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!

Shop Small. Shop Local. Shop to Win this Holiday Season!

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
Downtown Sterling

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)

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.

Printable Event Flier

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:


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

Visit or follow them on Facebook for complete details.



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.