Get into the holiday spirit by attending a parade in the Stateline this year! Here’s a list of Rockford area parades happening this holiday season. Most holiday parades are being held as normal. All parades are free to attend!

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

When: Sunday, November 20, 2022 from 4:45 pm – 7 pm

Where: Parade starts at Loves Park City Hall where the mayor will light a Christmas tree then goes down Elm Avenue, Roosevelt, and ends in the Machesney Towne Center (former Machesney Park Mall). The Village of Machesney Park Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade in the Town Center Roundabout. Santa will make an appearance and kids can bring letters for Santa’s mailbox.

Grand Lighted Holiday Parade (Beloit)

When: Friday, November 25 from 5 pm – 8 pm

Where: Downtown Beloit

The downtown Beloit parade is back with live music, Santa arriving at 6 pm at the First National Bank Plaza, a lighted parade at 6:15 pm from 3rd Street to Horace White Park, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Walnut Creek Awards. There will be free hot chocolate courtesy of the Salvation Army.

Stroll on State 2018
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Stroll on State Parade (Rockford)

When: Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 2 – 3 pm

Where: Downtown Rockford

Stroll on State is the biggest holiday event in Rockford. It kicks off with a parade in downtown Rockford that includes large-scale balloons, floats, live music, and more. See our Stroll on State post for a lot more information on this awesome Rockford tradition.

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Light Up the Nights Parade (Belvidere)

When: Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: Downtown Belvidere

The Light Up the Nights parade will kick off at 5:30 pm in downtown Belvidere. The parade is part of the Belvidere Hometown Christmas celebration which runs December 2nd and includes outdoor ice skating, pictures with Santa, a winter carnival, crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more. You can find out more information about the event here.

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Jolly Jingle Holiday Light Parade (Janesville)

When: Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 6 – 7 pm

Where: Downtown Janesville

The lighted parade includes music, lights, and an appearance by Santa Claus. The parade starts at the Municipal Parking Lot across from the Police Station, heads south on N. Jackson St., east on Milwaukee St., and south on Main St. and ends at Racine St. The parade is part of Janesville’s Jolly Jingle celebration which runs from December 2-4, 2022 and includes Santa visits, bell hunts, S’mores and hot cocoa, tree lightings and lots more. Get more information about the Jolly Jingle here.

Rockton Christmas Parade 2018
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Lighted Christmas Parade (Rockton)

When: Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 6 – 7 pm

Where: Downtown Rockton

The Rockton Christmas Parade is part of the Rockton Christmas Walk that runs December 2-4, 2022. Activities include a parade, pictures with Santa, giant S’mores, Christmas Caroling, Hot Cocoa Crawl, Dueling Pianos and more. Get more information about Rockton’s Christmas Walk here.

Holiday Parades A Short Drive Away

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

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Electric Christmas Parade (St. Charles, IL)

When: Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 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 will be bands, parade floats, and Santa Claus. This event is part of St. Charles Holiday Homecoming weekend which runs November 25-26. You can learn more about the event here.

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Annual Electric Christmas Parade (Lake Geneva, WI)

When: Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 5 – 8 pm

Where: Downtown Lake Geneva

The 46th annual Electric Christmas Parade is themed Christmas Classics: Movies, Music and Stories. It will glide down Broad and Main Street in downtown Lake Geneva. Learn more about the parade here.

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