Grab a cup of hot cocoa, load the kids in the car, and go check out these Christmas light displays in the Rockford area. Here are some local places and neighborhood displays you should check out!

Christmas Light Displays

All Aglow Exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL

November 25, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Hours: Outdoor lights are on every day from dusk until dawn.

Indoor Conservatory hours:

December 1 – 23
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays – Sundays: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm


December 26 – January 6, 2019
Mondays: Closed
Wednesdays – Fridays: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturdays – Sundays: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Rates: Outdoor gardens are free

Conservatory rates: Tropical Tuesdays – $3/per person
$6/$8 – Adults (resident/nonresident)
$4/$6 – Ages 5-17 (resident/nonresident)
$2 – Ages 3-4
Ages 2 and under are free

Walk through the Nicholas Conservatory to see holiday lights, decorations and model trains. Then head outside to see the free display of lights around the gardens, fountains, and lagoon.

Festival of Lights Rockford IL

Festival of Lights at Sinnissippi Park
1401 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL

December 7 – 31, 2018

December 7 – 9 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
December 14 – 16 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
December 21 – 23 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
December 24 – 25 : 24 hours
December 28 – 31 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Rates: Free. Donations accepted

Check out over 50 light displays including a 100 foot light tunnel throughout Sinnissippi Park. Santa will be there from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm every weekend. There is a red mailbox to put your letters to Santa. Include your return address so Santa can write you back. Donations are accepted at the end of the show. Donations go towards the light show and Fourth of July fireworks show.

Rotary Gardens Janesville WI

Holiday Light Show at Rotary Gardens
1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI

November 24-25 & 30
December 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30

Hours: 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Rates: $5 per person, children under 2 are free

Come see over 500,000 lights decorating the trees, paths and gardens. There’s a free shuttle starting at 4:15 pm at Dawson Field (920 Beloit Ave). You can buy tickets in advance here.

Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays

There are some fantastic light displays in neighborhoods all over the Stateline area. Check out these great displays.


1655 Divine Drive, Rockford, IL 61107

3337 Citadel Drive, Rockford, Illinois 61109


Hodges Run off Main Street


Gleencree Lane Rockton IL

Glencree Lane in Kensington Neighborhood


Wynstone Way Rockton IL

13343 Wynstone Way in Kensington Neighborhood

Cherry Valley

Cutty Sark Cherry Valley IL

Cutty Sark Road


Squaw Prairie Rd near Beaver Valley Rd

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