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Heartland holiday events 2015

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Check out our unofficial list of holiday events in the Heartland.

You can send us your event to news@kfvs12.com.

Cape Girardeau, MO

Santa at the mall

Santa Claus will be at the West Park Mall every day until Christmas, starting on Thanksgiving Day. Stop by, get your picture taken and tell him your Christmas wish list.

Holiday of Lights

Tour Cape Girardeau County Park North's light display. People from all over the county contribute a display to create a beautiful collection. It's free! Just drive through after dark.

Jackson, MO

Horse and buggy rides

Horse Shoe Pines in Jackson will be open starting on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for horse and buggy rides to pick out your Christmas tree.

Holiday Lights Extravaganza

Families can enjoy holiday lights at the Jackson City Park the entire month of December. The trees from the entrance of the park and all along Hubble Creek will be wrapped in lights. The footbridge in the park is also decorated. On special weekends before Christmas, Santa will be on hand to greet visitors along with carolers singing holiday favorites.

Altenburg, MO

11th Annual Christmas Tree Exhibit

The Lutheran Heritage Center will host its 11th Annual Christmas Tree Exhibit featuring more than 40 themed trees, Christmas collections, and German Christmas artifacts. The center is open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Thursdays in December the center is open until 8 p.m. The center will be open 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. during the Christmas Country Church Tour Dec. 17-18. Admission is always free. Bus tours, large church groups, clubs, and organizations are welcome. For more information call 573-824-6070 or email info@altenburgmuseum.org.

Farmington, MO

Winter Break Camp

The Farmington Civic Center is offering two different 3-day camps for children to enjoy. Camp #1 will be Dec. 21-23 and Camp #2 will be Dec. 28-30. The camp will meet daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A morning snack and lunch will be provided each day. Lunch will be pizza and juice. If your child has a food allergy or would rather have something different, you're welcome to bring them in something else or pack a sack lunch. You can sign up for one or both camps. Register at the Farmington Civic Center or online at farmington-mo.gov. The fee is $60 per child per camp. Registration deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, you can call 573-756-0900. Space is limited, so register early.

New Year's Eve Celebration

The Farmington Civic Center will host a New Year's Eve Celebration on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. Entertainment will be provided by "Downtime Band." Party favors will be provided. For more information, you can contact the civic center at 573-756-0900

Coulterville, IL

Holiday Light Display

The Coulterville Holiday Light Display is open nightly from dusk until 9 p.m. through Dec. 27. There are free refreshments, kid activities, Santa and friends visit the park every Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are more than 1 million lights of the walk-through display in downtown Coulterville. The display features 450 wooden figurines, 15 animated scenes, a 300-piece ceramic village, "Frozen" themed ice palace, Santa's Playland with a 9-foot ferris wheel, Frosty's Theater that plays movies every night, and a walk through version of Candyland.

Murphysboro, IL

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Berean Christian Church in Murphysboro will be holding its annual Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015 at 10 p.m. 

The service will be a time of hearing the biblical Christmas story, prayer and singing Christmas hymns. Each year dozens come to the service to have a time of quiet reflection and worship prior to Christmas day.

“This is not a loud, boisterous celebration that lasts for hours, but a last quiet moment in reverence and peace before the holiday,” minister Troy Humphrey said.

The service is open to the community for anyone who wishes to attend. Berean Christian Church is located at the intersection of 16th Street and Illinois Avenue in Murphysboro.

For more information contact Berean Christian Church at 618-684-6601 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday, visit the website at or email at info@bereanconnect.com.

West Frankfort, IL

Candy Cane Lane

A southern Illinois Christmas display has returned for the 2015 season. Candy Cane Lane in West Frankfort, Ill. is a Christmas display of mostly original artwork and lights spanning five blocks. It's been put on for more than 30 years.

Students from Frankfort Community High School help create the pieces of art that include plywood character figures from Disney, Marvel, DC, popular culture icons like the Beatles and Taylor Swift. The display is organized by retired art teacher of 45 years Tim Murphy.

He said he's put thousands of dollars into the display over the years. Volunteers also collect donations to help pay for costs. Murphy said the electric bill alone costs more than $2,000 for December.

Set up for the display begins mid-October and the lights turned on the last Friday of November.

Visitors can see it for themselves from until 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on the weekends until December 31.

Paducah, KY

Carriage rides at Christmas in the Park light display

Carriage rides through Noble Park's light display will be every Sunday-Thursday in December. They are $25 per couple, $50 per couple for private carriage, $10 for each additional person and children under 10 are $5. A discount is offered for the entire carriage (holds 10) at $85. You can call 270-243-4365 to make reservations.

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