Breakfast With Santa at the Conservatory
Date(s): 12/7/2013, 12/14/2013, 12/21/2013
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
1354 N. Second St., Rockford
Enjoy a tasty, family-friendly holiday themed breakfast in a warm tropical environment complete with seasonal decorations. There will also be holiday games, crafts, and tattoos, as well as photos with Santa. Admission is $8.00 per person ($10.00 non-resident); children ages 4 and younger admitted for half-price.
. For information about accessibility for visitors with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.
Rockford Ravens 2nd Annual Holiday Pub Crawl
12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
District Bar and Grill
The Rockford Ravens Rugby Club Pub Crawl is back for its second year and will have a Santa/Holiday theme. Creative costumes by crawlers are encouraged. This year the club will be giving back to the community with donations of non-perishable food items going to the Rockford River Valley Pantry. Donations will be accepted at participating bars from now, through December 15th. Goods can be dropped off at anytime.
The bus will depart from District Bar and Grill at 12:00pm, December 14th and be arriving back around 6:00pm. The bus ride and one of a kind Pub Crawl shirt is included in the $25 fee for the event. The Rockford Ravens Rugby Club is also asking that crawlers bring 2 non-perishable food items the day of, as well.
Anyone over 21 years of age or older are invited.
For more information, visit http://www.rockfordravens.com/.
4th Annual "Operation: Social Santa" Toy Drive
Date(s): 12/2/2013, 12/3/2013, 12/4/2013, 12/5/2013, 12/6/2013, 12/7/2013, 12/8/2013, 12/9/2013, 12/10/2013, 12/11/2013, 12/12/2013, 12/13/2013, 12/14/2013, 12/15/2013, 12/16/2013
This holiday season, several local businesses and schools will serve as drop-off locations for the 4th Annual "Operation: Social Santa," a nationwide toy drive organized via social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. Locally, the event will take place December 1st-16th.
"Operation: Social Santa" uses the benefits of social networking to give back to children all over the country. Teams in each city tailor the event to meet the needs of their specific
community. In Rockford, participating businesses will be collecting new, unwrapped toys ($5-$15 value), which will then be donated to the Youth Services Network, and organization providing trauma-informed, holistic, and community-based services for local children and young adults ages 0-21, who are victims of physical, emotional, domestic, and/or sexual abuse. Donors are encouraged to tout their giving and spread the word using #SocialSanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To date, over 2,000 disadvantaged children in the Rockford area have received gifts from "Operation: Social Santa."
“Social media is a great tool for impacting a large group of people to influence social good. With "Operation: Social Santa," we’re not only helping children who might not get gifts or even
essential items this year, but also giving people a chance to give back to the community by doing what they already do every day – share information via social media,” said
Katie Dorland, coordinator of Rockford's "Operation: Social Santa."
Local donation locations are: Domino's Pizza on E. State St, Ferguson Bath Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Sherwin Williams, Servicom, Acument Global Technologies, Cherry Valley Shell, Belvidere High School, and Alpine Academy.
Domino's Pizza is offering a free order of Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes with every donation, and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is offering 30% off all lighting purchases with donation.
For more information, please visit www.Facebook.com/RockfordSocialSanta, www.twitter.com/RkfdTweetDrive,
Christmas on the Square
Monroe Square in Downtown Monroe, WI
Kick off the holidays in Downtown Monroe, WI with Christmas on the Square Friday December 6.
The 12th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will kick off at 6pm around Monroe’s historic downtown square. Immediately following the parade, Santa will be at Wisconsin Bank & Trust, 1717 10th Street, to meet and greet kids. Treats, crafts and pictures with Santa will be part of the reception thanks to the Monroe Noon Optimists.
Main Street Monroe, Monroe Clinic and Lamers are sponsoring Christmas Lights Bus Tours around the city to enjoy Monroe’s most festive homes. Tours will be departing from the Monroe Public Library at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm on Friday, December 6. Advance tickets will be available Monday November 25 at Rainbow Confections on the Square for $5.00 per person until Thursday, December 5. Remaining tickets will be available the evening of the event at the library. Children under two can ride for free of charge when sitting on their parents lap.
