The festive season is set to brighten up Old Town Peoria with the highly anticipated annual Old Town Holiday Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Held at the Johnny E. Osuna Memorial Park, located south of Peoria and Grand Avenues, this year’s event promises to be a delightful gathering for residents and visitors alike. With the inclusion of the popular “Second Saturdays,” the festival offers a perfect opportunity for everyone to experience the magic of the holidays while exploring the charm of Old Town.

Organized by the city of Peoria, attendees can expect a plethora of attractions suitable for all ages. From live musical performances that add to the holiday atmosphere, to magical meet-and-greet sessions with Santa Claus himself, the event promises memorable moments for the young and young-at-heart. Additionally, various interactive activities and entertainment options will be spread throughout the festival grounds, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Foodies will be delighted with the assortment of food trucks, each bringing unique and mouth-watering delicacies to the table. For those looking to shop or appreciate local craftsmanship, a curated selection of local artisan vendors will be on hand with an array of holiday-themed goods and unique gifts.

One of the major highlights of the festival is the tree lighting ceremony. As the sun sets, attendees will gather to witness the iconic moment when the massive tree is illuminated, marking the official beginning of the holiday season in Old Town Peoria.

Convenience is key, and festivalgoers will be pleased to know that both parking and admission for the event are absolutely free.

As December approaches and the festive spirit fills the air, the Old Town Holiday Festival promises to be a cornerstone event that encapsulates the joy, unity, and warmth of the season. Don’t miss out on this wonderful holiday tradition!

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