Wednesday, November 6, 2013

25th Anniversary Christmas Walk set for Dec. 6

{Lighted Holiday Parade, Great Snowball Drop to highlight the celebration

The 25th Annual Dixon Christmas Walk presented by Dixon Main Street, Dixon Chamber of Commerce, and Sauk Valley Bank has been set for Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. with lots of great activities for the whole family being planned as downtown Dixon businesses stay open late with a host of activities.

The night will kick-off with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at KSB Hospital and feature the arrival of Santa Claus and songs by the Reagan Middle School choir.

"The countdown to the tree lighting is always a magical experience. The kids in the crowd are always amazed to see Santa Claus arrive on the fire truck," Albrecht said.

Since this is the 25th Anniversary, the Christmas Walk committee has decided to host a special Lighted Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. during the Christmas Walk. Business, organizations and individuals who would like to be a part of the parade can contact the Main Street office.

The popular Great Snowball Drop will be back again this year, but it will be moving to the west end of First Street as the Drop will take place in front of Dixon Paint Company's new location in the former Wermer's Building at near the corner of First and Peoria Avenue. Many great prizes are in store for snowball catchers from local businesses along with a few special "money snowballs" with cash prizes. And back is the top prize of a $500 Shopping Spree!

Other highlights include: The Loveland Community Houses Christmas Open House, cookie decorating at the Next Picture Show, Hot Wheels races at Sherwin-Williams, Santa at the Mini Mall, Jeremy the Amazer, blacksmith demonstration from John Deere Historic Site, The Rock River Valley Barbershop Choir, DHS Madrigals, and much more. A full listing and details and map will be available at the DMS website in mid November (

Come back downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7 for Breakfast with Santa at the Lee County Senior Center and Post House Ballroom. There will be a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa and much more. And the Dixon Municipal Band will hold their annual holiday concert that evening at 7 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre.

For more information, call 815-288-2308 or

Christmas Walk Timeline of Events

Friday, Dec. 6
6 p.m. – KSB Tree Lighting Ceremony as Santa arrives for the official start of the Christmas Walk.
6 p.m. – Shops are open and offering various treats and specials. Wagon rides begin.
7 p.m. –  Lighted Holiday Parade
8 p.m.. – The Great Snowball Drop
9 p.m. -- Christmas Walk 50/50 drawing

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

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