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Folepi's Enchanted Forest

Folepi's Enchanted Forest
  • Lighted trees and lighted deer in the Folepi's Enchanted Forest displayOpen nightly from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 2017
  • Location: The Levee District downtown area outside of the East Peoria Civic Plaza, 401 W. Washington St.
  • Free admission
  • Visit Santa on Friday nights!

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.

The display will open for the season during an official lighting ceremony, featuring carols by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus, from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. Santa will be inside the Civic Plaza building at the display from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with free popcorn and hot chocolate available during this time.

The forest is a popular place for taking selfies, something even more fun this year with the new Festival of Lights Snapchat filter which will be available Nov. 25 through Dec. 22.

Santa at the Forest

  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22

Santa will be inside the Civic Plaza building near the forest entrance. Free popcorn and hot chocolate will also be available during the Santa hours.

Make A Holiday Button

After the kids visit Santa on Dec. 15, they can have even more holiday fun at the Make A Holiday Button and Other Easy Crafts event. This will occur inside the Civic Plaza, and is free of charge.

Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus logo

 

Giant Christmas tree surrounded by lighted presents in the Folepi's Enchanted Forest displayCaterpillar 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.



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16

SAT

Festival of Lights

Folepi's Winter Wonderland

5:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Festival of Lights

Folepi's Enchanted Forest

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


DEC

17

SUN

Festival of Lights

Folepi's Winter Wonderland

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Festival of Lights

Folepi's Enchanted Forest

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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MON

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Fire & Police Commission Meeting

10:00 AM


Festival of Lights

Folepi's Winter Wonderland

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Festival of Lights

Folepi's Enchanted Forest

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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