Holidays in Downtown DeKalb

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown DeKalb! Enjoy a decorated downtown, visiting Santa, and looking for a live Elf on the Shelf! Contact the DeKalb Chamber at (815) 756-6306 with any questions.


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2022 Events


Saturday, December 3, 10, 17 | 11AM-1PM

Santa’s House - Van Buer Plaza

Visits with Santa

See Santa live! Visit with Santa inside his house to share your Christmas wishes! Take a picture with Santa, drop off your Christmas list, and take home a candy cane! Santa's house is located at the corner of Second and Locust St.  


Thursday, December 1 | 6PM

Downtown DeKalb

Lights on Lincoln & Santa Comes to Town

Santa's Route
Special Bus Route

Celebrate the start of the holiday season in Downtown DeKalb with Lights on Lincoln and Santa Comes to Town! Enjoy holiday lights that line the streets and wave to Santa as he rides through Downtown DeKalb. Santa’s route will start at 6PM. Enjoy a Christmas tree lighting with hot chocolate and caroling in Van Buer Plaza once Santa stops at the Egyptian Theatre. Santa will be available for visits in his house in Van Buer Plaza after the Christmas tree lighting. 

The DeKalb Public Transit System will be running a free, special bus route to take families to see Lights on Lincoln. The bus will service approximately 50 bus stops throughout DeKalb with the bus arriving at Van Buer Plaza. All stops along the route will be marked with fliers to indicate where passengers can board the bus. The route is being added this year to ensure that all families can participate in this annual holiday event. Go to for bus times and more information. 


Saturday, December 17 | 11AM-1PM

Downtown DeKalb

Elfie Supporting Sponsors


Elfie Visits

See a real life Elf on the Shelf! Elfie will be at Visits with Santa in Santa's House on Saturday, December 17th from 11AM-1PM. Elfie will also be visiting local businesses throughout December to encourage supporting local during the holiday season. Vote for your favorite Elfie Visit on our Facebook page by liking your favorite photo December 13th-19th! The business/photo with the most likes will get special recognition.