Jim Waddel & Epiphany Present Performing During 18th Annual Christmas Concert
Grace United Methodist Church
3555 McFarland Road
Jim Waddell and members of local Christian rock band Epiphany will present their 18th annual Christmas concert. Waddell and Epiphany will perform "unplugged" versions of contemporary and traditional Christmas favorites, both sacred and secular. Special guests include Stephanie Waddell as well as the children of the musicians. A free-will donation will be taken with all proceeds going to Rock House Kids.
For more information, contact Waddell at firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd City Chorus Presents: "The Stories of Christmas"
Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church
318 N. Church St., Rockford IL
The popular and award-winning 2nd city chorus will present its annual Christmas show entitled “The Stories of Christmas” at the Second Congregational/First Presbyterian Church. 2nd City’s two quartets, “Second Opinion” and “Up North Four,” will also sing some holiday favorites. The special guest performers will be the multi-award winning Sweet Adeline chorus-“River City Sound”. The two acapella groups will sing, individually and together, a variety of sacred and secular Christmas melodies that are guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit. The second congregational church’s “the belles” bell choir will add their festive sound to the concert as will the church’s organist, Valerie Blair. There will be a free-will offering.
For further information, call Doug Phillips at 815-494-0112.
Tree Farm Sales
Date(s): 12/2/2013, 12/3/2013, 12/4/2013, 12/5/2013, 12/6/2013, 12/7/2013, 12/8/2013, 12/9/2013, 12/10/2013, 12/11/2013, 12/12/2013, 12/13/2013, 12/14/2013, 12/15/2013, 12/16/2013, 12/17/2013, 12/18/2013, 12/19/2013, 12/20/2013, 12/21/2013, 12/22/2013, 12/23/2013
2 – 4 pm.
Sand Ridge Prairie (former Sinnissippi Tree Farm)
2879 S. Daysville Road, Oregon, Ill.
For the third year, the Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC) will sell Christmas trees to raise money to pay for the land, which contains high quality prairie remnants.
Helpful “elves” will be available to help tree hunters find their tree, wrap it and load it.
For more information contact Sonia Vogl at (815) 732-7332
A Classic Christmas
Date(s): 12/6/2013 Date(s): 12/7/2013 Date(s): 12/8/2013
Showtimes are Friday & Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.
Byron Civic Theatre
Byron Civic Theatre does it again this Christmas with another Jukebox Musical. Join BCT for a night of nostalgia as you listen to all of the #1 hits of the 50's and 60's. The Classic Rock songs of the Fabulous 50's and Sizzling 60's includes the music of The Beach Boys, Motown, Classic Girls Groups, The Beatles and enough Christmas songs to put you in the mood. Kick off your Holiday Season with BCT's A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS.
Enjoy a mixture of new and old faces to the BCT stages for this performance, as well as some 50's and 60's music from all ages, as we have them all helping us take a trip back in time and get us in the Christmas and Holiday spirit, with some truly classic numbers that will have us all ready for a wonderful Christmas spirit.
Tickets for this sure to please original production of *A Classic Christmas*are NOW on sale by calling the BCT Box Office during box office hours, by visiting www.bctmagic.com or sending off an email to email@example.com
*A Classic Christmas *opens November 29 and kicks off your holiday season. Performances continue November 30, December 1, and December 6, 7 and 8. Tickets are on sale now for members and the general public.
For more information visit the BCT website at www.bctmagic.com.
Highland Youth Choir Concert
Freeport Public Library Conference Center
This is a choir steeped in tradition, which began as the HCC Children’s Choir in the early 1980s. For more than 25 years the choir is credited for encouraging the musical talents of hundreds of adolescents and teenagers.
Winnebago Buy Local Presents: A Local Holiday Market 2013
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rockford University’s Burpee Center/Regents Hall (2nd Floor)
5050 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
With a shorter shopping season this year, A Local Holiday Market 2013 helps you support and shop at your favorite local businesses – all in one spot! Last year’s Market had over 30 businesses with over 1000 shoppers throughout the day and Winnebago Buy Local is expecting more for this year’s event.
Businesses at A Local Holiday Market 2013 are 100% local, grassroots, homegrown businesses. By supporting businesses such as these, up to sixty-eight cents of every dollar spent with them stays in the local economy on average, which is significantly more than if one buys from other types of businesses. Supporting locally owned businesses such as these allows a community to retain more of its wealth while becoming a unique place to live, work, and visit. Winnebago Buy Local, a not-for-profit group based in Rockford, IL, supports locally owned businesses such as these for the benefit of our region.
