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NO PARKING on the 100 Block of E. & W. Main Street on Parade Day

THE OFFICIAL START TO CHRISTMAS IS ONLY

2019/12/06 17:00:00

AWAY

TRADITIONAL EVENTS

OUR 3 MAIN EVENTS THAT YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

  • Pub Crawl

    Friday Dec. 6th

    Rockton, 7pm 

    The easiest pub crawl you’ll ever participate in. Six establishments all within two blocks of each other – Rockton Inn Pub Grub & BBQ, Rookie’s Pub and Grill, Pokie’s Slots -N- Video Poker, Ye Olde Pub, American Legion and Fibs. No cost to participate except wearing your MOST FLAMBOYANT, UGLIEST, JAW-DROPPING (get the hint?) holiday garb. Grab your stamp card at the first place you start, get your card stamped, and once stamped by all six, fill it out with your contact info and leave it at the bar. We’ll call you if you’re a winner!

  • Lighting of the Park

    Saturday Dec. 7th

    Village Green Park, 5pm

    With all the spirit of a small community we join in song & cheer to light up Katie’s Tree & Village Green Park. Grade school and high school choirs will sing holiday songs while visitors enjoy s’mores around a toasty campfire. We close out the evening with a visit from Santa.

  • Lighted Parade

    Saturday Dec. 7th

    Main Street, 6:00pm

    The famous Lighting Christmas Parade always delights with some great Christmas Themed floats coasting down Main St. Rockton, IL

EVENTS & SHOPPING SPECIALS

ALL THE GREAT EVENTS AND SHOPPING DEALS AVAILABLE DURING THE WALK

 FRIDAY EVENTS – Dec 6th

  • Advia Credit Union’s Santa in the Branch

    Santa Claus is coming to Advia Credit Union! Stop by to enjoy treats, make a craft, and get your picture taken. Call 844-238-4228 for more info about this free event.

    Advia Credit Union, 769 N. Blackhawk Blvd. 3-5pm

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl

    The easiest pub crawl you’ll ever participate in.

    Rockton, 7pm

SATURDAY EVENTS – Dec. 7th

  • Rockton Lions Pancake Breakfast

    $5 Adults, $3 Children12 years and under – All you can eat pancake, sausage & juice hosted by the Rockton Lions. Visit with Santa from 9 – 11 am.

    American Center (Legion), 221 W. Main St. 7-11am

  • Holiday Traditions Bake Sale

    Bake sale fundraiser featuring breads, cookies, tea rings, and more goodies for your holiday season.

    Rockton Township Historical Society, 529 Green St. 9-2pm

  • Holiday Gift Wrapping Fundraiser

    Free gift wrapping with a donation to Wimpy’s Fund.

    Montgomery Financial, 1116 Cannell Ct. #1,  10am-3pm

  • Talcott Book Sale

    Book Sale – Lots of books, A-V materials, misc. items for purchase. Sponsored by Friends of the Talcott Library. Proceeds used to support Children’s Programming.

    Talcott Free Library 9-3pm

  • RUMC Craft & Bake Sale

    Handmade gifts, quilts, afghans, scarves, hats, jewelry, wooden items, vases, refurbished furniture, baskets, Christmas decor plus baked goods.

    Rockton United Methodist Church 9-4pm

  • Erica's Board Creations Make & Takes

    Be sure to stop by and make a new Christmas board during Rockton Christmas Walk weekend! All boards are pre-sanded and stained, ready for you to paint! Prices range from $10 – $25.

    Erica’s Board Creations 116 W. Main St, Sat 10-4pm & Sun 10-3pm

  • Pictures with Santa

    Photos with Santa. (Free!)

    Dairyhaus, 113 E. Main Street 12pm-4pm

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

    The tradition continues. Horse drawn carriages will be at the Christmas walk in the afternoon. You can board your free ride at Sanctuary Spa across from Settlers Park.

    Main Street 12-4pm

  • Letters to Santa

    Sponsored by Edward Jones Financial Advisors Brenda Brugger and Lea Evers. Come write a letter or drop one off to be delivered to Santa at Brenda’s office.

