It’s finally break! A whole week off to enjoy spending time with family and friends and eating as much food as you possibly can. While many students have left CU this week and traveled home for Thanksgiving, there is still plenty to do here for those staying on campus over the break. Find festive events to get into the holiday spirit and treat yourself to a night out. Be careful Black Friday shopping as the roads can get pretty crazy! 

Campus Property Management’s main office will be closing early on Wednesday and will reopen Monday, December 2nd. Please email us with any issues you may have.

Without further ado, let’s see what’s happening this week in Champaign-Urbana! 

Tuesday, November 26th

School may be out, but it’s always a good idea to take advantage of networking in the area. From 7:30 am to 9 am at the Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, join a networking event put on by The Urbana Business Association, First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Dish Passionate Cuisine. Meant to help business people of Champaign-Urbana connect and network, Connections Over Coffee is a great event to attend if you want to learn more about local businesses. This event is free! Learn more about the hosts and the event by following this link.

Wednesday, November 27th 

Candy Foster and Shades of Blue will be at Boomerangs Barandgrill this Wednesday from 8 pm to midnight. If you like blues, this is not a show to skip. Candy Foster has been performing all over the Champaign-Urbana area since the 1960’s. His talent and years of hard work have made him an amazing performer and well renowned in the area. This event is free, so stop by for some fantastic blues. Visit the event page for more information and specials of the night. 

Friday, November 29th

Forget the busy malls and stores this Black Friday and go to Riggs Beer Company’s German Christmas Market. Friday marks the first day for the market to be open, and there will be so much to do and see. From 4 pm to 8 pm, stop by Riggs Beer Garden to enjoy their German-style market. They will have vendors, spiced wine, German food, and, of course, beer. Click here for all the upcoming dates and for more information! 

Saturday, November 30th

What better way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving than by Christmas shopping with goats. That’s right, goats! Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery is having their Holiday Open House this Saturday from noon to 4 pm. Visit with goats, enjoy some snacks and drinks, and assemble your own cheese board! You’ll find many great gifts here as well as some tasty, homemade food. Click here to learn more about the farm and the event. 

The stunning Parade of Lights is back! See Santa make his way down Neil Street with lit-up floats this Saturday at 6 pm. The day will be full of Christmas events like carolers, a Find Frosty Scavenger Hunt, carriage rides, and a tree lighting ceremony. Visit the website for more info!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!