Seasonal Sights & Sounds

Celebrating 25 Years of

Downtown Christmas Walk

Friday, November 30th – 5 PM til Late!

Tree Lighting, Santa’s workshop, late night shopping & dining specials…
Lots of family fun in the planning stages, check back often for updates!


Additional Sights and Sounds Activities

Saturday, November 17 | 1 PM

Parade begins in Sterling near the Grandon Civic Center and ends at Merrill School in Rock Falls.

Parade Registration Form

Thursday, November 29 | 7 PM
Big Red Church
311 2nd Avenue, Sterling, IL

Join us for this FREE annual Community Concert held on the Thursday after Thanksgiving at 7:00 PM at the Big Red Church (First Congregational) at the corner of 2nd Avenue & 4th Street in Downtown Sterling.

This free concert features performances by individuals, small groups, churches and organizations from throughout the community. Enjoy refreshments after the program.

If you would like to take part in the Community Concert, please contact Janet at the Big Red Church at 815-625-5112 for more information.

Thursday, December 6 | 6 PM
Sterling Theater
402 Locust Street, Sterling, IL

This Holiday Tradition at the Sterling Theater continues!   Come dressed in your craziest holiday best for a special showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”




And Even More!

November 10-18 | Rock River Hospice & Home’s annual “Festival of Trees” @ Northland Mall | Visit WEBSITE for details.

Tuesday, November 13 @ 5 PM | “Healthy & Bright” Holiday Lights & Art Show @ CGH Medical Center

Saturday, November 17 @ 1 PM | Twin Cities Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 17 @ 6:30 PM | Woodlawn Arts Academy present “The Nutcracker” @ Centennial Auditorium

Sunday, November 18 @ 2 PM | Woodlawn Arts Academy present “The Nutcracker” @ Centennial Auditorium

Saturday, November 24 | Small Business Saturday throughout the Sauk Valley

Saturday, December 1 | Festival of Trees Gala @ Deer Valley Country Club

TBA | Dillon Home Museum Christmas Walk | Visit WEBSITE for times & details.

TBA | Kiwanis’ Annual Breakfast with Santa


Thank you to our Sights and Sounds Sponsors!

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available, visit our PARTNERS page for details on how you can provide support.  Thank you to those who have already signed on to help make 2018 our biggest and best Sights & Sounds yet!

Illinois American Water

1st Gateway Credit Union

Select Employees Credit Union

McCormick’s Nursery & Landscaping

SBM Business Equipment Center

RRCA Accounts Management

Royal Steel Ball Products


Additional support for Seasonal Sights & Sounds is provided by the Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust and the proceeds of our Sip into Fall event.