Mansion's holiday decor festive, elegant

DeKALB – The Ellwood House Mansion is lavishly decorated for the holidays by individuals, businesses and clubs from throughout the community. Christmas sights, sounds and smells create a total sensory experience.

Visitors to the mansion’s holiday celebration will enjoy history and art exhibits, browse the museum shop for unique items and taste refreshments in the Visitor Center. For many local families, a visit to the elegantly-furnished home of 19th-century barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood is a holiday tradition.

Businesses and organizations decorating the mansion this year include Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, Brandie Barrett, Cracker Jax, DeKalb Area Garden Club, Designs by Muffin, Ellwood Explorers, Finishing Touches Interiors, Kishwaukee College Floral Design class, Kohl’s Department Store, The National Bank & Trust, OC Imageworks, Resource Bank and Target.

Santa Claus will return to the Visitor Center’s carriage gallery, eager to hear those Christmas wishes in his antique sleigh. Visitors are also invited to relax and enjoy complimentary refreshments of the season. The Museum Shop is well-stocked with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, including handcrafted decorations and holiday ornaments, old-fashioned games and books.

Ellwood House Holiday

7-9 p.m. Dec. 7, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9

Adults $10, children 6-16 $3, children 5 and younger free

Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St., DeKalb

Custom tours can be booked Dec. 3-6 by calling 815-756-4609.

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