Worth the Drive? Christmas in Paris

2019 Christmas in Paris

Is it worth the drive to make it to Christmas in Paris? Our friends in Paris (Illinois) certainly want you there on November 30th! The coordinators have helped me to put together a brand new post with highlights for this annual event. Terre Haute friends, keep in mind that listed times are CST! Paris and Terre Haute are not in the same time zone! 

Confirm details and find links via the Christmas in Paris facebook page.

Make the drive to Christmas in Paris

2019 Christmas in Paris 

Paris, Illinois is always full of the holiday spirit on the weekend after Thanksgiving when the whole community celebrates Christmas in Paris.

The day will start off with a yummy breakfast while visiting with jolly ol’ St. Nick and his lovely bride at Main Street Café.

If you have a little one, PERK will be hosting Princess Makeovers at Joe’s Pizza from 8:00 am –noon. This event will be $20 and you must register.

Once you have filled up on good food, head to the Mistletoe Market at Eveland Gym (old high school gym), where you will find local vendors offering many products and handmade goods for sale. Admission is free, but please bring your money to make purchases for all those on your shopping list. The Market will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

You also don’t want to miss the free showing of “The Grinch” on both screens at the Paris Theatre at 10am.

If you have an artist in the family, be sure to sign them up for Cookies n’ Canvas. Classes will take place at 10am, 12pm or 2pm at En Pointe Studio. You must be pre-registered to attend. There will be an online registration on November 16th.

Having a tough time getting out of your warm bed in the morning? No problem! Start your day at Savoia’s Pizza and enjoy lunch with Santa from 11 am to 1 pm.

The afternoon will bring about a lot of hustle and bustle in the courthouse square! Music will fill the air and from 11:00am to 5:00pm you can hop from storefront to storefront. Inside each of these cozy locations you will find shopping opportunities, free refreshments and free children’s activities. There will be activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, activity tent, photo ops, live reindeer and free carriage rides. If you missed the free movie, be sure to stop by the Grinch cave where the Grinch movie will be on all day with free popcorn. Maps will be posted on the courthouse lawn and in each will be available at each location so you won’t miss any of our activities.

Food vendors will be set up on the square where you can grab a hot dog, burger, and other yummy treats.

The Grinch will be in the Prospect Bank lobby from 2-4pm so stop by and take a picture.

Christmas in Paris

Our annual photo scavenger hunt is full of fun and friendly competition! Organize your team and head to Lot 50 between 3 pm and 3:30 pm to register to participate in this free event. The hunt will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. This is a digital scavenger hunt so be sure to have a fully charged phone with you. The winning team will be awarded a $250 prize.

Beginning at 4:00 we will have local groups and school children singing Christmas songs on the lawn. Following the entertainment will be the big moment when we light the community tree at 6:00pm. At 4:30 pm you can join our international visitors in the basement of Prospect Bank for the Paris International Thanksgiving Fellowship’s candle lighting service.

Our Annual Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 pm featuring more than 40 entries of lighted floats and marching bands. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be waving to all the boys and girls from their lighted sleigh to end the parade.

Christmas in Paris

As the night winds down, you have one more opportunity to dine with our favorite man in red at Joe’s Pizza. Santa will be dropped off at Joe’s at the conclusion of the parade until he departs for the North Pole at 9 pm. 

Thanks to sponsors and generous community, most of our Christmas in Paris events are free!

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