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Standard Box Office hours are: Monday thru Friday: Noon - 4:00 PM.


X-Treme International Ice Racing

XiiR Extreme International Ice Racing Returns 

to the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, IL!

This year's Motocross On Ice Event is shaping up to be the BEST yet! 

XiiR (Xtreme International Ice Racing) is a motorcycle racing tour...ON ICE! Man and machine going from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds riding Speedway bikes and quads that are modified to compete on an indoor ice arena. There are over 2000 metal studs added to the tires and there are NO BRAKES! What      does that mean...? PURE ADRENALINE! It is THE fastest sport on ice and one of the fastest sports in the world. The rush of so much power and speed on something as unpredictable as ice, has whipped audiences into a frenzy and gained new fans across the country. Each year's series continues to get better... drawing bigger crowds, more sponsors and riders from all over the globe.

The average car has a maximum 5,000 RPM's where as an ice speedway bike has a maximum 14,000 RPM's. It has 1600 razor-sharp steel studs on its tires added for traction and if that's not enough - there aren't any brakes.

Each rider gears his bike differently with 60 to 80 toothed sprockets, which are nearly the size of the wheel itself. Just wait until you see these machines in action!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:27

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Veterans Christmas Craft Show

Veterens Christmas Craft Show

Come join us in celebration of our veterans!  The David S. Palmer Arena will be hosting a Holiday Market with 160+ craft vendors, the areas largest indoor snowball fight, free wine tasting, and an all you can eat spaghetti dinner! 

For two days only veterans and active duty members will be admitted for $2.00 and all non-active military will be admitted for $5.00 with all proceeds going to the Homeless Veterans Charity and Stockings for Soldiers!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:33

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Vermillion County Basketball Tournament

Come enjoy the Vermilion County Basketball Tournament at David S. Palmer Arena!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:32

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Carden Circus



George Carden Circus International has been bringing entertainment to children of all ages in every corner of the U.S. for years and now it is coming your way. We want you to come and join us and see why we are North America’s most loved family attraction.
There is something for everyone in this year’s show. Amazing and rare animals will perform and amuse. The ring will abound with marvelous feats of manipulation, balance and dexterity. A two hour package of kaleidoscope color, sight and sound, this is the kind of enchantment that will keep you dreaming circus dreams long after the last performer has left the ring.

Some of the featured acts to be presented in the exciting performances are Aerial Artistry, Motocross Riders, Elephants, Comedy Clown and much more.

Come and see it all!

2014 Carden Circus will be appearing in Danville, IL Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18, 2015 at the David S. Palmer Arena.

Times: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Don’t miss it!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:16

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Festival of Trees 2014

Merry & Bright


Festival Special Events

Beginning September 26...


Buy Tickets Online



All special event tickets are available through the David S. Palmer Arena. Buy in person at the box office; online by clicking the icon above, or visit; or by phone by calling 1-877-77-CLICK.


For general information or group admission tickets, call 217-442-6583.

Children's Holiday Breakfast

Sponsored by:  The Quaker Oats Company   

The Festival officially opens with the Children’s Breakfast on the main floor.  This year guests will be treated to a Macaroni Soup family concert by nationally, renowned music specialist, Miss Carole Stephens.  Plus enjoy a great breakfast buffet and a special visit from Santa.  All children will receive a goody bag and get to visit Santa’s Workshop to create a free craft (sponsored by Lowe’s) before the Festival opens to the public.   

Advanced reservations are required. 

  • Saturday, November 15th at 8:30 a.m.
  • Ticket price $10.00 each

Amanda Potter and Beth Bagby, Co-Chairs 

Princess Tea Party

Sponsored by:  Deb Schimerowski and Craig Wehr, & Escape, an Aveda Hair & Body Spa    

Brrrrr, it’s getting cold outside! Come warm up and chill out all at the same time at the Ice Princess Tea Party!  All princesses are invited to wear their favorite princess costume and enjoy a party in their honor.  Each very special princess will receive a special gift and a goody bag.  Where?  At the Festival Royal Palace of course!  Enjoy royal décor, regal treats, and a special performance involving the princesses.  Everyone receives the royal treatment (hair and makeup by Escape) and a keepsake photo by Keeran Photography.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.  Two sessions. 


  • Saturday, November 15th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 15th, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

  • Ticket price $15.00 each

    Amy and Fran Richards Co-Chairs


The Elf Celebration

Sponsored by:  Julius W. Hegeler ll Foundation

 World Record Attempt-Largest Gathering of Santa's Elves

Get counted!  Be a part of Illinois history when we break the World Record for the Largest Gathering of Santa's Elves. Join us at the Danville High School Field House for more fun than the old elf himself, Santa could ever imagine.  Watch singing and dancing elves, elves playing basketball and even participate in the World's Largest Snowball Fight.  Santa will be on hand to oversee all the festivities. 

  • All elves must wear red and green

  • Hats and ears will be provided at the door

  • Prizes given for best elf costume, oldest elf and youngest elf.  

    All elves that participate in the world record attempt are also invited to walk in the Night of Lights Parade with Santa’s sleigh.  In addition all elves receive a coupon for free admission to the Festival (good for any day) and receive free admission that night after the Parade to help us continue the celebration at the Festival of Trees (Civic Center).  Watch the elfiest show around at 7pm to see how Santa and his "snowbow elves" figure out how to raise the Christmas Spirit around the world. Cameo appearances from the Easter Bunny and Great Pumpkin spice up our show. Be a part of the flash mob elf dance that helps Santa learn about tolerance and acceptance. Make sure you take some Elfie selfies while you're there; it's all part of the fun!

