ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ----- The wet weather couldn't dampen the mood of the dozens of families who piled into their cars, heading over to Sinnissippi Park for the Festival of Lights.
Celebrating thirty years in the Forest City, every weekend through the month of December will shine bright, with more than 60 displays, including a festive rocking horse and the Grinch.
Before cars make their way to Santa for season's greetings, a special delivery service will collect letters to Kris Kringle, ensuring they make their way to the North Pole before the big day.
"Our committee, the Fourth of July committee, made a 10 foot by 10 foot eagle and a star. We also have some wonderful displays, like a dad carrying a tree with his son, hanging from it and wiggling his feet. There's so many different animated displays that we put in this year," said Ted O’Donnell.
New this year to the festival is a special display made in memory of Joe Marino, the founder of Festival of Lights and the Rockford Fourth of July Committee.