In addition, Winnebago Buy Local will have representatives from Rosie’s Birthday Club gift-wrapping your local gifts on-site for a donation so you can do a complete, one-stop LOCAL shopping trip this year while also helping a local charity help local children who, under various circumstances, may otherwise not receive recognition on their special day.
Special note: the first 100 families through the door of A Local Holiday Market 2013 will receive a commemorative, reusable tote bag filled with LOCAL business goodies to help remind them to buy local during the holiday season, as well as all year long.
Event admission and parking are free. All ages are welcome to attend, and the venue is handicapped accessible.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/ALocalHolidayMarket or follow the event on Twitter @buywbl.
Dixon's 25th Anniversary Christmas Walk
Date(s): 12/6/2013 Date(s): 12/7/2013 Date(s): 12/7/2013
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The 25th Annual Dixon Christmas Walk presented by Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Chamber of Commerce has been set for Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. with lots of great activities for the whole family being planned as downtown Dixon businesses stay open late with a host of activities.
The night will kick-off with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at KSB Hospital and feature the arrival of Santa Claus and songs by the Reagan Middle School choir.
Since this is the 25th Anniversary, the Christmas Walk committee has decided to host a special Lighted Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. during the Christmas Walk. Business, organizations and individuals who would like to be a part of the parade can contact the Main Street office.
The popular Great Snowball Drop will be back again this year, but it will be moving to the west end of First Street as the Drop will take place in front of Dixon Paint Company's new location in the former Wermer's Building at near the corner of First and Peoria Avenue. Many great prizes are in store for snowball catchers from local businesses along with a few special "money snowballs" with cash prizes. And back is the top prize of a
$500 Shopping Spree!
Other highlights include: The Loveland Community Houses Christmas Open House, cookie decorating at the Next Picture Show, Hot Wheels races at Sherwin-Williams, Santa at the Mini Mall, Jeremy the Amazer, blacksmith demonstration from John Deere Historic Site, The Rock River Valley Barbershop Choir, DHS Madrigals, and much more. A full listing and details and map will be available at the DMS website in mid November (www.dixonmainstreet.com).
Come back downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7 for Breakfast with Santa at the Lee County Senior Center and Post House Ballroom. There will be a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa and much more. And the Dixon Municipal Band will hold their annual holiday concert that evening at 7 p.m. at the Historic Dixon Theatre.
Friday, Dec. 6
6 p.m. - KSB Tree Lighting Ceremony as Santa arrives for the official start of the Christmas Walk.
6 p.m. - Shops are open and offering various treats and specials. Wagon rides begin.
7 p.m. - Lighted Holiday Parade
8 p.m.. - The Great Snowball Drop
9 p.m. -- Christmas Walk 50/50 drawing
Saturday, Dec. 7
8 a.m. - Breakfast with Santa begins at the Post House
7 p.m. - Dixon Municipal Band concert at the Dixon Theatre
For more information, call 815-288-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Fundraiser 2013
Midwest Stone Source & Kitchen Design Studio
915 W. 23rd Street
Are your friends & family on Santa’s “Nice List” this year?
If so, then you’ll not want to miss shopping for them (or picking up a little something for yourself!) at Rockford’s magical holiday art fair, bazaar & a silent auction on Saturday, December 7th from noon to 8pm at Midwest Stone Source & Kitchen Design Studio at 915 W. 23rd Street in Rockford.
Benefiting Rockford’s Rescue Mission, donations of a piece of art from each participating artist (& more) will make up a silent auction of unique offerings ranging from wood turning Santas to handmade glass bead jewelry, with proceeds going back to our community via Rockford’s Rescue Mission. This organization provides human services to people in our area, who, as you know, are especially in need during the holiday season.
For more information, contact Jodi Phillips at Midwest Stone Source (815) 395-8677 or Jodi@MidwestStoneSource.com.
'Sounds of the Seasons' with the Talley's & Tribute Quartet
First Evangelical Free Church
2223 N. Mulford Road
The concert will feature a mixture of gospel and holiday music. Reservations are required.
Cost: $25, $35 after December 1st.
