Winter Solstice Bonfire

Join us to celebrate the shortest day of the year with a bonfire in the Allerton Meadow! The winter solstice marks the official end of fall and the beginning of winter and has been celebrated in a variety of ways for thousands of years, traditionally honoring the imminent return of the sun and symbolizing new beginnings. Take a stroll through Holiday GLOW, gather around the bonfire (lit around 7 p.m.), and warm up with a meal from a food truck and beverage from the bar (5 to 9 p.m.). Then, head to the Mansion for a special Colt Ball & Friends concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.!

$20/car suggested donation can be made upon entering the Park, or donate online. (Includes GLOW, bonfire and the concert).
Note: Exact change is appreciated.

Complete your visit with an overnight stay in the Mansion or one of our guesthouses. View rooms here and make a reservation online or by calling 217-333-3287.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email Jordan Zech at



Dec 21 2023


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 21 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Meadow