Metra says kids will be able to ride for free during the last two weeks of December.

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The driest Thanksgiving weekend in five years may have helped holiday shopping, despite an overall decline in foot traffic. Some shoppers just took notes in the hopes of finding an even better deal online. That's a consequence of Amazon continuing to squeeze prices, exacerbating the "showrooming" practice of people getting ideas at brick-and-mortar stores, then buying online.


Arctic Activities Return to Downtown Peoria

Nov 25, 2016
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For the second year in a row, a corner of downtown Peoria has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

It’s part of the second annual PNC Winterfest, which includes a skating rink and a 100 foot long slide -- made of ice.  The rink is located on the corner of Fulton Ave. and Jefferson St., adjacent to City Hall. 

PNC Winterfest officially opens Fri. and continues through mid-January. Prices and skating hours can be found here.

As we enter the holiday season, many workers are thinking about the extra days off.  The State Chamber of Commerce keeps tabs on paid holidays by employers across the state.   

A Look At Peoria's Annual Christmas kick-off events

Nov 27, 2015
Peoria Area Community Events Santa Claus Parade

The 128th Annual Santa Claus Parade kicks off at 10:15 this morning at the Central Fire Station on Monroe Street in downtown Peoria. It’s the longest continuously running holiday parade in the U-S. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis says the annual tradition is a large draw for the city:

Families from around Central Illinois have various options to ring in the holiday season. It begins with the 126th Santa Claus Parade. The longest running holiday parade in the country kicks off at 10:15 this morning at the Central Fire House on Monroe and continues to Main, Jefferson, Liberty and Adams ending at the Courthouse. The theme is “the Sights and Sounds of Christmas” and features more than 85 costumed characters, novelty walking units, horses, and decorated floats. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is also again partnering with the Salvation Army and Midwest Food Bank to run a community food and coat drive at the event. Parade attendees are asked to bring canned goods and gently used coats that will be donated to those in need.