The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring several events to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.

The first event is Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 28. Visit local businesses all day long and when you purchase an item, you will be eligible to enter to win one of three $50 Chamber Bucks prizes.

Available items include gifts, clothing, home d├ęcor, furniture, gift certificates, ornaments, antiques and collectibles, home improvement and more.

Check Facebook for updates and also features of several local businesses.

Due to Covid-19, the annual Tour of Homes will not be held, however, the Chamber is sponsoring a new event, the Tour of Lights.

The event begins Friday, Dec. 4, with the Community Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the courtyard bandstand and ends Dec. 31. Judging is Dec. 4 with winners announced Dec. 5.

There are five categories: Oh, Holy Night, Festive Business, Star Light/Star Bright, Dazzle & Delight and Winter Wonderland.

Register your home or business at City Hall or email by Nov. 25. All that is required is your name, address and phone number. There is no registration fee.

Winners of each category will receive a $100 prize in Chamber Bucks. The Chamber Facebook page has more details for this event. Join us in making Mount Carroll merry and bright this holiday season!

The Chamber is also sponsoring a holiday raffle. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and will be sold by board members and at City Hall. The grand prize is $150 cash.

Other prizes include a fresh wreath from West Point Tree Farm, a holiday arrangement from Flower Fan-a-See, a snow shovel from the Mount Carroll Home Center, a subscription to the Carroll County Mirror-Democrat and a 2020 Mount Carroll Chamber ornament.