"Merry and Bright: a downtown holiday" returns on November 29, 2014 with Stroll on State! Stroll on State is a spectacular holiday event to attend with your family and friends to get you in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of activities to do, decorations to see, and delicious food to eat at this event to celebrate the holiday season downtown.
When: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 4 - 9 p.m.
Where: Downtown Rockford along East State Street
There are also plenty of other holiday events this season in the Rockford Region! Take a look at this list and mark your calendar for these festive, fun events!
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Stroll & Downtown Tree Lighting
5:30PM - Stroll line-up (City Hall)
5:45PM - Stroll begins
6:15PM - Downtown tree lighting (PNC Bank Plaza)
Light Up the Tree Concert - Awe & Wonder
Create memories with family and friends as we count down, light the Christmas tree and experience the Awe & Wonder together. (With special guest Mo Pitney)
6PM - Concert begins (PNC Bank Plaza)
Enjoy the dazzle of skating under the twinkle lights in a Winter Wonderland with Luxe Productions DJ music.
4 - 9PM - Skating and DJ music (State & Main St.)
Real. Original. Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Purchase Real. Original. Rockford gifts from some of the area's top attractions as well as hot chocolate from Rockford Roasting Company.
4 - 9PM - Pop-up shop is open (RACVB Annex)
Watch some holiday classics as they run continuously inside the Nordlof Center.
4 - 9PM - Movies continuously showing (Nordlof Center)
Train & Letters to Santa
Warm up and write letters to Santa and pretend you're the conductor of a special holiday train (bring your cameras!).
4 - 9PM - Photo opportunities with the train (State & Main St.)
4 - 9PM - Mail letters to Santa (Spafford Square & State & Main St.)
Hammy & Hamboni
Meet Hammy from the IceHogs and see the Hamboni in person (bring your cameras!).
4 - 5PM & 6:30 - 9PM - Photo opportunities (BMO Harris Bank Center)
Visits with Santa and Reindeer
Visit Santa, live reindeer, and elves from Santa's workshop and experience the magical moments of SantaLand!
4 - 5:15PM & 6:30 - 9PM - (SantaLand)
Randy Finch (Ice Brigades) Ice Sculptor
Watch as ice sculptors make ice come alive and lights create magic.
4 - 9PM - Ice sculpting demonstrations (RRStar lot)
Horse and Wagon Rides
You're in good hands as Allstate helps you up on the wagon to travel "Over the River and to the Christmas Tree."
4 - 9PM - Pick up & drop off (Madison & State St.)
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Movie
Enjoy the 1966 classic cartoon, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" outside.
4 - 9PM - Outdoor movie (S'Mores station #2)
Holiday Market Shopping & FROSTYLAND by lisA fRosT
In City Hall, shop Lisa Frost's latest holiday designs and meet the sparkly Frostettes. Don't miss Holiday Shopping with local vendors inside Chase Bank and Stewart Square too! Chase Bank will also feature music by sonicbloom, and Stewart Square will feature barbershop quartet Bethel Male Chorus and Road to Rome. (See below to view all vendors.)
4 - 9PM - Indoor shopping (City Hall, Chase Bank, and Stewart Square)
Fire & Ice Display
The ambience is amazing as fire lights up the ice. Hear the crackle and smell the wood burning.
6:30 - 9PM - Entertainment display (2nd & State St.)
Enjoy the warmth of a fire and let us toast your marshmallows.
4 - 9PM - $1 each (across from RRStar lot & on State St. between Madison & 1st St.)
Enjoy beer, warm wine, and Kringle at several bars along the stroll route. If you're under 100 years old, please show your ID. Santa says, "What's purchased outside stays outside, and what's purchased inside stays inside." All proceeds will pay for lights and decorations for this year's Stroll on State.
4 - 9PM - (Various locations along State St.)
All vendor slots have been filled. Thank you to all who applied to be vendors at Stroll on State this year!
Annette's Italian Cookies
Arte Verde Garden Center
DC Estate Winery
Gift It! Rockford
Gypsy Piper Girl
JB Hair Accessories
Meghan Turley Visual Art
Pink Tree by Sarah
Raines Honey Farm
FROSTYLAND with Lisa Frost
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Discovery Center Museum
Ethnic Heritage Museum
Midway Village Museum
Rockford Art Museum
Rockford Park District
Tinker Swiss Cottage
Balloons & Flowers by Haley
Bath & Body Fusion
Bella Luna Bakery
Cellar Door Designs
Ittie Bittie Moccs
Jungle Wagon Press
Lawncare by Walter
Laynie Bug's Bows
Lexy Charms Couture
Tiny Bird Boutique
The Vintage Beau
Wind Ridge Herb Farms
Street Vendors (outdoor)
Boy Scout Troup 23
Fork & Stein
Lulu's Roasted Corn
Minis on a Mission
The P's Restaurant
Rucci's Roasted Nuts
Sam's Drive In
Warming Station (Spafford Square)
Roosevelt Community Education Center
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2014 Stroll on State, please contact Tana Vettore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd City Chorus
Accent on Events
Alliant Energy Riverside
Arte Verde Garden Center
AutoCare Center of Roscoe
Beautiful Day Linens
Bethel Male Chorus
Bill Doran Company
City of Rockford
Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort
Courtyard by Marriott
David & Colleen Anderson Family
DC Estate Winery
East High School
Fire in Motion - Central States Fireworks
Heartland Cars Ministry
Heartland Community Church
Ipsen Heat Treating
LaMonica Beverages, Inc.
lisA fRosT studio
Mark Reed & Waddy
Mid-West Family Broadbcasting
Northeast Christian Church
Once Upon a Dream Princess Performances
Power Road Autobody
River District Association
R.L. Leek Industries, Inc.
Road to Rome
Rock River Development Partnership
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rockford Area Venues & Entertainment Authority
Rockford Bank & Trust
Rockford Mass Transit District
Rockford Park District
Rockford Register Star
Rock River Times
RPS 205 Superintendent's Student Advisory Council
Sanders Design Group
Shannon Sutton - Chalk Artist
State Street Management, LLC
Steps to Grace Dance Academy
Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd.
Tree Care Enterprises, Inc.
Urban Equity Properties
WTVO 17 / WQRF 39
(Click here to view Stroll on State by the Number from 2013)
There are plenty of Merry & Bright events going on this time of year in the Rockford Region! Take a look at these festive events and get ready for the holiday season!
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