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2nd. Congregational/1s. Presbyterian Church Annual Cookie Walk

2nd. Congregational/1st. Presbyterian Church---318 N. Church St.----Rockford, IL 61101 (Downtown 1 block west of the Coronado)
Cookies, crafts, casseroles and fair trade gifts will all be available for you to celebrate your Christmas Season.

For more information call the church at 815-963-8431.

Annual Christmas Cantata at Court Street UMC

Court Street United Methodist Church 215 North Court Street Downtown Rockford
The beauty of the Christmas season will come to life Sunday, December 14th during Court Street United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Cantata. A performance of John Rutter’s Magnificat will be performed. It will be held during the 10:00 a.m. worship service and is free to the public.

“It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard,” pointed out Julia Schade Armstrong, Music Director at Court Street.” We are extremely excited about performing this wonderful selection, and since this will be my final cantata here at the church, I couldn’t think of a better choice to finish with.”

The Chancel Choir of Court Street United Methodist Church, along with soloists, chamber orchestra, and organ will all contribute to the performance. A cantata is a choral composition that is based on a sacred text, often from Scripture readings appropriate to a specific church season, such as Christmas. The Christmas season has inspired many types of cantatas over the centuries.

The Christmas Cantata takes place in the main sanctuary of the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate the Christmas season! Court Street United Methodist Church is located at 215 North Court Street in downtown Rockford (just one block north of West State Street, four blocks west of the river). Please call the church office at 962-6061 for more information.

The Nutcracker Presented by RSO

Coronado Performing Arts Center Rockford, IL
– The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Rockford Dance Company’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker ballet will be performed in the beautiful Coronado Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and a matinee on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm.

Live music from the Rockford Symphony Orchestra along with a beautifully choreographed ballet, vibrant sets, and dazzling costumes make this the premier production in Northern Illinois and a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. This year’s production will feature the choreography of RDC Artistic Director,Wayland Anderson.

The timeless beauty of Tchaikovsky’s music performed by the RSO remains a constant. According to RSO Music Director Steven Larsen, “our musicians know this music almost by heart…so, when you can start from near-technical-perfection, great things are possible.”

Tickets for the performances are available online at or by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra box office at 815-965-0049. Tickets for this year’s performance are $12 (students) - $46.

Visit or call 815.965.0049

Downtown Dixon's 26th Annual Christmas Walk

Dixon Main Street Dixon, IL
Enjoy a fun filled evening of food, shopping & music.
There will be horse drawn wagon rides, The Great Snowball drop and much, more.

Court Street UMC Holiday Bazaar and Brunch

Court Street United Methodist Church 215 N. Church Street Rockford, IL
Jump into the Christmas season Sunday, December 7th at Rockford’s Court Street United Methodist Church during their annual Holiday Brunch, Bakery, Bazaar and Evergreen Sale. The event promises to supply lots of holiday spirit while helping raise funds for the United Methodist Woman’s Mission Fund.

“This is a wonderful event we look forward to every year in December,” pointed out Lorelle Wandell, Church Co-Administrator.

“It’s a great fun way to get into the Christmas spirit while helping raise funds that support good works in our community.”

The Bakery, Bazaar and Evergreen Sale will take place in the church’s dining room on the lower level beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, December 7th. The event will close at 10 a.m. for worship and then reopen as soon as services are finished. Brunch will be served after Sunday services from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost of the brunch is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 4-10.

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Court Street United Methodist Church is located in downtown Rockford at 215 N. Church Street. For more information please call the church office at 815-962-6061 during business hours or log on to

Drive-Thru Nativity

Riverside Community Church 8616 N 2nd St. Machesney Park
Riverside Community Church (8616 N 2nd St. Machesney Park) will once again be presenting their Drive-thru Live Nativity on Sat., Dec. 13th and Sun., Dec. 14th from 5:30 - 9:00 featuring live animals and characters in 5 scenes depicting the true Christmas story.

A Very Electric Christmas

Egyptian Theatre 135 N. Second Street Downtown DeKalb, IL.
The Egyptian Theatre and The Daily Chronicle are proud to present Lightwire Theater, known for their signature brand of dazzling visuals, poignant storytelling and music designed to evoke imagery. “A Very Electric Christmas” will be at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Saturday, December 20, 2014 for one performance only at 7:30pm.

Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias, light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits, including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Lightwire Theater is internationally recognized for their electroluminescent artistry, poignant story telling and performs in complete darkness. Brighten your holidays this season with Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas.

Since their appearance as semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent” in 2012, Lightwire Theater has been entertaining audiences all over the world with their unique combination of dance, puppetry and technology. Lightwire Theater performed at the Egyptian Theatre in March 2014 with their show “Lightwire: The Show”. After a near sell-out performance the Egyptian Theatre and the Daily Chronicle are excited to bring Lightwire back to DeKalb for their holiday show.