  • Saturday, November 15th from 2:00 – 4:00  p.m. at the DHS Field House

  • Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. – Elf Show on stage

  • Ticket price is $5:00 (includes Santa hat & ears, free admission to Festival on Saturday & a coupon for free admission on any other day or your choice.  Coupon is transferable and may be used by another family member.      


The Polar Express
Sponsored by Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation

Join us as we recreate the magical journey made famous in author Chris Van Allsburg’s book “The Polar Express”.  Children and their families begin the journey of make believe at the Village Mall where they will meet their conductor and receive their golden ticket.  Talk to real live elves and learn more about their life at the North Pole. Conductors then escort our passengers to the “Polar Express” (buses) where live entertainment by dancing chefs will enchant passengers.  Enjoy hot chocolate and treats served by singing chefs.  Carols will be sung in anticipation of their arrival at the Festival of Trees and the “North Pole.” Watch as the Polar Express book is brought to life with actors, musical entertainment, and Santa's presentation of the first gift of Christmas.  Children and adults alike are encouraged (not required) to wear pajamas to be a part of our magical journey.  Reservations are required.  Only one show this year!

  • Sunday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m.

  • Ticket price $12.50 each 

    The event begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Mall and departs to the Festival at 5:15 p.m. 

    Buses return to the mall by 7:20 p.m.  

    Dave Wesner, Shannon Schroeder, and Tonya Hill, Co- Chairs


Pirate Adventure Lunch 
Sponsored by McDonald's ~ DND Witzel Enterprises

Arrrrgh Mateys! Gather up your Captains and First Mates and come join us as our little pirates take over the Festival of Trees.  A treasure hunt around the festival will start off our pirate adventure. After all the "loot" has been discovered and you've worked up an appetite, McDonalds will provide you with a tasty lunch and Dairy Queen will bring the sweets! No adventure is complete without a little magic, so watch out pirates, the one and only Ronald McDonald will be there to give our guests a special magic show.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.


  • Sunday, November 16th

  • Ticket Price $10.00 each

  • Your pirate adventure begins at 11:30 a.m.

    Kate Cox, Katie Gremar, and Theresa Curtis, Co-Chairs


Ladies Holiday Ladies Luncheon
Sponsored by:  CharDonnay Dialysis, Inc.

It’s become a holiday tradition and what better way to enjoy your afternoon, than at the Festival of Trees.  Bring your girlfriends and join us as we present an elegant luncheon admist the twinkling lights and glistening trees.  Featuring a scrumptious meal catered by Applewood Foods, special entertainment and lots of fun and laughter.  Each guest receives a lovely gift and a souvenir photo to capture the moment. 

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Monday, November 17th 

  • Ticket price $30.00 each

  • Seating begins at 11:00 a.m., meal served at 11:30 a.m.

    Denise Webster, Chair


The Crystal Ball 
Sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Halloran; Ron & Karen Wall; Mark & Jana Goodwin; and Peter & Laura Blackmon

Join us for a very special evening of music and dancing with your little sweetheart. Make it a night you’ll both never forget.  This is a great opportunity for dads and their daughters, or moms and their sons to get all dressed up, and share a memorable evening together.  Dinner, desserts and a souvenir photo are included with each ticket.  All ages are welcome and formal attire is recommended. 

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Tuesday, November 18th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Photographer starts at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Ticket Price $15.00 each

    Laura Blackmon and Christy Grassman, Co- Chairs



Family Night BINGO 
Sponsored by Vermillion Chevrolet

Grab the family and head to the Festival for dinner and fun!  Enjoy playing Bingo and win prizes the entire family can enjoy!  Each ticket includes spaghetti, salad and breadsticks from Jockos, 5 games of Bingo, and admission to the Festival.  Each family will receive a goody bag to take home. 

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Monday, November 17th

  • Ticket Price $10.00 each

  • Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner served at 6:00 p.m., event runs till approximately 7:30

    Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto, Co-Chairs


Vintage Roadshow

Sponsored by:  Pape Family Funeral Home

Trash or Treasure?  Find out at the Vintage Roadshow at the Festival of Trees.  Guests are invited to bring an heirloom or antique item for appraisal.  (See list of antique dealers).  Please bring only one item that you can carry or two pieces of jewelry.  No weapons, firearms, paintings or large furniture.  Each ticket includes admission to the Festival, a wonderful prime-rib luncheon plus dessert, and special entertainment on stage.  Security will be provided to watch valuables during the meal.


  • Tuesday, November 18th

  • Ticket Price $10.00 each

  • Doors open at 11:00 a.m., lunch served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

    Chris Good, Chair


Cheers to You Bingo & Fun

Raise your glass and toast to a good time at the Festival of Trees.  Join us for hearty appetizers, adult refreshments, and 10 games of Bingo for fabulous prizes (included in your ticket price).  Renowned emcee and bingo caller, Tom Wagner is sure to bring lots of fun to this first time event and have you laughing in your seats. This event is reserved for our guests 21 and up.     

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required. 

  • Tuesday, November 18th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Ticket price $20.00 each

  • Both men and women are welcome 

    Cheryl Clapp, Julie Ronto and Rhonda Wagner Co- Chairs



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Danville Dashers' Season Tickets 14

The Danville Dashers

Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now!

Adults: $200

Seniors / Military: $150

Kids: $100

Buy Season Tickets

Early Special Ends October 17.

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Danville Riverhawks Basketball

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