Pekin Main Street presents Christmas on Court: a Holiday Business Open House and Luminary Walk on Friday, December 4, 2009, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in downtown Pekin. Pekin’s downtown will be transformed into a Victorian Christmas, with over 1000 candlelight luminaries lining the streets and Courthouse Square. Visitors can observe the sparkling holiday decorations while riding in a horse-drawn carriage; carriage rides will start at Pekin Community Bank, 601 Court Street ($1.00 per person) and Advanced Medical Transport (AMT), 418 Elizabeth Street. Children are also invited to visit Santa Claus inside Pekin Community Bank. The sounds of the holidays will be in the air with strolling carolers from the community and area schools, delighting visitors with a variety of festive holiday tunes. Visitors can also view the recently hand painted holiday scenes painted by the PCHS art classes on the storefronts of 13 downtown businesses. Businesses will be open for Christmas shopping, dining, sales, and open houses.

Businesses will offer complimentary treats and refreshments, door prizes, entertainment, discounts, and promotions. A list of participating businesses, with their address and giveaways/offerings, will be provided that evening. Special activities this year include: the Pekin Public Library open with holiday stories (reader in costume), kids craft activity, children’s book sale and the YWCA’s Adult Literacy Tree/Wreath auction along with Edison Junior High Choir performance from 6:30 – 7:30pm; Atty. Dale Thomas’s office at 337 Court St., with The
Unique Twist balloons along with a Holiday craft; Tazewell County Courthouse open with Tazewell County Museum classic holiday kids project and museum display along with the Pekin Park District Cheer class to perform at 6:00pm; Amanda’s Closet Consignment Shop at 517 Court St. will be offering snacks, discounts & prizes; Pekin City Hall will be open for tours, treats and special Armed Forces tree display encouraging families to bring in a picture of their Veteran to hang on the tree through the holiday season; the Kountry Nook located at 212 N. Capitol St. serving refreshments and door prizes; free Snowflake to paint at Peek-In Pottery located at 433 Court St.; Salon Renaissance offering complimentary scalp & hand massages, migun massage bed and consultation on styles & color and much more at other downtown businesses. New this year to the Christmas Walk, the candlelight luminaries can be sponsored to honor or in memory of a loved one or as a special thanks to someone and “Let a Life Shine the Night” for a warm festive glow during the Christmas on Court event. The cost to sponsor a luminary is $5.00 and each sponsored luminary will be labeled with the honoree’s name and sponsored name if desired. Luminary sponsor form can be found at, Pekin Chamber office and other downtown businesses. Also new this year, a Holiday Bazaar as we have invited non-profits, independent retailers (Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, Usborne Books, Scentsy Candles, etc.) and local area businesses selling handmade/crafted items to set up at various business locations throughout downtown to sell their product. A complete list will be posted on the Pekin Main Street website and available to attendees that evening at each participating location.

Another new activity; canned food drive in efforts to stock the food pantries at the Pekin Union Mission and The Pekin Township. Each participating business will have a holiday wrapped donation box to accept nonperishable items. All items will be distributed to the Union Mission & Pekin Township pantries. The Santa House, an age-old tradition to Pekin will be set up on the Courthouse Lawn to accept letters to Santa. The Santa House will be open December 5 – 20, Saturday’s 10:00am – Noon and Friday, Saturday & Sunday’s from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Kids are invited to come down during these open hours to visit with Santa and welcome to drop off a letter to Santa any time. Santa will send a letter back to any letters with an addressed return envelope so it doesn’t get lost in the mail! 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 Manor, Advanced Medical
Transport, CEFCU and Rotary Club of Pekin along with the downtown participating businesses.


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