Stroll On State

Events & AttractionsStroll on State is full of events, activities and holiday happenings from opening until close. Take a look at these annual attractions and events at Stroll on State this year! View these events and attractions on the map on the Stroll on State map page.

Official Rockford Christmas Tree Lighting

Sponsored by SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health
Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m.  |  Corner of State & Wyman Street

Merry & Bright Performances

(at Veterans Memorial Hall)

3 p.m. & 4 p.m. - Spotlight Youth Theatre (20 minute performances)
3:20 p.m. & 4:20 p.m. - Rockford Dance Company (10 minute performances)
3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. - Steps to Grace Dance Academy (20 minute performances)
5 - 5:45 p.m. - Piano Tunes Music Academy
6:30 - 9 p.m. - The Radio Stars - Dance the night away. Enjoy pop/rock sounds from the 70s, 80s and today, along with a few holiday classics! After 12 years together, Stroll on State will be their final performance.

Horse & Wagon Rides

Sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company
3 - 5:00 p.m. & 7 - 9 p.m.  |  Main Street Location
3 - 6 p.m. & 7 - 9 p.m.  |  Water Street Location
A true holiday tradition favored by kids and adults alike! Catch a ride next to Veterans Memorial Hall or Water Street (line up near the corner of Water Street and Market Street)


3 - 9 p.m.  |  Mulberry Street location
3 - 9 p.m.  |  300 Block of East State Street location
The warm marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker dessert hits the spot after walking the Stroll on State grounds. Get you S'more early as we often run out of this tasty treat because of their popularity!

Holiday Market

Sponsored by Mercyhealth
3 - 9 p.m.  |  Between Wyman Street & Main Street (1 block north of West State Street)
3 - 9 p.m.  |  On Water Street at City Market Pavilion
A wide variety of food, beverage and shopping vendors for you to choose from as our friends with the Rockford City Market helped to organize this year's vendor market! The City Market Pavilion will also have Merry & Bright Beats by Flipside DJ Entertainment throughout the night.

Theater Performance by The Studio

3 - 5 p.m. & 7 - 9 p.m. with performances on the hour  |  Nordlof Center
The Studio is lighting up the Nordlof Center stage in brilliant Technicolor for 2016 - revisiting highlights from their summer smash hit, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!" Come in, warm up and meet the actors.


Brought to you by Rockford First Church
3 - 9 p.m.  |  Stewart Square (State Street Entrance)
3 - 9 p.m.  |  Millennium Fountain
Experience the wonderment of Santa inside Stewart Square or in the beautiful setting of Millennium Fountain. The Millennium Fountain also will have live reindeer on site for all to see. Every family will experience the wonder of the Polar Express train and the fun elves have while creating your toys! Be sure to listen for the bells that remind us all to...BELIEVE!

Hammy and the Hamboni 

Brought to you by the Rockford IceHogs
Meet and greet Hammy on Main, close to the BMO Harris Bank Center

Volunteer Central

Brought to you by Rockford Sharefest
8 a.m. - midnight  |  BMO Harris Bank Center
Stroll on State Volunteers help to make smiles and the magic happen for our community.

Merry & Bright Stage

Sponsored by SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health
3 - 9 p.m.  |  Corner of West State Street & Wyman Street
3 p.m. - Lincoln Middle School Concert Band
3:30 p.m. - Marshall Elementary Strolling Minstrels 
4:10 p.m. - Winter Jackets
5 p.m. - Olivia Dvorak
5:45 p.m. - Heartland Community Church Band (including Tree Lighting Production)
6:15 p.m. - Join Mayor Morrissey, RACVB and Heartland Community Church's music and production team as we gather together to sing and count down to light Rockford's Christmas tree.
7 p.m. - Ashleye Armelin
7:45 p.m. - Guilford High A Cappella - #harmonics
8:30 p.m. - Dirty Fishnet Stockings

Rockford's River Lights

Brought to you but the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
6:30 - 9 p.m.  |  Riverbanks between State Street and Jefferson Street
Enjoy the wonder of watching the banks of the Rock River come to life through a spectacular light show!

