peoria old town holiday festival

The Old Town Holiday Festival is a Peoria tradition, lighting up the holidays for 32 years.

But it won’t happen, this year.

Like many 2020 events, the Old Town Holiday Festival was canceled. The city noted restrictions on public gatherings. 

“This is to protect public health and safety, as the city is still in Phase 2 of its COVID-19 Recovery Plan, which prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people,” said the city’s events page.

The 2019 Old Town Holiday Festival piggy-backed on Second Saturdays, with three stages of live entertainment, a Christmas tree lighting at Johnny E. Osuna Memorial Park, pictures with Santa, a vendor market, a gingerbread house display, food trucks and a pop-up restaurant.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, forcing adjustments and cancellations since March.