December is often a hectic time with holiday shopping to do, travel plans to make, and finals to study for. Fortunately, there’s plenty to do around campus and Champaign-Urbana to help take your mind off things. From the performing arts to adorable therapy dogs, there’s hopefully something here that will keep you sane until that sweet and much deserved winter break.
Darrell Hoemann/Champaign-Urbana Ballet
during a rehearsal of CU Balllet’s production of the Nutcracker at Krannert Center on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Friday, December 8th – Sunday, 10th (Times Vary) at the Tryon Festival Theater in the Krannert Center. $20-45.
The Nutcracker returns to Krannert this winter, performed by the Champaign Urbana Ballet and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Performances started on December 1st, but run until Sunday, December 10th. Don’t miss your chance to see dazzling choreography and the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky this holiday season. Showtimes and tickets can be found by clicking the hyperlink above.
Thursday, December 14th, 12:00-11:00 pm
Do finals have you pulling your hair out? Have you resorted to doing mundane tasks such as folding your laundry as a form of procrastination? Do you like dogs, making paper hats, button making, or RPGs? Then Destress Fest is the perfect opportunity to be creative and let off some steam as we approach the end of the semester! Come to the Undergraduate Library on December 14th and take advantage of an entire day’s worth of fun, self-care, and maybe even some (tasty) surprises. Tune back in for another blog post with a detailed schedule next week!
Mottainai: Annual Japan House Bazaar
Saturday, December 16th 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, December 17th at the Japan House
“Mottainai” is Japanese for “what a waste” and is the title of Japan House’s annual bazaar featuring various Japanese and Asian goods from kimonos to tea equipment. The Japan House is also asking for donations of any Asian-related objects to help support the Japan House Internship Program. Come enjoy the crisp Winter weather and see the gorgeous Japan House and its gardens all while doing some last-minute holiday shopping and supporting an amazing cause.
University of Illinois Jeopardy!
Thursday, December 21st, 4:00-5:00 pm at the Spurlock Museum
How well do you know your school? To cap off its “Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150” exhibit, the Spurlock Museum is hosting a University of Illinois-themed round of Jeopardy! If you’re not confident in your U of I trivia, fret not because the Spurlock Museum started posting some facts on their Facebook page this month that just might help you claim victory. Admission is free and be sure to check out the “Knowledge at Work” exhibit before the game starts!
Hopefully we’ve covered most of the major events happening around Champaign-Urbana for the month of December, but if we missed anything, reach out to us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, and stay tuned for an events post every month!