Seeing the Holiday Spirit All Around Us in Marshall, Illinois

It’s that time of the year when all things turn to our holiday spirit. Christmas is so close we can almost taste the gingerbread. As always, Marshall is up for the challenge, and there are events to attend, great stores to shop at, and decorations to enjoy.


Let’s explore some things to do downtown:


Holly Days at Harlan Hall

Saturday, Dec 4 – 10 am to 4 pm


Come over to our own Harlan Hall for the annual Holly Days event. You can choose from unique hand-crafted gifts presented by the many vendors and crafters displaying their wares. Santa will be there for picture taking at the kids’ corner (pictures taken by Studio E photography).


Grab a bite to eat downtown after shopping, then head to Archer Avenue for…


The Christmas Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 4 from 6 to 7 pm

Drive through our reverse parade, where the floats are stationary, and you pass by in your warm car to witness the splendor of lights and decorations on these individual floats.


Sip and Shop

at Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery, Inc

Saturday, December 11

1 pm to 7 pm

Presented by the State Line Wine Trail

Enjoy the wines of five wineries in one location at Castle Finn Winery in Marshall, IL. You will be able to sample wines and shop for wine and wine-related gifts from the vendors present. Sit back and sip a glass or buy a bottle and listen to some great live music.


Tickets will be 10.00 per person for those 21 and over. Guests under 21 years old get in Free.

Buy tickets in advance online $11.00 per person.


Drive-Thru Festival of Lights

Christmas lights drive-thru at fairgrounds has begun. Go enjoy the beautiful display every evening at the Clark County Fairgrounds.


The 2nd Annual Caregiver Christmas

December 7. 11 am to 7 pm doors are open

at the Clark County Fairgrounds

A drive-thru event

Presented by Elfin Services and Mikey’s House Team-Keller Williams

All private or family caregivers are invited!

This is the one event, and spirit that honors our community caregivers each year during this holiday season. Last year’s attending caregivers have said that this was the first time they’d had been acknowledged, seen, heard, and valued during the holiday season.

Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors and individuals, about 1,500 caregivers will be invited to enjoy this fantastic Christmas event, outperforming the 400 gift bags given to caregivers in Clark County last year. This year 1,500 of our often overlooked and invisible heroes who care for the seniors and loved ones in our community will get a gift bag and be honored for their service.

Local businesses, Santa and his Elves will be in attendance to meet and greet the caretakers.

Sign-up to attend on Eventbrite at

(Event tickets must be shown for admission – Please be sure to print ahead of time. Each attendee MUST register individually. Please do not register groups. Each attendee in your vehicle must be registered and present a ticket at the time of the event)


1st ever Office Decorating Contest at the Chamber of Commerce


Visit the Chamber and get to know the people who help make our community thrive.

Our chamber member businesses have entered a holiday decorating contest with spirit. They have gone all out to decorate their office spaces with holiday spirit in hopes of taking the win! A prize for the most “likes” is the goal.

The contest is on until December 15, and a winner will be announced December 17, so while in town, drop by the Chamber office and weigh on the most spirited office display.


Christmas at the Library

Each day from December 6 to 10 join the staff at the library at 4:30 pm to hear a Christmas story read, drink some of the delicious free hot cocoa, or stand in front of the Christmas photo backdrop for family pictures. There are also craft projects for the kids ages 12 and under to participate in.


2nd Annual Chamber the Elf Scavenger Hunt


Chamber the Elf is busy again dropping into the stores of Marshall, Illinois. While you are out shopping at our local businesses, Chamber has had his picture taken hiding among the merchandise. Go find him and be part of the challenge.

The Chamber of Commerce Facebook page is posting clues to help you find Chamber.

Figure out the clue, head to the correct business, and take a picture of yourself in front. Post the image on the Chamber Facebook page to be entered into a drawing for a prize of a $100 gift certificate to the Chamber member business of your choice,

You will get one entry for each of the following completed tasks:


  1. take a selfie at the business and post
  2. take a picture of yourself in the location that Chamber was photographed and post on the Chamber of commerce Facebook page
  3. check in to the business on Facebook while taking a picture
  4. tag the business while posting on Facebook.


Four potential entries for each clue are possible. Submit all entries by noon on December 24. The drawing will be held on the first business day of 2022, and the winner will be announced on Facebook.


Don’t forget to stop by any participating local Marshall businesses and get your 2021 Shop Small/Shop Local coloring book. The book includes deals and specials from local merchants.


Get out there and visit, shop, and eat locally!