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Month of December
Christmas in the Park
Sun.-Thu. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Noble Park, 2915 Park Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Thousands of lights and moving displays entertain visitors. Non-perishable food items or cash donations are accepted to fund local charities.
Saturday, Dec. 2
Kiwanis All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. Fifth St., Metropolis
Proceeds to benefit Kiwanis children programs. Prices are $7 for adults, and ages 10 and under eat free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Mary Ann Mittendorf, at 618-645-0191 or Gayla Smith at 618-638-6795. Website
Saturday, Dec. 2
Christmas in the Village
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Santa Claus, strolling carolers, surrey rides, piñatas, Christmas bazaars and lighting of the village tree. 5K run & walk, along with other activities and entertainment. For information, call 618-893-2425. Website
Saturday, Dec. 2
Annual Christmas Parade in Metropolis
Theme is “Miracle on Market Street”. Route is Washington Park, on E. 3rd Street, up Ferry Street, left on E. 5th Street, around Superman Square, up Market Street to 9th Street. The Metropolis Chamber invites any organization or business to participate in the parade. The alternate date in case of rain is Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Please listen to WMOK for rain out information. For information, contact the Chamber at 618-524-2714 or email@example.com.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Metropolis Tour of Homes
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Massac County Historical Society hosts an annual tour of interesting homes and one church with holiday decor from yesteryear, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe and antique tree ornaments. The Curtis House is featured every year and will offer refreshments. Tickets are $7 and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end at any point. Balloons will mark each home on the tour. 618-524-8297.
Sunday, Dec. 3
P.A.S.T. Presents “Carols at Early Candlelight”
Historic St. Anne’s, 507 South Main St., Anna. IL
No charge. Casual dress. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas. Call 618-833-9441 or 618-833-6989. www.pastonline.org
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9
Christmas House Tour
Golconda / Pope County
Tour 4 homes, a historic church, and the Davidson Cabin decorated for the Holiday season – at 6:00 pm, a live Nativity Scene and caroling around a huge bonfire on the Court House lawn in downtown Golconda, Santa arrives on the fire truck at 6:30 p.m. For information call 618-683-9702.
Saturday, Dec. 9
Annual Christmas Musical Festival
Festival Park, 8th and Ohio sts., Cairo IL
Hosted by the Cairo Heritage Foundation. For information, contact Marsha Cook at 618-771-1153.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10
Living History Program
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors present a living history program. Reenactors will be preparing for the Old Tyme Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 10th. For information, call 618-524-9321.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Paducah Holiday Farmers Market
9 a.m. – 4 pm.
Expo Center, 1 Executive Blvd, Paducah
Many of the Farmers Market vendors will be selling local homegrown goods (even some produce, meat and eggs) for the holiday season or that last minute Christmas gift. There will be a great selection of farm, artisan and baked goods. Little ones can get their picture taken on Santa’s lap, Farmers Market style or choose a Christmas tree. Kiwanis Christmas trees are back.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Olde Tyme Christmas
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Reenactors will welcome guests in the Visitor Center which will be festively decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs. There will be music and refreshments. Free. For more information, call 618-524-4712. Facebook
Saturday, Dec. 16
Santa and Movies in the Park: Prep & Landing
Dusk – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
All movies are free to the public. Movie is free and will be held inside the Visitor Center. Concessions will be available for purchase. Santa will be making an appearance and cookies and hot chocolate will be served. For more information, call 618-524-4712.
Sunday, Dec. 18
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
The Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon is looking for volunteers to help in the count with the circle mostly in Pope County from Golconda to a little past the Johnson County line and Temple Hill to Bell Smith Springs. It is an all day count but blocks of three hours minimum or specific sites are acceptable. For information, call 618-634-2231. Inexperienced birders will be paired with more experienced ones. Website
Saturday, Dec. 31
Paducah Wastelanders Annual New Year’s Eve Art Exhibition and Celebration
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Paducah Wastelanders is a group of local and regional artists, including from Kentucky and Illinois, who are long time residents of the region. Wastelander members participating in this exhibit are Juanita Gilliam, Mark Donham, LaNelle Mason, Ben Walker, Jason Hargrove, and new Wastelander member Sandra Pfeifer. Event is free and open to the public. For information, email Mark Donham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website
Affordable Art Show
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah.
The event will feature a variety of artwork that includes jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber art, prints and much more. All the art comes from professional artists who live within 50 miles of Paducah. For information, visit Event Website.
