walkersbluff.com
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Bring your friends to Trivia Night every Thursday evening (up to 6 people per team). The top team will win $25-off of their bar tab for the evening!

Amazing food and drink specials include:
$2 Coronas
$8 Pepperoni and Garlic & Cheese Pizzas
$10 All Other Pizzas
$15 Pitchers of Sangria
$8 5-Domestic Bottles
$4 Pints-Local Draft Beer
$5 Long Islands

Now offering a 3-bottle wine special! Get three bottles of Walker's Bluff wine for only $35 on Wednesday's and Thursday's only. *Not valid with any other offer. Excludes Cabernet and Syrah.

Stand Up Comedy

December 27, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: The Tasting Room at Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 14250 Meridian Road, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.walkersbluff.com/happenings/
PHONE: (618) 956-9900
EMAIL: info@walkersbluff.com
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The perfect night out with friends or a great date night. Grab your tickets in advance and join us for a night of laughs!

Dave Clark and Greg Clutts

December 27, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
PHONE: (618) 925-5971
EMAIL: daveclark2895@gmail.com
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Hey y'all, it's always a blast getting to play music with one of my long-time buddies. Greg and I go way back and not just with music. Classic country and Classic Rock is always win-win. Let's pack the Oak and have some fun!

Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

December 27 - 28, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
WHERE: John Browns On The Square
ADDRESS: 109 N Madison, Marion, IL 62959
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John Brown's On the Square // Marion, IL
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

Genre: Reggae/Blues/Jam
Cover: FREE
Doors: 8pm
Age: All Ages

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops merge flavors of Roots Reggae, Mississippi River Blues, Improv-laced Jams, and Soulful Vocals. With a High energy performance and a unique sound this band is a must see.

web: https://www.aaronkammonedrops.com

Taylor Made Live

December 28 - 29, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
WHERE: Pookie's Beer, Burgers, Bocce
ADDRESS: 109 N Madison, Marion, IL 62959
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Enjoy live music!