Holiday decorations. Through the holiday season, AMBUCS Park, University Avenue in Urbana just east of the intersection of Cunningham and University. A road runs through the park for easy viewing of the decorations. http://www.thegccambucs.org or on Facebook: The Greater Champaign County AMBUCS.
Candlelight tours. "Images of Christmas," 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28, C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum, 219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays. Entertainment during candlelight tours. People in period dress and demonstrations. Admission: $3, adults; $1, ages 12-18. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 935-6066.
Holiday Lights at Bunker Hill. Lights displayed from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 28 to 30, plus Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park, 22296-A Henning Road, Danville. 442-1691.
End of the Year Gala. 6:30 to 11 p.m. Dec. 29, American Legion Hall. Chatsworth. Sit-down baked steak dinner. Music by Art & Gabe & Annette. Sponsored by Chatsworth Township Library. Advance tickets only; available at library. 815-635-3004.
Big Balloon Drop. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31, Orpheum Children's Science Museum, 346 N. Neil St., C. Ring in the new year inside the Orpheum Theatre. Families are invited to join in the annual Noon Day Celebration with the merry tradition of Old Anzine. The event will include music by DJ Diane Ducey, crazy hats and noisemakers, a dance party, a countdown to the big event, and a balloon drop of more than 4,000 balloons at noon. Tickets $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers, family four-pack for $28. orpheumkids.com; 352-5895.
2013 Midwest Winter Nationals Tractor Pull. 6 p.m. Jan. 3, noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 5, Gordyville USA, 2205 County Road 3000 N (1/2 mile west of Gifford on U.S. 136), Gifford. Tickets in advance $17.50, children under 10 years free; at the door, $20. All weekend, all five sessions, $75. http://www.whatssmokin.net.
Harlem Globetrotters 'You Write the Rules' World Tour. 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 10, University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Tickets $15-$80; discounts for groups. 866-455-4641, 333-5000, http://www.uofiassemblyhall.com.
Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, UI Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Shelby Motors presents "Monsters & Magic." Monster trucks include Raminator, Star Marshal, Chalkboard Chuck, Lucas Oil Stabilizer. Pit party and autograph session, 5:30 p.m. Tickets $15-$25. 333-5000.
Community Cinema. "Soul Food Junkies," 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15, Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B, 200 W. Green St. Byron Hurt's documentary traces soul food from its roots in Western Africa, to its incarnation in the American South, to its contribution to modern health crises. Free. 403-2070.
Bement Country Opry Band. New Year's Eve Show with many entertainers, 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 29, Bement Country Opry building, 117 S. Macon St. Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Country and comedy show with house band and guest each week. Tickets $15. 877-6499, http://www.bementcountryopry.com.
Cover 4. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29, Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul. Musical concert hosted by the Rantoul Theatre Group. Admission $5; all proceeds go to Church Women United Clothing Center. Bring a winter hat, scarf or coat and get free admission. Concessions available. Free parking.
The Chorale. "C-U at the Vineyard — A World in Tune — Winter Around the World," 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 30, The Vineyard Church auditorium, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., U. Guest performers, the Urbana Pops Orchestra String Section, and previous Young Artist Scholarship winners Derek Maninfior, piano, and Molly Netter, soprano, plus the singalong. Tickets $20 and $22; available at Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Road, C, 398-2550 or http://www.thevirginia.org.
Bellflower Country Opry. New Year's Eve show, featuring Kathy Brake, keys, and Derrick Roy, drums, 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 31, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St. Potluck, 6 p.m. Show, 7 p.m. Tickets $15. 898-7493, 309-722-3497.
Rachel Schiff, classical guitar. 7 p.m. Jan. 4, Indi-Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. Free. 898-4646.
Prairie Breezes Concert Series Presents Del Sur. 4:15 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11, Lewis Auditorium (ground floor), Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. The band brings many music genres from Latin America, including Huaynos, cumbias, porros and zambas. Free. 367-4057.
Claude Delangle, saxophone. Guest artist recital, 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Music Building Auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., U. With Casey Dierlam, piano; UI Large Saxophone Ensemble. Free.
Bohola. Piper's Hut Concert Series, 8 p.m. Jan. 15, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave., U. Irish music's accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane and bouzar player and vocalist Pat Broaders comprise bohola. Tickets $10 and $20. email@example.com, http://www.pipers-hut.com/concerts.
