2017 Christmas at the Collins House, Santa Arrives.

Magical Holiday Moments

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas at the DD Collins House & the Light Up Collinsville Parade.

Celebrate the Season in the Great Rivers & Routes Region



Take time away from the hustle and bustle of the season and give yourself the gift of magic! At this time of year you can feel the enchantment and excitement that flows throughout the Great Rivers & Routes region. Enjoy the millions of holiday lights twinkling in the trees. Celebrate the season with annual community tree lighting events. The list of great holiday activities is full of delights.

Check off this list of holiday experiences you can enjoy to rediscover the spirit of the season.

Christmas Wonderland, Alton
: Get lost in millions of twinkling lights and cheerful holiday displays during a drive through Rock Spring Park and experience this lighted holiday display. This year alone more than 80,000 new LED lights were installed in the park. Open daily from Nov. 26 through Dec. 27.


Alton's Christmas Wonderland

A Christmas Story, Edwardsville

Head on over to The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville and enjoy the theater production of A Christmas Story on Dec. 7 and 8. Curtain’s Up Theater Company brings Ralphie and his quest for the coveted BB gun on to the historic theater stage.

Sounds of the Season

Keep it simply and immerse yourself in seasonal tunes with the Alton Symphony Orchestra as it presents “Sounds of the Season” on Dec. 7.

A Soliloquy of Winter

The Great Rivers Choral Society presents “A Soliloquy of Winter” on Dec. 14 & 15. Add your voice to the mix with a Sing Along with Santa Dec. 20 & 21.

A Victorian Christmas

Experience a truly Victorian holiday when the Bethalto Spirit Choir and Orchestra Concert Dec. 8 kicks off the annual Bethalto Victorian Christmas Walk.

Erin Bode Group Holiday Concert

For more musical delights, the Erin Bode Group will present a holiday concert at The Wildey Theatre on Dec. 18. And Opera Edwardsville returns to The Wildey for a second time with Christmas at the Wildey.

Interactive White Christmas

For a nostalgic look at Christmas past, An “Interactive White Christmas” comes to the big screen at the Wildey Theatre Dec. 13, 14, & 15.‘Tis the season to be jolly and bright! Enjoy your holidays in the Great Rivers & Routes region!