Folepi's Enchanted Forest

Lighted tree and snowman next to a lighted building

ates & Times

  • December 6 through December 31, 2019
  • Open nightly
  • NOTE: The extremely strong winds this week has delayed opening of the Folepi's Enchanted Forest display, so the tree lighting event date has been changed to Friday, Dec. 6.

Location

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

Lighted colorful holiday soldier displayCost

Free admission

Details

Take a stroll through the lights of Folepi's Enchanted Forest! Folepi's Enchanted Forest features the Festival's 35-foot tall Christmas tree, lighted trees and displays, and the Terry the Tractor parade float.

Santa Hours and Free Kona Ice

Santa Claus will visit with kids of all ages at the forest. Visiting hours and days are:

  • After the tree lighting ceremony until 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 6
  • 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 13
  • 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20

Free Kiddie Konas from Kona Ice of Peoria will be available December 6, December 13 and December 20 during the Santa hours.

FOL library crafts event 2018

Kids' Fun: Holiday Buttons and Crafts

  • 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 13
  • Cost: Free

The kids can have creative holiday fun at the Kids' Fun: Holiday Buttons and Crafts event inside the Civic Plaza. The library will also have a story walk outside in the Enchanted Forest.

This event is sponsored by the Fondulac District Library.

People in festive holiday hats singing carolsOfficial Lighting Ceremony

The giant Christmas tree will be lit for the season during a ceremony featuring carols sung by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus at 5:45 pm Friday, December 6.

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 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