Wei­h­nachts­fest brings St. Ni­cholas, Ger­man her­itage to the area

Belleville News-Democrat - - Front Page - BY JEN­NIFER GREEN [email protected]

Noon Thurs­day, Nov. 29, is the dead­line to ap­pear in next week’s What’s Hap­pen­ing. We must re­ceive your event in writ­ing with a con­tact phone num­ber for ques­tions. Due to the large num­ber of sub­mis­sions, non-profit events may run only one time in print, will be edited and ap­pear in the week be­fore the event date.

Email: life­[email protected] Mail to: Life­style, Belleville News-Demo­crat, 120 S. Illi­nois St., P.O. Box 427, Belleville, IL 62222-0427. Ques­tions, call Jen­nifer Green at 618-239-2643.

EVENTS

4th An­nual Win­ter Won­der­land Ven­dor and Craft Fair — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Scot­tish Rite, 1549 Frank Scott Park­way West, Belleville. Do your hol­i­day shop­ping among more than 50 ven­dors and crafters. Ben­e­fits the Chil­dren’s Dys­lexia Cen­ter of South­ern Illi­nois.

Cel­e­brate the Tra­di­tion of St. Ni­cholas — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Jar­rot Man­sion State His­toric Site, 124 East First St., Ca­hokia. St. Nick will be there 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. shar­ing hol­i­day treats and sweets with vis­it­ing chil­dren. The man­sion will be dec­o­rated for the hol­i­day sea­son. Fam­i­lies en­cour­aged to visit. Free ad­mis­sion. 618-332-1782.

Visit with Santa — 2 to 5 p.m. Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, 6 to 8 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, through Dec. 23. Melvin Price Me­mo­rial Park, 1500 Caseyville Ave., Swansea. Each child will re­ceive a gift from Santa and will be able to choose an or­na­ment to take home. Pic­tures with Santa avail­able for $5 do­na­tion.

Belleville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety 1950s Hol­i­day Party — 7 to 9 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Blazier House, 8501 West Main St., Belleville. Mu­sic, food, drinks. Pe­riod dress en­cour­aged. Tick­ets are $20 in ad­vance, $25 at the door and are avail­able at Artiste du Fleurs, Fletcher’s Kitchen & Tap, Eck­ert’s Coun­try Store, Lo­cal Lucy’s, Peace by Piece and Dill’s Flo­ral Haven.

35th An­nual Coun­try Christ­mas Stroll & House Tour — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat­ur­day and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day. Okawville. Four res­i­dent homes and a church fea­tured as part of the Her­itage House Mu­seum hosted house tours along with the Christ­mas Stroll. Tours start at noon. In­cludes other ac­tiv­i­ties and events. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 618-243-5694.

Break­fast with Santa — 9 to 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day. Zion Church, 117 W. White St., Mill­stadt. Hot break­fast, crafts, fun and games, visit with Santa. Cost: $10 for chil­dren, $5 for adults. Chil­dren un­der two are free. For ad­vance tick­ets, call 618-795-1518. Tick­ets avail­able at the door.

Mill­stadt Sis­ter Cities 25th An­nual Wei­h­nachts­fest — 10 a.m. Sun­day. St. James Parish Cen­ter, 423 W. Madi­son St., Mill­stadt. Hol­i­day gifts, hand crafted jew­elry, wax art, dec­o­ra­tive items. Strudel and home­made baked goods avail­able for pur­chase. Ger­man food served start­ing 11:30 a.m. St. Niko­laus will ar­rive in a pa­rade at noon. En­ter­tain­ment by the Mill­stadt Com­mu­nity Choir, Wa­ter­loo Ger­man Band and St. Louis Ger­man Cul­tural So­ci­ety Ju­gend­gruppe dancers. Free and open to the pub­lic.

Christ­mas on the Farm — 1 to 4 p.m. Sun­day. Wil­loughby Her­itage Farm, 631 Wil­loughby Lane, Collinsville. See Wil­loughby Farm dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days. En­joy hot cider or hot choco­late, nib­ble on hol­i­day sweets, sing along to hol­i­day mu­sic and visit Santa in the barn. willough­by­farm.org

25th An­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees — 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5. Gate­way Cen­ter, One Gate­way Cen­ter Drive, Collinsville. Fundraiser and Christ­mas gala, semi-for­mal, adults only event. An evening filled with mu­sic, cock­tails, hors d’oeu­vres and desserts. Valet park­ing avail­able. Tick­ets re­quired. gate­way-cen­ter.tick­etleap.com

Gate­way Artists’ Guild An­nual Hol­i­day Party — 6 to 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5. Pro­grams and Ser­vices for Older Per­sons, 201 N. Church St., Belleville. Be­yond a full cel­e­bra­tory meal, mem­bers and guests will show­case their art from the past year in hopes of win­ning prizes. Hol­i­day card con­test. Artist of the year awarded. RSVP by Nov. 30 at geag.net/event/party-2

An­nual Christ­mas Model Rail­road Show — 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fri­days Dec. 7 through Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­days af­ter Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­days in De­cem­ber. McGin­ley Chrysler Deal­er­ship, 7 Sham­rock Blvd., High­land. Free and open to the pub­lic. Dona­tions wel­come.

