Happy Holidays everyone! We hope your Thanksgiving weekend was everything you wanted it to be. Liz and I are thankful for so much this year. Between the two of us and our families we have a new marriage, a new home, a new job, and a new baby on the way (for Emily!). These big changes and all of the simple daily things make us grateful for where we live and what we do. Our Eight in the Eight was especially challenging for us this month because there are so many great things happening in the area. If there is an event happening you think we should check out, let us know!
Songs & Suds (& Santa) @ Katie’s Cup
When: Tuesday, December 6 from 6:00-8:00PM
Enjoy Saint Nicholas Day, some Holiday songs, and some suds at Katie’s Cup. This is a free event and just a time to socialize and get in the Holiday spirit. While there, be sure to pick up a copy of the Katie’s Cup Christmas CD featuring many favorite, local artists.
LOCAL Holiday Market @ Rockford University
When: Saturday, December 10 from 10:00AM-4:00PM
As you may have noticed, we LOVE to shop local in the 815. Check out the LOCAL Holiday Market sponsored by Winnebago Buy Local at Rockford University. This one time Holiday Market is filled with completely LOCAL vendors. Support and shop local businesses all in one spot.
Movie Night at the Farm @ Williams Tree Farm
When: Friday, December 16 @ 6:30PM
Bring your little ones, PJs and blankets, and get comfy at Williams Tree Farm while watching Arthur Christmas inside in the Keeping Room. Snacks and treats will be available and admission is free, but donations are welcomed to support Kids Around the World.
12 Bars of Christmas @ Downtown Rockford
When: Saturday, December 17, from 3:00-9:00PM
Check out the 2nd Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl and enjoy DJs, food & drink, prizes and fun. Tickets are $28 and include a 12 Bars t-shirt, drink ticket and a goodie bag of surprises. Every bar will offer a $5 Holiday Drink and complimentary hot chocolate &/or coffee. Downtown and North End bars will be included! Must be 21 years old to participate and there IS a shuttle! Buy tickets here.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops @ Coronado Performing Arts Center
When: Saturday, December 17 @ 7:30 PM, Sunday, December 18 @ 3:00PM
Nothing gets us in the Holiday spirit like some incredible music performed by the fantastic Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Celebrate all the season has to offer with the largest holiday musical celebration in the area and enjoy your choice of an evening or matinee performance. Buy tickets here.
All Aglow @ Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
When: Now through January 8, 2017
Between the beautiful lights inside the Conservatory, the All Aglow Express, and Breakfast with Santa, there are no shortage of great, family friendly activities at the Nicholas Conservatory this month. Enjoy a random evening walking around the NCG campus, or be sure to call ahead for tickets to the All Aglow Express (tickets are limited!). Breakfast with Santa will take place December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17.
Festival of Lights @ Sinnissippi Park & Rockford River Lights along the Rock River
When: December 2-25 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5:00-10:00PM (Festival of Lights) and December 2-31 on Fridays and Saturdays (Rockford River Lights)
Rockford has truly stepped up their Holiday lighting game in the past couple of years. Be sure to take a drive through the Festival of Lights (a Holiday tradition) and take a walk along the banks of the Rock River between State Street and the Jefferson Street Bridge. Both events are incredible and we are so glad the Rockford River Lights are back this year!
Holiday Hoopla @ Discovery Center Museum
When: December 26-30, recurring daily from 11:30AM-3:30PM
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kiddos while they are on break, we would check out the Discovery Center as they merge hands-on arts and crafts with amazing math and science. All activities included with museum admission.