Historic mansion hosts holiday elegance event

The Ellwood House Museum's annual Holiday Splendor event will be held Dec. 6-8.
The Ellwood House Museum's annual Holiday Splendor event will be held Dec. 6-8.

DeKALB – Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb, will present a three-day holiday celebration in DeKalb. Festive decorations and music will welcome visitors to the historic mansion of barbed wire baron Isaac Ellwood. This year’s theme is “Holiday Splendor.” A visit to the elegantly furnished home is an ideal way to kick off the holiday season as Christmas sights, aromas and music provide a total sensory experience for visitors of all ages.

The Ellwood House holiday celebration will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 6-17, and free for those younger than 6. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or at the event. Tours begin in the Visitor Center.

More than a dozen rooms in the four-story Ellwood mansion, one of the Midwest’s most elegant historic homes, will be decorated by volunteers, community organizations and area businesses. Santa Claus will return to the Visitor Center, eager to hear those Christmas wishes. Visitors are invited to relax in the Hearthside Room, where complimentary refreshments will be served. The Ellwood House museum shop is also stocked with holiday gifts and stocking-stuffers, including handcrafted decorations and ornaments, old-fashioned games, books and other unique items.

Limited parking is available at the Ellwood House Visitor Center, just off Augusta Avenue. Interior photos of the mansion are not allowed. Call 815-756-4609 or visit for more information.

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