Candlelight Stroll


Join the Washington Specialty Shops for an Old Fashioned Candlelight Stroll on the Square in Washington on Thursday, December 5th. There will be free carriage rides from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Santa will be arriving at Le Bakery by firetruck via the parade route and will visit with kids upon arrival. 

Children’s crafts will be taking place at Maloof Realty and the Talking Christmas Tree will be at Define the Home. Everyone can join in the Tree lighting and Community Christmas Sing with Our Savior Lutheran Church Choir and the Illinois Christian School Bells Choir starting at 5:45pm in the center of the Square. 

The Blacksmith, Le Bakery, The Blend, Knights of Columbus and Pico De Gallo will be offering food and beverages. 

And don’t forget Santa’s Mailbox on the corner by Blacksmith. All letters put in the box with return addresses and received by December 15th will be answered by Santa. The Specialty Shops will be open until 8 p.m. for your shopping pleasure!

Tour of Homes


Tickets are available for the Annual Christmas Tour of Homes presented by the Washington Historical Society on Dec. 10th.

There will be many homes on the tour, both historic homes and newer builds, each beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Tour hours are 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. -  9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10th.

Tickets in advance are $17 each (cash or check) at the Washington Chamber of Commerce, Home Spun, Kimpling Ace Hardware, and Studio 901, Park District and Step Back in Time or on Pay Pal at The day of the tour, tickets will be sold only at the Zinser House for $20 each, cash only. 

During tour hours, refreshments will be served at 105 Zinser Place, in the historical society’s Zinser House.

Christmas on School Street


The Faith Lutheran Childcare will host its Christmas on School Street at 650 School Street on Saturday, December 14th from  8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

Shop for handmade crafts, baked goods, and more to find a  Christmas gift or something for yourself.  There will be free Pictures with Santa from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  

Purchase breakfast and enjoy biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon rolls.  Lunch menu includes pulled BBQ or Italian sandwiches with potato chips or potato soup. Prayer requests accepted.  Contact Kathleen Wunder with questions (309) 645-9482

Cookie Walk


No time for holiday baking? We can help! Stop by Crossroads United Methodist Church at the corner of Route 24 and Main Street in Washington for their Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 7th from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. We will have homemade cookies and candies for sale. The sale is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and all proceeds go toward mission work.


Christmas Fun


Five Points Washington has fun and exciting  Christmas activities going on in December!

A Merry Little Christmas

Dec. 6th at 7 p.m. Presented by the Peoria Pops Orcehstra

Elf Movie

Dec. 7th at 10:30 a.m.

An American Family Christmas

Dec. 13th and 14th at 7:30 p.m.  Presented by the Peoria Area Civic Chorale.

Miracle on 34th Street Movie

Dec. 17th at 10 a.m.

The Midtown Men - Holiday Hits

Dec. 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Library Christmas Events


Saturday, December 7th - Gingerbread Houses

Join the fun at the annual gingerbread house decorating extravaganza at the Sunnyland Branch! Sign up for a space in either the 9 a.m. or 11 a.m time slot. For ages 3+; and registration is required so please call 309-745-3023.

Monday, December 9th - Christmas Cards

Put your maker skills to work with a new project every month at the main Library. December’s project fom 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. is Cricut Christmas Cards! Make a card to celebrate the holidays.  For ages 8-12; no registration required.

Tuesday, December 10th - Santa!

Picture and story with Santa, followed by Christmas music and more from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyland branch. All ages welcome and no registration is required.

Sunday, December 15th - Family Movie

Come in and enjoy a showing of The Lion King  at 2 p.m. with the whole family at the main Library!  Popcorn will be provided.

Holiday Giving


Consider donating at MTCO’s blood drive at 220 N. Menard Street in Metamora on Wednesday, December 18th from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. to help someone in need!  There are over 30 appointment times available so if you are interested in donating please contact Sarah at MTCO at 367-4197 to schedule a time.  

There will be a drawing for a door prize, and the Red Cross will email donors a $5 Amazon gift card! 


Windows 10 Fake Email is Raonsomware


 Just delete it! A new malware email campaign sent from a fake Microsoft address is pushing people to download a malicious Windows 10 “critical update”. The email contains a .jpg file that is actually not a picture but an executable .NET file that will infect your PC.  If you receive this email you should immediately delete it.

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Devices Losing Netflix Support


Starting on December 1, 2019, some older Samsung and Roku devices will no longer be able to access Netflix. Netflix is citing “technical limitations” as the reason for this loss of support but it is unclear what those technical limitations are—though the ability to auto-play episodes (or lack thereof) seems to at least be part of the problem.

Some of the Roku devices that will no longer be supported come December are Roku 200C, 2050X, 2100X, HD, SD, XD, XR, and any other Roku devices that cannot auto-play the next episode.  2010 and 2011 Samsung TVs with a C or D in the model code will also lose support.

Christmas TV Shows & Specials


 Monday, Dec 2nd

7:00 p.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  (CBS)

Tuesday, Dec 3rd

8:00 p.m. – CMA Country Christmas  (ABC)

Wednesday, Dec 4th

8:00 p.m. – 87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center  (NBC)

8:00 p.m. – The Moodys  (FOX)

The Moodys follows a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional family of five, all of whom gather in their hometown of Chicago for the “perfect” holiday. From break-ups to arrests to sharing one bathroom, each family member is packing his/her own eccentricities and hiding secrets from the others – as if the holidays were all about carols and eggnog!



Sunday, Dec 8th

7:00 p.m. – Christmas in Dollywood  (Hallmark)

Sunday, Dec 22nd

7:00 p.m. – A Date By Christmas Eve  (Lifetime)

When Chelsea Simms, the good-hearted brand strategist for the popular dating app The Nice List, discovers the app has granted her magical powers, she uses her newfound ability to make all of the ‘naughty’ people in her life learn how to be good again. But when her plans go awry and Fisher, the kindly neighbor who has always carried a torch for Chelsea, is magically added to the naughty list by mistake, Chelsea must race against time to set things right before Christmas Eve.