Local Businesses

Rockford region local businesses have specials and deals going on throughout the Merry & Bright Holiday season! Take a look at the details below and remember to please shop, dine and support local responsibly this season!

317 Art Collective

317 Artisan Market
November 27 (12 - 5 p.m.)
All types of hand made trinkets, paintings, t-shirts, face masks, and other swag with artist's work on it will be available. Everything is priced under $50. Additionally, the gallery will be open to the public for those interested in larger items and who wish to support local artists.

Discovery Center Museum

Bubble Wonder Virtual Show
November 21 (10:30 a.m.)
Watch famous bubbleologist Geoff Akins and his Bubble Wonders show from the comfort of your own home!

Fabulous Fall Colors Days
November 25 (10 a.m. - Noon & 1 - 3 p.m.) / November 27 - 28 (9 - 11 a.m., 12 - 2 p.m. & 3 - 5 p.m. / November 29 (10 a.m. - Noon & 1 - 3 p.m.)
Beautiful colors signal fall as trees put themselves to bed for a long winter's sleep. Play with the colors of the season and investigate how you see the colors in our world.

Adventures in Winter Wonderland Days
December 26 - 30 (9 - 11 a.m., Noon - 2 p.m. & 3 - 5 p.m.)
Defeat the abominable snowman by testing your snowball throwing skills and check out some "cool" ice cube science experiments.

Discovery Center Gift Shop Sale
December 1 - 23
Museum members get 25% off total purchase, and the public gets 15% off total purchase at the Gift Shop. Find science experiments, chemistry sets, books, puzzles, plush animals and much more.

Miracle Mile

Jingle on the Mile
November 30 - December 5
Follow along on Facebook as 16 local merchants showcase their holiday offerings of items to purchase for your loved ones this Christmas. Watch for Jingle Deal specials and more! We will be showcasing shops all week, so watch for your favorites! CubeSmart Self-Storage will also wrap your gifts for a donation to Toys for Tots.

Prairie Street Brewing Co.

Tom & Jerry Drinks Special
December 12
Grab a hot drink and stroll down State Street. The Tom & Jerry is a classic winter cocktail that every explorer of the drink world should try at some point. It's a sweet, frothy, warm beverage flavored with dark rum and cognac, and it's been a holiday favorite since the 1820s.

Rockford Art Museum

Dragons! Virtual (via Zoom)
December 12 (2 - 3 p.m.)
Join us for some Saturday afternoon cartoons in Rockford Art Museum's new Cartoon Club! Does your dragon breathe fire, lightning, or cotton candy? Learn to draw both a cute and a sinister dragon, and don't forget to add your own flair! This session will feature step-by-step drawing instructions, which you can follow along with or use as inspiration for your own unique vision! Either way, get ready to flex those creative muscles and learn to draw while you're at it! This class is held virtually through Zoom, register at rockfordartmuseum.org.

Rockford City Market

Holiday Retail Pop Ups
November 28 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) & December 11 (4 - 8 p.m.)

Holiday Vintage Wonderland Pop Up
December 4 (4 - 8 p.m.)

Food Drive Benefitting Northern IL Food Bank
Mid-November through mid-December

Holiday Blood Drive
December 1 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Rocktown Adventures

Backcountry Cooking Demo
November 20
Thanksgiving in a bowl. We make a turkey day dinner with what you would have with you on the trail/campsite. If this is too early don't worry about it. This event is on the Rocktown Adventures social media page and website.

Small Business Saturday Sale
November 28 - 29
20% off anything (excludes paddle sports equipment)

Opt Outside 
Use #OptOutside when posting pictures on social media as you spend time outside. Be sure to tag Rocktown Adventures and you'll get an additional 10% off (excludes paddle sports equipement) on Small Business Saturday (November 28 - 29).

Royal Hobby Shop

50% off all Model Master Hobby Supplies, selected model kits, board games, trains and puzzles.
All December long

Toad Hall Books & Records

Black Friday Record Day Sale
November 27 - November 29
50% off used vinyl. Buy 2 get 1 free CDs and DVDs.