Holiday festivities are starting to ramp up this weekend in the Stateline, and here's 10 things you will want to check out!

  • The Second City's 55th Anniversary Tour - Friday, 8p.m. - Giovanni's Restaurant and Convention Center at 610 N Bell School Road - Doors open at 6:30p.m. - $40 - Proceeds benefit the Spectrum Progressive School of Rockford - Get tickets at spectrumschool.org
  • Edgebrook Tree Lighting and Holiday Open House - Friday, 5 to 7p.m., Saturday, 10a.m. to 6p.m. - Edgebrook Shops at 1639 N Alpine Road - Pictures with Santa on Friday for the tree lighting, carolers, and more - More info at edgebrookshops.com or 815-398-8957.
  • Rockford University's Performing Arts Department presents "Babes in Arms" - Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. - Maddox Theatre inside Clark Arts Center at 5050 E State Street - Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 seniors (55 and up) and students - For more information or tickets call 815-226-4100 or go to boxoffice@rockford.edu.
  • Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Saturday, 8:30a.m. - Indoor Sports Center at 8800 E Riverside in Loves Park - $30-$45 to register, includes a finishers medal, jingle bell necklace and t-shirt - Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation - For info or to register call 815-971-6380
  • Thanks-Give-Away - Saturday. 1 to 3p.m. - Located behind the Edgebrook Shops at 4700 Augustana Dr. in Rockford - First 100 families get a bag of Thanksgiving groceries - Those in need can also receive donated clothing and houseware items - empoweringword.net
  • Hunger Games and Beyond Trivia - Saturday, 2 to 4p.m. - Rockford Public Library Main Branch at 215 N Wyman St. in Rockford - Trivia contest meant for ages 13 to 19 with prizes and free refreshments - Free admission - rockfordpubliclibrary.org
  • Dancing With The Rockford Stars - Saturday, 6:30p.m. - Giovanni's Restaurant at 610 N Bell School Road - $65 individual ticket, $600 for a table of 10, $35 for a children's meal - Proceeds benefit Family Counseling Services of Rockford - dancewithrockfordstars.com
  • Gifts Galore Holiday Shopping Event - Sunday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. - Harlem High School at 9229 N Alpine Road in Machesney Park - Holiday shopping event featuring numerous vendors and crafters (I'll be there!) - Free admission - Gifts Galore on Facebook
  • Light Up The Parks Holiday Parade - Sunday starting at 4:45p.m. - Parade route begins at the Schneider Electric parking lot on Clifford Ave. in Loves Park, north onto Elm Ave., and ends at the Machesney Town Center at 8750 N Second St. in Machesney Park - The village's tree lighting takes place after the parade - For more info call 815-633-3999.
  • Peppermint Swirl Craft Show - Sunday, 9a.m. to 4p.m. - Hononegah High School at 307 Salem St. in Rockton - 120 vendors and crafters - $2 admission - Peppermint Swirl Craft Show on Facebook