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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.

WINTER NIGHTS AT PRAIRIE FARM | November 25, 2022-December 31, 2022

Enjoy holiday lights every Thursday through Sunday, starting Friday, November 25 – December 31, 2022 at Prairie Farm. This will be an accessible experience featuring festive light displays throughout the farm. Free hot cocoa will be available on Friday and Saturday nights thanks to the Champaign Parks Foundation. Donations encouraged to help support Winter Nights at Prairie Farm!

*CLOSED ON: December 24 & December 25

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

ZOOM WITH SANTA | December 6, 13, & 20, 2022

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.


Time: 6-8p
Deadline: 2 days before session at 5p
Questions: william.schoell@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926

Click here to register for Zoom With Santa >>

PIZZA & PAJAMAS WITH SANTA | Saturday, December 10, 2022

All Ages

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.

Time: 12-1:30p
Fee (R/NR): $11/$16.50 per person
Deadline: December 6
Questions: lynne.franco@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

HOLIDAY IN WHOVILLE | Sunday, December 11, 2022

 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 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

NOON YEAR’S EVE | Saturday, December 31, 2022
All Ages

Come celebrate Noon Year’s Eve Day event on New Year’s Eve! This celebration is a family-friendly event for children to experience the New Year’s Drop with their family at noon rather than having to stay up until midnight. Noon Year’s Eve includes activities, music, crazy hats, noisemakers, a countdown to the big moment, and a drop of thousands of balloons. Pre-register or pay at the door.

Time: 11a-12:30p
Fee (R/NR): $4/$6. Martens Member: $2
Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3843


The Springer Cultural Center hosts eight exhibitions per year. Six are professional shows for adult local and regional artists, which are determined by review of applications. Two are amateur art shows: the Champaign County Town & Country Amateur Art Show and the State Town & Country Amateur Art Show for youth and adults. Participants may enter the Champaign County Town and Country Amateur Art Show by completing an entry form. Those who win at the county show are eligible for entrance in the State Town & Country Show. For information on when the next Town & Country County show is visit champaignparks.org/art-exhibits.

For our professional shows, proposals are accepted for solo or collaborative group exhibitions on an ongoing basis. Artists are responsible for having artwork ready to hang, and for any shipping expenses/insurance while artwork is being transported to or from the Springer Cultural Center and throughout the exhibition. Artists have the opportunity to give a brief talk about their work at a reception provided by the Park District. For more information or to apply, visit champaignparks.org/art-exhibits.

Questions: michelle.olden@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3909

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