As the weather turns cooler, we turn our attention toward the upcoming winter season, and all the fun things to do around the holidays! Here is a list of fun upcoming activities scheduled in the Quincy area.

We will continue to update this story as the holidays approach, and more details for upcoming activities become available, so make sure to bookmark this page!

  • Avenue of Lights

    Avenue of Lights features more than 350 separate pieces at the Wavering/Moorman Park complex on North 36th Street in Quincy. Avenue of Lights will be open from Thanksgiving to New Year's from 5:30 - 9:30.
  • River Skate

    River Skate, Quincy's synthetic ice skating rink will be open for its second season on the riverfront beginning November 1, 2013. Hours will be Wednesday-Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday-Saturday: 12:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Admission is $4 for children (4 – 8), and $6 for adults.

  • Night at the North Pole

    The first Annual Night at the North Pole will take place on December 13 at the Eagle's Nest Hotel & Conference Center. Guests will check-in at the hotel and enjoy a winter wonderland of fun, including reindeer games, food, fun, a penguin pool party, photos with Santa, and movies in your PJs! After all the fun, guests will get to enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel and a complimentary breakfast the next morning with Mrs. Claus. Call 217-223-9029 for details.

  • JWCC Fine Arts Department Holiday Music Concert

    John Wood Community College's Fine Arts Department Holiday Music Concert - featuring Chamber Choir, Vocal Show Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble - will be held in the Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium on the Quincy Campus at 48th & Harrison. The show will be performed on Saturday, December 7, and on Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 217-641-4211.

  • Christkindl Market

    The Historic Quincy Business District will present the 2013 Christkindl Market December 7 - 8. It has relocated to the Quincy Senior Family and Resource Center, 639 York. There will be entertainment, food, games and plenty of crafts. For more information, call 228-8696.

  • Beaux Arts Ball

    The Quincy Art Center's Beaux Arts Ball will be Sunday, December 22 at the Oakley-Lindsay Center from 7 - 11 p.m. The first Beaux Arts Ball was held in 1930. This Quincy tradition supports the Quincy Art Center. Any sophomore, junior, or senior girl can participate in the Beaux Arts Ball.
  • Ceremony of Carols

    The Quincy Symphony Chorus will hold the Ceremony of Carols on Saturday, December 7 at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, 435 S. 9th Street in Quincy. Dr. Phyllis Robertson conducts a beautiful Christmas celebration with harp accompaniment and a “Messiah” chorus sing-along. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, and the concert is free for youth 18 and under.

  • Quincy Service League Holiday Gift Show

    The Quincy Service League's annual Holiday Gift Show features over 100 vendors. This year will be the 45th year of the event! Just a few of the items for sale include specialty foods, handcrafted clothes and quilts, holiday decorations, jewelry, outdoor garden and patio décor and hand blown glass.

    The show is always at Quincy Senior High School, 3322 Maine Street. 2013 hours are Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets in advance are $2. The price at the door is $3 adults, $2 seniors (60 & older) and $1 children 6-12.

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