Holiday happenings coming up this weekend and beyond

December 1, 2018

With a beautiful blanket of white show on the ground and Christmas carols wafting through every store, it’s hard not to feel the holiday spirit rising.

Following are a wide variety of ways to get your jingle on before the big day:

Saturday and Sunday

‘A Christmas Carol’

DIXON – The Sauk Valley Community College Theater Department will present the classic Charles Dickens’ tale, “A Christmas Carol,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school’s Jerry Mathis Theater, next to the Dillon Mall.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for students with a Sauk ID and are available at the door or 1 hour before the show, or in advance at vduffin@sps5.org.


Morrison Christmas Walk

MORRISON – Morrison Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual Christmas Walk starts with a craft fair and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morrison Junior High School, 300 Academic Drive. A lunch stand will be open.

The walk starts at 5 p.m. with the Christmas tree lighting at U.S. Route 30 and state Route 78, followed by the lighted Christmas parade down Main Street at 6 p.m. Afterward, dancers from LeAnn’s Dance Connection will perform at Wells Fargo Bank; the Morrison Fire Department will have an open house at the fire station, 206 W. Main St., with hot chocolate, cookies and doughnuts; and Santa and Ms. Claus will meet with families at 221 W. Main St.

Find Morrison Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or go to morrisonchamber.org for a complete schedule of events. Email morrisonchamber@morrisonil.org or call the chamber at 815-772-3757 for more information.


​‘The Winter Rose’

MOUNT MORRIS – “The Winter Rose” by Joseph and Pamela Martin, a free concert featuring musicians from Ashton, Byron, Davis Junction, Dixon, Forreston, Freeport, Leaf River, Mount Morris, Oregon, Polo, Rochelle, Rockford and Winnebago, will be presented at 3 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 E. Brayton Road.

The public is encouraged to arrive by 2:45 for performances by Bryan Gagliano on organ, harpist Kit Reynolds, and Andy Eckardt directing a brass group. There also will be a special number by violinist Jennie Saltzgiver during intermission. The concert will conclude with attendees invited to join the choir to perform Handel’s Hallelujah chorus followed by a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Donations will be accepted to support food pantries Loaves and Fish in Mount Morris and Life-Line in Oregon.

Contact Sandra Stengel at ssmelody@comcast.net or 815-734-4923 for more information.

Tuesday and Wednesday

’Sweet Reminders of Christmas’

MOUNT MORRIS – Enjoy charming renditions of many memorable holiday classics delivered with beautiful vocals, interesting song facts, quirky props, a healthy dose of humor and a bit of audience participation at the Pines Playhouse at White Pines Inn, 6712 W. Pines Road.

Seating begins at 11:20 a.m., the buffet at noon and showtime is from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices vary by package; call 815-946-2400, ext. 3, or go to whitepines@whitepinesresort.net for reservations and more information.

Now through Dec. 22

’Scrooge the Comedy’

MOUNT MORRIS – The 30th annual audience-participation production of “Scrooge the Comedy,” based loosely on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” is underway at the Pines Playhouse at White Pines Inn, 6712 W. Pines Road.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, with cocktails at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 and showtime at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Sundays.

Matinee performances also are available Dec. 6, 7 and 14, with seating at 11:20 a.m., the buffet at noon and showtime from 1 to 3 p.m.

Dec. 22 is a special “adults-only” evening show.

Prices vary by package; go to www.whitepinesinn.com or call 815-946-2400, ext. 3, for tickets, reservations and more information.

Dec. 7

Christmas walk in Dixon

DIXON – The downtown Dixon Christmas Walk runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, and features the lighting of the KSB Christmas tree, the Grinch’s Christmas Parade, ice sculpting, blacksmith demonstrations, crafts, vendors, carriage rides, food, music, late-night shopping, Santa and much, much more.

Go to www.visitnorthwestillinois.com/event/769-dixon-christmas-walk.html for the complete schedule.

Dec. 7-9

Christmas open house at the Dillon Home

STERLING – The Dillon Home’s 19th annual Christmas open house will offer nonguided walk-throughs of the museum, an 1858 Italianate all decked out for Christmas, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1500 E. Third St.

Guided tours are available during regular museum hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday. The last tour is offered an hour before closing.

Refreshments will be available in the carriage house, courtesy of the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society.

Admission costs $5 for those 13 and older, and $4 for seniors. Call 815-622-6202 for more information.

