After a hiatus last year due to Covid closures, the Riverbender Community Center (RBCC) will again open its doors for the annual Holiday Open House and this year, the event will be made bigger than ever before with the addition of The Great $25,000 Toy Giveaway! and Hit-N-Run Convenience Stores have partnered this holiday season to make the re-opening of the Community Center extra special. With a generous donation of $25,000 in toys, and Hit-N-Run will ensure that every young child attending the Open House will receive a free toy. “Hit-N-Run has always been a huge supporter of the youth in this community and the Riverbender Community Center so they were an obvious choice as a partner for this endeavor,” said John Hentrich, “We are both elated to be able to provide toys during the holidays for the young children in our community.”

Aside from The Great $25,000 Toy Giveaway, the Holiday Open House will feature photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a holiday-themed craft, games, a bake sale, hot cocoa and holiday music.

Guests are encouraged to hop on the trolley for a free ride from the tree lighting or walk over to the Community Center for the annual celebration, which has filled people with holiday cheer for many years. There is no admission charge. The event will take place on November 19, 2021 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm at the Riverbender Community Center, 200 W. 3rd Street, Alton.

More Details to Come Soon…


The Riverbender Community Center is now open for party rentals and is looking forward to providing weekend youth programming shortly after the holidays. Party rentals can be reserved here:

Toys to Choose From:

Toys will be gifted in order of the first arrival, and children will be given a choice as to which toy they want only while supplies last.