2023 Holiday Guide to Pekin

2023 Holiday Guide to Pekin
November 30, 2023 Discover Pekin
Santa celebrating Christmas in Pekin on Court Street

Discover Pekin this holiday season! Get out on the town to participate in the many festive activities taking place this winter. Create new traditions, celebrate old ones, and make some holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Get Started on Your Holiday Shopping

Of course, the holidays always call for a bit of shopping. If you’re looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones this year, use our Pekin Shopping Guide to find all the treasures waiting for you. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Attend Pekin Winter Wonderland

Pekin Winter Wonderland is a can’t miss, fun-filled celebration taking place on November 26th, 2023 in Mineral Springs Park. Take the kids to participate in a candy cane hunt, watch the parade, and visit Santa himself! And don’t miss the festive fireworks! Learn more here.

Take in the Christmas Lights at Mineral Springs Park

Take a winter stroll through Mineral Springs Park to admire the lanes of trees decorated by community members. Take in the beautiful lights and reflect on what the holidays mean to you! This is a great way to get the kids outside this winter. Click to learn more, or to sponsor a tree yourself!

Meet Santa at Christmas on Court

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 1st, and bring the whole family for an evening of holiday shopping, and of course, an appearance from Santa Claus. Learn more about Christmas on Court here.

Start a New Tradition: Ice Skating!

Lace up your skates and visit Veterans Memorial Arena. Don’t have ice skates? Don’t worry! Skates are available for rent. Bring the whole family to make new memories as you hit the ice. For the Public Skate schedule, click here.

Join a Holiday Art Class

Round up your friends for a night of crafting at one of many art studios in Pekin, including Leo’s Art Studio, Peek In Pottery, and Touch of Glass, each offering unique art classes everyone will enjoy. Take home your own handmade souvenir or add a bow to create a special gift for someone on your list.

Spending the holidays in Pekin just got easier. With endless fun to be had, you’re sure to make your special holiday wishes come true. Whether you’re planning on the fly, or have your traditions all mapped out, don’t forget to document your holiday experiences using the hashtag #discoverpekin! Happy holidays!