Folepi's Enchanted Forest

Lighted colorful holiday soldier display

Dates & Times

  • November 30 through December 31, 2019
  • Open nightly


The Enchanted Forest is located at the Levee District downtown area outside of the East Peoria Civic Plaza, located at:
401 W Washington Street
East Peoria, IL 61611

Giant snowman and Christmas treeCost

Free admission


Take a stroll through the lights of Folepi's Enchanted Forest! Folepi's Enchanted Forest features the Festival's 35-foot tall Christmas tree, trees with decorations by students from East Peoria's grade schools, lighted displays, and the Terry the Tractor parade float.

Santa Hours

Santa Claus will visit with kids of all ages at the forest. Hours and days for 2019 will be announced.

FOL library crafts event 2018

Kids' Fun: Holiday Buttons and Crafts

  • 2019 date and time to be announced
  • Cost: Free

The kids can have creative holiday fun at the Kids' Fun: Holiday Buttons and Crafts event. This will occur inside the Civic Plaza.

This event is sponsored by the Fondulac District Library.

Official Lighting Ceremony

The giant Christmas tree was lit for the season during a ceremony featuring carols sung by the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus on Nov. 30.

Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus

Caterpillar, Inc. has sponsored the Employees Mixed Chorus since 1941, making it the oldest known corporate-sponsored activity of its kind in the United States. CEMC's first official appearance was at a Christmas program in the Building HH Show Room Theater in East Peoria in December 1941. The chorus was founded as a musical outlet for all employees, retirees and dependents whose talents could then be enjoyed by the community as a whole. The chorus presents the annual fall "Cat Show" which has become an eagerly awaited opportunity for family entertainment. In addition, the chorus has various musical activities throughout the year, including a touring Spring Show performed at local retirement homes, appearances at Dozer Park, and miscellaneous Christmas performances.

Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus Logo