The days of Christmas are often times filled with freezing temperatures, crying children, shopping inconveniences, and more. Let's take a look at the reality of how things really are during the holidays in the forest city. 



Here are the 12 Days Pains of Christmas in Rockford.


  • Santa at Cherry Vale Mall: Waiting in line sucks. Yeah, there's a "front of the line" pass, but it costs extra.
  • Leftover construction: Learn where the leftover Rockford construction is so your shopping trip is easier. Wait, those two words can't be used in the same sentence at this time of the year.
  • State Street Bridge at Stroll on State: It is almost impossible to cross that bridge when it's jammed.
  • Parking at Best Buy: Are you hoping to find a close parking spot? You're better off winning the lottery.
  • Your vehicle's inside temperature: Good luck, in-out-in-out-in in single digit temps makes it impossible to keep warm.
  • One word, Walmart.
  • Dining out with children: Kids get hangry. Know the places with table games or make sure your phone is charged.
  • The correct time on the Clock Tower: Trying to figure out what time it is while driving is important. The struggle is real.
  • East State Street: Driving along E. State? Most would rather stub their toe on an end table. Right?
  • The line at Uncle Nicks: After the company holiday party in downtown Rockford you head to Uncle Nicks. While you're waiting outside in line you wonder "why am I doing this" but you still wait, because that's the rule.
  • Finding that special gift at Crimson Ridge in under 10 minutes: You can try but the selection is huge and everyone goes there for the gift they can brag about. "You better like it. I went to Crimson Ridge for that!"
  • Festival of Lights: Being stuck in front of that car with their lights on is the worst. Don't be that car.


Feel free to add your struggle in a comment below!