The city of Peoria is reimagining
holiday celebrations this year

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Peoria has reimagined holiday celebrations this year to include the Old Town Holiday Lights and Peoria Jolly Holly Days. Beginning Friday, December 4, Peoria residents will have the opportunity to enjoy holiday decorations, a scavenger hunt, a Christmas tree decoration contest for local businesses, and more in a safe and physically distanced way.

“This year, we created an environment for residents to experience the magical spirit of the season in an up close and personal way,” says Mayor Cathy Carlat. “With music playing outdoors, small theater performances, and plenty of opportunities to capture memorable moments among holiday lights, we hope families wander around, enjoying the warmth of the season, while making new and everlasting memories.”

Kicking off the festivities is the Old Town Holiday Lights. Starting December 4, Osuna Park will be adorned in lights, oversized decorations, and a large Christmas tree with lights synced to a music show. Throughout the month, there will be small music concerts on the plaza outside of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA), and “A Curiouser Nutcracker” performances occurring in the PCPA, presented by the resident company, TheaterWorks. Residents are encouraged to stroll through the park, to take holiday pictures or selfies, listen to music and stay physically distanced. The decorations and lights will be up until January 1, 2021.

“We are happy to be able to offer residents a safe way to experience holiday festivities throughout Peoria all month long,” says Marylou Stephens, arts and events manager.

In addition, the city of Peoria is hosting a holiday scavenger hunt and partnering with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce for a tree-decorating contest involving local businesses for the Peoria Jolly Holly Days. For the scavenger hunt, residents must locate a minimum of five wreaths with blue ribbons hanging in local businesses throughout Peoria. Then, they can download the scavenger hunt form at, fill it out and turn it in at either the Peoria Main Library or Sunrise Mountain Library. Participants will get a free holiday book while supplies last and be entered to win one of several prizes, including two free nights at Cibola Resort and Spa and a gift card to Cantina Gueros. Each library will also have six trees on display that will be decorated by Peoria businesses, for a total of 12, in which residents can vote on the ones they like the best. The business with the tree that is voted as the best will receive a $500 prize.

To get a full list of holiday activities in Peoria and to download the Peoria Jolly Holly Days scavenger hunt form, visit Residents are encouraged to share their holiday fun on the city of Peoria’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, using #peoriaaz as your hashtag.