Letters to Santa
November 28 - December 7

Stroll On State Events & Attractions

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Live Music

Live music is BACK, and we're so excited to feature the tremendous talent of our local artists playing their favorite holiday music at this year’s Stroll on State.  With many stages to choose from, you’ll have several opportunities to catch a band or two while taking in the sights and celebrating the season.  Live music will begin at 2 pm and conclude at 9 pm.  Be sure to head over to the mainstage by 6 pm for the perfect soundtrack and kick off for the annual lighting of our city’s Christmas tree.

Stroll on State Parade

Kicking off at 2pm, the Merry & Bright holiday parade features fabulous floats, festive music, and costumed characters—including Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This is a family-friendly event that combines balloons, bands, princesses, elves, antique vehicles, and more.  There won’t be a bad seat in the house along the magical parade path.

Want to participate in this year’s parade?  Apply HERE now!

City Tree Lighting

One of the highlights of Stroll on State is the lighting of the giant Christmas tree downtown. There’s something timeless about gathering with friends and listening to carols around a tree.  We invite you to sip something warm and let the spirit of the season fill you.

Do you have the perfect tree donate for this year’s event?  Please let us know so we can check it out! Apply HERE now!

Social Media

Engage with us on GoRockford social channels and the Stroll on State Facebook page. Post your favorite photos from Stroll on State, your decorated home, your businesses, and your neighborhood to spark community pride. Follow the GoRockford and Stroll on State Facebook pages today and watch for more updates!

Stroll Gift Lights Sculpture