Folepi's Enchanted Forest

Trees and a Deer Figure Illuminated by Holiday Lights

Dates & Times

  • November 24 through December 31, 2018
  • Open nightly


The Enchanted Forest is located at the Levee District downtown area outside of the East Peoria Civic Plaza, located at:
401 W Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611


Free admission


Take a stroll through the lights of Folepi's Enchanted Forest! Folepi's Enchanted Forest features the Festival's 35-foot tall Christmas tree, trees with decorations by students from East Peoria's grade schools, lighted displays, and the Terry the Tractor parade float.

Santa Hours

Santa Claus will visit with kids of all ages from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the following nights:

  • Saturday, November 24
  • Friday, November 30
  • Friday, December 7
  • Friday, December 14
  • Friday, December 21

Official Lighting Ceremony

The display will open for the season during an official lighting ceremony from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. The ceremony will feature carols by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus and a countdown to lighting the giant Christmas tree led by Miss Festival of Lights 2018. 

Tall Lighted Christmas Tree

FOL library crafts event 2018

Kids' Fun: Holiday Buttons and Crafts

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Cost: Free

The kids can have creative holiday fun at the Kids' Fun: Holiday Buttons and Crafts event. This will occur inside the Civic Plaza.

This event is sponsored by the Fondulac District Library.

Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus

Caterpillar, Inc. has sponsored the Employees Mixed Chorus since 1941, making it the oldest known corporate-sponsored activity of its kind in the United States. CEMC's first official appearance was at a Christmas program in the Building HH Show Room Theater in East Peoria in December 1941. The chorus was founded as a musical outlet for all employees, retirees and dependents whose talents could then be enjoyed by the community as a whole. The chorus presents the annual fall "Cat Show" which has become an eagerly awaited opportunity for family entertainment. In addition, the chorus has various musical activities throughout the year, including a touring Spring Show performed at local retirement homes, appearances at Dozer Park, and miscellaneous Christmas performances.

Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus Logo