Ki­wa­nis Club of Belleville Christ­mas Tree Lot — 4 to 7 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat­ur­day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day, un­til all trees are sold. Skyview Drive-In, 5700 North Belt West, Belleville. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit chil­dren of the Belleville area.

SWIC Pottery & Art Sale — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 29. Sch­midt Art Cen­ter, 2500 Car­lyle Ave., Belleville. An­nual sale fea­tures works cre­ated by SWIC art stu­dents and a few fac­ulty mem­bers. Mostly pottery, in­cludes en­caus­tic paint­ings, jew­elry and land­scape and ab­stract paint­ings. 618-2225278.

Dandy Dancers Square Dance — 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fri­day. Caseyville Town­ship Build­ing, 10001 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Kate Gar­ri­son call­ing Squares. Theme: New Dancer Class. No Rounds this evening.

Craft and Ven­dor Show — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Maryville YMCA, 1 Town Cen­ter Drive, Maryville. Free ad­mis­sion. Give­aways. Wide va­ri­ety of crafters and ven­dors of­fer­ing unique items not found in stores.

Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge Dance — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge, 2425 N. Illi­nois St., Swansea. Mu­sic by the Al­ley Kats.

Learn about Medi­care — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri­day. Caseyville Pub­lic Li­brary, 419 S. Sec­ond St., Caseyville. Learn about Medi­care, make changes, en­roll for Medi­care Part D. Free as­sis­tance pro­vided by Collinsville’s Faith in Ac­tion An­swers on Ag­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive Laura Goss. To make an ap­point­ment, call Laura at 618-344-7788.

St. Luke Per­pet­ual Help So­dal­ity Lun­cheon and Card Party — 12 p.m. Tues­day. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville. Cards, bingo, other games, prizes. Roast turkey, stuff­ing, gravy, ap­ple salad, bread, cake, cof­fee, hot tea, iced tea and wa­ter. Cost: $8. Please bring canned items for Com­mu­nity In­ter­faith Food Pantry. In event of in­clement weather, Chan­nel 2 will an­nounce can­cel­la­tion as St. Luke’s Catholic Church on day of event.

Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal East Blood Drive — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues­day. Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, East Com­mu­nity Room, 2nd Floor, 1404 Cross St., Shiloh. Must be 16 year of age or older to do­nate and feel­ing healthy and well the day of the blood drive. Photo ID re­quired. Lunch pro­vided to all donors. Ap­point­ments rec­om­mended but not re­quired. For ap­point­ments, call 800733-2767 or visit red­cross­blood.org and en­ter spon­sor code Me­mo­rial-Belleville.

17th An­nual An­gel of Hope Can­dle­light Me­mo­rial Ser­vice — 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 6. Belle­vue Park, 401 Belle­vue Park Drive, Belleville. The event is for par­ents who have lost a child and peo­ple who sup­port them. A brief pro­gram will be con­ducted at the Stone Lodge in the park and will be fol­lowed by a can­dle­light pro­ces­sion to the An­gel of Hope statue.

An­gel of Hope Cer­e­mony — 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 6. Lake View Me­mo­rial Gar­dens, 5000 N. Illi­nois St., Fairview Heights. The event is for par­ents who have lost a child and peo­ple who sup­port them.

FOOD

Evening in Athens — 4 to 8 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Con­stan­tine and He­len Greek Or­tho­dox Church, 405 Hunt­wood Road, Swansea. Authen­tic Greek lamb shanks, chicken, gyro, sal­ads and many Greek sweets. Car­ry­out avail­able. 618-277-0330.

Avis­ton Le­gion Fish and Chicken Fry — 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fri­day. Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 1239, 601 S. Clin­ton, Avis­ton. Cod, cat­fish, shrimp, chicken strips, fried chicken, sides. Eat in or car­ry­out. 618-228-7311 or avis­ton­le­gion.com

Caseyville Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Fri­day, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fish plates, desserts, sand­wiches, burg­ers and more. Bingo at 7 p.m.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 to 8 p.m. Fri­day, Collinsville Amer­i­can Le­gion, 1022 Van­dalia St., Collinsville. North At­lantic cod, whole cat­fish, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.

