Rockford Park District Hosts Holiday Tree Lighting Event

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Gather family and friends for the sights, sounds, and fun of the holiday season to enjoy the free annual Holiday Tree Lighting co-sponsored by Community Bank of Rockford and Cost Cutters, hosted by Rockford Park District Sunday, November 28, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. 2nd St., Rockford.

This is the second year at this location due to the construction of the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with free activities for kids, photos with Santa and friends until 5:15 p.m., and music by the Kantorei Singing Boys of Rockford until 5:00 p.m. Santa and friends will light the holiday tree at 5:30 p.m.. Treats and beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit the Friends of Lockwood Park volunteer efforts. Event parking will be available in Sinnissippi Park. The Holiday Tree Lighting is co-sponsored by Community Bank of Rockford and Cost Cutters. For more information on the Rockford Park District community tree lighting, including accessibility for people with disabilities attending the event, call 815-987-8800.

Sponsored by the Holiday Festival of Lights Committee, the 22nd annual presentation of the Festival of Lights will open on Sunday, November 28, at 6:30 pm. The holiday light displays are created by local groups and businesses; the display hours are Thursday through Sunday evenings, December 2, 2010-January 2, 2011, 5-10 p.m. Letters for Santa can be dropped off at the "North Pole Express" mailbox through December 17 (include a return address for Santa's reply). On December 24, the festival will be open all night. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

For more information on Festival of Lights, visit or call Project First Rate at 815-965-0768.

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