Top 5 things do to this weekend: Dec. 7-9, 2018

December 6, 2018

Christmas walks in Dixon, Amboy

DIXON – The downtown Dixon Christmas Walk runs from 6 to 9 p.m.Friday, 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.

On Saturday, 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.

Find Amboy Hometown Christmas Walk on Facebook for a schedule, updates and more information.

An evening of Israeli music

STERLING — The Israeli musical group Sofi & the Baladis will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

The five-member ensemble, led by singer Sofi Tsedaka, features soulful and richly textured performances of an array of musical traditions that lie at the heart of Israel’s diverse and historic cultures.

Tickets cost $10 at centennialauditorium.org or at the box office, which is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Nov. 26. Woodlawn Arts Academy is sponsoring; call 815-626-4278 for more information.

Christmas concerts in Dixon, Clinton

DIXON – The Dixon Municipal Band’s annual free Christmas concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave.

Find Dixon Municipal Band on Facebook for the lineup and more information.

Or, take a trip out of town to the Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Vernon Cook Theater in Clinton High School, 817 Eighth Ave. S.

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.

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 the 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.

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.

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