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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


THE GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT |

Are you ready to solve clues to find pumpkins all over Champaign- Urbana? We’ve teamed up with Urbana Park District to hide pumpkins in the parks throughout October. Get your detective gear ready and see how many you can find! Be sure to snap a picture and share your discoveries with us on our Facebook and Instagram accounts by tagging #CUpumpkinhunt.

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


HALLOWEEN COSTUME DRIVE AND GIVEAWAY

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. A limited number of people will be admitted to shop at a time.

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


FLANNEL FEST

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

All Ages

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.
  • Limit one entry per household.
  • Exterior decorations only.
  • The prize bucket can be picked up at Douglass Community Center.

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

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.
  • 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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy holiday lights every 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 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

All Ages

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.
  • 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. Limit one entry per person.
  • 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

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 with the link below.

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

 


PIZZA & PAJAMAS WITH SANTA

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


HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE

 

All Ages

Join us for a real holiday treat! Watch Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 TV short) Concessions will not be available nor can food be brought into the theatre. During the event, we will have pictures with Santa 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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