5 things to do in DeKalb County: Moonlight Magic shopping, food drives for those in need and more

1. Get your holiday shopping season while enjoying dance performances at Moonlight Magic in downtown Sycamore from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

Considered the official kick off to the local holiday shopping season in Sycamore, downtown shops are gearing up for this year’s marathon. Stores will be open late for the event Friday, and offer deals and sales as part of the magic.

Storefront windows will come alive as local arts, theatre and dance groups perform.

For information, go to discoversycamore.com/sights/5411/.

2. Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb opens up holiday displays tours through Dec. 12

Christmas has returned to the historic Ellwood House in DeKalb, which from now through Dec. 12 will be open for guided 75-minute tours that showcase all three floors and basement level of the holiday decorated 1879 mansion.

As part of the holiday season, each room on two levels in the home of barb wire inventor Isaac Ellwood has been adorned with festivity.

Participants are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Tours can be reserved for households of no more than 10 people and will begin at the Visitor Center. Reservations must be placed at least 24 hours in advance. A lift is available to bring residents to the first floor as needed.

For tickets and information, go to eventbrite.com/e/-guided-holiday-tours-tickets.

3. 2021 Fall Dance Concern at Northern Illinois University’s O’Connell Theatre, 200 University Circle in DeKalb, 7:30 p.m. Friday

The dancers of NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance will take center stage for their annual crowd-pleasing Fall Dance Concert.

For information and tickets, go to calendar.niu.edu.

4. Holiday Artist Market at Blumen Gardens, 403 E. State St. in Sycamore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday

Join Blumen Gardens for the Holiday Artist and Maker Market and shop goods from more than 25 vendors, who will offer home goods, candles, clothing, jewelry, pottery, candy and more.

For information and to see the list of vendors, go to facebook.com/events.

5. Feed the Need and Let’s Talk Turkey help residents enjoy holiday meals this season Friday and Saturday

Let’s Talk Turkey is WLBK FM 98.9/AM 1360′s annual Thanksgiving food drive, and will be held this year from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The drive benefits the Salvation Army. Participants are invited drop off turkeys or a monetary donation at the Salvation Army at Ninth and Grove St. in DeKalb to help serve those in need.

Hosted by 94.9 WDKB and Metronet, the Feed the Need drive will benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank, which provides resources for residents in DeKalb County. Participants are invited to drop off pet food, nonperishable food items or monetary donations throughout the month, or deliver them directly on Friday and Saturday at Hy-Vee in Sycamore, 2688 DeKalb Ave.

For information on Feed the Need, go to 949WDKB.com.

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