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Christmas in the Village 2023


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Presented by Doug and Diane Oberhelman and Cullinan Properties


Friday, December 1, 2023 and Saturday, December 2, 2023 | Outside on the Sun Plaza

Village open Friday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Village open Saturday from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Members: Family $40 | Individual $15
General public: Family $50 | Individual $20

Family tickets allow two adults and up to two children access

Get tickets at either link below. One ticket covers Village admission both Friday and Saturday!

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One ticket will admit you to both days of Christmas In The Village, Friday and Saturday. 

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Join us for Christmas in the Village at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, in support of the Every Student Initiative !

Alison Unkovich, who worked as an educator in Chicago for a decade, has returned to her hometown of Peoria, IL. Her vision of “Christmas in the Village” is to create a magical Christmas event that will provide an opportunity to bring our community together during the holiday season, as well as raise resources for the Museum’s Every Student Initiative. Alison is grateful for the amazing community and sponsors whose support helps raise up this village and bring this wonderful event to life on the Peoria Riverfront.


Alison and Matt Unkovich, pictured here at Christmas in the Village 2022 with Peoria's LARGEST live tree!

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Prepare to once again be enthralled by the largest live Christmas tree that Peoria has ever seen! Let’s come together as a community to experience all the wonders of the Holiday season with Santa, carriage rides, live animals, carolers, and so many magical vendors to explore. Specialty holiday cocktails, warm hot chocolate, and a variety of food will be in the Village for your whole family to enjoy. This year the Village will be open for two days to ensure there is plenty of time for your family and friends to join in the joy of the Christmas season!

A one stop shop for all your holiday decor and gift giving for the special people in your life! We can’t wait to once again enjoy the magic of the Christmas season with our community! All proceeds from the Village will go towards the Museum's Every Student Initiative.

  • Peoria's largest LIVE Christmas tree!
  • Local vendors
  • Food trucks
  • Santa
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Holiday Cocktails
  • Body Art
  • Carriage rides
  • All Museum exhibitions open
  • Holiday laser light show
  • Carolers
  • Caricatures
  • Live animals
  • Merry Makers Tables
  • Peoria Ballet Nutcracker ballerinas
  • Holiday themed movies in the Giant Screen Theater
  • A picture with Santa
  • Santa's Workshop Area
  • And so much more! 

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Christmas Angel Presenting Sponsor

  • Doug and Diane Oberhelman and Cullinan Properties

Christmas Village Sponsorship Level   

  • Alison and Matthew Unkovich
  • Green View
  • Visionary Society

Snow Globe Sponsorship Level

  • Mike and Margee Cullinan
  • Caterpillar, Inc. 
  • Vonachen Services, Inc. 
  • Muir Omni Graphics

Snowman Sponsorship Level

  • Polly Barton
  • Allen and Laura Cullinan
  • Steve and Maggie Jackson
  • Gretchen Hagen Petrakis
  • Sally Snyder
  • Centre State International Trucks
  • GIVSCO Construction
  • OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois
  • R. Gingerich Crane

Candy Cane Sponsorship Level

  • Matt and Kris Coulter
  • Leali Family
  • Anonymous
  • Philippi-Hagenbuch
  • F&M Bank
  • RLI
  • The Grandview Capital Group at Morgan Stanley
  • Springfield Clinic
  • The Big Picture Social Media

Jingle Bell Sponsorship Level

  • Gregory and Karen Gerontes
  • Sid Ruckriegel and Andrew Rand
  • Ro and Kathleen Temple
  • Ray and Kathy LaHood
  • Farnsworth Group
  • Rammos Plastic Surgery and Medspa/Babis Rammos
  • Simantel
  • Kevin and Jackie Colgan
  • Doug and Vicky Stewart
  • Dr. Tim Cundiff