Rockford Festival of Lights Schedule is On

Get ready to celebrate Christmas in July and mark your calendars for the much-awaited 2023 Yuletide season! The Festival of Lights has recently unveiled its enchanting schedule for this year’s holiday extravaganza, and it promises to be a heartwarming event filled with joy and festive spirit.

Rockford Festival of Lights
Rockford Festival of Lights

This beloved free event has become an annual tradition at Sinnissippi Park, located at 1401 North 2nd Street, and continues to be a cherished occasion for both locals and visitors alike. The Festival of Lights, operating on donations, has been illuminating the stateline area since its inception in 1989, spreading holiday cheer and brightening up the winter nights with mesmerizing displays of twinkling lights.

Starting on Friday, November 24th, the festival kicks off with a grand display of holiday magic that will run through the weekend until Sunday, November 26th. But the excitement doesn’t end there! The Festival of Lights will continue to enchant spectators on the following weekends, from Thursday, November 30th, to Sunday, December 3rd, and again from Thursday, December 7th, to Sunday, December 10th.

For those who miss the earlier dates, fret not! The holiday merriment continues with another magical weekend from Thursday, December 14th, to Sunday, December 17th. And the festive fun keeps rolling in as the event extends its illuminations from Monday, December 18th, to Saturday, December 23rd, offering visitors plenty of opportunities to experience the festive wonderland.

As the joyous Christmas Eve approaches on December 24th, the Festival of Lights treats you to a 24-hour celebration, spreading its luminous charm throughout the night and day. And on Christmas Day, December 25th, the holiday lights will continue to shine bright for a full 24 hours, creating a magical ambiance for all to enjoy.

But wait, there’s more! The holiday spirit persists well beyond Christmas, with illuminations set to dazzle spectators from Tuesday, December 26th, to Saturday, December 30th, during the evenings from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

And finally, as we bid farewell to the year and welcome a new one, the Festival of Lights culminates in a spectacular display on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31st, running from 5 p.m. until the stroke of midnight at 12 a.m. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new year with awe-inspiring lights and joyous celebrations.

So, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the magic of the 2023 Yuletide season at Sinnissippi Park. Gather your family, friends, and loved ones, and embark on a delightful journey through the captivating holiday light displays. Whether you choose to drive through or stroll along the twinkling pathways, the Festival of Lights promises to be an unforgettable experience that will fill your heart with warmth and holiday cheer.

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Rita Denon
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