Get in the holiday spirit by attending a parade! Here is a list of holiday parades in the Stateline area. There are parades in Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockford, Rockton, Beloit, and Janesville. All of the parades are free to attend!

Light Up the Parks Holiday Parade (Loves Park and Machesney Park)

Light up the Parks Parade 2018
Photo credit: Light up the Parks Facebook event

When: November 18, 2018
4:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Where: Parade starts at Schneider Electric on Clifford Avenue then goes down Elm Avenue, Roosevelt, and ends in the Machesney Towne Center (former Machesney Park Mall).

The Light Up the Parks Holiday Parade will travel through Loves Park and Machesney Park. An awards ceremony will take place during the Village of Machesney Park Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade in the Town Center Roundabout.

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Downtown Beloit Grand Lighted Holiday Parade

Beloit Grand Lighted Parade 2018
Image credit: Beloit Grand Lighted Parade Facebook page

When: November 23, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Downtown Beloit

There’s nothing quite like a lighted parade to spark off the holiday season! Join us in the First National Bank and Trust Plaza for Santa’s arrival from a rooftop to light the tree.

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Stroll on State Parade (Rockford)

Stroll on State 2018
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When: November 24, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Downtown Rockford

Stroll on State is the biggest holiday event in Rockford. See our Stroll on State post for a lot more information on this awesome Rockford tradition.

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Jolly Jingle Holiday Lighted Parade (Janesville)

Jolly Jingle Janesville 2018
Image credit: Jolly Jingle Facebook page

When: December 1, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Downtown Janesville

Marvel at the parade entries as they share holiday themes, tunes, and treats. This parade is part of a weekend of fun that runs from November 30 – December 1, 2018.

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Rockton Christmas Parade

Rockton Christmas Parade 2018
Image credit: Rockton Christmas Parade Facebook page

When: December 1, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Downtown Rockton

The Rockton Christmas Parade is part of the 34th annual Rockton Christmas Walk that runs December 1-2, 2018. Activities include parade, pictures with Santa, ‘Smores roasting station, chili lunch and supper, letters to Santa and lighting of the park at 4 pm.

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Up for a drive?

These parades are about an hour drive from Rockford, IL.

Electronic Christmas Parade (St. Charles)

St Charles Parade 2018
Image credit: Electronic Christmas Parade Facebook page

When: December 1, 2018
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: Downtown St. Charles

The annual Electric Christmas Parade takes place Saturday at 5:30 pm on Main Street in St. Charles. There also is seasonal music, holiday movies, sleigh rides and visits with Santa.

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This is an ongoing list, we will add more holiday parades as we find them. Email us at if you know of a parade we’ve missed.

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