Ring in the holiday cheer this weekend with Ellwood House holiday tours, Christmas concert


Sean Reed

The Celebration Chorale will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 317 N. Fourth St. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor

Kick-off December right by ringing in the holiday cheer this weekend. Throughout DeKalb, holiday-themed events will be taking place.


Santa Claus will be visiting downtown DeKalb from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The visit will take place in the Van Buren Plaza, 148-198 N. 2nd St. 

This free event will be held inside Santa’s house which the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has set up in the plaza. The chamber invites people to come with their Christmas lists. Santa will give candy canes to those who have been nice this year during their visit. 

For more information, email the Chamber of Commerce at [email protected]


Decorated for Christmas, the Ellwood House, 420 Linden Place, is opening its door this weekend. Instead of its normal tours which are led by a docent, the tours this holiday season will be self-guided. 

The Ellwood House is the mansion of barbed-wore magnate Isaac Ellwood. The museum will be hosting the self-guided tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for children under 18 and are free for children under five. They are available for purchase at the museum’s Eventbrite page or via the phone at 815-756-4609. 


Celebrate the holidays by making a festive craft. The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., will be hosting an event where people can make their own snowglobes. 

The event will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participation will be free, but supplies are first come, first served. The program is intended for adults as it is a more intensive craft. The library will have different items and supplies to put inside the snow globe to help maintain the holiday cheer. 

For more information, email Grace Sharp at [email protected]


The Celebration Chorale from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be performing a Christmas concert at First United Methodist Church, 317 N. 4th St. 

This concert will tell the story of Christmas in musical form. The choir will be joined by two piano players who will be playing on the same piano and a handbell choir. The concert is free, but there will also be an opportunity to donate money. After the show, there will be refreshments available. 

For more information, call Sally Mullis at 815-739-6087.