Annual Holiday Market
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.
Vendors will be selling crafts, collectibles, candy, sweets, Christmas Items and other items too numerous to mention. There will also be hot dogs and chili for sale. Admission is free.
Cub Scout Toy Drive
Cub Scout Pack 101 will have a float in the Christmas Parade that will be a large, toy donation box. Please bring an unwrapped, new toy to the parade. As the scouts walk in the parade, they will collect toys that you bring for kids in need in our community. All donations will stay local.
SCC Medieval Dinner: The Legend Lives On
2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin, Il.
The Legend Lives On is the prequel to the kingdom of Chelsea. To purchase tickets, contact Stacy Simpson at 618-634-3266.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, 516 Market St., Metropolis
Come and see Santa at the Chamber office across from the courthouse square, immediately following the Christmas parade. Santa’s Cottage will also be open on Saturday, December 10th and December 17th from 1-3 p.m. There will be free cookies and hot chocolate. A drop box of the Christmas for Kids Toy Drive is located in the Chamber office and we welcome everyone to bring donate a toy that will go to a Massac County child in need. For information, contact Lori Abbott at 618-524-2714 or email@example.com.
Paducah Christmas Parade and Fun Run
4:30 p.m. Fun Run
5 p.m. Parade
Take part or watch the Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run at 4:30 p.m. as runners and walkers go down Broadway wearing their ugliest Christmas sweater and craziest socks. Parade theme is is Pictures of Paducah at Christmastime. The parade starts on Broadway at 14th Street and proceeds to 2nd Street. Santa is expected to make an appearance at this year’s parade. For more information, call 270-444-8508.
Holiday Laser Light Music Show
Golden Pond Planetarium, 238 Visitor Center Dr., Cadiz, Ky.
Land Between the Lakes Nat’l. Recreation Area, Ky.
Watch laser lights dance across the 40 foot dome while listening to awesome music All seats are $7. Seats are limited and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. For more information, call 800-LBL-7077. Website Facebook
Annual Community Advent Walk
All are welcome to come and enjoy four beautiful church sanctuaries decorated for the Christmas season. The prayer and music services start at
6:00 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St.
6:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St.
7:00 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 605 Metropolis St.
7:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran, 520 Ferry St. Refreshments will be served.
All are welcome. Website
Whitehaven Christmas Open House
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Whitehaven, Exit 7 off Interstate 24 on Highway 45, Paducah, Ky.
Tour Whitehaven Welcome Center during the holiday season. Restored 1860s Southern mansion features period furnishings and memorabilia of Paducah native Alben Barkley, who served as Vice President under Harry Truman. Students from Blewett Music Studio will be performing Christmas Music on stringed instruments in the Music Room. Charles Dickens’ Scrooge will be greeting guests. Refreshements provided. For information, call 270-554-2077.
Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
9 a.m. – noon
First Christian Church, 5th and Catherine streets, Metropolis
A large selection of freshly baked cookies will be available for $6 per pound. Proceeds are used to benefit local families in need throughout the year. Come early because they go fast.
Annual Holiday Grocery Grab
Big John Grocery, 1200 East 5th St., Metropolis
Two winners will be given three minutes to grab as many groceries as thjey can stuff into one cart. Tickets, which are $5 each, can be purchased from any local Rotary member, at the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 3rd, or at Big John. Winners will be drawn on Dec. 8th.
Tree Decorating Contest
Residents of Metropolis are invited to participate in an exterior tree decorating contest. The winner will receive $100. Judging takes place on Dec. 19th. To enter, stop by Chiropractic Works, 721 Market St., Metropolis, or call 618-524-8300.
Santa at City National Bank
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Main bank location, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
Santa will visit with children in the bank lobby. Parents are welcome to take pictures at this free event.
Santa Coming to Brookport
Brookport City Council meeting hall, West Third St., Brookport
Santa will arrive by firetruck at 6 p.m. with sirens announcing his visit. He will listen to children’s requests and hand out a bag of treats to each child. Sponsored by the Brookport Fire Department and city officials. For information, contact Andrea Douglas at 618-564-2079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Dec. 18
Annual Live Nativity
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
New Hope Baptist Church, New Columbia Road between Metropolis and Vienna
Nativity will be at the church’s Family Life Center. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations will be accepted for COPE food pantry.