New Year’s Eve Walk & Dinner December 31, 2018

The Illinois Trekkers will host a New Year’s Walk on Monday, December 31, 2018. Registration for the walk will be at the Millstadt Laundromat, 200 Mill Street, Millstadt, Illinois; from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. After walkers complete the walk, walkers will meet at Smokin K’s BBQ & More, 548 East Washington Street, Millstadt, Illinois for dinner. Smokin K’s has a room set aside for the Illinois Trekkers. The Illinois Trekkers will eat at 7:00 pm. Dinner will be a buffet with chicken, pasta con broccoli, and pork steaks for $14.99. Upgrade to lobster or prime rib for approximately $30. Non walkers can arrive at Smokin K’s after 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required for dinner. Register with Diane Prost by December 15, 2018 by email or cell phone 256 527-3377.

Illinois Trekkers Christmas Walk & Lunch on December 8, 2018 in O’Fallon, Illinois

The Illinois Trekkers will host a special holiday group walk. Registration will begin at 9:30 am at Schnucks, 907 East Highway 50, O’Fallon, Illinois. Walk will step off at 10:00 am.

At the conclusion of the walk , walkers will gather at O’Charley’s, 1313 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon, Illinois for the Illinois Trekkers’ Christmas lunch & party beginning at 12:15 pm.

Please RSVP for the Christmas lunch & party to Nikki Wilcoxen via email at or by text at 618 973-3825.

After the meal there will be a short program & the party will end with a Christmas gift exchange, Those wishing to participate should bring a wrapped gift suitable for either a man or woman ($15 value). Even if you don’t participate in the gift exchange, you will want to stay for the fun.

“Way of Lights” Walk at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois on November 13, 2018

Welcome to the annual “Way of Lights” Walk. Experience the tradition – bring your family and friends on this most unique volksmarch in the metro-east Illinois area as you walk among over one million miniature lights illuminating trees, figures, and displays that depict the true Christmas story. The walks starts  at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows Visitor Center & Restaurant, 442 South De Mazenod Drive, Belleville, Illinois. The walk is open to the public. Start between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm; finish by 8:30 pm. The fee is $3 for all walkers. The fee for Girl Scouts is $4 which includes a Girl Scout patch.

Sites of Wood River Walk

Workers marking the trail for the walk stopped for a picture.

Madison’s Tea Room and Banquet Center provided a beautiful start location and the walkers enjoyed the breakfast, lunch and desserts they served.

One of many homes decorated for Halloween & the oldest tri level house in Illinois.