Christmas comes to Carlinville

Christmas comes to Carlinville

Carlinville will be bustling next weekend, Dec. 7-9, as several groups — including Carlinville Christmas Market, A Carlinville Christmas, Carlinville Moose Lodge and Macoupin County Historical Society — have planned a variety of Christmas shopping and entertainment activities.

Limited quantities of A Carlinville Christmas t-shirts are available at Olde and Cherry Tree Treasures and Gifts, both located on the Carlinville square. The shirts feature a photograph of a “You are now in Carlinville” sign. Shirts are available in sixes XS-2X in both baseball t-shirt style and short sleeve style, with prices ranging from $20-29 depending on size and style. All proceeds benefit A Carlinville Christmas.

For more information about the events, visit facebook.com/acarlinvillechristmas, facebook.com/macoupincountyhistoricalsociety, facebook.com/ChristmasinCarlinville, carlinvillechristmas.com, mchssociety.org or christmasincarlinville.com.

Friday, Dec. 7

Shopping will be available on Friday from noon to 9 p.m. in vendor tents on the square; from 1-9 p.m. at the historical society’s Ruyle Building on the Anderson Mansion grounds (920 Breckenridge Street), from 3-9 p.m. at the Christmas Market at Cross Church (1030 West Main Street, with $1 admission), and from 3-7 p.m. at the Carlinville Moose Lodge (800 Pine Street).

Free shuttle service will be offered beginning on the square in front of the Chamber of Commerce office at 112 North Side Square, with stops at Cross Church, Carlinville Plaza, and Anderson Mansion. In addition, there will be free horse and sleigh rides from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., beginning in front of the former Refuge Coffee House at 242 East Side Square. Free fire truck rides will be offered from 5-8 p.m.

Entertainment options include a children’s activity tent, live music and more on the square from noon to 8 p.m.; the “Opposites Attract” Christmas show at MCHS (mansion tours are $3/adult or $1/child ages 6-12) from 1-9 p.m.; Eagle Creek wood carvings each hour starting at 3 p.m. at Cross Church (weather permitting); Professor Longhair magic shows from 4-9 p.m. at Cross Church; Santa and elves at Santa’s house on the square from 5-7 p.m.; a light show on the square every hour on the hour from 5-8 p.m.; a live nativity outside Cross Church from 5-9 p.m.; and a bell choir performance at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church.

Food will be available in the Red Barn at MCHS, including homemade pies and other baked goods, beef stew, cranberry salad and hot wassail. United Methodist Men will host their annual soup kitchen from 4:30-8 p.m. at Carlinville United Methodist Church, featuring chili, vegetable beef soup, bean soup, salad and beverages; carry-outs will be available, and tickets at the door cost $7/adult and $4/child under 12, with children under age 3 eating free.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Saturday will be the busiest day, with shopping available on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in vendor tents on the square; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the historical society’s Ruyle Building, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Christmas Market at Cross Church ($1 admission), and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carlinville Moose Lodge.

Free shuttle service will be offered starting at 9 a.m., beginning on the square in front of the Chamber of Commerce office, with stops at Cross Church, the plaza, and Anderson Mansion. In addition, there will be free horse and sleigh rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., beginning in front of the former Refuge Coffee House. Firetruck rides will be offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Louise Jett will narrate free shuttle bus tours of Carlinville (each lasting 30-40 minutes) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., with stops at the plaza, Anderson Mansion, Cross Church and the square.

Entertainment options include a children’s tent with magician Chef Bananas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the square; Christmas characters and carolers strolling around Cross Church and the square from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Eagle Creek wood carving demonstrations each hour beginning at 9 a.m. (weather permitting); the “Opposites Attract” Christmas show at MCHS (mansion tours are $3/adult or $1/child) from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; painting with the mayor from 10 a.m. to noon at Deb’s Ceramics; a free showing of Home Alone at 11 a.m. at the Marvel Theatre; Santa and live reindeer at Santa’s house on the square from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (bring a camera for pictures); Professor Longhair magic shows from 12:30-8 p.m.; free face painting at Cross Church from 2-4 p.m.; a live nativity outside Cross Church from 4-8 p.m.; a light show on the square every hour on the hour from 5-8 p.m.; a performance by members of Just to Dance at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Activity Center (free admission); free photos with the “Ice Sisters” from 4-6:30 p.m. at Cross Church; and a free showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 9 p.m. at the Marvel Theatre.

Readings of Clement C.  Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Cross Church.

Sears Home tours will be offered from 1-4 p.m. and Macoupin County Courthouse tours will be offered every 30 minutes from 1-3 p.m. Tours cost $5 each or $8 for both (free for children under 12). In addition, events at the courthouse include the presentation of an Abraham Lincoln portrait (in honor of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration) from 4:30-5 p.m.; musical performances by Carlinville Men’s Choir at 5:30 p.m., Carlinville Area Mass Choir at 6 p.m., Blackburn Instrumental Quintet at 6:30 p.m., Chance Reiniesch at 7 p.m. and Dane Rosentreter at 7:30 p.m.; and an open house at the courthouse from 5:30-8 p.m., with admission by donation to the Courthouse Renovation Fund. In addition, the courthouse will be open from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 13, to allow members of the public to view the Christmas decorations, again with admission by donation to the renovation fund.

Food will be available in the Red Barn at MCHS from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including homemade pies and other baked goods, beef stew, cranberry salad and hot wassail. United Methodist Men will host their annual soup kitchen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carlinville  United Methodist Church, featuring chili, vegetable beef soup, bean soup, salad and beverages; carry-outs will be available, and tickets at the door cost $7/adult and $4/child under 12, with children under age 3 eating free.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Shopping on Sunday will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in vendor tents on the square and at MCHS.

Entertainment options available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include the “Opposites Attract” Christmas show at MCHS (mansion tours are $3/adult or $1/child); Santa and elves at Santa’s house on the square; and fire truck rides on the square. In addition, there will be a pet parade at 1 p.m.; live music and other entertainment; and light shows on the square every hour on the hour from 5-8 p.m.

The Federated Church and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ choirs will perform a cantata at 9 a.m. at the Federated Church, located at 122 East Second South Street. Blackburn College Choir and Blackburn Voices will perform “Christmas at Blackburn” at 7 p.m. in Clegg Chapel on the Blackburn campus.

Food will be available in the Red Barn at MCHS from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including homemade pies and other baked goods, beef stew, cranberry salad and hot wassail.

Later in the week, Blackburn College Band will perform a concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, in Bothwell Auditorium on the Blackburn campus, and the Federated Church will host a cookie concert featuring Blackburn Voices at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the church.

Students from the Cross Church preschool and Children’s Garden Learning Center sing Christmas carols at the Carlinville square lighting ceremony, held Tuesday, Nov. 20.