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New Year Around the World

Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103
Join us for this annual family celebration to welcome the arrival of the New Year! On each hour participants can welcome the New Year as it occurs around the globe. Families can make a variety of traditional New Year crafts from around the world and see displays of items from other countries, including specimens from the Museum's permanent collections!

Burpee Museum, 8159653433, 737 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61103

Spring Lake Estates Annual Luminary Fest

Rockford, IL
The Spring Lake Estates Homes will be continuing the decades old annual tradition known as "Luminary Fest". Our neighborhood has promoted this event throughout the area for a few decades. Residents line their driveways and roadways with all kinds of luminaries and invite the public to drive through with their car lights dimmed or even walk through the neighborhood and enjoy the beauty of our Annual Luminary Fest!

Sandy Coppernoll, 815-985-6084,

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

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