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Top 5 things to do this weekend: Dec. 8-10, 2017

Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.
Looking for something fun to do in the Sauk Valley this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

Christmas time in village

FRANKLIN GROVE – Christmas in the Grove returns to the downtown from 5 to
8 tonight, with horse-drawn wagon rides, a cookie walk, door prizes, music, raffles, refreshments, and a visit from St. Nicholas.

The Petunia City Quilters will display their raffle quilt at the American Legion Building, 139 N. Elm St., where the Methodist Women also will sell soup. The Winifred Knox Public Library, 112 S. Elm St., will have a book sale, raffle drawings, and free popcorn, and Laura Keyes will perform “Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas Memories” at 5:30 p.m.

Call 815-456-3030 for more information.

A ton of Christmas fun

ASHTON – There will be holiday activities and shopping opportunities aplenty from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Main Street during the Ashton Christmas Walk.

The event features a Holiday House Walk, horse-drawn wagon rides, a book fair, and Christmas tree decorating. There’ll also be crafts and cookies for kids at the Ashton Fire Department, and kids can grab a seat on Santa’s lap from 5 to 7 p.m. at the village office, where he’ll arrive by firetruck. Visitors also can tool around town to see the bright lights in the little city; homes will be lit up for the Christmas light contest from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Lion’s Club will serve a chili supper, and St. John’s Preschool will have a cookie walk.

In the market for holiday cheer?

DIXON – Santa will take a break from his busy schedule Saturday to stop by the Dixon Winter Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the lower level of Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St. The jolly old fella will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon to chat with kids and let people take photos.

The producer-only, handicapped-accessible market allows produce, food products, and crafts that either vendors or immediate family members have grown or made.

Find Dixon Winter Farmers Market on Facebook or contact or 815-244-4451 for more information.

Santa will be on Amboy’s turf

AMBOY – Cookies and milk? Not on Saturday, when St. Nick stops by for Breakfast with Santa, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Teen Turf, 235 W. Main St.

Folks can choose either pancakes and sausage or biscuits and gravy, with OJ, milk, or coffee. The cost is $6 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under.

A special area will be set aside where kids can shop for gifts for their parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters and siblings. Prices start at 50 cents and gift wrapping will be available.

Call 815-857-4800 or find Teen Turf on Facebook for more information.

It's a Newdough Christmas in Dixon

DIXON – “A Very Newdough Christmas” party featuring local bands Helios, Finding Home and Cheekan Newdough Sewp, will run from 7 to 11 tonight at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave.

Admission is $5.

Find A Very Newdough Christmas on Facebook for more information.

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