Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Walk Activities, Nov. 30 6-9 p.m.

Christmas Walk List of Events

Pictures with Santa -- At the Mini Mall on east First Street. Get your picture with Santa and take a slide like in the classic movie A Christmas Story.

The Great Snowball Drop -- corner of First and Ottawa, with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. Sponsored by Dixon Paint Company, ACE Hardware and Dixon Tourism. Top prize is a $500 shopping spree. A chance at winning gift certificates and prizes from: Casey's General Store, Do It Best, Waterfront Gifts, Frameworks, Crystal Cork, Trein's Jewelry, Next Picture Show, Dixon Tourism and many more! More than 2,000 bags of Jelly Belly's to be handed out!

Horse and Wagon Rides -- loading at Town Square Center

Community Caroling -- 8 p.m. at the corner of First and Hennepin. Join in with local choirs as we sing classic holiday songs!

50/50 Raffle -- Annual Christmas Walk Raffle. Tickets are $5 each or a 5 for $20. Last year's winner took home $3,500. Tickets available at our raffle booth by Books on First or at Venier's Jewelry.

Blacksmith Demonstrations -- John Deere Historic Site Blacksmith Rick Trahan will be set up across from Venier's Jewelry demonstrating his art.

Live Reindeer -- Come see Santa's reindeer by Mama Cimino's on Peoria Ave.

Loveland Community House Open House  -- All our rooms will be open to walk through, to reintroduce Loveland to the Dixon community. An open art tour of all the paintings featuring many well known local artists will be hosted by the Phidean Art Club. The Eastman School of Dance will also have a dance presentation with selections from the Nutcracker Suite.Our Museum will also be open for all to get a glimpse of Dixon's colorful history, as well as coffee, hot cider, munchies and live music in our Ladies Lounge. Feel free to make use of our large parking lot and make LCH your first or last stop on your walk.

T's Lil Orbits Mini Donut Fundraiser of St. Anne's School -- at the corner of First and Hennepin throughout the night.

Camp Reynoldswood -- Free refreshments and learn about the great programs at Camp Reynoldswood -- corner of First and Hennepin

Live Nativity by the First United Methodist Church -- Located on Hennepin Ave by Bill & Dick's Barbershop, come and see the live Nativity in celebration of Christmas

Kitzmans' Warming Center -- located at the corner of First and Hennepin

Cliff's Cider Donuts -- on First Street near the Dollar Store.

DHS Madrigals -- catch them as they walk through the downtown

Rock River Valley Barbershoppers -- stopping at several business, including Next Picture Show at 7 p.m.

Midland States Bank -- Free hot chocolate, cookies and more! Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home volunteers on hand with gifts from the Boyhood Home Visitor's Center.

Next Picture Show -- Sauk Valley Bank will be co-sponsoring with KSB and Wal-Mart to have gingerbread men cookie decorating for the kids with lots of give-a-ways. Also, a musical performance by Kathy Cecchetti singing Christmas songs for everyone.

US Bank Cookie Ladies -- The traditional Cookie and Bake Sale will take place throughout the night!

Fifth Third Bank -- Jeremy the Amazer featuring his famous balloon animals.

Lee County Geneaological Society -- See the great Lionel Train racing on its tracks in the front window. Stop in for treats.  

Ginko Tree Cafe --serving teas, coffee, mulled cider, hot chocolate, gourmet pizza slices, ginger bread, and cookies or brownies.  We are having live music by Jay VonBruchhaeuser and Nate Gordon from 6-9. We will have a drawing for free tea, lunch, classes and other goodies

Griffin Computer -- Stop in for treats and enter the iPad raffle.

Venier's Jewelry -- Refreshments. Get your 50/50 raffle tickets here.

Sherwin Williams -- Hot Wheels Races throughout the night. Watch the cars race the mega track!

Audio Video -- Treats, refreshments, and enter the drawing for a great prize.

Marceille's -- Make your own reindeer food to give to Santa's friends on Christmas Eve

C&N Supply -- Cookie Decorating throughout the night.

J&J Household Furniture -- Give-aways and refreshments

Democratic Headquarters -- Chestnuts Roasting!

Trein's Jewelry -- Refreshments.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stopover T's available for limited time!

Thanks to the fantastic generosity of Mumford & Sons, Dixon Main Street is able to offer a special order of additional Stopover T-Shirts from the concert this past summer. For just a $30 donation to Dixon Main Street, you can get a Dixon badge shirt in time for Christmas. A great gift idea for anyone from Dixon, anyone that attended the events back in August, or anyone that loves Mumford & Sons, or simply for anyone that could use a new shirt! Just click the pic and print out the order form! A limited supply of shirts will be available at Books on First, Crystal Cork and Venier's soon.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas Walk!! Nov. 30

Dixon's 24th Annual Christmas Walk to feature annual Snowball Drop, Community Caroling, Reindeer and much more!

The 24th Annual Christmas Walk has been set for Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. This year’s event is being brought to you by Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce. The festivities kick-off as Santa will arrive in downtown Dixon at KSB Hospital at 6 p.m. for a tree lighting ceremony. The walk also features specials and give-aways at many of the downtown stores and, of course, the traditional horse-and-wagon rides will be available from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. that night.

After walking through the streets and taking in the atmosphere, families will get a chance to win a bounty of cash and prizes at the Great Snowball Drop at 7 p.m. at the corner of First and Ottawa. More than 3000 "snowballs" will drop from the sky and festival goers will get to catch a snowball for a chance at great prizes ranging from a $500 shopping spree to gift certificates to Dixon businesses. The drop will have a new and improved method of scattering the snowballs thanks to Dixon Paint Company and ACE Hardware.

"The Great Snowball Drop is the can't miss event of the night," said Josh Albrecht, DMS executive director. "It is just going to keep getting better every year. The top prize of a $500 shopping spree to the business of the winners choice will be a great prize."

There will be a limit of 3 balls per person and everyone will be able to claim their prizes the night of the event.

A new addition to this year's activities will be the chance for kids to meet a few of Santa's reindeer at the corner of First and Hennepin Ave. Festival goers will be able to get pictures taken and meet these great holiday helpers.

At 8 p.m., join the Community Christmas Caroling at the corner of First and Hennepin as a group singing of several traditional songs will be song.

All night long 50/50 raffle tickets will be available. Last year's winner took home nearly $3,500. Tickets will be available at several downtown businesses and at the Raffle Tent outside of Books on First.

Also on Friday night, check out activities like cookie decorating at C&N Supply, Hot Wheels races at Sherwin-Williams, balloon artists, and much, much  more. A full listing and details will be available online at soon.

Come back downtown on Saturday for Breakfast with Santa at the Lee County Senior Center and Post House Ballroom. There will be a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (the breakfast ends at 10:30 a.m.). Also on Saturday, the Dixon Municipal Band will hold their annual holiday concert that evening at 7 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre.

Christmas Walk Timeline of Events

Friday, Nov. 30
6 p.m. – Santa arrives at KSB Hospital (main entrance) for the official start of the Christmas Walk with a tree lighting ceremony.
6 p.m. – Shops are open and offering various treats and specials. Wagon rides begin.
7 p.m. –  Great Snowball Drop at Ottawa and First Street
8 p.m. --  Community Christmas Caroling at First and Hennepin
9 p.m.. – Christmas Walk 50/50 Raffle drawing

Saturday, Dec. 4
8 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa begins at the Post House
7 p.m. – Dixon Municipal Band Christmas Concert at the Dixon Theatre