Collinsville Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fri­day. Knights of Colum­bus Hall, 1 Colum­bus Plaza, Collinsville. Eat in or car­ry­out. Fried/baked cod, cat­fish, sides. 618-345-1492.

High­land Fish Fry — 4 to 7:30 p.m. Fri­day. VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, High­land. Eat in or car­ry­out. 618-654-6367.

Mas­coutah Fish Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Fri­day, Mas­coutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Don­aphan St., Mas­coutah. Dine in or car­ry­out. 618-566-2288.

Mill­stadt Fish Fry and Jam Ses­sion — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. Fri­day, Mill­stadt VFW Post, 200 Vet­er­ans Drive, Mill­stadt. 618-476-1180.

All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken – 4 to 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Mill­stadt VFW Post, 200 Vet­er­ans Drive, Mill­stadt. 618-476-1180.

O’Fal­lon Fish Fry — 4 to 8 p.m. Fri­day. Knights of Colum­bus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fal­lon. Cod and tilapia, burg­ers, hot dogs, pork steaks, pizza, sides. Eat in or car­ry­out. Now ac­cept­ing credit cards. 618-632-6229.

O’Fal­lon Fish and Chicken Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Fri­day. O’Fal­lon Amer­i­can Le­gion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fal­lon. Car­ry­out avail­able. 618-632-8879.

Okawville Fish and Chicken Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Fri­day. 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Amer­i­can Le­gion Post No.

233. Eat in or car­ry­out. 618-2436545.

Shiloh Fish Fry — 5 to 8 p.m. Fri­day. 100 Ea­gle Drive, Shiloh. Cod, wall­eye, cat­fish, shrimp, chicken wings. Eat in or car­ry­out. Aux­il­iary bake sale for char­ity. 618-624-5412.

Swansea Fish Stand – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. 216 Ser­vice St., Swansea. Cod, wall­eye, cat­fish, shrimp and more. Sat­ur­day: fried chicken. 618-222-7171.

Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4 to 7 p.m. Fri­day. Troy VFW Post 976 and Aux­il­iary, 123-A W. Mar­ket St., Troy. Cod, cat­fish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp. Dine in or carry out. 618-667-8387.

Wa­ter­loo VFW Fish Fry — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri­day. Met­zger Crook Post 6504, 406 Vet­er­ans Drive, Wa­ter­loo. Sold by the pound, sand­wich or plate. Cod, cat­fish, wall­eye, salmon and shrimp. Car­ry­outs. 618-939-7999. GAMES

Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Thurs­day. Collinsville Se­nior Cen­ter, 420 E. Main St., Collinsville. To par­tic­i­pate, must have played bridge be­fore. 618-310-1289.

Bridge — 11:45 a.m. Tues­day. Se­nior Cen­ter, 10025 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Spon­sored by Caseyville Town­ship. 618-310-1289.

Crib­bage Club — 6:30 p.m. Thurs­day. 1 Colum­bus Plaza, KC Club, Collinsville. Nine games played against nine dif­fer­ent op­po­nents. Yvonne Bright 618-344-1521 or John Bil­ski 618-398-1029.

CLUB NEWS

Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion ‘In the Mo­ment’ Sup­port Group — 7 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 29. Oak Hill, 623 Ha­macher, Wa­ter­loo. First half will be an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram, the sec­ond half for shar­ing. Any­one who cares for or has a loved one with de­men­tia or Alzheimer’s is wel­come to at­tend. Re­fresh­ments will be served. 618-939-3488, ext. 1248.

St. Clair County Gar­den Club Christ­mas Party — 11:30 a.m. Tues­day. Cre­han’s Ir­ish Pub, 5500 North Belt West, Belleville. Mas­ter Gar­dener Lisa Dean will speak about Christ­mas flow­ers. Cookie ex­change by mem­bers. Re­turn dis­trib­uted mini Christ­mas trees to be dis­trib­uted to lo­cal nurs­ing homes. Dianna McCoy will speak about De­cem­ber’s birth flow­ers, holly and nar­cis­sus. To change lunch reser­va­tions, call Dianna at 618-791-2246.

Gran­ite City Se­nior So­cial Club Christ­mas Party — 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun­day. Gran­ite City Town­ship Hall, 2060 Del­mar Ave., Gran­ite City. Doors open 12:30 p.m. Catered din­ner 1 p.m. En­ter­tain­ment and danc­ing. Tick­ets: mem­bers $12 and non­mem­bers $15. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets, call Marti at 618-910-8198 or Diana at 618444-6771.

