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November 2018

Fall Color Tree Hike

November 1 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park’s McDonald Family Trails (Lost Garden). Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. This hike will cover approximately 2 miles. Meet at the McDonald Family Trails Parking Lot. Preregistration required, all sales are final.

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Volunteer Orientation

November 17 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. Get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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December 2018

Holiday Showcase Opening Night

December 7 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$8 – $10

Kick off the holiday season with a magical evening at Allerton! Take an enchanting stroll through illuminating lights and festive music on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk and enjoy snacks and beverages from the Greenhouse Café located in the Visitor Center. Then, head to the Mansion to enjoy live entertainment and do some holiday shopping from local vendors at the Holiday Showcase. As you shop, drop your kids (ages 4 and younger must be supervised by an adult) at the…

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Kirby Winter Wellness Walk

December 7, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 PM


Experience Allerton after dark! We are illuminating a Winter Wellness Walk, with the generous support of Kirby Medical Center. See Allerton in a new light as you enjoy an enchanting stroll of lights from the Mansion parking lot through the Gardens to the Visitor Center. Join us for Opening Night of the Holiday Showcase and the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk on December 7 ($8-10/person) The Kirby Winter Wellness Walk will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5-8pm through Saturday, January 5. The Walk is FREE December 8 - January…

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Holiday Showcase

December 8 @ 10:00 AM - December 9 @ 4:00 PM

$8 – $28

Celebrate the season at Allerton! Come out to shop for gifts and relax with friends over drinks or lunch. The Showcase features specially-selected artisans and businesses selling their unique products, handcrafted wares, and baked goods. Friday evening (5-9pm) will kick things off with our Holiday Showcase Opening Night. Take a stroll on the Kirby Winter Wellness Walk, and warm-up in the Mansion with a cash bar and live entertainment as you browse the vendors and have a bite to eat. Saturday and Sunday…

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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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A Holiday Affair

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


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, and 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 a…

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Sweets with Santa

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


Experience the magic of the Allerton Mansion – and Santa! 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 October 1st. Please note that space is limited and this…

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