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Fall Events (September – December)


The Champaign Park District offers a wide array of special events throughout the year. Events are listed by season under the “Special Events” tab. New events may be added at any time, so be sure you keep an eye on our most recent Program Guide for updates. If you have any questions about our special events, please contact zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3931 unless otherwise noted.

All outdoor events are subject to weather cancellations and other delays.  Get up-to-the-minute information on our Cancellations Page.


WINTER NIGHTS AT PORTER PARK | November 29, 2020-January 3, 2021

We are excited to bring a lighted path to Champaign this holiday season with Winter Night in Porter Park! Starting November 27, we will light up the trail around the pond in Robert C. Porter Family Park for families to enjoy until January 3, 2021! There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the lighted path that leads to a mailbox where kiddos can mail their letters to Santa! We can’t wait for you to see it! 
 
This dose of holiday cheer is sponsored by #Ameren and Interstate All Battery Center!

 


HOLIDAY COOKIE & GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST | December 7-18

All Ages

ENTER COOKIES: December 7-11
ENTER GINGERBREAD HOUSE: December 14-18

Celebrate the holiday season and show off your decorating skills. Don’t worry about the taste because this will be a virtual contest! Decorate a holiday cookie, gingerbread house, or both and submit your picture(s) before the deadlines. A Parent/Guardian will need to submit photos for minors under the age of 16. *Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

RULES AND DETAILS

Cookie Contest

  • All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest.
  • Submit photos December 7-11. Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner announced December 14.
  • Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center onDecember 15.

Gingerbread House Contest

  • All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest.
  • Submit photos December 14-18.
  • Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner announced December 21.
  • Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center on December 22.

TO ENTER
Email your photo, first and last name, and phone number to brittney. washington@champaignparks.org. There will be one winner for each contest. Each winner will be contacted via email or phone.

Questions: brittney.washington@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573
 


HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE AT HOME | Sunday, December 6

All Ages

Concessions Pickup from the Grinch: 11a-2p, The Virginia Theatre

We are so sad that we won’t be able to share this event experience with you, but we don’t want you to miss out on our Whoville tradition. Let’s all sync up on December 6 and watch The Grinch! You can rent the movie from the Virginia Theatre website and watch from the comfort of your own home.

Before you get all snuggled up on the couch, be sure to stop by The Virginia Theatre to grab some concessions for the movie from the Grinch himself! He will also have a Whoville activity bag to take home, so the fun can last even longer! Watch the movie anytime, but concessions can be purchased (while supplies last) from the Grinch at The Virginia Theatre (203 W Park Ave, Champaign, IL 61820) on December 6 from 11a-2p.

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931
 

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