Category Archives: Winter Festival

Savanna’s Festival of Trees

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Savanna’s Festival of Trees
December 6, 2014 – December 14, 2014
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

It’s a Wonderful Life as sponsors from Savanna and surroundings communities show their Holiday spirit. Fifty lighted Christmas trees are delightfully decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals in a competition for the Best Tree. Beneath each tree are gift items worth $25 to $400 as Raffle prizes to benefit the Savanna Museum & Cultural project. Visitors submit their votes for the Best Tree. Special Festival Events will entertain children and families. Stay and watch nostalgic Christmas movie classics that run throughout the Festival. Donations are appreciated and help the Savanna Historical Society NFP open the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center on a permanent basis.

Hours are Sat & Sun noon to 6pm and weekdays 4-7 pm. The Savanna Historical Museum is located at 406 Main Street in downtown Savanna.

Mount Carroll’s Christmas Walk & Tour of Homes

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Mount Carroll Christmas Walk & Tour of Homes
December 6, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dickens characters will stroll about downtown Mt Carroll and old-fashioned horse drawn wagons will take you back in time along our brick streets. Take time to check the unique shops & restaurants. Plan to spend the evening and experience a variety of live musical entertainment at our eateries & pubs.

Savanna’s Annual Christmas Walk

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Savanna’s Annual Christmas Walk
November 28, 2014

We’re making a list and checking it twice. Not ready to share but it’s gonna be nice. Santa Claus is coming to our little town featuring authentic small-town hospitality, shopping, dining, entertainment, and more! Be certain to invite your friends and family!

Shannon’s Hometown Christmas

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“2014 Hometown Christmas”
Friday, Nov. 21 st & Saturday, Nov. 22 nd

Download a Printable PDF Here!

Download a Printable PDF Christmas Parade Entry Form Here!

Hometown Christmas Traditional Events

  • Shannon Lions Chili & Soup Supper – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm–7pm
  • Visit with Santa and Live Reindeer – At the Fire Station, Friday 5pm-7pm
  • Kids Create an ornament to hang on the Community Christmas Tree – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm-7pm
  • Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree – In the Park, Friday 7:30
  • Lighted Christmas Parade – Friday 7:45pm (rain date – Nov. 22 nd ) Start at EMS (west), past the park to South Street, to Linn, to Bradshaw, to Hickory, back to EMS
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies – In the Park before & during the Parade

Homes & Crafters

  1. Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts – 2 W. Market. – 20+ flavors of popcorn, coffees, Keurig single serve. Galena Canning Co. items, napkins on sale. Many great gifts. Fri. 9am–8pm, Sat. 9am–6pm
  2. The Shannon Café – 29 E. Market – Daily specials, home style cooking, soups, salads & desserts. Sunday smorgasbord (last Sunday of month) Café hours-Tues-Thurs 6am-9pm Sun 7am-2pm
  3. Family Tree Creations – 409 S. Walnut. Primitive, folk art, wreaths, Felted wool mittens, crocheted kids hats, snowmen, fall Fri. 9am–5:00pm, Sat. 9am–3pm
  4. Christmas at Cindy’s – 209 S. Chestnut. Hand painted items, decorated trees, photo cards, sewn creations. Bake shop featuring cinnamon rolls, cookies, specialty breads. Fri. 8:30am–6pm, Sat. 8:30am–2pm
  5. Christmas Gatherings  – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel). Marge’s peanut brittle, cookies, candies. Lynn’s handmade crafts, appliqued towels, table runners, Nola’s pies, fudge, divinity, cutout cookies Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  6. Christmas in the Village – 501 S Walnut – Amy’s Fascinators & Pins, Rachel’s Pen & Ink Plates & Birchwood Snowmen, candles, bath & body, handmade purses, decorated wreaths & trees, Inspired Whimsically Fri.9am-5pm Sat.9am-2pm
  7. Dollinger Tree Farm – 23882 Payne Rd. – Gift shop, Tree trims, Order wreath & cemetery decorations, Christmas trees. Door prizes. Complementary Enticements hot cider and treats Fri. & Sat. 8am–5pm
  8. Trailside General Store & Gifts – 2 mi. West of Rt. 72 & Rt. 73 on Zier Rd. – Enjoy a Cappuccino, save with our $5 lunch specials, 25% off all holiday trim & décor. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 am–9 pm
  9. Silver Moon Winery -21305 Zier Rd. Wine, accessories, imported olive oils & balsamic vinegars. Sat 12-5pm, Sunday 12pm–3pm (Sat & Sun apply through December 14 th No Friday’s) www.silvermoonwineryinc.com
  10. Holiday Celebration with the Pannkuk’s – 210 S Chestnut- Unique solar light designs, homemade goodies and NEW this year- Pallet Art. A must stop location. Fri. 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-3pm
  11. Je’Rod’s Bar&Grill – Stop in try our delicious burgers, Our customers say they are the best around Fri/Sat11am-10pm
  12. Hot Chocolate House – 317 Sunrise Drive – Christmas crafts, baked goods, pies ,cookies, breads & cinnamon rolls Fri 8-5pm Sat. 8-3pm
  13. Noordhoff’s Nook – 302 E Sunrise Drive – Celebrate a handmade holiday! Decorative wine bottles, wood crafts, homemade egg noodles, baked goods, cookies in a jar, crocheted dish clothes, & more! Fri 8:30-6:30pm/Sat 8:30-3pm
  14. 2 Ol Putzers – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel) – Hand painted items, ornaments, wood firemen. Fisherman, decorated gift bags. Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  15. Wirtjes Agency – 106 W Market – Christmas at the Office: Baked goods, homemade jelly, Handmade candles, unique gifts, lotions, and much more!! Many gifts ideas under $20 Fri. 9-5pm Sat. 9-3pm
  16. Shear Elegance & Mary Kay – 118 E Division – Mary Kay, gifts & gift ideas, Visit our salon & sample our products. Don’t forget to register to win a facial or pedicure. Fri- 9-6pm Sat. 9-3pm
  17. Shannon Fire Station – 14 S Hickory – over 20 Crafters all in the same location. Hours: Fri 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-3pm.

