People in Rock Falls and Sterling line the streets Saturday evening to honor Lt. Garrett Ramos, a Sterling firefighter who dies while fighting a house fire just before midnight on Friday.

A fireworks display served as the closing note of the Seasonal Sights and Sounds festivities held in downtown Sterling on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. In addition to the fireworks, there were family activities and expanded hours for downtown businesses as the city kicked off the holiday shopping season.

The Dixon Christmas Walk commenced with the lighting of a tree at KSB Hospital. Meanwhile, shoppers and revelers had already filled the streets of Dixon. Downtown businesses stayed open later to accommodate the crowd.

Charles Dickens' beloved tale "A Christmas Carol" will be performed December 3,4,10 and 11 at the Dixon Historic Theatre.