Imagine the twinkle in your kid’s eyes as you watch a giant Christmas tree lighting up for the first time! You don’t have to drive all the way to downtown Chicago to experience this magic! There are several opportunities to get into the holiday spirit by taking your kids to see a tree lighting in the Rockford area. Here are the 2019 Rockford tree lighting events. 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Edgebrook Shops Tree Lighting

Where: Edgebrook Shops
1639 N Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL

When: 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Cost: Free

Watch the annual tree lighting ceremony, see Santa, and enjoy listening to local choirs from Rockford Lutheran School and Boylan. 

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Machesney Park Tree Lighting

Where: Machesney Park Town Center
8750 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, IL

When: ~7:30 pm

Cost: Free

After the annual Light up the Parks parade, watch the annual holiday tree lighting in the Town Center roundabout.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Downtown Beloit Tree Lighting

Where: First National Bank Plaza
345 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, WI

When: 5 pm – 8 pm

Cost: Free

Watch the annual tree lighting in downtown Beloit, see Santa, and watch the following lighted parade at 6:15 pm. Be sure to stop by Walnut Creek and Apparel to get pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 7 pm.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Downtown Rockford Tree Lighting

Where: Stroll on State
Downtown Rockford

When: 5:45 pm

Cost: Free

Watch the annual tree lighting in downtown Rockford and enjoy the Stroll on State festivities.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Downtown Belvidere Tree Lighting

Where: Hub Plaza
S. State St. and E. Pleasant, Belvidere, IL

When: 5 pm – 5:30 pm

Cost: Free

Watch the annual tree lighting ceremony in downtown Belvidere followed by the lights parade and other Hometown Christmas activities. 

Downtown Janesville Tree Lighting

Where: Courthouse Park
51 S. Main St., Janesville, WI

When: 6 pm – 7 pm

Cost: Free

Watch the annual tree lighting, listen to JPAC Mainstage Review perform Christmas music and songs from Surfin’ Santa, and enjoy free hot chocolate.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Rockton Tree Lighting

Where: Village Green Park
100 E. Chapel St., Rockton, IL

When: 4 – 5:30 pm

Cost: Free

Watch the annual tree lighting ceremony in Village Green Park in Rockton. This event is part of Rockton Christmas Walk festivities and is followed by the lighted parade at 6 pm.

If you know of any other local tree lightings that we didn’t list, email us at and let us know!

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