1. L-BRI by Vickie Beyer – Natural Aloe Vera based skin care- health and wellness products

2. Crafts by Bonnie Miles – Purses, aprons, table mats, quilts, pillow cases, potholders for bowls, other textiles

3. Crafts by Beverly Hayunga – Crotchet towels and other Christmas items, solar lights, shelving, and wall hangers.

4. Creatively Yours – Ruth Fagan & Diane VanRaden Bake goods, Christmas Crafts, Homemade Candy, honey, homemade jams, fleece baby blankets

5. Mary Kay – Jeannette Murray – Skin Care packed with multiple benefits. Special offers you don’t want to miss.

6. Pretty Stitches – Brett & Elayne Sivertsen- Custom apparel, gift decoration, custom made shirts for Eastland

7. Bake goods by Jackie Brown – baked items, breads, cookies, coffee cakes, crafts

8. Scentsy – Sherry Burke- Fragrance a safe way to scent your environment.

9. Crafts by Dee – Table runners, placemats, lots of crafts and seasonal items

10. Vera Adams – Handmade Bibs, towels, dish rags

11. Candy’s Crafts & More – Candy Curran Assorted crafts

12. Bonnie’s Brittles – Various types of brittles made extra thin. Spanish peanut, pecan, homemade cashew, black walnut, phopsuey.

13. Eastland Cheerleaders – Face painting, Eastland & EPC Apparel

14. Jewelry & Crafts by Dorie, Norm & Ardith –  Hand-cut stones, Handmade jewelry, crafts, cinnamon rolls

15. FAB JC with Inspired Creations – hand woven jewelry

16. Cindy’s Crocheted Creations – Character hats, infinity scarfs, Brim hats, boot cuff, collar scarfs, headbands

17. Crafts by Diane – Plastic canvas, crochet scarfs and other crafts

18. D’z Treats & Cards by Mary – Mixers in jars-handmade goodies, handmade greeting cards

19. Beads by Bonnie – Unique items made with beads and safety pins

20. Body works by Brenda – Brenda Moll- Chair Massages

21. Izzy Rose Boutique – American Girl doll clothes, children’s aprons, Upcycled mittens, etc. Bags all handmade

22. Alpca It Up-Kelly Miller – Socks, hats, gloves, items to warm you!

23. Dee’s Delights – Jams and Salsa’s

Jackie Brown & Family will be serving lunch at the fire station 11am-2pm.

Shannon Chamber of Commerce 150 yr. Shannon Memorabilia books- Special Pricing. Available @ Eastland Cheerleaders Booth@ Fire Station/ Blarney Stone/ First State Bank Shannon

Download a Printable PDF Here!

Download a Printable PDF Christmas Parade Entry Form Here!

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Winter in Carroll County

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From your backyard to ours…

Looking for a reason to get in the car to enjoy a splendid winter day in the country? Look no further than Carroll County, Illinois. With so much to see, experience, and do, there’s no better reason, or season, to discover the hidden treasures and pleasures of this region than winter. When autumn slips into winter, mile after magnificent mile of rolling hills and towering woodlands that make up our region transform into some of Illinois’ most spectacular visual winter wonderland.

What a delightful time to visit the country. Warm fires and hot drinks welcome you after eventful days of exhilarating outdoor fun. Carroll County is a great place for cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, winter hiking, and bird watching. Many splendid birds can be seen wintering near the Mississippi River, but none as majestic as the American Bald Eagle! Hundreds make their home on the river every year.

Stores are filled with holiday crafts, handmade jewelry, artwork, quilts, seasonal decorations, and much more. Restaurants are brimming with new menu choices and old favorites. Bed & Breakfasts offer delicious hot meals, while cabins offer comfy quilts and crackling fireplaces.

Come and enjoy what Carroll County has to offer this winter. Spend a weekend in one of our many cabins, hotels, or bed and breakfasts. Relax in front of a warm fire. Enjoy a glass of wine and a little leisure time before the hectic New Year kicks into gear.

We’re located just 30 minutes from Galena, 60 minutes from Rockford, and 90 minutes from Chicagoland. Carroll County is a perfect distance for a getaway before the season changes and life gets busy. We hope to see you soon!