Oregon will officially kick off the Christmas season on Saturday, Nov. 30 with its 27th annual Candlelight Walk.
Entertainment, good food, and giveaways are just a small part of the evening's events which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce.
Santa Claus will light the Christmas tree on the Ogle County Courthouse lawn at 4 p.m. to begin the festivities.
Luminaria will light the downtown, compliments of the Oregon Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and Oregon High School Key Club.
A Winter Quarter Carnival for kids ages 3 to 10 is one of this year's new features.
Chamber president Debbie Leffelman said the Oregon Park District and two 4-H clubs have teamed up to provide games that youngsters will enjoy at a cost of 25 cents in the lower level of the Coliseum.
"This year we've moved the tree lighting to the courthouse lawn, where there will also be a light display featuring the Christmas tree, Gingerbread House, and a snowman," she said.
Previously, the tree lighting was at the Coliseum.
Franklin Street will between Fourth Street (Ill. 2) and Third Street will be closed to traffic and transformed into Candy Cane Lane for the evening.
Businesses throughout the city will extend their hours for shoppers to find holiday bargains, gifts, and refreshments.
Youngsters can visit with Santa and Mrs. Santa in the lower level of the Oregon Coliseum after the tree lighting until 8 p.m. and then walk down Candy Cane Lane on their way to see Santa's reindeer at First National Bank and shop at Conover Square.
A Holiday Gift Fair featuring numerous vendors will be held at the Coliseum, offering a variety of items and information.
In the downstairs, the Gingerbread Kitchen and Pizza Hut will serve a variety of food. More food will be offered on Candy Cane Lane.
Entertainment from music to drama to dance will be offered throughout the evening at the Coliseum. Conover Square will host live entertainment, refreshments and plenty of holiday décor.
Shoppers can also sign up to win prizes and a $250 shopping spree in the Red Bow Give-A-Way. Register at participating businesses, which will display the large red Candlelight Walk Bow.
Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available all evening, taking riders throughout the downtown to view holiday lights and decorations.