Seasonal Sights and Sounds
Thank you for a fabulous 2019 Christmas Walk!
Our 2020 Plans are pending the lifting of the current COVID-19 restrictions, but keep Friday, December 4, 2020 open for the festivities!
A look back at our December 2019 Activities:
5:00 PM – Festivities begin with businesses open late throughout the downtown and music fills the streets courtesy of 3D Sound; Be sure to check out Dale Park for our Sights & Sounds Selfie Stations featuring a giant family photo frame and a sea of holiday inflatables.
5:00 PM – COOKIE WALK; CHILI SUPPER; CRAFT VENDORS AND MORE AT THE BIG RED CHURCH
- Christ Lutheran School Cookie Walk 2019 – An assortment of Christmas Cookies and Treats will be available for purchase at the Big Red Church from 5 PM until Sold Out!
5:30 PM – STERLING-ROCK FALLS FAMILY YMCA SANTA DASH
Join us for our first annual Santa Dash for children ages 3-15. The dash is a fun run of 1 block (Grummert’s Hardware to the Sterling Theater). This is a FREE event, but onsite sign up is required prior to the dash. Check in begins at 5 PM on the parking lot by Papa Murphy’s/Edward Jones at the corner of Locust & E. 5th Street. The Dash begins at 5:30 PM for 4 age categories: 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-5. Prizes will be awarded in each category. See FLIER for additional detail.
6:00 PM – TREE LIGHTING
Watch as Santa arrives and we have the official tree lighting at the Library Plaza Christmas Tree, and watch as the theater lights change over for the holidays! Carolers from Sterling’s Washington School will perform
6:00-8:00 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP Located on 4th Street between 1st Avenue & Locust (Alongside the Sterling Theater)
• Area non-profits and service groups will provide a wide variety of children’s activities and games. FREE!
• Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus (Santa arrives at 6:15 PM, immediately following the tree lighting)
6:00-8:00 – HORSE & WAGON RIDES
Enjoy FREE horse & wagon rides around the downtown. Loading/Unloading will take place in the municipal parking lot behind Grummert’s Hardware.
8:00 PM – FIREWORKS
Turn your eyes to the sky as we light them up with a Holiday Fireworks Display to end the evening.
Check out our interactive map and click on the points to see all the special events & activities happening throughout the evening!
Participating businesses include:
Air Play Espresso & Bakery; Aurelio’s Bake Shop; Beans Coffeehouse & Music Cafe; Bella Vita Hair Salon; the Big Red Church; Champs on Light Street, the City of Sterling; The Depot Bar + Grill; Grummert’s Hardware; JJM Printing; Kelly’s; Lisa’s Brickhouse; Manny’s Pizza; Mead’s Bike Shop; Midland States Bank; NASOS Salon; Primitive Frills; SBM; Showplace Antiques; Smoked on 3rd; Sterling Fire Department; The Corner Gallery; The Factory Pub-n-Grub; The Little Chocolatier; The Rusty Fox; Sterling Main Street|Dogwood Acres; UOI Boutique; Vintage Cousins and Warner’s MVP Lounge.
Santa’s Workshop Participants include:
April House; Challand Middle School Student Council; Rock Falls Jr. Optimists; DD Homes; Focus Communications; Girl Scouts; Lutheran Social Services; NCCHS National Honor Society; NICIL; Regency Care; Salvation Army; Sterling Public Library; Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA; Tri-County Opportunities Council/Head Start; U of Illinois Extension 4H; United Way of Whiteside County; YWCA of the Sauk Valley; In Home Personal Services; ComEd; Woodlawn Arts Academy; Morningside of Sterling
Other Sights & Sounds activities include:
Thursday, December 5 | 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.
Wednesday, December 4 | 7 PM
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.”
1005 E. 3rd Street, Sterling, IL
December 6, 7 & 8 | Various Times
Make a trip through history and enjoying our holiday decorations a part of your Christmas tradition! The Sterling High School Madrigals will perform Saturday evening. Adults are $5, seniors are $4, 12 & under are free. We have beautiful Dillon Home ornaments for sale that make wonderful gifts!
We will also have a large collection of Northwestern Steel & Wire photos available for people to look through on the rear porch! The photographs are a must-see for anyone retired from the mill or interested in the history.
There is also a Christmas Past Open House at the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society museum, which is located in the carriage house on the grounds. They will have free refreshments.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
presented by Sterling Kiwanis
Saturday, December 7th | 8:00-11:00 AM
Sterling Moose Family Center
2601 E. Lincolnway
Come join the fun with your Sterling Kiwanis members as we get you in the holiday spirit. Come get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy breakfast, face-painting, holiday games and more.
$3 per child | $5 per adult
Our 2019 Sights & Sounds was presented by…
STERLING-ROCK FALLS COMMUNITY TRUST
Illinois American Water
Midland States Bank
Select Employees Credit Union
SBM Business Equipment Center
Showplace Antiques & Treasures
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.