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7 SPECTACULAR | Country Stops for Holiday Fun


The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without blocking out some time for good ol’ fashioned fun spent in the country. With many country stops not too far from where we live, each of these featured locations are the perfect distance away for a morning or afternoon country drive. Whether you want to set out to find the perfect Christmas tree or you’re looking for some craft-inspired country gifts, this month’s list will take you there, indeed. Here are 7 Spectacular Country Stops for Holiday Fun. Enjoy!

1. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE HOSTED  BY BLUMEN GARDENS • NOVEMBER 10 Come enjoy a beautiful sight to see. Blumen Gardens will be twinkling head to toe with Christmas lights as you mingle, sip, shop, and relax. Bring your friends and family and enjoy the warmth by the fire. Enjoy a poinsettia cocktail and music while you shop. Unique gifts for everyone on your list including teachers, friends, family and dont forget about yourself! 403 Edward St., Sycamore, Illinois 60178, (815) 895-3737

2. CRAFTY GIFTS & MORE AT HAPPY HEN HOUSE IN HINCKLEY A unique gift shop always changing for the seasons. Unique items include home decor, whimsical items, antiques , jewelry, clothing, and more. A wide Christmas selection that you will surely love. 8329 E Sandwich Rd, Hinckley, Illinois, (815) 286-9055, Follow them on Facebook

3. CHOOSE YOUR DREAM TREE  AT CAMELOT CHRISTMAS TREE FARM IN DEKALB Plan a day and head out to this beautiful Christmas tree farm in DeKalb where you and yours can choose and cut your holiday tree, or enjoy one of the countless pre-cut trees that are available. Visit online before you make the trip to view the types of Christmas Trees that are for sale. BONUS! Free cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be available in their heated Christmas Tree Shed. How fun is that? 16380 Somonauk Rd, DeKalb, (815) 756-6599,

4. BACKROADS HOLIDAY VINTAGE MARKET AT EMERSON CREEK  POTTERY & TEA ROOM • Nov 11 & 12 Enjoy vintage and handmade holiday goodness at the 2017 holiday market, showcasing a vibrant medley of unique vintage and handmade holiday vendors. Find the perfect gift for a loved one or decor to deck your halls this holiday season! 10am-4pm • $10/per car (cash only)

5. STARVED ROCK TROLLEY LIGHTS TOUR December 16-23 • 6-8pm Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas. They do the driving so you can enjoy the light displays in the fully enclosed heated trolley (but bring a blanket anyway). Christmas carols are played to help get you in the holiday spirit. Reservations required. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets.

6. ENJOY THE BEAUTY AT FESTIVAL OF TREES IN GALENA TERRITORY Sunday, December 3 • 10am–8pm Stroll thru the beautiful Old Stone Community Building in Warren, Illinois (Galena Territory) and enjoy more than 50 uniquely decorated Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by organizations, churches, school children and individuals of the Warren community. Free admission. (815) 745-9011,

7. HOLIDAY IN THE GROVE IN BEAUTIFUL SUGAR GROVE Saturday, December 2 • All Day Long Holiday in the Grove is a festive community event that includes Breakfast with Santa and many other holiday activities throughout the day in Sugar Grove. Holiday in the Grove was established to continue to run the Sugar Grove Community Christmas festival. This volunteer-ran event is the highlight of the year for the entire community. We hope to Glance you there.