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Winter Holiday Fun


Peoria Park District has something for everyone to celebrate the holiday season!

Daily  // 9AM-5PM // Heated Driving Range and Indoor Golf at the Golf Learning Center  //  All Ages
Don’t let the winter weather get in the way of your golf game.  The golf learning center is open daily with an outdoor heated driving range and indoor nets so that you can keep your swing in top shape.  While you’re there, pick up great holiday gifts for the golfers on your shopping list.  Snacks and beverages are also available for purchase.

Dec. 5, 12 //  5:30-7:30PM:  Wine & Wreathes at Luthy Botanical Garden  // Ages 21+
Enjoy a glass of wine, while creating your very own wreath. It will be the perfect seasonal complement to a front door, window or fireplace mantel. We will provide all the supplies & greenery (i.e. evergreens, juniper, pine cones, dried hydrangea…), while beer and wine will be available for purchase. Register by calling 681-3502 or email [email protected]  Classes limited to 30 participants.  $20 Member/ $25 Non-member

Dec 6 & 7 //  5-7PM:  A Garden Christmas Party at Luthy Botanical Garden  //  All Ages
Start a new family tradition by visiting Luthy Botanical Garden, to welcome the Christmas spirit. In addition to the amazing poinsettia display, there will be ornament-making, cool Christmas trees, hot cocoa and even a fairy garden.   $8 Adult, $6 Child

Dec. 7  //  2-4PM:  Maker Workshop-Artsy Ornaments at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum  //  Ages 3-12
Make some festive ornaments to put on your tree, decorate your home, or give as presents to your friends and family to celebrate the winter holidays!  $12/Members, $18/Non-members

Dec. 7 //  10AM-12:30PM or 2-4:30PM:  Santa’s Woodland Workshop at Camp Wokanda //  Ages 2-12
For elves of all ages! Pick out 3 quality, hand-crafted and nature-inspired projects to make, wrap, and put under your tree. Also enjoy cocoa, treats, and plenty of time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  $10/elf, $3/non-participant

Dec. 8 //  12:30PM-3PM:  Santa’s Woodland Workshop at Camp Wokanda //  Ages 2-12
For elves of all ages! Pick out 3 quality, hand-crafted and nature-inspired projects to make, wrap, and put under your tree. Also enjoy cocoa, treats, and plenty of time with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  $10/elf, $3/non-participant

Dec. 13, 14, 20 // 6-8:30PM:  Holiday Shop & Stroll at Forest Park Nature Center  //  All Ages
Stroll a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, seasonal treats and wassail; and discover nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale. Shop in the Trailhead Nature Store to support this event – special sale on 12/20!  Donations appreciated

Dec. 14 //  9-11AM:  Critter Christmas at Peoria Zoo  //  All Ages
Enjoy Christmas Zoo style! Enjoy a light breakfast and crafts with Santa in our lodge from 9:00-10:00AM, and then head out into the Zoo. Starting at 10:00AM, our animals will get gifts here at the Zoo. Everyone from meerkats to lions to tigers will receive special treats throughout the day. Special thanks to the Ol’ Dairy Barn Christmas Tree Farms in Trivoli for the Christmas trees.  $10/ Member Adult, $7/Member Child, $19 Non-member Adult, $13/Non-member Child

Dec. 21  //  2:30-4:30PM:  Skate with Santa at Owens Center  //  All Ages
Here’s your chance to get the true North Pole experience.  Embrace the holiday season and join Santa on the ice during public skate!  No skates?  No problem.  Skates are available for rent.  $4 Junior (12 & Under) // $4 Senior (65 & Over) // $5 Adult (13 & Over) //  $3 Skate Rental

Dec. 20, 23, 26, 27, 30, Jan. 2, 3, 6  //  6:45AM-5:30PM:  Winter Break Camp at the RiverPlex  //  Ages 5-12
Children can beat the winter blues at the RiverPlex Winter Break Camp. Campers will participate in swimming, rock climbing and indoor games. Please bring a sack lunch, swim suit and towel.  $30/Day Member // $35/ Day Non-Member  //   All 8 days $230 Member // $270 Non-Member

Dec. 31  //  10AM-12:30PM  //  Noon Year’s Eve at Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum  //  All Ages
Ring in the New Year with us at noon! Communication Junction will lead a Sign and Sing Story Time, complete with stories, songs, and bubbles! Decorate party hats, games, and more. Then pump up the jams at a kid-friendly dance party! At noon, we’ll have a special countdown and cupcake toast to celebrate the New Year.  $5 Members  //  $12 Non-members