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As the winter season brings an accumulation of snow, our outdoor parks and indoor recreation spaces bustle with adventurous activities.

Carlson Ice Arena
Carlson Ice Arena features a 200 x 85 feet ice rink with seating for 600 spectators. This facility is also home to the Sapora Playworld, a three-level soft play structure designed for children.

Rocktown Adventures
This specialty outdoor retailer hosts snowshoeing tours throughout various Rockford Park District facilities and Rock Cut State Park

Snow Park at Alpine Hills
Enjoy tubing, skiing and snowboarding for riders of all abilities. Snow making equipment covers the park in fresh powder daily.

Holiday Trees

Keith's Christmas Trees

There are plenty of local places to find your perfect tree this holiday season!

Gensler Gardens
Pick up your tree in the temperature controlled greenhouse. They also have a large selection of wreaths, garland, boughs, evergreen hanging baskets,  custom arrangements, Poinsettias and much more.

Keith's Christmas Trees
You can cut your own tree in this quiet, peaceful, family-owned tree farm. There are Scotch pine and white pine trees to choose from.

Valley View Christmas Tree Farm
There is a good selection of trees, wreaths, grave blankets, roping and greens. Complimentary shaking and netting at this 100 year old farm.

Williams Tree Farm
Cut your own tree, lodge with cafe, gift shop with thousands of ornaments, hot cocoa by the fire, pony rides, hayrides, maze, children's play area.

See the Lights

Rockford's River Lights

Behold all of the holiday light displays throughout the region. Wander around a winter wonderland outside among the lights, or stay warm from your car or the tropical conservatory to see them!

All Aglow Exhibit
Late November-Early January @ Nicholas Conservatory
Come see the sparkling holiday lights and beautiful floral displays inside the warm conservatory and on the outdoor grounds.

Holiday Festival of Lights
December @ Sinnissippi Park

Drive through Sinnissippi Park to see over 50 unique light displays installed by individuals and local organizations and businesses.

Rockford's River Lights
Late November-December @ Downtown Rockford

River Lights, powered by ComEd, features synchronized lights to music along the Rock River on Friday and Saturday nights in December.

Merry & Bright Events

Find your fun winter events below.
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