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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.


October Events

TOUCH-A-TRUCK | October 2 | 11a-2p | Centennial Park

Ages 2-5

Tots, put your toy trucks away – it’s time to touch the real thing! Climb in, hop on, and honk the horns of some really big trucks and other vehicles during Touch-A-Truck Day! Tow trucks, fire trucks, police cars, and more will be available for kids to explore. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic too! Please note: in case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

Questions: remington.rock@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926


HALLOWEEN COSTUME DRIVE AND GIVEAWAY | September 20-October 20

DRIVE: September 20 – October 20, any Champaign Park District facility
GIVEAWAY (Registration is required): Sat, October 23, 10a-Noon, Douglass Community Center

Less than bewitched by last year’s Halloween outfits? Creating closet room for a new costume? Donate your old threads and give kids a night of happy haunting!

Donation of items is not required to pick up a new costume. Just call 217-398-2573 to register for a time slot.

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


FLANNEL FEST | October 23 | Hessel Park | 11a-4p

Get your flannel ready and join us for a day of fun fall festivities! Watch the Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show perform demonstrations throughout the event including log rolling, axe throwing, and speed carving. Enjoy music, art, games, crafts, food trucks, Lumberjack Dash, and much more at this fall event!

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

For more information, please visit our Flannel Fest page!
 

 


SPOOKY OUTDOOR DECOR CONTEST | October 15-22

All Ages

ENTER: October 15-22
We want to see you get spectacularly spooky with your outdoor décor this year! Decorate your yard or patio and email a picture for a chance to win our décor contest. The criteria will be based on creative use of lights, yard decoration placement, storyline and/ or theme, and overall presentation. May the spookiest yard win!

*Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

Eligibility & Rules:

  • Champaign County residents are eligible to participate. Submit photos October 15-22.
  • Limit one entry per household.
  • Exterior decorations only.
  • Winner announced on October 25.
  • The prize bucket can be picked up at Douglass Community Center on October 26.

To Enter:
Email your photo, first and last name, address, and phone number to katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org. The winner will be contacted via email or phone.

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST | October 25-31

Show off your awesome costumes – VIRTUALLY! Get creative and submit your best DIY or store bought Halloween costumes.

*Pictures may be featured on the Champaign Park District website or social media platforms.

Eligibility & Rules:

  •  All Champaign County residents are eligible to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted October 25-31.
  • Contestants may submit 1 photo of their completed costume to enter. A parent/guardian will need to submit photos for minors under the age of 16.
  • E-mail costume submission photo to: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org. Please include your first and last name, address, and phone number.
  • Judges will choose winners based on these 4 categories:
    • Funniest Costume
    • Scariest Costume
    • Best DIY Costume
    • Overall Best Costume
  • Winners will be announced on November 1.
  • One winner per category; winners will receive a Halloween Candy Bucket which will can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center on November 2.

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


NIGHTMARE ON GROVE STREET | October 30 | 12p-2p | Douglass Community Center

Join us at Douglass Park for our annual Halloween party! Enjoy activities, free candy giveaway, and more! Pre-registration is required by calling 217-398-2573. Kids must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

 


HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE CAR PARADE & TRUNK OR TREAT | Market Place Mall

Wednesday, October 27
(rain date Thursday, October 28)

Parade Start: 5:30p | Trunk or Treat: 6-8p

A Partnership with Champaign Park District, Urbana Park District and Market Place Mall brings you the Halloween Masquerade Car Parade and Trunk or Treat! Register to costume your car for Halloween and be a part of the event, or just come to enjoy the festivities! Enjoy Halloween in a fun, new way: Participants can register to have a vehicle in the Trunk or Treat. Prizes will be awarded in various categories for participating Trunk or Treat vehicles. Participating vehicles must register in advance.

Trunk or Treat Vehicle Entry Fee*: $5 
*Will provide candy for each vehicle entry

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

 


November Events

CUSR CUPCAKE 5K | November 7 | 9a

All Ages

What’s better than a cupcake with friends? Or a fundraiser that supports kids and adults with disabilities who just want to have fun? Why not have both! The CUSR Cupcake 5K is going to be one sweet time! This is a timed, accessible race ending with a delicious cupcake. Funds raised will go into the Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation’s scholarship fund, which supports individuals who need financial support to access CUSR programs and services. Runners, walkers, and registrants who may use a wheelchair are welcome. All registrants must provide a valid email address in order to receive crucial pre-race information. Updated information will also be posted on CUSR’s Facebook page.

The event will go on rain or shine unless the weather poses unsafe conditions. No refunds will be given in the event of cancellation due to unsafe weather conditions. Remember, all proceeds go directly to CUSR’s scholarship fund.

For more information, please visit the CUSR website!

 


WINTER NIGHTS AT PRAIRIE FARM | November 26, 2021-January 2, 2021 | 5p-9p

Enjoy holiday lights every Thursday through Sunday, starting November 26 – December 30 at Prairie Farm. This will be an accessible experience featuring festive light displays throughout the farm. Bring your cocoa and enjoy a journey through a winter wonderland!
 
Join us for opening night on November 26 to meet Santa, listen to carolers, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate.
 
Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3931

 


December Events

HOLIDAY COOKIE & GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST | December 2-19

All Ages

ENTER COOKIES: December 2-11
ENTER GINGERBREAD HOUSE: December 12-19

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 (entry must be a house or building structure), 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 ages 2-13 are eligible to enter the contest. Submit photos December 4-11. Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner announced December 14.
  • Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center.

Gingerbread House Contest

  •  All Champaign County residents ages 2-13 are eligible to enter the contest. Submit photos December 12-19. Limit one entry per person.
  • Winner announced December 21.
  • Prize basket can be picked up at the Douglass Community Center.

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

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


ZOOM WITH SANTA | December 7, 14, & 21 | 6-8p

Santa wanted to do something extra special this year! So he learned about Zoom and set out to spread some holiday cheer. We scheduled the big guy for not one…not two…but THREE Tuesday evenings this December for Zoom with Santa! He also has his head Sign Language Interpreting elf available for kiddos and adults video chatting with Santa. Registration forms will be available starting Monday, November 15 at any Champaign Park District facility or online at champaignparks.org.

Deadline: December 1, 5p
Questions: remington.rock@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926


PIZZA & PAJAMAS WITH SANTA | December 11 | 12-1:30p | Douglass Community Center

Join us to celebrate the holiday season! Enjoy holiday themed crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Each guest will get to enjoy pizza, cookie, and a drink while hanging out with Santa. Don’t forget to dress in your favorite holiday jammies! Participants must register. To register call 217-398-2573.

Fee (R/NR): $8/$12 per person
Deadline: November 29, 2021
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573


HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE | December 12 | 1p (doors open at 12p) | Virginia Theatre

All Ages

Join us 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, hot chocolate, and trolley rides through Downtown Champaign.

Fee: $4, children under 2 are free. Tickets available at the door or online at thevirginia.org

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


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