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Holiday cheer in cold weather

by: Leah Oathout/Production Manager


Graphic by Leah Oathout

It is time to face the truth; this winter is going to be cold, icy and all around miserable. However, there are still numerous events that will bring cheer into the snowy tundra that Illinois is about to become. Beginning on Tuesday Dec. 3, the Marshall Public Library will be hosting a NASA exhibit called “Here, There, and Everywhere: Science Through Analogy Near and Far.” This exhibit will be filled with family-friendly activities that highlight the strange similarities between the workings of the space and Earth. Some of the topics include wind, electricity, erosion and eruptions. The event will end on Dec. 30. For specific events and times, visit the Marshall Public Library’s website or call 217-826-2535. Christmas is coming early to Tuscola from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8 at Tuscola Christmas Town. Approximately 40 vendors will be present at the vendor fair on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., a perfect opportunity to pick up unique Christmas gifts for everyone on the list. The following day will begin with the Santa Chase 5k Run/Walk leaving he Community Building at 8 a.m.  The vendor fair will in full swing from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., Hometown Band Wind Ensemble will begin their performance at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen. The Vault Arts Collective Christmas Event starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 10. For the full schedule of family-fun events, visit  and print off the PDF. Charleston will be hosting a similar event on Dec. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Charleston Square. The annual parade kicks off at 4:30 sharp followed by live entertainment, carriage rides with Santa, and so much more. Those wishing to participate in the parade, or those seeking more information, should contact Diane at 217-348-0430. The timeless holiday classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” is only one of the Effingham Performance Center’s many holiday performances. Three Chicks and a Stage will recreate the tale of struggle, family and love on Saturday Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. For tickets, please visit or call 217-540-2788. January has far less events than December. However, there are still several large events that are worth braving the weather for. On Jan. 25, the State Farm Center-formerly known as the U of I Assembly Hall-will be packed for the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. The show begins at 6 p.m. and features Tenth Avenue North and Lecrae with the Newsboys headlining the show. Seven other popular Christian bands and acts will be present. Well worth the $10 ticket at the door. Country fans will once again flock to the State Farm Center in Champaign-Urbana for Darius Ruckers’ True Believers Tour on Jan. 29, 2014. Most known for “Wagon Wheel,” Rucker will also be joined by the Eli Young Band and special guest David Nail, with his chart-topper “Whatever She’s Got.” Three country acts this big are sure to put on an incredible show. Tickets went on sale Nov. 15, so hurry to to purchase tickets as soon as possible before they are sold out. Stay safe, enjoy the winter break and visit a few of these area events.

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