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January 2018

2018 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 1 - December 31


A Birding Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can tally the most species within a specific geographical area and within a calendar year. Big years are conducted at all levels from global tallies to backyard tallies, and this year the hottest competition will be the first ever Allerton Birding Big Year! Although the real prize is observing the diversity of birds in their natural habitat, we will be offering some material and experiential prizes! Each…

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December 2018

Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - January 5, 2019 @ 8:00 PM


Experience Allerton after dark! We are illuminating a Winter Wellness Walk (just under 1 mile), with the generous support of Kirby Medical Center. We’ve changed up the route a bit this year to include our beloved Fu Dog Garden and a special new Dark Zone (flashlights recommended)! View and download the map here. Get a first look at the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk on December 7th during the Holiday Showcase Opening Night! For $8-10/person, enjoy the Wellness Walk, food trucks, carriage rides, vendors,…

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Community Yoga in the Library

December 12 @ 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Allerton provides the perfect setting to relax and unwind, while strengthening your mind, body, and spirit. All levels are welcome for this donation-based class, focusing on waking up the body. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through strength poses that can be done at their own level, and end with cooling postures for the nervous system. *NOTE: November & December classes will meet in the Mansion Library from 6:30-7:30pm (Suggested arrival time – 6:15pm.) Please…

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Monthly Allerton Blend

December 13 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Enjoy your morning pick-me-up while getting up-to-speed on all things Allerton! Grab a coffee and join Allerton staff in the Greenhouse Café at 9am on the second Thursday of each month to hear about a blend of topics on the past, present, and future of the Park. All sessions will include an opportunity for Q&A; some will end with an optional walk/hike. No pre-registration required. The Greenhouse Café will be open – so you can purchase a snack or take something home…

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Public Mansion Tours

December 15 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and how he created his estate? Here’s your chance! Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. $5/person (Children 2 and under are free). Pre-registration is required – tours typically sell out in advance.

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SOLD OUT – A Holiday Affair

December 15 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$80 – $90

Get in the holiday spirit with an elegant evening at the Allerton Mansion! Enjoy a “welcome” glass of champagne, a cocktail hour with cash bar, followed by dinner with complimentary wine. After dinner, head to the Grand Gallery for dessert, grab a drink, and enjoy the soothing sound of vintage holiday records. (Bring your own favorites for our DJ to spin!) Make a night of it and stay overnight in the Mansion! Rooms in all buildings will be available for…

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Sweets with Santa – Presented by the State Bank of Bement

December 16 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free – $5

Experience the magic of the Allerton Mansion – and Santa! At Sweets with Santa – presented by the State Bank of Bement – children will have the chance to chat and get their picture with Santa, read a story with Mrs. Claus, create their own crafts, and nibble on festive treats. With an “open house” format, come anytime between 2-5pm to enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer! $5/person (Ages 2 & under FREE.) Purchase tickets here on Eventbrite. / Tickets will go on-sale…

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Feast of Juul

December 21 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Join us in the Allerton Meadow for a celebration of the December solstice! Warm up by the fire as we celebrate this Scandinavian tradition of burning the Juul log. Historically, a piece of the Juul log is kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year’s log. Be sure to also check out the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk! Enjoy a cash bar will be available, and Fusilli Tony's Italian Food Truck will be out…

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Stretch & Sip in the Library

December 21 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

$10 – $15

Take one final breather before holiday chaos kicks into high-gear; attend Stretch & Sip in the Library! Relax your body and renew your mind during this rejuvenating 60-minute yoga class suitable for all levels. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through strength poses that can be done at their own level, and end with cooling postures for the nervous system. After class, unwind with a glass of wine and good conversation. Yoga will begin at…

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NYE Celebration

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 AM

$75 – $125

CELEBRATE IN STYLE. Spend a special evening at Allerton filled with costumes, cocktails, music, and dancing! Come in your masquerade mask and cocktail best to enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, an open beer/wine bar (mixed drinks and Signature Silver Sangria available for purchase), and a fun photo booth. Enjoy a late-night nacho bar at 11pm, and ring in the new year with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. GO ALL OUT. Dine in the splendor of the Allerton…

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