Seasonal Sights and Sounds
We’re not going to let a global pandemic stand in the way of our holiday festivities! Granted, things will be looking quite a bit different here in 2020, but we’re going to celebrate safely!
Many of the details are still being worked out, but save these dates and check back often for updates as our planning efforts continue! Please note that all Sights & Sounds activities may be subject to change depending on what COVID-19 related restrictions may be in place at the event dates get closer.
Pick up your passport to prizes at any of our participating business beginning on Small Business Saturday, November 28th through Saturday, December 19th*
Get your passport stamped with purchase at any (or all) of the participating businesses, including your carry-out or curbside pick-up purchases.
Once you’ve collected 8 or more stamps, turn in your passport at Sterling Main Street, the Sauk Valley Area Chamber or the Twin City Farmers Market# to be entered to win your chance at several prize packages! Get an additional entry for each additional stamp (over 8) that you have on your passport. Passports must be turned in no later than Saturday, December 19th at close of business. Winners will be drawn on Monday, December 21st in a Facebook LIVE Video.
Friday, December 4th | 7 PM
Join us Downtown on Friday, December 4th as we light up the skies to welcome the holiday season! Ample parking and socially distant viewing opportunities available in both Downtown Sterling, and across the river in Rock Falls as fireworks are sent up from the Sterling Riverfront.
Many shops in Downtown Sterling will be open until 7 PM or later, so come on out and wander downtown, shop, eat and drink (or pick up some carry-out if you prefer) and enjoy the show!
Businesses Open Late:
Vintage Cousins • Primitive Frills • Showplace Antiques & Treasures • Merle Norman • Grummert’s Hardware • Kelly’s (curbside pick-up until 9PM) • Lisa’s Brickhouse (grill open until 8 PM) • Smoked on 3rd (Carryout or Curbside pickup until 8PM) • UOI Boutique • Factory Pub-n-Grub (Carryout or Curbside Pickup)
SANTA ON THE GO!
Saturday, December 5th | 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Northland Mall Parking Lot
2900 E. Lincolnway
Come join the fun for a Drive-By visit with Santa! Wander your way through our Reverse Parade in the Northland Mall Parking on your way to visit Santa for a socially distant photo op, to visit our Winter Wonderland and be sure to bring your letter to Santa in our special express mailbox! Goodie bags will be distributed to the first 500 children. Food vendors onsite so you can grab a snack while you’re waiting.
Volunteers are Needed to help with this fun event!
Stroll Downtown Sterling (and beyond) to check out the creative holiday windows our merchants will have on display for you! Windows will be on display from December 4th (or sooner) through Christmas!
UGLY SWEATER PARTY & Holiday Flashback Movies
COVID-19 Strikes again! Unfortunately our holiday movies are cancelled for the time being due to current resurgence mitigation restrictions. Check back in December as we’ll keep these on the radar should restrictions be lifted!
Our 2020 Sights & Sounds activities are presented by:
STERLING-ROCK FALLS COMMUNITY TRUST
Jakobs Bros. Farms
Midland States Bank
SBM Business Equipment Center
Showplace Antiques & Treasures
Other Area Holiday Events…
Rock River Hospice & Home presents “Home for the Holiday” the 2020 Festival of Trees
Download full schedule of events HERE
November 9-21 – Trees in display for viewing @ Northland Mall and Holiday Wishes Non-Gala Event
November 12-21 – Country Store open @ Northland Mall FLIER
November 17-21 – Online Auction open for bidding on decorated trees, table settings and baskets.
November 30-December 5 – Holiday Hustle Virtual 5K FLIER
Do you have a Holiday Happening that’s open to the public and not seeing it on our list, or want more information on how to take part in the above? Contact Sterling Main Street at 815-626-8610 or the Sauk Valley Area Chamber at 815-625-2400.