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Family Fun

Rockford IceHogs

There are plenty of local, family-friendly events and attractions to keep you busy all winter long!

Rockford IceHogs Hockey Team
The Rockford IceHogs Hockey Team are members of the American Hockey League with home games at the BMO Harris Bank Center.

All Aglow at Nicholas Conservatory
Holiday lights and beautiful floral displays inside the conservatory and the outer grounds (November 25 - January 6).

Williams Tree Farm
Cut down your own tree, sip hot cocoa by the fire, shop the unique gift store, and enjoy pony rides and the children's play area.


Where to Warm Up

Coffee machine

The air is cold but there are plenty of warm cups of coffee, tea and cocoa to drink! Check out these local spots to warm up.

Carambola Gelato and Coffee Shop
A great selection of old world gelato, coffee and pastries along with paninis and cannolis.

Cuppa Java
Upscale coffee house serving delicious flavored coffees and imported teas.

Katie's Cup
A great place to grab a hot beverage or enjoy the large fireplace while reading a book in Rockford's quaint Midtown District.

Meg's Daily Grind
Four convenient locations where they serve up gourmet coffees, light lunches, smoothies and other goodies.

Rockford Roasting Company
Serving up the ultimate coffee experience, with a large range of specialty coffee beans and a complete menu of espresso-based beverages, cocoas teas, chocolates and other gourmet items.

Wired Cafe 
The perfect spot for a pick-me-up from their espresso bar or homemade breakfast and lunch menu items.


Merry & Bright Events

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