December 2018

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Month of December
Christmas in the Park
Sun.-Thu. 6-9 p.m.
Fri-Sat.  6-10 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.


First Saturday in December
Kiwanis Pancake Day Breakfast
6:30-11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 5th & Ferry sts., Metropolis
This is the annual Metropolis Kiwanis Pancake Day breakfast which includes “all you can eat” pancakes, bacon and sausage. Adults are $8 and children eight and under eat for free when accompanied by an adult. For information, contact Bob Wessel at  270-217-2925 or bobwesselmail@gmail.comWebsite.

Saturday, Dec. 1
Cobden Christmas in the Village
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cobden, Illinois
Open Houses at the Village Shops and Union County Museum
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.  Facebook.

First Saturday in December
Annual Christmas Parade in Metropolis
1:30 p.m.
Theme is “Christmas Now and Then”. 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


First Sunday in December
Metropolis Tour of Homes
1-4 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.  Other homes are Rhonda Hausman, Quante Home/Fisher Hospital/Riverview Mansion, Misty Meadows, and First Baptist Church. Tickets are $7 and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end at any point. For details, click here. 618-524-8297.

Sunday, Dec. 2
P.A.S.T. Presents “Carols at Early Candlelight”
4 p.m.
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.


Thursday, Dec. 6receipt drop
Receipts for Charity: United Way
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cordavino’s, 301 Ferry St., Metropolis
Local restaurants join forces with Harrah’s Metropolis to give back to local organizations. 20% of receipts collected will go to the Massac County United Way.


Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 8-9
Holiday Craft & Vendor Bazaar
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St.
Sat. 8-11 a.m.
Sun. 3-4 p.m.
This is a holiday craft show that will highlight local crafters, artists, independent consultants and small business owners. For information, contact Tracy Parmer at 618-309-2163 or Facebook.

Saturday, Dec. 8
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.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Paducah Holiday Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location to be determined…
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.

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Massiac Marines
10 a.m.-4 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 9th. For information, call 618-524-9321.Market style or choose a Christmas tree.  Kiwanis Christmas trees are back.


Sunday, Dec. 9
Olde Tyme Christmas
1-4 p.m.
Fort Massac Park Visitor Center, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
The Massiac Marines will be a part of “The Olde Tyme Christmas” at the Visitors Center. They will show how a traditional Christmas might have been for the French soldier or villager in 1759. There will be music, refreshments and decorations at the visitor’s center. For more information, call 618-524-4712.  Facebook.


Monday, Dec. 17
Audubon Christmas Bird Count

6 a.m.-Sunset
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, 0137 Rustic Campus Dr., Ullin
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. This annual all-day census of early winter bird populations has been conducted throughout the U.S. for more than 100 years. All ages and skill levels welcome. For information, call 618-634-2231. Website.