For information or reservations: email@example.com
Tales of the Yuletide
Date(s): 11/29/2013 Date(s): 11/30/2013 Date(s): 12/1/2013 Date(s): 12/5/2013 Date(s): 12/6/2013 Date(s): 12/7/2013 Date(s): 12/8/2013
November 29 & 30th at 7:30 PM; December 1 at 2:00p; December 5th and 6th at 7:30p; December 7 at 7:30; December 8th at 2 p.m.
November 29-December 1: Masonic Hall, 203 High Street
December 5 & 6: Metcalf Hall on the Campbell Center Campus in Mount Carroll
December 7&8: Hanover Township Hall, 111 Monroe Street, Hanover
Back Street Players, in conjunction with Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition, will present “Tales of the Yuletide,” a lighthearted collection of holiday skits and songs. Theatergoers will delight in the amusing antics of the characters, as they share their stories of Christmas preparations and aggravations. Familiar seasonal music will accompany each yarn.
These amusing tales will open in Orangeville with the Mighty Richland Players at Masonic Hall, 203 High Street, November 29 and 30 at 7:30 PM, and December 1 at 2:00 PM. Reservations preferred for this dessert theater show. Tickets are $20.00 and available through the Monroe Arts Center by calling 608-325-5700.
The show continues the following weekend with Plum River Playhouse, and will be held in Mount Carroll at Metcalf Hall on the Campbell Center Campus, Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, at 7:30 PM. Advance tickets are $10.00, available through Stockton Banking Center, 815-947-2000 or THE National Bank, Mt. Carroll Branch, 815-244-2265. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00.
Closing performances are at Back Street Players, Hanover Township Hall, 111 Monroe Street, Hanover, Saturday, December 7, 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee on December 8, 2:00 PM. Reservations required by calling Apple River State Bank 815- 591-2201. Tickets for this dessert theater are $12.00 each.
A Very Merry Friday Night Frenzy
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Community Holiday Event that includes: "Stocking Run" Scavenger Hunt (chance to win a gift basket); Caroling; Community Christmas Tree; Hat and MItten Tree; Santa; and more!
Brian McCorkle 815-248-2200
Discovery After Dark – Ugly Christmas Sweater Night
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Discovery Center Museum 711 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Grownups (21 and older), release your inner child and experience Discovery
Center’s fun exhibits--without the kids! Wear your most hideous holiday
sweater and compete for prizes, and take part in indoor holiday hijinks! Take
sides in a fruitcake chucking war, juggle tinsel, make your own peppermint,
create your own ornament, shop for unique gifts in our museum store where
you’ll receive 20% off! Food available for purchase. Cash bar provided by
Kryptonite. Make your reservations online at www.discoverycentermuseum.org
or by calling 815-963-6769.
Kim at (815) 963-6769
Holiday Ornament Workshop
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Would you like your own special holiday ornament? Tinker will be hosting a holiday ornament making workshop where you will be able to make a variety of special ornaments. The workshop will include all supplies and you have the opportunity of taking home up to five different types which include wooden ornaments, paper ornaments, melted snowman, and clear crystal. $10 per person. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102
Looking for a great holiday experience, come to our holiday tea and/or holiday ornament workshop. Enjoy three delectable courses of scones, various sandwiches of watercress, cucumber and ribbon, along with an array of desserts to compliment your endless amount of tea.
You will be entertained by Victorian facts, trivia and games with the chance of winning prizes. All tea participants will have the opportunity to tour the first floor of the Tinker Cottage see the beautiful mansion decorated for Christmas.
Sign up for the holiday workshop for an extra $5 and have the chance to bring home up to five handmade Christmas ornaments. Cost is $30 per adult, $10 for children 6-12, 5 and under free. Member price is $5 off regular price. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street, Rockford, IL 61102. 815-964-2424. www.tinkercottage.com
Date(s): 12/7/2013, 12/8/2013
December 7 @ 7:00 pm; December 8 @ 3:00 pm
Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, IL
Rockford Symphony Orchestra with the Rockford Dance Company
Call Jennie at 815.965.0049 or go to www.rockfordsymphony.com to order tickets.
Date(s): 12/21/2013, 12/22/2013
December 21 @ 7:30 pm; December 22 @ 2:00 pm
Coronado Performing Arts Center, Rockford, IL
Rockford Symphony Orchestra featuring Pianist Rich Ridenour
Call Jennie at 815.965.0049 or go to www.rockfordsymphony.com to order tickets.