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December 2022

Ghosts of Christmas Past

December 3 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage,
411 Kent Street, Rockford, 61102

Come celebrate the holidays Haunted Rockford style at Tinker Swiss Cottage! This program will start in the barn. Kathi Kresol will present some stories from the darker side of the Holiday Season. Tinker’s own Samantha Hochman will share the history of this incredible location along with the ghostly encounters experienced by staff and visitors. Guests will be allowed to tour the house and see the most haunted rooms. The house will be decorated for the Holidays in true Victorian fashion!…

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Rockton Christmas Walk

December 4

The Rockton Christmas Walk is a holiday tradition for thousands of area residents. The first weekend of December is set aside for the holiday fun. Area businesses offer unique and exclusive events, shopping experiences, and holiday festivities. Three main events you won’t want to miss are the Lighted Displays (Friday 6 p.m.), the Lighted Parade on Main Street (Saturday 6 p.m.), and the Hot Cocoa Crawl at Village Hall (Sunday 1 – 4 p.m.). Visit the website for a full…

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Santa Photos & Visits at CherryVale Mall

December 5

Visit Santa in the Center Court, lower level Saturday, November 19 through Saturday, December 24 Santa’s Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm Friday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm Sunday: 12pm – 6pm Special Hours Information: Thursday, November 24: CLOSED Saturday, December 24: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm Please note: Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 2pm to 3pm on Monday thru Saturday, and 2:30pm to 3pm on Sunday.

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Pet Photos with Santa at CherryVale Mall

December 5 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Bring your furry friends for photos with Santa during these special Monday evenings! From 4 to 7 p.m., pets are welcome on these dates: Nov. 21 Nov. 28 Dec. 5 Dec. 12 Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier, and pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after them. Pets will not be allowed in any area of the mall other than the designated Santa photo area. We appreciate your understanding.

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Edgebrook Indoor Farmers Market

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Edgebrook Center,
1639 Edgebrook Rd., Rockford, IL 61107

Bringing the best of the season INDOORS for the Edgebrook Indoor Farmers Market! Come inside to enjoy the highest-quality vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants, baked goods and more – all from farmers right in our region. Located next to Akerman Shoes.

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2022 Festival of Lights

December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sinnissippie Park,
Rockford,

Drive through Sinnissippi Park and enjoy dozens of holiday light displays. Festival of Lights has been a stateline family tradition since 1989. Festival of Lights Display Schedule Friday 11/25 – Sunday 11/27, 5-11 p.m. Thursday 12/1 – Sunday 12/4, 5-11 p.m. Thursday 12/8 – Sunday 12/11, 5-11 p.m. Thursday 12/15 – Sunday 12/18, 5-11 p.m. Monday 12/19 – Friday 12/23 – 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Christmas Eve,12/24 – 24 hours Sunday, Christmas Day, 12/25 – 24 hours Monday 12/26 – 5-11 p.m.…

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Frosty Fridays Public Skate Sessions

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carlson Ice Arena,
4150 North Perryville Road 61111

It’s great to skate indoors at the coolest place in town, no matter what the weather is like outdoors! Gather family or friends for some Friday night fun and healthy exercise at Rockford Park District’s Carlson Ice Arena. Frosty Fridays discounted indoor public ice skating sessions are scheduled every Friday from September 30, 2022 through April 28, 2023, from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 per person (all ages), including skate rental; no discount coupons accepted. The events also include…

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Breakfast with Santa – Fundraiser for NICU Patients and Families

December 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Mercyhealth Development Foundation is excited to announce it will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10, 8-11 am, at Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside, 8201 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, cafeteria. Guests should park in sections C and D and enter via the adult entrance. The event will benefit babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and their families. Breakfast will include French toast sticks, eggs, bacon or sausage and beverages. The event will also include cookie decorating, games and…

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2nd Saturdays Live!

December 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t miss great live music at select locations in Downtown Rockford. Every 2nd Saturday of the month will feature various musical artists and food and drink specials. Mary’s Place: 8:30 pm. Don’t miss the Rockford debut of WiMP, featuring members of Mulligan Stu, High School Pizza, and Mono In Stereo! WiMP makes their Mary’s Place debut on Saturday, November 12th at 8:30pm, with Chicago punk rockers, Death & Memphis! J&K Lounge: 9 pm. Various acts hosted by B4YourTime. $10 cover

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2nd Saturdays Live!

December 10 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Don’t miss great live music at select locations in Downtown Rockford. Every 2nd Saturday of the month will feature various musical artists and food and drink specials. Mary’s Place: 8:30 pm. Don’t miss the Rockford debut of WiMP, featuring members of Mulligan Stu, High School Pizza, and Mono In Stereo! WiMP makes their Mary’s Place debut on Saturday, November 12th at 8:30pm, with Chicago punk rockers, Death & Memphis! J&K Lounge: 9 pm. Various acts hosted by B4YourTime. $10 cover

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