St. Charles was decked out for Christmas.
Characters were social distancing from walkers along the route.
Walkers stopped to take a group picture.
The Illinois Trekkers get ready to start the group walk.
Illinois Trekkers officers for 2021 were installed.
Walkers registering for the walk & getting ready to play a fun game.
Walkers on the trail.
Walkers enjoyed a beautiful day for the Christmas walk.
Walkers walked at their own pace & tried to social distancing.
Our club now supports the Springfield Capital Walk.
Please check it out. Plus there is a ton of things to do in Springfield.
Unfortunately most things are closed right now so lets hope things get back to normal so we can get out and enjoy our walks plus other things in the area.
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 two and a half million miniature lights illuminating trees, figures, and displays that depict the true Christmas story. The Shrine campus will have all their activities available to walkers. Activities include the Christmas Tree & wreath Display, Camel, Donkey & Pony Rides, Petting zoo (Camel rides $6), Carriage Rides ($65 for 6 people & $100 for 10 people), Kettle corn & refreshments for purchase. Life Size Nativity Photo Area in Shrine Gift Shop.
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Registration on sidewalk by Visitor’s Center Parking lot
442 South De Mazenod Drive, Belleville, Illinois
Start between 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm; finish by 8:30 pm. The fee is $3 for all walkers and is open to everyone — all ages are welcome. An adult must accompany children under the age of 12. Walk at your own pace and pleasure. Please bring a flashlight for safety reasons! Event will take place regardless of weather. Dress appropriate for late fall walking. Restrooms are available at the start point and on the trail. Masks are always required for registration and inside buildings.
To watch video of last years’s walk click on the following link.