Pol­ish Amer­i­can Ladies So­ci­ety Christ­mas Party and Meet­ing — 11 a.m. Mon­day. Bella Mi­lano, 455 Re­gency Park, O’Fal­lon. Theme: Join in Rein­deer Games. Christ­mas party lun­cheon. Bring toys for chil­dren’s Christ­mas party. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Con­tact Rose Pro­haska, 618-588-9028.

Madi­son County Re­tired Teach­ers Unit 2 Meet­ing — 11 a.m. Tues­day. The LeClaire Room, N.O. Nel­son Cam­pus, 600 Troy Road, Ed­wardsville. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins 10:30 a.m. Those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion are en­cour­aged to at­tend. Pro­gram: Mu­si­cal per­for­mance by the 60’s Chicks. 618-656-8655.

Metro East Pachy­derm Club Christ­mas Ban­quet — 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 6. Re­gency Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, 400 Re­gency Park, O’Fal­lon. Fea­tured speaker: Jim Holt, edi­tor in chief of the Gate­way Pun­dit, will speak about In­ter­net cen­sor­ship. Ban­quet tick­ets: $40 each or $75 for two. Gun raf­fle, silent auc­tion, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and more. metroeast­pachy.com

Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Univer­sity Women — 11:30 a.m. Sat­ur­day, Dec. 8. 4204 Main Street Brew­ing Com­pany, 4204 W. Main St., Belleville. Books for CASA Kids and lunch from menu. RSVP to MaryLu by Dec. 6.

Grief Sup­port Group — 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day. Ster­ling Bap­tist Church, 9204 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights. Help and en­cour­age­ment af­ter death of loved ones. 618-530-0338.

TOPS IL592 Weight Loss Group — 7 p.m. Ev­ery Thurs­day. St. John UCC, Faith Hall En­trance, 307 West Clay, Collinsville. Weigh-in 6:30 p.m. 618345-6218.

RESER­VA­TIONS RE­QUIRED

25th An­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees — 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5. Gate­way Cen­ter, One Gate­way Cen­ter Drive, Collinsville. Fundraiser and Christ­mas gala, semi­for­mal, adults only event. An evening filled with mu­sic, cock­tails, hors d’oeu­vres and desserts. Valet park­ing avail­able. Tick­ets re­quired. gate­way­cen­ter.tick­etleap.com

THEATER/CON­CERTS

Hol­i­day Choir Con­cert — 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 29. Kaskaskia Col­lege Jane Knight Au­di­to­rium, 27210 Col­lege Road, Cen­tralia. The third an­nual event will in­clude the KC Con­cert Choir, KC Blues, KC Com­mu­nity Cho­rale and the 2018 High School Honor Choir. Fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary hol­i­day car­ols and mu­sic rep­re­sen­ta­tive from all over the world. Free and open to the pub­lic.

‘A Christ­mas Story’ — 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 29 through Sat­ur­day and 2 p.m. Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. Wildey The­atre, 252 North Main St., Ed­wardsville. Live per­for­mances of the fam­i­lyfriendly clas­sic. Tick­ets avail­able on­line at wildeythe­atre.com

‘It’s a Won­der­ful Life: A Live Ra­dio Play’ — 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Ja­coby Arts Cen­ter, 627 E. Broad­way, Al­ton. Doors open 7 p.m. Per­for­mance by Bank­side Reper­tory The­atre Com­pany. Stu­dents $10, gen­eral ad­mis­sion Thurs­day $15, gen­eral ad­mis­sion Fri­day and Sat­ur­day $20. ja­cob­yarts­cen­ter.org/tick­ets

Con­cert: ‘A Fam­ily Christ­mas’ fea­tur­ing Sandi Patty — 7 p.m. Fri­day. St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville. Doors open 6 p.m. Tick­ets range from $20-$30 with VIP for $75. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 618-3975994. Tick­ets avail­able on­line at itick­ets.com/events/406605 or by phone at 800-965-9324.

Valmeyer Com­mu­nity Cho­rus — 1:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Mon­roe County His­tory Mu­seum Allscheid-Met­zger Gallery, 724 Elaine Drive, Wa­ter­loo. A va­ri­ety of hol­i­day selections, di­rected by Mar­cia Braswell. 618-9395008 or mon­roe­coun­ty­his­to­ry­mu­seum.org

13th An­nual Win­ter Blue­grass Fan Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Show — 7 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Mas­coutah Amer­i­can Le­gion, 1414 West Main St., Mas­coutah. Fea­tur­ing Ge­orge Portz and Friends of Blue­grass, Lit’l Miss Coun­try Ruby Pear­son, Thun­der and Light­ning Clog­gers, Ju­nior Fid­dle Jam. Cost: $7 adults, $3.50 chil­dren. 618-632-1384.

