Here Come the Holidays to Marshall, Illinois – Ready or Not!

It’s that time of the year again, the season of joy, giving, and celebrating with family and friends. YES, we know that we just got past Halloween and what a time it was in downtown Marshall. The weather held, and the turnout was great. All had a good time, but now, we are already seeing signs of Thanksgiving and even… Christmas. Already?


Great Local Business Shopping Opportunities

While this time of year can be joyous, it can also be filled with stress and anxiety. Visiting family, cooking big meals, and of course… SHOPPING all means a lot of planning and preparing, but we’ve got you covered.

If you live in or near Marshall, Illinois, you are lucky to have some great local shops to visit where you can begin the arduous task of getting all the holiday shopping done at a local business. This weekend in Marshall, four of the local shops are opening their doors to holiday shoppers and offering great prices and specials to help those of you who don’t like waiting until the last minute.

Back in the Woods, Clover Field Market, Ovie’s Attic, and National Road’s Rusty Rooster are all holding Open Houses.


Here are the hours you can stop by and shop to your heart’s content and enjoy open house specials:

Back the Woods
  • Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Friday noon to 6 pm
  • Saturday 9 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday noon to 3 pm
Clover Field Market
  • Friday 10 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Ovie’s Market
  • Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
National Road’s Rusty Rooster
  • Saturday 10 am to 4 pm


Seasonal Joy

Later this month, we will be thinking about Thanksgiving and, of course, food. In the meantime, take time to enjoy some of the early holiday season joys. The leaves have turned colors, and the fall is a beautiful time in Marshall. Don your favorite sweater and wooly hat, get out to one of the local parks, make a picnic, fill a thermos with hot cocoa, spread a blanket, and enjoy the beauty that is nature in Illinois. We have a great state, and this is one of the best times of the year.

Remember that for some people, this time of year can bring on a note of melancholy. The falling leaves mean that the earth is entering the part of its cycle where things are dying before its glorious Spring rebirth. For some people, this isn’t easy to witness, and it is a reminder of the circle of life. Be aware of that and be extra kind during this time.

Not everyone has a family to share the joy of the season. Not everyone is surrounded by friends and loved ones. Take the time to look around you. Marshall is a community of inclusion and love. Ask if there are families that might need a little help, an older person that you could ask to join you at your holiday table. Check in with our fabulous churches and ask what you can do to support someone that may not be as fortunate as you are. If you are one of those people, don’t be afraid to reach out. You are NOT alone in Marshall.

Not just the older folks, but the young people can feel a little blue during the Holidays. Some may be missing a grandparent or worrying about school, grades, fitting in. Make sure you plan some activities that they will enjoy. Include them in the planning, ask them if there is something they would like to do to celebrate. Get them involved in things that will teach them to think of others. The holidays are not just about food and presents. This is a time to reflect on the past year. It’s been a doozy, as was the year before it. We have all been through a lot. The light at the end of the tunnel is still a little dim, but it may be a bit more visible.

Living in Marshall gives you and your family the gift of community. Shop local. Support local restaurants & business shopping. Visit the library, the beautiful parks, and attend the local festivities. We got a great jump start with Halloween, and there is a lot more fun to come, so be active. Be inclusive of as many people as you can. Embrace the wonderful community you are part of.

The Holidays have arrived in Marshall. Rejoice!!