Tickets on-sale starting Friday, October 3. Reserved ticket prices range from $15-$35. All tickets are available through the Egyptian Theatre Box Office in advance online, in person, or over the phone. Box office hours are Tuesday’s 2:00pm-6:00pm and Thursday’s 11:00am-3:00pm. Lightwire Theater is a must-see theatrical experience for the entire family!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Holiday Bazaar

Holy Trinity Church 217 E Hurlbut Ave Belvidere, IL 61008
Baked goods, crafts, gifts, and more!

6th Annual Christmas Jubilee Craft and Vendor

Dakota Elementary School 400 Campus Dr, Dakota, IL 61018
Over 20 vendors and crafters will be on hand to help you with your Christmas shopping.

There will be a bake sale, lunch stand, and chair massages as well.

Admission is just $1.00 and all proceeds goes towards the Dakota Athletic Boosters.

USAF Band of Mid-America presents "Unwrap the Season"

Coronado Theater
The USAF Band of Mid-America will perform their holiday concert "Unwrap the Season"

Johnny Kukan


1404 Brooke R, Rockford IL 61109
We will be hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner.
11:00 am until 1:00 pm
Turkey, Mashed potato's & gravy, stuffing, vegetable, rolls & pie.
Come share dinner with us.
Handicapped entrance is on the west side of the building.

Church Office

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Evangelical Covenant Church, 220 E. Harrison St. Belvidere, IL 61008
The Evangelical Covenant Church of Belvidere will be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 27 at 12:30 pm.

The meal will feature a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and is open to all Boone County residents who are in need of a meal or holiday companionship.

The dinner will be served at the church, which is located at 220 E. Harrison Street in Belvidere. There is an elevator on site for those with special needs.

Those interested in attending are asked to call 815-547-6471 to make a reservation.

Scott Nellis, 815-547-6471

1800's Holiday Walk

Boone County Conservation District 603 N Appleton Road, Belvidere, IL
Join the Boone County Conservation District in Belvidere, IL for an evening of holiday magic as you are transported back in time to an 1800’s Christmas. Visitors will stroll along luminary lit paths, listen to carolers singing holiday songs and stop at two historic log cabins to learn about Christmas past as the inhabitants prepare for the holidays. Children of all ages with meet a Civil War Santa in his field tent. Enjoy holiday treats and listen to live music in the one-room schoolhouse. Visitors can learn about winter on the prairie at a Native American traveling tent. The Blacksmith will be busy working in his shop creating holiday gifts. Across from the blacksmith shop there will be popcorn cooked over an open fire.

After the outside activities visitors can warm up at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center and purchase gift items made by local artists. Children can make their own holiday ornaments and enjoy spiced cider and holiday treats.

Pam Stock
Boone County Conservation District
603 N Appleton Road, Belvidere, il 61008

J.R. Sullivan's Hometown Holiday

Nordlof Center, Sullivan Theater 118 N. Main St., Rockford 61104
Annual holiday variety show, conceived and produced by J. R. Sullivan of the former New American Theater, featuring holiday-inspired storytelling, comedy and seasonal and popular songs.

Gerrie Gustafson, 815-968-7799

Holiday Happenings

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent Street Rockford IL 61102
Holiday Happenings, December 14, 2014 12-4pm. Step Back in Time to Enjoy Cultural Holiday Decorations and Entertainment. Ethnic Heritage Museum (1129 S. Main Street)- African American, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish Holiday Traditions. The Erlander Home (404 S. 3rd Street) - Swedish Holiday Traditions. Tinker Swiss Cottage (411 Kent Street)- Victorian Christmas Traditions One ticket for all three sites and a wagon ride between sites. Tickets can be pre-ordered at or purchased at any location the day of the event. Group pass (4 person) $36, Individual Pass $12, Children under 5 free.

Ashley Downing

New Year's Eve Party

Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford, IL
Come join the fun! Bring in the New Year with us with dancing, appetizers, sparkling wine toast, and party favors.

Jessie Bates, 815-962-9117, 524 Kent St., Rockford, IL 61104

Lessons and Carols

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Nine Lessons and Carols is presented by the Emmanuel Festival Choir under the direction of Trish Rooney. It emulates the traditional Christmas Eve service broadcast annually from Kings' College, Cambridge, England. Rockford community leaders serve as readers and a Kantorei boy soprano opens the service.


Rockford Dance Company and Rockford Symphony Orchestra Present The Nutcracker

Coronado Theatre Rockford Symphony
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsjy’s The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journet willed with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. Guest dancer from nationally-renowned dance companies join the Rockford Dance Company and the RSO to present this holiday tradition, great for the whole family.

Ticket prices are $20-46. Students tickets ages 12 and under are $12.