The Sounds of Har­mony Bar­ber­shop Cho­rus Hol­i­day Con­cert — 7:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Freewill of­fer­ing and re­cep­tion to fol­low con­cert.

Christ­mas at the Cathe­dral — 8 p.m. Sat­ur­day. Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Louis, 4431 Lin­dell Blvd., St. Louis. Cel­e­brate the joy of the mu­sic of Ad­vent and Christ­mas as the St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs and Or­ches­tra fill the Cathe­dral with the sounds of the sea­son. Fea­tur­ing Vi­valdi’s “Glo­ria.” cathe­dral­con­certs.org

Sec­ond Church Cho­rale and Or­ches­tra present An­to­nio Vi­valdi’s ‘Mag­ni­fi­cat’ — 4 p.m. Sun­day. Sec­ond Pres­by­te­rian Church, 4501 West­min­ster Place, St. Louis. Con­ducted by An­drew Peters. Free to the com­mu­nity. 314-3670367 or sec­ond­church.net

Metro Theater Com­pany presents ‘Won­der­land: Al­ice’s Rock & Roll Ad­ven­ture’ — Dec. 2-30. 7 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days, 2 p.m. Sun­days. Gran­del The­atre, 3610 Gran­del Square, St. Louis. Tick­ets start at $14 and are avail­able on­line at metrotix.com/events/de­tail/metrothe­ater-won­der­land The Nutcracker Bal­let – Arnold Food Pantry Ben­e­fit — 2 p.m. Sun­day. Rick­man Au­di­to­rium, 747 Jef­fco Blvd. Arnold, Mo. Fully staged pro­duc­tion with Amer­i­can Bal­let Theater (NYC) soloists. Con­ducted by Robert Hart Baker. face­book.com/ events/341178059977598

Hett Cen­ter Film Se­ries: ‘Throne of Blood’ — 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5. Rus­sel E. and Fern M. Het­ten­hausen Cen­ter for the Arts, 400 North Al­ton St., Le­banon. Free ad­mis­sion. the­hett.com

Free Con­cert: Star­lifter Jazz Combo of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-Amer­ica — 12 to 1 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5. Old Court­house, 11 N. 4th St., St. Louis.

SWIC Hol­i­day Con­cert — 7 p.m. Tues­day. South­west­ern Illi­nois Col­lege Var­sity Gym, 2500 Car­lyle Ave., Belleville. swic.edu/ mu­sic

SWIC Stu­dent Hon­ors Recital — 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5. Sch­midt Art Cen­ter, 2500 Car­lyle Ave., Belleville. swic.edu/mu­sic

Belleville Phil­har­monic: ‘Christ­mas Won­ders’ — 3 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 9. St. Luke Catholic Church, 301 North C St., Belleville. Ring in the sea­son with this an­nual hol­i­day Cho­rale con­cert with cham­ber or­ches­tra. Visit belleville­phil­har­monic.org for tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion. WORTH THE DRIVE

An­nual Old Fash­ioned Christ­mas — 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun­day. Maeystown. Day to fea­ture a va­ri­ety of mu­sic and ac­tiv­i­ties. 618-580-5875 or maeystown.com/events

St. John UCC Christkindl­markt — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day. St. John Evan­gel­i­cal UCC, 1301 Franklin St., Maeystown. Quilt show 12 to 4 p.m. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit church mis­sion projects.

Elash’s An­nual Home for the Hol­i­days — 12 to 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day. El­sah, Ill. Eigh­teen his­toric build­ings will be open for the event, in­clud­ing 11 homes, El­sah’s two-room school­house, Far­ley’s Mu­sic Hall, the El­sah Mu­seum, churches and vil­lage busi­nesses. Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance and $18 the day of the tour. In­cludes a map and tour book­let. Rides on horse-drawn car­riages avail­able at no ex­tra charge. Visit his­toricel­sah.org to pur­chase tick­ets or for more in­for­ma­tion.

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Chil­dren in the metro-east will have plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet Santa/St. Ni­cholas this hol­i­day sea­son. Kids can visit with St. Niko­laus at the 25th an­nual Wei­h­nachts­fest Sun­day at the St. James Parish Cen­ter in Mill­stadt.

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The an­nual An­gel of Hope cer­e­mony will take place Thurs­day, Dec. 6, at both Lake View Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Fairview Heights and Belle­vue Park in Belleville. Cer­e­monies will start at 7 p.m.

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