It just doesn't feel like Christmas without loading the kids into our van, armed with hot chocolate, to take a drive through Rockford's Festival of Lights in Sinnissippi Park.

My kids love looking at the lights knowing Santa is waiting to wave to them at the end of the line, and they are going to LOVE that there will be a whole bunch of new stuff to look at this year...over 20 new displays in fact!


The 2019 Festival of Lights hours are:

11/29 - 12/1, 5pm - 11pm
12/6 - 12/8, 5pm - 11pm
12/13 - 12/15, 5pm - 11pm
12/20 - 12/23, 5pm - 11pm
Christmas Eve, 24 Hours
Christmas Day, 24 Hours (shuts off at 12:00am, 12/26)
12/27 - 12/29, 5pm - 11pm
12/31, 5pm - 12am

Santa will be at the center of Sinnissippi Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/6,12/7,12/8, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, and 12/23, and there will be a special red mailbox by him where your kids can leave a letter filled with all their Christmas wishes. They will even get a response from Santa himself if you drop it there by December 20!

For more information on the 2019 Festival of Lights, go to

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