Festival of Lights Holiday Cruise

Boat on the Water Illuminated at Night

2020 Dates

November 28 and December 2, December 4, December 5, December 9, December 11, December 12 and December 16

About the Holiday Cruises

Take a lunch or dinner holiday cruise aboard the Spirit of Peoria!

The Spirit of Peoria paddle-wheeler offers holiday cruises on the scenic Illinois River.

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays on the Illinois River with "A Civil War Christmas" by Barry Cloyd and Brian "Fox" Ellis of Prairie Folklore Theatre. The dinner or matinee features a hot homemade buffet, two-hour cruise and entertainment. Passengers will hear songs and stories from the Civil War era. Advance reservations are required.

Prairie Folklore Theatre with Barry Cloyd and Brian "Fox" Ellis

Make a Reservation

To make a reservation for an individual or group, call 1-800-676-8988. Cruises for bus groups are available at any time.

Individual Tickets

  1. Lunch Cruise
  2. Dinner Cruise

Lunch Cruise

Lunch Cruise Information on Spirit of Peoria Website

2020 Lunch Cruise Dates

  • Saturday, November 28
  • Wednesday, December 2
  • Friday, December 4
  • Saturday, December 5
  • Wednesday, December 9
  • Friday, December 11
  • Saturday, December 12
  • Wednesday, December 16

Board at noon; lunch begins at 12:30 p.m.; cruise from 1-3 p.m.


  • Adults - $42 per person
  • Children age 4 to 15 - $21 per person
  • Prices are all-inclusive
  • Children 3 and under eat free