Festival of Lights Holiday Cruise

Boat on the Water Illuminated at Night


November 24 through December 12

About Our Holiday Cruises

Take a holiday cruise on the Spirit of Peoria!

The Spirit of Peoria paddle-wheeler offers holiday cruises on the scenic Illinois River.

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays on the Illinois River with "A Civil War Christmas" by Barry Cloyd and Brian "Fox" Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre. The dinner or matinee features a hot homemade buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment. Passengers will hear songs and stories from the Civil War era. Advance reservations are required.

Prairie Folklore Theatre with Barry Cloyd and Brian "Fox" Ellis

Make a Reservation

To make a reservation for an individual or group, call 1-800-676-8988. Cruises for bus groups are available at any time.

Individual Tickets

  1. Lunch Cruise
  2. Dinner Cruise

Lunch Cruise

Lunch Cruise Information on Spirit of Peoria Website

2018 Dates

  • November 24
  • November 28
  • November 30
  • December 1
  • December 5
  • December 7
  • December 8
  • December 12

Board at noon; return to dock at 2:30 p.m.


  • Adults - $40 per person
  • Children age 4 to 15 - $20 per person
  • Prices include tax and service charge
  • Children 3 and under eat free