5:00 PM17:00

City of Centralia Business Appreciation Reception

The Mayor and Council of the City of Centralia and Centralia Industrial Commission cordially invite all businesses in Centralia, Illinois, to a Business Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Jaycee Park / Sprehe Field, 300 Country Club Road.

This event will provide an opportunity for local business leaders to meet with elected officials and commission members as well as network with other businesses.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 15, 2019 to raldag-mcvey@cityofcentralia.org or 618-533-7623.

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6:00 PM18:00

Trick or Treat in Centralia - List of Events

Books for Treats @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Centralia Regional Library - Books will be organized in age groups ranging from birth to 6th grade. Children will not be limited to choosing from their age/grade. Event ends when books are gone.

Downtown Centralia Trick-or-Treat @ 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Citywide Trick-or-Treat @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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10:00 AM10:00

93rd Centralia Halloween Parade and Fall Festival

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93rd Annual Halloween Parade & Fall Festival & Craft Fair Centralia Recreation Complex & Downtown | 115 E. Second | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-533-7623 This is an all-day event packed with special events for the whole family.  The Fall Festival is held during the day with a children's parade, chili cook-off, Miss & Mister Pumpkin Contest, mini train rides, best dressed pet contest, craft fair, games for the kids, and food.  This evening parade is an event in itself.  It is older than the Macy's parade and features floats, marching unites, horses, old fire trucks, costumed characters, school bands and more.  Visit Our Website 

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to Nov 2

"The Addams Family Musical" presented by Centralia High School Showcase on Stage

Centralia High School Showcase on Stage presents The Addams Family Musical

Thursday, October 31 - Special Halloween Performance!

Enjoy a Spooktacular Dessert Party and performance on Halloween! Catered by Covered in Chocolate. Tickets are $15, performance begins at 7 pm

Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2 - Regular Performances, 7 pm, Tickets are $5

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to Dec 31

Fantasy of Lights at Centralia Foundation Park

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Fantasy of Lights Foundation Park | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-3214 From Dusk to 11:00 p.m. drive through the Park to enjoy thousands of light and scenes created with seasonal lights such as twinkling candy canes, golfing Santa, or Rudolph catching sme rays.  Enjoy Santa's House, he is present Friday and Saturday evenings 6-8 pm to visit with children and adults.    Visit Our Website Admission: Free Admission

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3:00 PM15:00

6th Annual Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll

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Downtown Centralia Christmas Stroll Downtown | 100 S. Locust| Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-533-7623 Enjoy a Christmas Shopping Stroll in Downtown Centralia.  Includes a ornament hunt where participating merchants will display an ornament inside their store for shoppers to locate and have their card stamped.  When you find all the ornaments needed your card should be returned to Illinois Theatre for a drawing at 7:15pm. Other activities include horse drawn carriage rides, store specials, an opportunity to meet with Santa, Carolers and other musical performances, Christmas music from the Carillon, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, refreshments and much more to come.
Admission: Free

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to Dec 28

Centralia High School Holiday Basketball Tournament

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Annual Holiday High School Basketball Tournament Centralia High School | 2100 E. Calumet | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-532-7391 High school teams throughout the nation participate in this prestigious event.  This three day tournament features sixteen teams and attracts over 6,000 spectators each year.  Visit Our Website Admission: Admission Charged

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5:00 PM17:00

RAIL Monster Crawl


🚨Let The #ScareShares Begin🙀‼️
It’s BAAACK🧟‍♀️🧛🏻‍♂️ #RAILMonsterCrawl.
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😈As Darkness Falls Upon Historic Downtown Centralia, Monsters Will Swarm The Streets At Our Annual RAIL Monster Crawl (Year 2💀).

🎃This Frightfully Fun Event Begins At RAIL Coffee Room @🚨5pm

👻You & Your Ghoulish Brood Will Lurch From Checkpoint To Checkpoint @🚨6pm With Your SmartPhone & Map In Hand!

🖤 🎶 Our Wicked DJ Will Be Playing Tunes All Night, & RAIL Will Have Their Beer/Wine & Drink Specials!

🏆PRIZES Will Be Awarded Beginning At 🚨7pm For Our Annual📍Costume Contest &📍Ghoul & Gal Checkpoint Participation!
(CASH Prizes/RAIL Gift Cards/SWAG From Our Monster Crawl Sponsors/Plus Much More!).

It's Time To Get CREEPY 💀 People!!!!

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7:00 PM19:00

Fright Seeing Trolley Tour


Join us for our first annual Fright Seeing Trolley Tour. Gather all your ghosts, goblins, and ghouls and climb aboard our trolley for a guided tour to see inside the creative minds of our local community.

Tickets are limited. Don't miss out, get your tickets early. Follow this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fright-seeing-trolley-tour-tickets-74473228431 to get your tickets!

Tour includes viewing of the top 10 Out-BOO your neighbor holiday decorating contest locations, sponsored by City of Centralia Tourism Commission.

Festive costumes are recommended but not required. Please keep your face uncovered, no masks.

All tours are family friendly, make sure you book the kiddies tour before bedtime; don't forget to get a sitter so that the adults can enjoy the spookier evening tours.

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7:00 PM19:00

Kaskaskia College Fall Choir Concert

October 16

Kaskaskia College Fall Choir Concert — 7 p.m. Kaskaskia College Jane Knight Auditorium. Under the direction of Professor Lynda Marshall. The college choirs will perform in collaboration with the Mater Dei High School Choir, under the direction of Blake Korte. Free and open to the public

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10:00 AM10:00

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Castle Ridge (Meadow Woods)


On Wednesday, October 16th at 10:00 am, Castle Ridge, a Lakefront Restaurant, Wedding and Conference Center, will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the location of its new building on the grounds of the old Meadow Woods Country Club at 1750 Tee Lane in Centralia. Castle Ridge is phase two of the multi-phase Meadow Woods Development.


