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Holiday fun in northwest IL is here!

Small town holiday celebrations surround us!

Our northwest Illinois region of Carroll, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties is ready for the holidays. Community events are scheduled and embrace unity, share joy, and foster togetherness this time of year. It’s time to create cherished memories while welcoming live music, carolers, and street performances. We invite you to scroll through our Christmas tree farm offerings and the amazing holiday experiences waiting for you!

Christmas TreesCut your own or precut!

Ahhhh, the smell of fresh pine in your home. There is nothing better. Our Christmas tree farms will be open very soon. Many can buy precut trees, or if the spirit moves you, go out and cut your own!

Check out some of our local tree farms and find the right one for you and your family.

Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Farm Whiteside County

Sinnissippi Farm & Forest

Christmas Tree Farm Ogle County
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Strom Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Farm Lee County

Let the spirit move you

The 2023 holiday season has arrived in northwest Illinois. Our events and attractions will warm the cockles of your heart.

Let’s create cherished memories with loved ones amidst the holiday cheer.

Lighted parades bring out everyone’s sparkling personalities. Check out Rochelle’s lighted parade during their Christmas walk.

Embrace Community Spirit

By visiting any one of our local Christmas walks, you’ll feel all the feels by embracing unity, sharing joy, and fostering a sense of togetherness.

Featured here is the Mount Carroll Christmas Walk Weekend, Dec. 1-2.

 

Admire twinkling lights

Whether you’re all piled in the car with family and friends, there are many dazzling holiday light displays to view once the sun sets.

Rock Fall’s Holiday Light Display kicks off the tradition on Nov. 24!

Find warmth & cheer with entertainment

Have you shopped all day? It’s a sure bet that northwest Illinois will have you enjoying live music at Christmas concerts or laughing yourselves silly at “Scrooge the Comedy!”

'Tisthe Season!

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๐Ÿ… "Kick off your weekend with events that will surely be memory makers! 
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๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿฐ Havencrest Castle is opening its doors for one last weekend of tours and it's an experience you won't want to miss! 

https://www.visitnorthwestillinois.com/event/havencrest-castle-may-tours/2024-05-25/

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๐Ÿ“ Mad Water Saloon, Dixon, IL

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โ€ขJust a little place in Illinois โ€ข 
Part 1 

These are the things that amaze me. 

First - my son was running SO fast, I had to slow down this videoโ€ฆ

Second - how did I NOT know about this place in Illinois?!

Itโ€™s 2 hours from home. 
And I had no clue about the beautiful working, Dutch windmill overlooking the Mississippi River. 

OR that theyโ€™ve had their own small town Dutch festival for 50 years! 

This area was settled by Dutch immigrants in 1823. 
Itโ€™s quite remarkable how many generations have prioritized preserving their heritage. 

The windmill, named De Immigrant,
was officially dedicated in the year 2000. 

But before that, it was crafted in Holland from refurbished parts of old, unused windmills. Then disassembled & reassembled here by the townspeople. 

A few locals even use the mill to make local products for sale in their cultural center! 

Tours inside the windmill are FREE. 

I especially love that itโ€™s black & overlooking the water. Both are unique attributes I havenโ€™t seen in Midwest windmills yet. 

๐Ÿ“Fulton, Illinois is in NW Illinois

from Iowa
~ 45 miles from Davenport, Iowa 
~90 miles from Iowa City, Iowa 
~200 miles from Des Moines 

from Illinois
~40 miles from Dixon, Illinois 
~75 miles from Rockford, Illinois 
~140 miles from Chicago 

Have you ever heard of this Midwest windmill?
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