Krannert Uncorked with Eclectiq Soul (R&B). 5 p.m. Jan. 17, Stage 5, Krannert Center, Urbana. Free.
Country dancing. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Dec. 29, Eagles Lodge, 605 Edgebrook Drive, C. Music by various country bands. Public welcome.
26th annual Chambana Jan Jam. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 4 and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U; and 11 p.m. Jan. 5 at Channing-Murray, 1209 W. Oregon St., U. Callers Kathy Anderson, Anne Huber, Scott Meyer and Jonathan Sivier. Music by Mean Lids, Big Bluestem and Money Creek Boys. New dancer orientation, 7:30 p.m., contra dance to Mean Lids, 8 p.m. Jan. 4. Workshops, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., advanced contra, 2 to 4:30 p.m., contra dance, 7 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 5. More contra dancing, 11 p.m. Jan. 5 at Channing-Murray. Workshops, $5. Full weekend, $40-$45. Fees $15-$30. 359-8225, http://www.urbana-contra.org.
Starlight Ball. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16, CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin St., Danville. Music by Captain's Three. Cost $10. 443-2999.
Swing Society weekly dance. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Thursday, Jan. 17 through May 2, Illini Union, Room 314, 1401 W. Green St., U. Swing-era dances such as East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston. Usually DJ'd by a local dancer. No special shoes or dress required. Free. http://www.cu-swing.org/dances, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mom Prom.6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 19, Hilton Garden Inn, Banquet Hall, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Moms get dressed up and bring their son(s). Music, dancing and a three-course meal (with vegetarian option). Fun activities and a goody bag. Photo packages available (cash required). Tickets $26 per person at the Bresnan Meeting Center or online at http://www.champaignparkdistrict.com. 398-2550.
Last Chance to Laugh in 2012. 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount. A few short films and light appetizers start evening at 8, followed by sketches, stand-up comedy, musical acts and live tunes with the Prairie Dogs at 9:30, all the way up to ringing in the new year. Tickets $25; must be 18 and up. Reservations required. http://lastchancetolaugh2012-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=2#; 733-0330; email@example.com.
Clothespin Puppets. 2 to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 12, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. This one-of-kind puppet performance will feature some of the best children's books: "Rhyming Dust Bunnies," "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog," "Little Pea," "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," "Interrupting Chicken" and "A Light in the Attic." For all ages.
'Home for the Holidays.' Continues Dec. 27 through 31; Conklin's Barn II dinner theater, Goodfield. Performances at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon Sunday. Adult comedy. Tickets $32-$36. 309-965-2545, http://www.barn2.com.
'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.' The Celebration Company, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 to 20, 23 to 27 and Jan. 30 to Feb. 2; Station Theatre, 223 N. Broadway Ave., U. Tickets $10-$15. 384-4000, http://www.stationtheatre.com.
'Love, Loss and What I Wore.' Monticello Theatre Association, Jan. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27; Phoenix Theatre, 1406 N. Market St., Monticello. MTA will contribute $7.50 to support breast cancer research for each Saturday ticket sold. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.monticellotheatre.org.
Outdoors / Nature
Second Wind Running Club Winter Fun Runs. 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Indoor group uses the UI Armory Track. There is a fee to use this facility. The outdoor group runs 1 to 6 miles around campus. Meet at the southwest entrance (corner of Gregory Drive and Fourth Street). All abilities are encouraged to attend and participate at the pace and distance desired. http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org.
Nordic Walking Group. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Race Street parking lot, Meadowbrook Park, Urbana. Weekly group. A 4-mile route around Meadowbrook Park. All Nordic walkers welcome. Walk in all seasons. No charge. email@example.com, 649-6861.
Howl of the Coyote: A Full Moon Hike. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Sangamon River Forest Preserve, 2797 County Road 600 E, Fisher. Discover what emerges when darkness falls. Dress for the weather. $2. Registration required; 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krannert Art Museum. 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. "Encounters: The Arts of Africa," "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," "Fields of Indigo: Installation by Rowland Ricketts with Sound by Norbert Herber," "Fashioning Traditions of Japan," "Expressions in Color: Selections from the Museum's 20th-Century Collection" and "Egungun! Power Concealed." All end Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free, but $3 donation suggested. 333-1860, http://www.kam.illinois.edu.