Greg Sutton, director of Meadow Woods Holding, LLC (the developer of the project) states “we are excited to begin this phase. Castle Ridge will be able to seat up to 1,500 people inside and up to 15,000 people outside, it will have two grand ballrooms and nine breakout rooms for meetings and conferences. The site will have a variety of outdoor ceremony areas to choose from, all with different themes. We have seen a lot of excitement about the restaurant as well, which will feature rooftop seating as part of the dining experience.”


The first phase of the development, which is nearing completion, is the Gaetti Sports Academy, an 18,000 square foot premier sports development facility being built with Centralia native and former Major League Baseball Player, Gary Gaetti.  Those interested in more information may visit www.GSAPlayball.com.


Those invited to be in attendance include Centralia Mayor Herb Williams, former Mayor Tom Ashby, City Councilmen, City Staff, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcus Holland, as well as State and County elected officials. All members of the community are invited and welcome to participate in the groundbreaking.  Those interested in more information about Castle Ridge can visit www.castleridge.com.

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8:30 AM08:30

Halloween Home Decorating Challenge (Judging on October 15)


🎃Join us for a fun fall challenge this Halloween season and “Out-BOO Your Neighbor”!
Do YOU live in the greater Centralia area?!
Do YOU like to decorate your house/yard for Halloween?!
🤖Your Centralia Tourism Commission has just the Event for you👻
‼️Break out your best Halloween decor
‼️Decorate your yard/house (Cute, Scary or Fun)
‼️Direct Message your home address to our @SeeCentralia Facebook page if you would like to be considered during our judging process

👉Judging will take place on October 15th, 2019.

🦹‍♀️We will be judging for the following categories:
🏆Best Overall
🏆Best Theme

🤡The top 10 decorated homes will be added to our route for our #FrightSeeingTrolleyTour‼️

👉Let The Decorating Competition Begin!

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4:00 PM16:00

Celebrate Centralia

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Celebrate Centralia Carillon Park Downtown Centralia | 316 E. Broadway | Centralia, IL 62801 | 618-533-7622 A festival of Art, Wine and Music! Local artisans, musicians, crafters, wineries, craft brewers and food vendors . . . for a festival around the Carillon in downtown Centralia. Visit Our Website Admission: Free Admission

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8:00 AM08:00

Yacht Club at Centralia Recreation Complex

The Centralia Recreation Complex indoor pool becomes the winter home for the Mt. Vernon Yacht Club. Yes we said yacht club! We will be having the Grand Launch of the newest fun activity to come to Centralia Recreation Complex indoor pool on Saturday, October 5.

The first month has been underwritten by The Mt. Vernon Yacht club sponsors and The Weekly. This means first come first served boaters pay nothing. Free for every Saturday in October from 8:00am to 10:00am.

“Hopefully we will find more underwriters so we can offer this all winter long”, says Bud Davis the Commodore.

This program will from October 2019 through March 2020. Any business or individual may underwrite one month for $800 or multiple months for $600 per month

Please contact mtvernonyachtclub@yahoo.com or call 618-508-1796 for more information.

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5:30 AM05:30

Walk to End Alzheimer's at Kaskaskia College

Looking for volunteers:


The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Each year we bring Walk to End Alzheimer's to over 600 communities in the U.S., and we could not do it without our dedicated Walk day volunteers.

Volunteers help with event set up, registration and check in, water stations, advocacy efforts, cheerleading and more! Raise awareness and bring your passion for the cause on Walk day.

Date And Time

Sat, September 28, 2019

5:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT

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Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road

Centralia, IL 62801

The South Central Illinois Walk will be held at Kaskaskia College on September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 AM 

They can contact Tina Henson 618-292-9583 or thenson@alz.org for more information. 

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12:00 PM12:00

September Monthly Luncheon

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Centralia Chamber Luncheon

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

12:00 PM

Centralia Elks Lodge

Presentation: Learn how to recognize the red flags and protect your business from credit card fraud!

Spotlight on Business: Salem Travel, Jeannell Charman

RSVP for $10 Lunch: 618-532-6789 or carol@centraliachamber.com

Pay at the Door - Cash or Check.

Note: Cancellations, additions, or changes to your RSVP must be made 24 hours in advance.

If you RSVP and are unable to attend, you will be invoiced for the lunch.


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8:30 AM08:30

Business Roundtable Series - New Laws Impacting Small and Large Business

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Rep. Meier Hosting Business Roundtable Series Sept. 18

Highland, IL...State Representative Charlie Meier is welcoming leaders in the business community to attend either of his Business Roundtable Series to be held on Wednesday, September 18 in O’Fallon, Highland, and Carlyle. If you own or work at a small or large business in the region, you are encouraged to attend.

Rep. Meier is co-hosting the Business Roundtable Series with Tyler Diers, Director of Legislative Relations for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The agenda for the roundtable will include an update on new laws impacting small and large businesses, the recent pro-business reforms passed by the legislature, a brief General Assembly update, followed by open discussion.

The Business Roundtable series will include three stops on Wednesday, September 18. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. in O’Fallon, followed by 11:30 a.m. in Highland, and 3:00 p.m. in Carlyle. Attendees are welcome to attend either of the three events which are most convenient. For more information and to RSVP, participants are encouraged to visit Rep. Meier’s website at CharlieMeier.net and click on the “Events” page. Space is limited, please RSVP by Friday, September 13 online or contact Rep. Meier’s office at 618-651-0405.

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