Enjoy a holiday evening event in Bishop Hill by attending Lucia Nights this Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Attractions include free musical performances in various locations in town. Businesses and museums will have a Lucia girl serving cookies. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and sidewalks will be illuminated. Special Christmas gifts will also be on sale.
The schedule of events is listed below:
- On Friday, December 13, the Lucia Nights begin at 6 p.m. with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree. Then, the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will be performing in VagnHall Galleri at 6 p.m., with the Kewanee Community Chorus following at 7 p.m. In the Welcome Center, Vanessa League will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m.
- On Saturday, December 14, the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale will again be performing in VagnHall Galleri at 6 p.m., followed by the Mountain Men at 7 p.m. Barry Cloyd will be performing at the Welcome Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Also, there will be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School beginning at 7 p.m. The Rusty Pickup Band will be performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary.
- Both Friday and Saturday night, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host the annual Soup and Chili Supper beginning at 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal. On both nights, Hammer and Pick will be playing at the Steeple Building from 6 to 9 p.m.
This festival is sponsored, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency.