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December News 19


Kids Programs

Hello Holidays: Gingerbread House Making-December 7; Design Your Own Ornaments-December 14 1-2:15p

Kiddos can design their own Gingerbread Houses and Ornaments this month at Springer Cultural Center. When it’s over, take the masterpieces home and leave the mess for us!



Get ready to fast break your way to fun! Our Youth Hoops Basketball Leagues are gearing up for a great season. Deadline to register is December 30.  Don’t wait–Register today!

Group of kids starting a game of basketball

Don’t have a child in your life who wants to play basketball but still want to be involved?

We ALWAYS need Youth Sport Coaches!

Future tennis stars have the chance to refine their skills at the 32nd Annual Holiday Juniors Tennis Camp from December 26-30 at Dodds Tennis Center!

32nd Annual Holiday Juniors Tennis Camp: December 26-30

Kids, don’t want to sit around on your days off from school? Parents, the Champaign Park District is your child’s destination for positive, educational, and productive programs when school is out! 

2 group of kids at either end of a basketball court playing game with dodge balls and bowling pins. 



Special Events

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch stands by Virginia Theatre Sign pointing to message: Holiday In Whoville: Sunday 1pm thru 5p

Join us on December 1 at Virginia Theatre for a real holiday treat! Watch Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 TV Short) with screenings at 1p, 2p, 3p, and 4p. During the event, we will have pictures with Santa, caroling, hot chololate, and trolley rides through Downtown Champaign.

Beat the crowds, snag a great deal, and give the gift of summer this holiday season by taking advantage of our hugely popular annual Cyber Monday Sale on December 2. All 2020 Sholem Aquatic Center Pool Passes & Leonhard Recreation Center Memberships will be on sale at the best prices of the season!

Leonhard Recreation & Sholem Aquatic Center Cyber Monday Pass Sale. December 2

Springer Cultural Center is getting ready to fill the halls with the musical styling of Sam Gingher & Pei-I Wang and their classical piano duet on December 6.

Springer Cultural Center Historic Lobby: Decorative dark wood paneling cover walls with marble flooring.

Once again, the world’s greatest entertainers are coming together and will be performing at the Virginia Theatre for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production in A Magical Cirque Christmas on December 11. Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live.

Acrobat doing single arm handstand on hand-sized platforms

Phones are ringing, children singing – all is merry and bright! Hang your stocking and register soon ’cause Santa Claus Calls December 12!

Calls From Santa Image: Santa laughing on the phone.

Celebrate the holiday season at Pizza and Pajamas with Santa on December 14 at Douglass Community Center! Enjoy holiday-themed crafts, music, and a visit from Santa. Guests will have pizza, cookies, and a drink while hanging out with Santa. Don’t forget to dress in your favorite holiday jammies! All participants (children and parents/guardians) must register.

2 smiling children dressed in pajamas sitting on Santa's lap

50 Plus!

Lunch plate with Large burger and fries

Mix it up with delicious burgers and sandwiches all around town at Burger & Frydays on December 6 at Po’ Boys. We’ll try different styles including the original steak burger, gourmet burgers, and complex sandwiches. 
Call 217-398-2572 to sign up

Join the Champaign Park District as we celebrate our Annual Senior Holiday Party at the Hilton Garden Inn. Enjoy a great dinner, wonderful music by a live DJ, and do not forget to get a free picture in the photo booth!

Senior Holiday Party: Dress to Impress! December 12 6pm to 9pm

Tickets are required and can be purchased at the Douglass Annex.

Enjoy a Holiday Brunch at Lunch & Bingo on December 13! A meal followed by everyone’s favorite game of luck – what more could you want?! Please bring a side dish and 2 prizes to keep the game going.

People lined up around table full of food

Sign up in binder at Hays Recreation Center or call 217-239-1152 

The Douglass Annex and Champaign Park District care about your health! Take advantage of free health screenings for seniors that include blood pressure screening and a vision and hearing test. Spots are limited so please RSVP by email.  If you’re interested in becoming a member of our 50 Plus! program, click the button below!



Heals & Heelz Workshop. Saturdays, 4-5pm. November 23, December 7, & December 14

Feeling a little stressed from life and the holidays? Heals & Heelz is a new workshop geared towards all levels of dancers. The purpose is to heal, unify, and liberate not only women but all individuals from self-doubt while empowering and building confidence in all aspects of life. These classes are here to heal and push away any energy that’s holding you back, while learning proper heel technique, becoming one with your body, building self-worth and confidence all through dance and motivational speaking.


Plan ahead this holiday season and know which of our facilities are closed and when!

There are SO MANY WAYS to spread holiday cheer by volunteering with us! Volunteering as a youth sports coach, voice actor for Calls From Santa, or as Santa’s little helper to set up various events for kids are sure to bring the warm and fuzzies this holiday season. Check out our Volunteer page to sign up today!

small child staring up at santa sitting next to a christmas tree

Dodds Tennis Center will have Holiday Discounted Court Rates from December 21-31! Bring your family and guests in for tennis during the holidays!


Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation’s Winter/Spring program registration begins Sunday, December 1. 

one man holding snow cone, one man holding popcorn, and another man bagging popcorn. all smiling

If you would like to be added to CUSR’s mailing list to receive new program guides and monthly newsletters, email Amanda Carrington or call 217-239-1152.

Get a jump start on your fitness goals with our new group fitness classes at Springer Cultural Center and Leonhard Recreation Center! Transform LIVE!, Barre Above, Pound, PiYo Live, and Mat Pilates join our regular favorites just in time for the holiday season.

fitness group of people with weights facing one demonstrating instructor with weights.

Break out your favorite party outfit and your best tennies for a night of fun to benefit the Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program at Ties & Tennies on January 9!

Ties & Tennies: Helping Kids and Celebrating our Founders! January 9. 5-8pm


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