The holiday calendar traditionally becomes crowded, but this weekend’s offering of events give area residents plenty from which to choose and enjoy.
The festivities begin today with A Winter’s Gathering sponsored by Downtown Danville Inc. The Danville Dashers hockey game tonight at the David S. Palmer Arena will feature special activities.
Saturday’s agenda includes tours of the Fischer Theatre — with a visit from a jolly old elf — a scavenger hunt and special deals from downtown merchants.
The Red Mask Players will present their holiday fundraiser tonight and Saturday. The three short plays begin at 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kathryn Randolph Theater, 601 N. Vermilion St.
The Masonic Center, 109 W. North St., also will offer a play, Grandpa Hangs the Holly,” at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The pace doesn’t slow much on Sunday.
The Vermilion County Conservation District plans its annual Holiday Open House for 2-6 p.m. Sunday in the Bunker Hill Area of Kennekuk County Park west of Danville. The event is free.
The village of buildings from the county’s past will be decorated and lit 5-8 p.m. and on Friday, Saturday and Sundays as well as Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
The Danville Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage in Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School for its annual holiday concert Sunday.
The Chicago Brass Quintet will be featured as part of A Golden Holiday concert that begins at 3 p.m. Sunday.
No one can say there’s nothing to do this weekend. Get out and enjoy the holiday events and support these local groups.