Holidays in Downtown DeKalb

Make your holiday season bright by visiting Downtown DeKalb this season! Enjoy decorated storefront windows, lights lining Lincoln Highway, and visiting with Santa inside his Christmas house. All events are free to attend.

2023 Events

Santa and Elfie

Lights on Lincoln & Santa Comes to Town

Thursday, November 30 | 6PM

Downtown DeKalb
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 outside the Egyptian Theatre. Santa will be available for visits in his house in Van Buer Plaza after the Christmas tree lighting.
Santa's Route

The City of DeKalb Public Transit will run special bus routes to Lights on Lincoln. Bus routes run throughout the event to ensure all families get to visit with Santa after he arrives at his house in Van Buer Plaza. Click the button below to view the bus schedule.

Special Bus Schedule
Santa posing by Visits with Santa sign

Visits with Santa

Saturday, December 2, 9, 16 | 11AM-1PM

Santa's House, Van Buer Plaza (Corner of 2nd and Locust St)

Visit with Santa inside his house all the way from the North Pole! Take a photo with Santa and share your Christmas wish list. Santa's helper, Elfie, will be available for photos with Santa on December 2nd during Downtown DeKalb's Merry Market.

2023 Adventures with Elfie

Elfie at Michaels

Elfie Locations

Presenting Sponsors

Illinois Community Credit Union logoNIU Convocation Center logo

The following participants have hidden Elfie cut outs in their businesses. Be part of Elfie's Adventures this holiday season by finding the hidden cut outs and scanning their attached QR codes for a chance to win a local gift card!

  • Barb City Manor
  • Canvas Hair Studio
  • Cracker Jax
  • Dana's Day Spa
  • Elder Care Services of DeKalb County
  • evsie/maurices
  • Heartland Bank
  • Illinois Community Credit Union
  • Knodle's Appliance Service Co.
  • Le Print Express
  • Michaels
  • NIU Convocation Center
  • Old National Bank
  • Stoddard State Farm
  • Tails Humane Society
  • The Herbal Oracle
  • This & That Collectibles
  • Thrivent
  • Sycamore Tom & Jerry's


Supporting Sponsors

Barb City Manor logoHeartland Bank logoLe print express logoMichaels Logo