Indoor Ice Skating

Brought to you by the Rockford Park District
3 - 9 p.m.  |  Riverview Ice House
Try the indoor skating rink at Riverview Ice House and get the chance to skate with some popular costumed characters!

Outdoor Ice Skating

3 - 9 p.m.  |  Riverview Trolley Station
Skate under the twinkle lights and dance to the music on the synthetic ice rink.

WREX Live Remote

3 - 9 p.m.  |  City Market Pavilion
Live telecast from 6 - 6:30 p.m. Find a TV or watch from home.

Randy Finch & the Ice Brigades 

Sponsored by OSF HealthCare
4 - 9 p.m.  |  Rockford Register Star Parking Lot
Randy Finch and his Ice Brigade crew are back for a 4th year! Throughout the night, watch them transform blocks of ice into a variety of sculptures and creations. Bring your camera and take photos next to ice features.

WZOK Live Remote - 97.5 FM

3 - 9 p.m.  |  Rockford Register Star Parking Lot
Our friends at Townsquare Media have a few holiday surprises in store for us this year!


Sponsored by Comcast
3 - 9 p.m. Shown continuously  |  300 block of East State Street 
Grab a tasty S'more fresh fresh from the grill and settle in around the fire to watch “The Grinch,” a holiday classic, projected onto a downtown building.

Hot Chocolate Express & S'mores

Brought to you by the Rockford Marlins Swim Team and Sponsored by Butitta Brothers Automotive
3 - 9 p.m.  |  300 block of East State Street
Come to see the world's greatest hot chocolate stand for a fun and interactive tasting of this holiday tradition.

Adult Beverages

Sponsored by LaMonica Beverages
3 - 9 p.m.  |  300 block of East State Street
Enjoy an adult beverage as you hang out with family and friends. Stroll and enjoy the sights, sounds and wonders of the evening.

The Bull Live Remote - 95.3 FM

3 - 9 p.m.  |  East State Street & 1st Street
Join our friends from Midwest Family Broadcasting for fun activities throughout the night.

Stroll Special Moments Photo Booth

3 - 9 p.m.  |  Inside Chase Bank
Pose, Smile and Click. Take a Christmas card like photo with a variety of fun, seasonal props in an interactive photo booth setting. Preserve your Stroll memories.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Headquarters

Brought to you by Barnes & Noble and GiGi's Playhouse
3 - 9 p.m. (story time on the hour)  |  City Hall
There will be live/interactive readings of the famous story throughout the night. Enjoy the beautiful decorations inside City Hall.

Letters to Santa with WIFR

3 - 9 p.m.  |  Inside City Hall
Kids are welcome to come and make their list for Santa! We make sure he gets them before heading back to the North Pole.

Fire & Ice 

Sponsored by OSF HealthCare
5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  |  Corner of State & 2nd Street
See the magic of large blocks of ice with warm fires burning inside of them! Watch as the ice creations melt throughout the night.

Kringle Cafe

3 - 9 p.m.  |  Fire & Ice location, corner of State and 2nd Street
Serving Kringle Cream Liqueur

Merry & Bright Trees

Corner of Main Street & Mulberry Street (Sponsored by River District Association)
Eddie Green Place - State Street & 1st Street (Sponsored by Landstar System, Inc.)

Sky Lights Fireworks Show

Sponsored by Williams-Manny Insurance Group
Fireworks show will follow tree lighting ceremony and are launched between the State Street and Jefferson Street Bridges.

The Stroll Parade!

Parade begins at 6 p.m.  |  Begins at City Hall
Make way and watch as the Stroll Parade brings Santa through downtown to kick off the holiday season. The parade will finish at the City Christmas Tree at the corner of State & Wyman Street.

ATM Locations

Provided by Illinois Bank & Trust

Between Wyman & Main Street - 1 block north of West State Street
On Water Street at City Market Pavilion
300 block of East State Street
Close to Kringle Kafe



(Stroll on State 2017)