Grab a cup of hot cocoa, load the kids in the car, and go check out these 2020 Christmas light displays in the Rockford area. Here are some Rockford area events, places, and neighborhood Christmas light displays you should check out!

Christmas Light Displays

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

November 28, 2020 – January 10, 2021

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

Indoor Conservatory hours:

Update: The indoor gardens are closed due to COVID restrictions.

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Outdoor lights are on from dusk until dawn every day.


Outdoor gardens are free

Indoor Garden rates:

Update: The indoor gardens are closed due to COVID restrictions.

Tropical Tuesdays – $4/5 per person (resident/nonresident)
$7/$9 – Adults (resident/nonresident)
$5/$7 – Ages 5-17 (resident/nonresident)
$3/$4 – Ages 3-4 (resident/nonresident)
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.

Image credit: The Festival of Lights website

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

November 27, 2020 – December 31, 2020

November 27 – 29: 5 pm – 11 pm
December 4 – 6: 5 pm – 11 pm
December 11 – 13: 5 pm – 11 pm
December 18 – 20: 5 pm – 11 pm
December 21 – 23: 5 pm – 11 pm
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day: 24 hours
December 26 – 27: 5 pm – 11 pm
December 31: 5 pm – 12 am

Rates: Free
Donations accepted and encouraged to keep this 30-year tradition going!

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 before Christmas. There is a red mailbox to put your letters to Santa. Include your return address so Santa can write you back if you get your letter to him before December 20th. Donations are accepted at the end of the show. Donations go towards the light show and Fourth of July fireworks show. This is a drive-through display, you do not leave the car.

Woodward Governor
5001 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL

Hours: Lights turn on at dusk

Rates: Free

Woodward Governor has a Christmas display of Nativity scenes and several lighted boxes with decorations inside as well as a large Christmas tree. This is a drive-through display, you do not leave the car.

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

November 27 – 29, December 3 – 6, 10 – 13, 17 – 23, 26 – 30

Hours: 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Lights go dark at 9:30 pm

Rates: $10 per adult (13 and up), $5 per child (3-12 years old), children 2 and under are free

Come see over 500,000 lights decorating the trees, paths and gardens. You must buy tickets in advance here.

Check out pictures and videos from our 2019 visit to Rotary Gardens.

Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays

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

Print off a copy of our Christmas Decorations Scavenger Hunt and make driving around and looking for lights a fun game with your family!


1655 Divine Drive, Rockford, IL

3337 Citadel Drive, Rockford, IL

Corner of Sandy Hollow and Tannenbaum

5641 Tipple Rd., Rockford, IL

Corner of Dempster Avenue and Kingsway Avenue


Hodges Run, located right off Main Street, Roscoe, IL

4038 Montclair Road, Roscoe IL

Lemon Grass Lane, Roscoe, IL – Music and synchronized lights


Glencree Lane in Kensington Neighborhood, Rockton, IL

Kensington Neighborhood in Rockton

Cherry Valley

Cutty Sark Cherry Valley IL

Cutty Sark Road, Cherry Valley, IL


4519 West Noss Road, Beloit, WI


3767 Stone Ridge Dr., Janesville, WI


Squaw Prairie Rd near Beaver Valley Rd, Belvidere, IL

Machesney Park

Lots of lights on Elm Avenue


239 Phyllis Ave, Rochelle IL
23,000 lights dance to Christmas music on 89.9 FM.
Sunday through Thursday from 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday through Saturday from 5 pm – 11 pm

Here’s a handy Google Map we put together of all the Christmas light displays in the area!

If you know of a great Christmas display in your neighborhood, email us at!

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