It’s a wonderful radio Christmas play

MOUNT MORRIS – The Performing Arts Guild presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pinecrest Grove Theatre, 414 S. Wesley Ave.

As was customary in radio plays, each cast member will portray several different character voices.

Tickets cost $14, or $12 for those 65 and older and students with ID, at the door, at performingartsguild.com or at 815-734-2103. Dessert is included and will be served at intermission.

Dec. 8

Amboy Christmas walk

AMBOY – Amboy’s Hometown Christmas Walk runs from 4 to 8 p.m. in the downtown.

Three dozen businesses will participate, and there will be live music, food, a craft and vendor show, a tree-lighting ceremony, musical trolley rides and pictures with Santa in Santa’s Village, for $1 or a canned item for the Amboy Junior High food drive.

Contact Meghan Schamberger or Gina McCoy at amboychristmaswalk@yahoo.com to participate. Find Amboy Hometown Christmas Walk on Facebook for a schedule, updates and more information.

Clinton Symphony holiday concert

CLINTON, Iowa – Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Vernon Cook Theater in Clinton High School, 817 Eighth Ave. S.

The program includes some holiday favorites, including collaborations with other arts groups, and concludes with a carol sing-a-long.

Tickets cost $20 for adults at the door or in advance at Grummert’s Hardware, 424 Locust St. in Sterling. Students are admitted free; each student can bring one adult for half price.

Go to clintonsymphony.org for more information.

Through Dec. 9

SAVANNA – The Savanna Historical Society’s annual Festival of Trees runs through Dec. 9 at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main St.

Nearly 50 decorated trees will be on display from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends, and there will be a silent auction and a raffle.

Admission is free. Contact Jean Ferris at 815-273-7262 or jean.ferris27@gmail.com for more information.

Dec. 10

Dixon High holiday concert

DIXON – The Dixon High School Choral Department’s annual holiday concert begins at 7 p.m. in the James A Wiltz Auditorium. The Madrigals, Concert Choir, and Honors Choir will perform traditional favorites, as well as a vocal arrangement of “Sleigh Ride” and the Pentatonix arrangement of “Mary Did You Know?”

Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

Dec. 11

Reagan choir to perform

DIXON – The Reagan Middle School Choir Department’s holiday concert begins at 7 p.m. in the James A Wiltz High School Auditorium at Dixon High School.

The students will perform novelty songs, a choir arrangement of the story “’Twas The Night Before Christmas,” and a traditional arrangement of “Silent Night” to celebrate its 200th birthday, among others.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

Dec. 13

‘Tinsel & Twang: A Merry-cana Christmas’

MOUNT MORRIS – Enjoy a country Christmas featuring spirited renditions of cherished holiday music with just the right touch of Nashville and Branson twang and sizzling swing at the Pines Playhouse at White Pines Inn, 6712 W. Pines Road.

Tinsel & Twang features seasonal standards and comedy numbers, songs by country legends Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline, Western Swing renditions of Irving Berlin and Frank Loesser hits, and Charlie Brown’s Christmas theme with a bluegrass twist.

Seating begins at 11:20 a.m., the buffet at noon and showtime is from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices vary by package; call 815-946-2400, ext. 3, or go to whitepines@whitepinesresort.net for reservations and more information.

Dec. 13-16

A ‘Christmas Kaleidoscope’ at TLP

MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse’s first Christmas show comes with a prime rib buffet at Henry’s Double K Supper Club, 834 S. Jackson St.

Christmas Kaleidoscope is a “Branson-style” musical with singing and comedy.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the buffet beginning at 6:15 p.m.; and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with service beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Tickets cost $50 for adults, $45 for seniors and $40 for students, and includes the buffet.

The box office is open from 10 a.m, to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 8215 Black Oak Road, or call 815-244-2048 or go to www.timberlakeplayhouse.org/christmas-kaleidoscope/ for tickets. Special pricing for ages 12 and younger is available.

Dec. 14-16

A spectacular Christmas concert

BYRON – Byron Civic Theater’s Christmas spectacular features holiday classics and new favorites, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater at 850 N. Colfax St.

Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Go to BCTmagic.com or call 815-312-3000 for more information.

Dec. 19

Santa at MIT

MORRISON – Santa will visit from 5 to 7 p.m. at Morrison Institute of Technology, 701 Portland Ave.

Holiday movies, treats and tours will be provided, and the first 200 children will receive a Christmas ornament created in the institute’s prototype lab.

Call 815-772-7218 for more information.

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