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A New Holiday Celebration in Downtown Rockford!


"Merry and Bright: a downtown holiday" kicks off on November 30 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 brand new event to celebrate the holiday season downtown. 

When: Saturday, November 30
Time: 4pm - 10pm (tree lighting at 6:15pm)
Where: Downtown Rockford along East State Street
Cost: Free! 

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 to view the news release)
(Click here to view a list of other winter events in the area)



(Click here to download a PDF of the whole itinerary) 

  • Stroll to the Tree Lighting
    • 5:30pm | Stroll line-up at Rockford City Hall (Download a free candle app on your smartphone to make it a candlelit stroll!)
    • 6:15pm | Tree lighting at PNC Bank Plaza
  • Visits with Santa
    • 4-5:15pm & 6:30-10pm | at SantaLand
  • "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Movie
    • 4-10pm | at MovieLand
  • Holiday Market
    • 4-10pm | at City Hall and Chase Bank
  • The Land of Nod
    • 4-10pm | at the Water Street Cafe
  • Ice Skating
    • 4-5:45pm & 6:15-10pm | at the RRStar building lot
  • Fire & Ice Display
    • 7pm | at State & North 2nd St.
  • Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
    • 4-10pm | Pick up / drop off at Madison & State St. 


  • "The Nutcracker" Mother Ginger Scene
    • 5:40pm | Performed by the Rockford Dance Company outside Chase Bank
  • Chase Bank Performers
    • 4-5pm | Rockford Symphony Orchestra Harpist
    • 5-5:30pm | Guilford Jazz Band
    • 6:30-8:30pm | Moonlight Jazz Orchestra
    • 8:30-10pm | Daybreak
  • Rockford Art Deli
    • 7-8pm & 9-10pm | Sony Artist - Clark Kelly
  • City Market Deck
    • 4-5:15pm & 6:30-10pm | Randy Finch, Star of the Food Network show "Ice Brigade"
  • Wired Cafe
    • 6-9pm | Michael & Naomi


  • Abreo Restaurant - Cider (front room open)
  • Bamboo Asian Noodles - Loco Hot Cocoa, Holiday Nog, mulled winter wine, egg rolls/Chicken Satay/Crab Rangoon 2 pieces for $3
  • Bella Luna Bakery - Variety of Italian and Scandinavian baked goods
  • CD Source - Cookies/treats and warm drinks
  • CJ's Lounge - Beer, peppermint shots
  • Deli Italia - Gingerbread Rum Latte, The Downtowner (asiago breadsticks with Italian beef)
  • Irish Rose - Irish coffee
  • J-Bears Place - Spiced hot chocolate
  • J.R. Kortman's - 20% off hand-painted Rockford Landmark ornaments and selected jewelry items
  • Kate's Pie Shop - Buzzsaw Bourbon Pie, Bygone Brand t-shirts
  • Kryptonite - Glogg
  • Minglewood/Plush - Free gift wrap
  • Noah's Ark - Animals dressed in ugly sweaters, raffle baskets, cookies, hot cider
  • Octane InterLounge - Apple cinnamon bread pudding
  • Rockford Art Deli - Merry & Bright t-shirts
  • Roni Golan's - 10% off all work, 30% off purchases $1000+
  • Vintage @ 501 - Candycane martini, holiday creme brulee
  • Wired Cafe - Peppermint hot chocolate


  • Restaurants sampling dishes as well as holiday drink specials 
  • Cakepops by The Sweetery and hard candies at the Land of Nod Cafe
  • S'mores stations and hot chocolate along the stroll route
  • East Side of City Market deck (across from the Ice Brigade)
    • Lulu's - fresh hot churros, roasted potatoes with toppings, homemade hot chocolate
    • AnJan's Eats - smoked pork sandwich with bourbon glaze, apple-cran slaw, chicken noodle soup, hot apple cider
    • Fork & Stein - 3 kinds of sliders (bacon cheeseburger, turkey tenderloin with chipotle cranberry BBQ, TurDuckEn turkey chicken slider with duck fat, sauteed onions and cheese), skewered curried swedish meatballs 
  • 300 Block of State Street (by the movie screening) 
    • Minis on a Mission - hot mini donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs
    • Deli Italia - pizza slices 
  • PNC Bank Plaza (by Christmas tree) then moving to Water Street
    • Javamania - coffee, hot chocolate, tea, espresso drinks 



  • Shopping at all the retail stores downtown who are staying open late for the event
  • The "Holiday Market" inside the lobby of City Hall featuring over 20 local vendors


There will be satellite parking at the YMCA lot on Madison St. Shuttles will pick up at the YMCA lot and drop off to Market & Madison St. from 4-10:30pm.

Click here to download this map (which includes the key) 

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