DANVILLE — The Festival of Trees, which opens Saturday, offers a variety of events for all ages at the David S. Palmer Arena.


Saturday is Children’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• The festival officially opens at 9 a.m. with the Children’s Holiday Breakfast (tickets are available). Special guests will include Santa and Mrs. Claus and there may be a Grinch sighting. Children will enjoy a story, games, photo booth and get to make a craft. Advance ticket is required.

• Story hour with the Danville Public Library, noon to 4 p.m.

• Face painting, noon to 6 p.m.

• Comedy and magic show featuring magician Daniel Lusk, at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

• Princess Tea Party, noon to 2 p.m. — “A Royal Party” will feature Samantha Hasselbring, 2018 Miss Illinois County Fair queen, and other special “royal guests.” A light luncheon, hair and makeup, story time and a special dance lesson will be part of this magical afternoon.

• Light the Night Family Pajama Party (tickets available), 8 p.m. — Come dressed in your most festive PJ’s, and party with mean ol’ Mr. Grinch. The Danville Noon Kiwanis Club will provide pancakes while kids enjoy classic Christmas movies on the big screen. Other activities include a glow-in-the-dark dance party, crafts, popcorn, photos and more. There will also be appearances from Santa Claus and Thing 1 & Thing 2.


Pickle and Family Day (kids and veterans, free), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Families can search to find the six hidden pickle ornaments for a chance to win one of six prizes.

• Story Hour around the Book Tree from the Danville Library, noon to 4 p.m.

• Rock and Roll Lunch (tickets available), 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — McDonald’s will provide a tasty meal plus a sweet treat. Guests will make their own instruments and an ornament fit for a rock star, plus try their hand at real musical instruments and sing their favorite Christmas tunes. Advance ticket required.

• Wine and Painting Party, 4-7 p.m. — Guests create their own special holiday keepsake with step-by-step instructions from Emily Chappel of Top Notchery. Ticket also includes appetizers, drinks and festival admission. Advance ticket required.

• The Crystal Ball (tickets available), 5:30–7:30 p.m. — Bring the whole family for dinner and dancing with the Brat Pack. Formal attire is recommended. Advance ticket is required.


(9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

• The Ladies Holiday Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Participants will be served a meal catered by Applewood Foods as they sip on wines handpicked to accompany the menu. Advance ticket required.

• Free admission with non-perishable food donation for the Kid’s Backpack program, 5-8 p.m.; a list of requested items is online.

• Family Night Bingo, 6–7:30 p.m. — Includes spaghetti, salad and breadsticks from Jocko’s, five games of bingo and admission to the festival. Each family receives a goodie bag. Advance ticket required.


(9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

• Cheers to You — Bingo & Fun, 5:30 p.m. — Bingo for ages 21 and up. Included with a ticket are appetizers, adult refreshments and 10 games of bingo for prizes. Advance ticket required.


(9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

• Thousands of school-age children will take a field trip to the Festival of Trees and get a guided tour, complete with a visit from Santa and the other festival mascots. Again this year, the tours will include a focus on literacy. Students will be treated to a special presentation story and each teacher will receive instructional materials and treats for their class.