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Downtown merchant sales and events spark holiday mood

SYCAMORE – The Merchants of Downtown Sycamore will hold the Jingle the Bells Jubilee from Nov. 22 through 24. Activities and specials throughout the downtown area will help to ring in the holiday mood.

The Sycamore State Theater will offer free showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 and 24. Strolling musicians will play holiday tunes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

All weekend, the Midwest Museum of Natural History will offer buy-one-get-one-free museum admission, which includes its display of Christmas trees decorated by local businesses.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Art Attack School of Art will sponsor an art show and sale, where a number of artists will be present to demonstrate or talk about their work. From 9 a.m. 2 p.m., children can create a picture with included frame for $5 and adults can make a Pinterest-inspired “Give Thanks” plaque for $20. No registration is required.

Sweet Earth Jewelry and Gifts will offer classes in making a bracelet and earrings using Swarovski crystals; visit www.sweetearthjewelry.com/classes for information on registration and fees.

Made Just for You will have free samples of holiday dip mixes and warm spiced cider, plus door prizes and free gift wrapping of in-store purchases.

Prairie on State will offer a taste of its holiday wines, including the 2013 Nouveau Release.

Many merchants will also offer discounts and door prizes. Sales are planned at The Garden Market, Sycamore Antiques, The Christian Connection, D&D Jewelers, The Clock Shoppe, and Sweet Earth.

Riccardi’s Red Hots, Bullfrogs & Butterflies, Paulsen’s Appliance and Stomp Shoes also plan to participate in the weekend of events.

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