The Holiday Light Show at Rotary Botanical Gardens, a short drive from Rockford, Illinois, boasts over 1.5 million lights, creating a dazzling and enchanting holiday spectacle throughout the garden. Visitors can explore the illuminated wonderland, which includes 3D glasses, cozy comfort stations, and numerous photo opportunities, making it a must-visit holiday destination.
If making Thanksgiving dinner isn’t your thing, you’re in luck this year! Some of the best local restaurants in the Rockford area are offering Thanksgiving Dinner packages that make the day a breeze.
‘Tis the season for giving back! If you’re interested in volunteering or donating this season, there are many worthy causes in the Rockford area to support. Here are some options for your family to help spread holiday cheer to others in our community who are in need.
Ever wanted to ride on the Polar Express? You’re in luck because there are a couple of magical train rides you can take this holiday season in the Stateline! These holiday train rides include a visit with Santa Claus! Be sure to get tickets as soon as possible because these holiday train rides often sell out quickly.
Discover locally crafted holiday gifts at the Stateline’s festive markets and craft fairs, adding a personal touch to your celebrations this holiday season!
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!
There’s nothing quite like a real Christmas tree in your living room on Christmas day. If you want a wonderful-smelling tree in your house to give you feelings of Christmas cheer, then check out our list of cut-your-own tree farms and pre-cut stands in the Rockford area. Create a new family tradition by heading to a local tree farm and cutting down your own Christmas tree or stopping by a pre-cut stand!
One of the best parts of being in Rockford for the holiday season is the Stroll on State festival. This year they are celebrating their 11th year of bringing holiday cheer to the Stateline!
Everyone has the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Here are some fun family-friendly events happening for St. Patrick’s Day in the Rockford area AND adults-only events if you want to celebrate without the kids! This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, March 17, 2023 which means there will be festivities throughout the weekend.
If your kids enjoy trains then there’s a must-see exhibit at the Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford, Illinois going now through January 29, 2023!