Join us as we "Light up the Downtown!"

Downtown Christmas Walk * Friday, November 17, 2017 * 5 PM until "Late"

Dale Park will be transformed into Santa's Workshop for the evening for visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photos and children's activities.

Wander the businesses of Downtown Sterling for shopping and dining specials, a variety of activities and entertainment, open houses and refreshments. 

At 8 PM gather at the Library Plaza Christmas Tree (at the corner of Locust & 4th Streets) for a very special tree lighting and watch as the Sterling Theater Tower glows red, white and green for the season!

Watch for more event details to come beginning in October 2017!

Saturday, November 18, 2017  *   1:00 PM

The Twin Cities Holiday Parade steps off at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 18th in Sterling and ends at Merrill School in Rock Falls.   

For more information in being a part of the parade, please contact the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce at 815-625-2400.  Look for registration information in early October.

Thursday, December 1st •  7:00PM •  Community Concert

Join us for a FREE Community Concert Thursday evening, November 30, 2017 beginning 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.

2017 schedule of Events



Friday, November 17th

5 PM until Late 


Saturday, November 18th


Saturday, November 25th


Thursday, November 30th

7 PM - Annual Community Concert at The Big Red Church - a FREE community event.

A special thank you to the businesses who have helped sponsor some of our
2016 holiday happenings!

Frary Lumber


Sterling Federal Bank

Walmart Logistics

Blackhawk Waterways CVB