Spurlock Museum. 600 S. Gregory St., U. "A World of Shoes," through Feb. 10, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's 1912 Victor Recording Sessions," through July 15, 2013. "A Divided Musical Affair: Arthur Endres Kraeckmann's Love Letters to Mabel Roeher," through July 29, 2013. Five permanent galleries, featuring the cultures of the world. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays. Free, suggested donation $3. 333-2360, http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu.
Bicentennial Art Center and Museum. 132 S. Central Ave., Paris, Ill. "Works by the Effingham Art Guild," ends Dec. 28. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. 466-8130, http://www.parisartcenter.com.
Champaign County Historical Museum. In the historic Cattle Bank, 102 E. University Ave., C. Regular exhibits are four exhibit rooms, featuring turn-of-the-century (19th-century) items, plus the Victorian Room. Regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Open for tour groups, by appointment. No admission charge for tours, but donations welcome. 356-1010, http://www.champaignmuseum.org, email@example.com.
Douglas County Museum. 700 S. Main St., Tuscola. "Music! Music! Music!" ends Dec. 31. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; and by appointment. Information: 253-2535, http://www.docomuseum.org.
Museum of the Grand Prairie. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 600 N. Lombard St., Mahomet. "100 Discoveries: The Nature of the Grand Prairie," ends Dec. 31. Permanent exhibits include "Prairie Stories," "Blacksmithing on the Prairie" and "Champaign County's Lincoln." Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free. 586-2612.
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C. "The Forgotten Musicians of the Sousa Band," through June 3, 2013. "A British Tar: John Philip Sousa's Anglo-American Connections," through June 28, 2013. "The Musical Crossroads of John Jacob Mountz," through Sept. 9, 2013. "America and Sousa's Band Through the Photographic Lens of Charles Strothkamp," through Sept. 16, 2013. "John Philip Sousa's Jazz America," through Oct. 14, 2013. Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends and some holidays. Free, but donations accepted. For guided tours: 244-9309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a longer list of museums in East Central Illinois, go to http://www.news-gazette.com/calendar.
Parkland Art Gallery. 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. "Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition" by Bruce Checefsky, Dana Fritz, Richard Gray, Christa Kreeger Bowden, Joyce Lopez, Michael Sherwin, S. Gayle Stevens and Sonja Thomsen, through Feb. 2, 2013. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Dec. 27 to Jan. 6, and Jan. 21. 351-2485, http://artgallery.parkland.edu.
Tarble Arts Center. South Ninth Street at Cleveland Avenue, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston."19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois" exhibition, through Feb. 24, Main Galleries. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays, holidays, Dec. 27 through Jan. 1. 581-2787.
Urbana City Building. Lobby, 400 S. Vine St. Urbana Public Arts Program's November to January "Artist of the Corridor" exhibit, "Recent Work" by William Lawrence Deverell, through Jan. 31. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 384-2311, http://www.urbanaillinois.us/arts.
Alley Gallery. 113 N. Vermilion St., Danville. "Intimate Treasures" by Steve Ingram of St. Joseph. Ongoing. Regular gallery hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. 497-2286.
Amara Yoga & Arts. Suite 156B, Lincoln Square Village, 300 S. Broadway Ave., U. "Canis Familiaris," artwork about animals, especially dogs, by Knut Bauer, Joan Stolz, Maria Lux, Susan Smith, Peggy Shaw, Lyosha Svinarski, Kathyrn Fitzgerald and Miriam Martincic, through Feb. 15. Hours: 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. 328-9642, http://www.amarayoga.com.
Cinema Gallery. 120 W. Main St., U. "Fins, Fur and Feathers II," a show of animal ceramics," through Jan. 19. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 367-3711, http://www.cinemagallery.cc.
Kalarte Gallery. Located inside Heartland Gallery, 112 W. Main St., U. "Holiday Gift Show of Folk Art and Crafts," ends Dec. 29. Includes items from Mexico, Guatemala, South America, Haiti, India, Turkey, Afghanistan, Indonesia, West Africa and elsewhere. Items on display will include folk paintings, votive paintings on tin, retablo boxes, masks, wood and metal sculptures, devotional items, jewelry and cards. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Except 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 27-29. http://kalarte.com, email@example.com.
Red House Gallery. 315 W. Washington St., Monticello. Featuring photographs by Michael Holtz; other artists periodically. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month or by appointment. 762-8248. http://www.redhousegallery.net.