Nothing says Merry Christmas like a holiday parade! Get into the holiday spirit by attending a parade this year. 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 parades are free to attend!

Image credit: Light up the Parks Facebook event

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

When: November 24, 2019
4:45 – 8 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

When: November 29, 2019
5 – 8 pm

Where: Downtown Beloit

A lighted parade kicks off the holiday season in Beloit. There will be live music at 5 pm, Santa arriving and the tree lighting at 6, the parade will kick off at 6:15 pm from 3rd Street to Horace White Park, and photos with Santa will be available at 7 pm at Walnut Creek Apparel (408 E. Grand Ave.). There will also be free hot chocolate.

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Stroll on State 2018
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Stroll on State Parade (Rockford)

When: November 30, 2019
2 – 3 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 Janesville 2018
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Jolly Jingle Holiday Lighted Parade (Janesville)

When: December 7, 2019
6 – 7 pm

Where: Downtown Janesville

The lighted parade includes music, lights and is followed by a fireworks show. Map of the parade route here.

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Rockton Christmas Parade 2018
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Rockton Christmas Parade

When: December 7, 2019
6 – 7 pm

Where: Downtown Rockton

The Rockton Christmas Parade is part of the 34th annual Rockton Christmas Walk that runs December 6-8, 2019. Activities include parade, pictures with Santa, giant S’mores, Christmas Caroling, Hot Cocoa Crawl and more.

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Up for a drive?

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

St Charles Parade 2018
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Electric Christmas Parade (St. Charles, IL)

When: November 30, 2019
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.

Image credit: VISIT Lake Geneva Facebook page

Annual Electric Christmas Parade (Lake Geneva, WI)

When: December 7, 2019
5 – 8 pm

Where: Downtown Lake Geneva

The 44th annual Electric Christmas Parade is themed Frosty’s Magical Christmas. It will glide down Broad and Main Street in downtown Lake Geneva.

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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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