Champaign - One of this year's most talked about movies opened today and movie-goers had a front row seat.
CHAMPAIGN -- Hundreds of people gathered in Champaign to share a holiday meal and it happened thanks to volunteers and a community that cares.
URBANA -- Even with the wet weather we've had, Santa and some of his helpers have already made a few stops around here.
CHAMPAIGN -- People say they have more money in their wallets this holiday season. One reason for that is a big drop in gas prices.
CHAMPAIGN -- Around this time of year, many families spend their nights looking at Christmas lights. But a home is missing pieces of its display.
MAHOMET -- With Christmas less than two weeks away, many people have already finished putting up their holiday decorations.
Update: 4:01 pm, 12/11/14, Thursday CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The WCIA-3 News / Salvation Army Toys for Tots Drive might be over, but the giving continues.
ILLINOIS -- Holidays can be hard if you're thousands of miles away from home. That's especially true if you're in the military.
OAKWOOD -- The library is getting into the Christmas spirit.
CHAMPAIGN -- There were people driving everywhere on Friday, as the holiday shopping season officially kicks off. But what are the best ways to get from your house to the stores?
PAXTON -- A Ford County light show just started Friday night. Victor Johnson has been working on it for a month.
CHAMPAIGN -- It may be getting warmer this weekend, but signs of the holidays are still popping up.
CHAMPAIGN -- As Christmas gets closer, kids are turning their focus to the man in the red suit.
MATTOON -- Police are putting together their annual Christmas shopping trip for families in need and they need your help.
CHAMPAIGN -- It's beginning to look a little like Christmas. The Tree of Hope was lit Thursday.
DECATUR -- The second week of July doesn't exactly make people think of Christmas. Or does it?
URBANA -- The first responders already spent Memorial day, Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July working this year. But they say all those are just days on the calendar.
CHAMPAIGN -- Most businesses around here are closed for the holiday, but the parking lot was packed at the Carmike Theater.
CHAMPAIGN -- For people who didn't have to work, hundreds came together to celebrate the day.
URBANA -- Some firefighters were keeping busy on Christmas Eve. They took a trip to hospitals with Santa Claus!
This Central Illinois couple never thought they would see the day they can get married but that's about to change.
CHAMPAIGN -- This is the last weekend to get all of your holiday shopping done before Christmas.
TINLEY PARK -- One Illinois family knows all about paying high electric bills.
DECATUR -- Thousands of families in Macon County will have presents under their Christmas trees this year, thanks to the Salvation Army and generous donors.
GIFFORD -- People were playing Santa for kids Monday.
CHAMPAIGN -- Christmas shopping is hitting a frenzy. Lori Hunt, with Busey Bank, has smart shopping advice to keep you from breaking the bank.
CHAMPAIGN -- A University of Illinois student is trying to spread the Christmas spirit by doing random acts of kindness.
CHAMPAIGN -- Some families didn't think they'd have much of a Christmas this year, but thanks to the community, the Christmas tree won't be bare underneath.
DANVILLE -- People around Central Illinois are helping kids get Christmas presents this year.
DANVILLE -- A Vermilion County group is making sure kids get what they want, and what they need, this holiday.
PAXTON – It’s a season of giving and one area man wants to make sure everyone in Central Illinois has a Merry Christmas.
CHAMPAIGN – If you’re not in the Christmas spirit yet, this will help. Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Champaign Saturday night for the annual ‘Parade of Lights.’
ASHLAND -- If you're looking for novelty treats or delicacies this holiday season, look no further than your own backyard. The state is trying to get the word out about Illinois products.
URBANA -- People exercised and gave to a good cause.
CHAMPAIGN -- People are packing Christmas boxes to send to children overseas.
CHAMPAIGN -- People held a Toyz Run to help make the holidays brighter for children.
MAHOMET -- A little girl's Christmas wish came true last month.
CHARLESTON -- Wednesday's flurries made it feel like a winter wonderland.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Now that Christmas is over, you're probably thinking about what to do with your tree.
CHAMPAIGN -- Even though many people got to take a break from school and work, some didn't have that luxury.
CHAMPAIGN -- With most everything closed, some families spent time starting at a silver screen. Several shows at the Beverly Theater in Champaign were sold out on Christmas.
CHAMPAIGN -- Some volunteers were working hard to make Christmas dinner for people in need.
CHAMPAIGN -- Before he hopped on his sleigh, Santa made a few early stops. Santa had some unique helpers: members of the Eastern Prairie Fire Department. The delivered toys to sick and less fortunate children around the city.
CHAMPAIGN -- Many families are spending time together gathered around the dinner table. But that doesn't mean it has to happen at home.
CHAMPAIGN -- Five women are sharing a new home for the holidays. They started as strangers. But for the last two months, they've been working toward a common goal: dropping their dependency on drugs or alcohol and reconnecting with their families.
RANTOUL -- People stopped to see some of Santa's helpers. They may not be the real Donner and Blitzen but they look just like them.
CHAMPAIGN -- Saturday is one of the busiest shipping days of the year.
GEORGETOWN -- 2012 has been tough for one mother. She and her son found themselves suddenly in the hospital. And the bills put "holiday spirit" out of reach.
CHAMPAIGN - A man is singing and ringing his way into people's hearts this holiday season. And he's doing it all for a good cause.
DANVILLE-- A hockey team took time out from the ice to help kids celebrate the holidays.