Come Home for the Holidays

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Sterling is the perfect Hallmark-style town to visit over the holidays. With the Historical Logan County Courthouse as the centerpiece in the quaint downtown area, amble among the lighted trees, street lamps and seasonally decorated storefronts. (The courthouse lighting ceremony is at 5:30 pm on Friday, November 5.) Browse and shop at the many unique boutiques and specialty stores. Stop for a bite to eat at one of our fun eateries. Bring mittens to playfully toss a snowball at your crush under the glow of the Christmas lights.

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Enjoy “Christmas on the Prairie” at the Overland Trail Museum throughout the month of December for twinkling lights, roasting chestnuts, festive entertainment, cookies, caroling, hot cider, cozy fires and memories that last a lifetime.

Head to beautiful downtown Sterling for a Parade of Lights along Main Street on Thursday, December 1. The Christmas in Toyland-themed procession of colorfully lighted floats and vehicles will begin at 6 pm and will feature an appearance from Santa Claus as the highlight of the parade.

Northeastern Junior College presents "Deserts of Broadway" featuring musical performances and scenes from Broadway's best served with various homemade desserts, Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 7 pm

Celebrate the holiday season with “Hope is Born!” presented by Windsong Chorus/Barbershoppers Christmas Musical on Sunday, December 4, 3 pm.

Voices will be raised on Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm when the Master Chorale presents the "30th Noel" Christmas Concert at the Dorothy Corsberg Theatre on the Northeastern Junior College campus.

All eyes will be on the stage at the Dorothy Corsberg Theatre for the Northeastern Dance Academy's "Nutcracker Remix," Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18. 

See and experience the extraordinary Parade of Trees at the Sterling Public Library at the Sterling Public Library on Thursday, December 22, 5-8 pm. The lights will be turned down to allow the beautifully decorated trees to shine! The evening features refreshments and live music, too.

Many of Sterling’s downtown merchants are open for extended hours during the month of December for your holiday shopping. Click the eNews link at for updated information.

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Shop for Sterling-made gifts:

Colorado Popcorn Company – A gourmet popcorn manufacturer, wholesaler and local retailer in Sterling.

Cualtzy Bakery & Treats - Traditional Mexican treats baked fresh daily + custom cakes and cupcakes.

High Plains Spice Company – Hand-mixed seasoning, tea and coffee blends, from everyday to gourmet.

Mike’s Meat Market – Beef sticks and summer sausage handmade from start to finish.

Parts & Labor Brewing – Handcrafted ales (cans, growlers and swag available for gift giving).

Red’s Wine Boutique – Specializing in small-batch productions (labels feature rescue dogs).

Rideau Organics – Plant-based skincare for active lifestyles, inspired by Colorado’s beautiful and rugged landscape.

Sterling Creatives Art Co-Op and Gallery – Locally made art, from pottery and jewelry to slumped glass and stained glass.

Sweetly Vintage – A bit of old, a bit of new, and lots of handcrafted and upcycled furnishings.

Wickedly Good Treats – Custom made cupcakes, cookies, macaroons and more.


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Come Home for the Holidays

Believe it or not, the holiday season is here, and our calendar is filling up with some of the best Christmassy things to do this time of year. Don't forget to check back often as new activities get added.

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As you plan your trip to Sterling and Logan County:

Skip the Traffic Jams

Here you’ll discover a plethora of activities at every level of adventure. And to top it all off, you’ll rarely be caught in a traffic jam or stand in line. It’s what we like to call free-range tourism!

Ditch the Long Lines

Enjoy our culinary culture which includes down-home favorites at the local diners and exquisite cuisine in upscale restaurants. A gigantic scoop of hard ice cream is a favorite at the charming Simkins Parlour and the Hot Spot Smokehouse has some of the best barbecue around. Stop at the Parts & Labor Brewing Company for a selection from their diverse menu and a brew made with locally grown wheat.

Roam Freely and Relax

Accommodations in Sterling and Logan County range from a quaint boutique motel to modern hotels in beautiful settings. Travelers who prefer recreational vehicles or tent camping will feel right at home at our campsite facilities.

This Week in Logan County

In Honor of All Veterans

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Thank you for your time, bravery, and sacrifice for this country.

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We are forever grateful for what our veteran's have done to maintain America's freedom.

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Happy Veterans Day!

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11 Ways to Help Veterans, Soldiers and Their Families. (Read more here.)

  • Donate an old cell phone
  • Send a care package or letter
  • Help build homes for injured vets
  • Drive a veteran to an appointment
  • "Stand Down" to help homeless vets rebuild their lives
  • Help a veteran heal with an animal companion
  • Help service members and their families succeed in the civilian workplace
  • Donate airline miles
  • Help prison inmates raise service dogs for veterans
  • Help a service member call home
  • Help a veteran get back to civilian life.

Treat a veteran to a meal at one of our local favorite eateries.



This Weekend in Logan County

Our mild weather is perfect for a variety of activities when you just want to break away from the hustle and bustle of your life.

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This could be considered our best time of the year. Autumn ushers in warmer days and cooler nights along the South Platte River valley and out to the unique formations of the quiet prairie.

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Are you looking to plan a visit to Sterling? Find a variety of ideas to fill your itinerary. Maybe you love museums or hiking and biking? Perhaps you enjoy golf or disc golf or fishing and boating? Here you’ll discover a variety of activities for every level of adventure. And to top it all off, you’ll rarely be caught in a traffic jam or stand in line!

Ready for some free-range travel? You’ve come to the right place to roam.

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This Weekend in Logan County

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Fall activities can be exhausting! From leaf peeping to Halloween creeping, make sure you refuel as you explore.

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Our culinary culture includes down-home favorites at local diners, and unique cuisine and signature specialties at our restaurants. A gigantic scoop of hard ice cream is a favorite at the charming Simkins Parlour, and the Hot Spot Smokehouse delivers revved-up barbecue in the former Bill's Motors 1926 building. Stop at Parts & Labor Brewery next door for a vintage shop vibe and a brew made with locally grown wheat.

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