As Christmas and the new year draw near, it is often fun to grab some coffee or hot cocoa from Broadway Market and then drive around to look at lights and decorations. Sterling is literally glowing with holiday cheer as Christmas lights and decor illuminate the streets and dazzle the eye.
If you are unable to venture out to take in the views, here are 25 of the best examples of Sterling’s holiday spirit for your enjoyment, all without leaving the warm fireplace.
Now sit back, sip some cocoa, and experience the lights of this cozy small town.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Donna Zimmerman decorates her tree with snowflake ornaments.
Color fills Downtown, Sterling, at night with these strings of festive lights.
Decorating is a huge part of the holiday season for Linda Boltz. “I like Santas. I have lots of Santas throughout the house, and the trees. I like all of it and it’s all tradition. Inside, my stepmother paints all these Santas. So I have a huge thing that I set out every year and then I have all these little Santas that she has painted throughout the house. So those are very special to me because those are something she has given to me. But those are probably the most special thing that i have that I put out every year,” Boltz said.
Donna Zimmerman bought this nativity scene in 1999 to put outside her private school she ran and taught at for 9 years. “We were a Christian school and it was just very significant to have it there for the kids at Christmastime. The kids liked having the little baby Jesus out there,” Zimmerman said.
New trees join the existing trees this year along Broadway in Downtown, Sterling, and are decorated with new lights.
Downtown, Sterling is always decorated with lights and decorations by the city and local businesses, making for a eye-catching midnight sight.
“Everybody home for Christmas!” Donna Zimmerman loves to decorate, even down to her holiday place mats.
Christmas is all about family for Linda Ricker. “I love buying the right gift and giving it and seeing their reaction and stuff so that’s really fun,” Ricker said.
“My favorite decoration is the Christmas tree with the bubble lights because that reminds me of when I was a kid,” Donna Zimmerman said.
Icicle lights are a popular decoration for Donna Zimmerman, and they can be found in many places around her home.
Klein Key and Security, located in Downtown, Sterling gets in the Christmas spirit by decorating their front window.
Among all the decorating and excitement, Linda Boltz always keeps herself focused on the important things. “I just love the true meaning of Christmas. I know this gets a little much sometimes but I do truly believe in the true meaning of Christmas,” Boltz said.
As you drive by Jessi Phinney’s house, there are many lights, but the one that jumps out the most is the way they formed lights into a huge cross. “That’s really hard. My favorite is a tossup between the cross on the roof, because people remember that, and my Packer decorations because I’m a big Packer fan,” Phinney said.
This nativity scene is a staple at John and Linda Ricker’s house. “Another decoration that’s really special in both of our hearts is the nativity outside. Before her dad passed away he made that for us. So that’s one we always really like putting out,” John Ricker said.
Jessi Phinney and her husband have unique way of spreading holiday cheer. This ornament giveaway box reads, “Come back on Christmas Eve for a FREE ornament (While ornaments last–One per household please) A GIFT this season from our family to yours! Have a joyful Christmas and Merry Christ as Life. The Phinney’s.”
Many business in Downtown, Sterling like to get in on the festivities and put fun decorations in the windows, such as this lollipop scene at the Flower Shop on Broadway.
Driving down Broadway at night, you’ll see Linda Boltz’s house decorated with projected lights that are moving and switching colors.
When it comes to presents, different people have different traditions. “We go around to each one and see what each one gets. Sometimes the kids get a little crazy at times but they usually go one at a time,” Linda Boltz said.
Outside of the Sterling Public Library, you will find this gigantic evergreen tree that is traditionally hung with lights each holiday season.
This sleigh-and-reindeer decoration displayed by Donna Zimmerman features a waving Santa and has been passed down to Zimmerman from her parents.
“I would have to say my favorite thing about Christmas is probably the Christmas programs I go to when I watch my grandchildren,” Donna Zimmerman said.
Traditions mean a lot to many people. Music, gifts, fake trees versus real trees, and even more. “One of my favorites that my family does is we all get together on December 23rd and we do Chinese and then we go drive around and look at all the christmas lights together with hot cocoa and coffee,” Jessi Phinney said.
Andy Prebble explains the spirit around their house. “My favorite decoration is probably the tall Santa, because it’s the biggest.”
“My favorite thing about Christmas, why we really do the decorations and everything, is just we want to celebrate Christ’s birth, and just reflect that to the community,” Jessi Phinney said.