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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.

Edgebrook Holiday Tree Lighting and Open House

Edgebrook Shops, Rockford
Get in the Holiday Spirit with Edgebrook's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Open House!

The Tree Lighting is Friday, November 21st from 5-7p. Come and enjoy the festivities with our Edgebrook merchants and Santa. The official lighting will happen at 6p.

Edgebrook's Open House is Saturday, November 22nd and is the perfect way to kick off your holiday shopping and to see all the unique items the merchants have to offer.

We are still adding to our list and checking it twice to include activities, entertainment, and special guests, so visit for more information.

Darcy Hanson 815-398-8957