Candle-lit luminaries will line the streets of downtown Pekin and will surround the Tazewell County Courthouse. Carriage rides will be available starting at Pekin Community Bank ($1.00 per person) and at the corner of Court & Capitol Streets. Several downtown businesses will be open with refreshments, specials and other fun things. Visitors are invited to participate in the sock monkey scavenger hunt – sock monkeys will be visiting businesses and hanging out in store windows – find the monkeys and enter to win prizes from downtown merchants. Santa Claus will be stationed at Pekin Community Bank to visit with children.
The Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place at 5:30 on the median at Five Points (by Pekin Community Bank, First Pekin Savings Bank and St. Joseph Church). All community members are invited to attend. Our 2013 Spirits of Christmas will light the tree. Each year, Pekin Main Street will nominate a person or persons who have made a positive impact on our downtown community to serve as the Spirit of Christmas.
Children of all ages will be able to meet various Holiday Characters and pick up an autograph book to get signatures from Frosty the Snowman (First Pekin Savings Bank), Mrs. Claus & Elf (Speakeasy Art Center), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Pekin Daily Times) and the Grinch (Arcade Building/Pekin Main Street Office). Pekin Park District Cheer and Dance programs will also be performing that the Tazewell County Courthouse at 6:30 and 7:30. The Unique Twist Balloon Artist will be at Dale Thomas’s office at 337 Court Street.
This event is presented by Pekin Main Street, an organization established to preserve, restore and revitalize Pekin’s historic downtown area. Major event sponsors include Pekin Community Bank, Pekin Tourism and CEFCU. Additional sponsors include: The Pekin Daily Times, First Pekin Savings Bank, Attorney Dale Thomas, Hawaiian Sun, Salon Renaissance, Rhythm & Brews, AJ’s Gift Shop, Jim Maloof Realtors, and the Speakeasy Art Center. For more information, please contact Pekin Main Street at 309-353-3100 or visit www.pekinmainstreet.com