    Edward jones – Brenda Brugger, 167 Hawick Street, 12-4pm

  • Finally Art Christmas Make 'n Takes

    Paint a Bird Ornament on Saturday ($12), paint a winter wonderland Sunday (Contact for times and prices), or stop in on Sunday to decorate a cookie ($3).

    JR Finally Art, 210 W.Main Street  Sat: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 11am-3pm

  • Hot Chocolate Stir Spoon

    Kids will be able to make their own hot chocolate stir spoon for FREE.

    The Mix, 151 Hawick Street  Sat: 1pm-3pm

  • Caroling at Village Green Park

    Caroling and Barbershop Quartet

    Village Green Park 3-5pm

  • S'more Roasting Station

    Come roast s’mores with Sugar Britches while listening to the barbershop quartet.

    Village Green Park 3-5pm

  • Macktown Lions Holiday House / Yard Decorating Contest

    Let’s get creative! Decorate the outside of your home and yard for the holidays for a chance to win fabulous 1st and 2nd prizes. Creativity and personality are a must – the judges want to be amazed!

    5pm

  • Lighting of the Park

    With all the spirit of a small community we join in song & cheer to light up Katie’s Tree & Village Green Park. Grade school and high school choirs will sing holiday songs while visitors enjoy s’mores around a toasty campfire. We close out the evening with a visit from Santa before the parade begins.

    S’mores: 3-5pm
    Hot Chocolate from the Macktown Lions: 3-6pm
    Caroling: 4:30-5pm
    Lighting of Katie’s Tree: 5pm

    Holiday House / Yard Decorating Contest Award Presentation: Immediately following Lighting of the Park

    Village Green Park 3-6pm

  • Lighted Christmas Parade

    NEW this year. Route will remain on Main St. but start from the west and head east (reverse of typical years).

    Downtown Rockton 6pm

  • Rockton Lions Wimpy's Fund Auction

    Join the Rockton Lions Club at the American Legion for food, silent and live auctions! All proceeds go to purchasing Christmas dinners and presents for area families in need.

    American Center (Legion), 221 W. Main St. Begins 30 minutes after the parade.

SUNDAY EVENTS – Dec. 8th

  • Hot Chocolate Crawl

    NEW! Hot Chocolate Crawl- Pick up your commemorative mug to “crawl” to different downtown locations for a signature hot chocolate. Family-friendly. $5/person. Please see the separate Facebook event to find more information on registering.

    Village Hall, 110 E. Main St.  1pm-4pm

  • Meet & Greet with Characters

    Meet and greets with  the Snow Princess and Snow Queen.

    The Gem Shop , 110 W. Main St.  1pm-4pm

  • Erica's Board Creations Make & Takes

    Be sure to stop by and make a new Christmas board during Rockton Christmas Walk weekend! All boards are pre-sanded and stained, ready for you to paint! Prices range from $10 – $25.

    Erica’s Board Creations 116 W. Main St, Sat 10-4pm & Sun 10-3pm

  • Finally Art Christmas Make & Takes

    Paint a Bird Ornament on Saturday ($12), paint a winter wonderland Sunday (Contact for times and prices), or stop in on Sunday to decorate a cookie ($3).

    JR Finally Art, 210 W.Main Street  Sat: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 11am-3pm

  • Talcott Book Sale

    Book Sale – Lots of books, A-V materials, misc. items for purchase. Sponsored by Friends of the Talcott Library. Proceeds used to support Children’s Programming.

    Talcott Free Library 1-3pm (Continues Dec. 3rd from 9am-8pm)

  • Chocolate for the Talcott Soul

    Sample a variety of Chocolate “goodies”, music & other surprises. Sponsored by Friends of the Talcott Library

    Talcott Library, 1-3pm

  • Christmas in the Early 1800's

    Part of Macktown Living History’s second Sunday monthly events, come visit the Macktown settlement to explore an interactive celebration of Christmas in the 1800s.

    Macktown Living History 2221 W. Freeport Rd., 2-4pm

SPONSORSHIP & EVENT FORMS

You can download the packet that contains all the forms you will need by clicking the button below. Return it to the Chamber through email, mail, or dropping by the office no later than October 25th (December 3rd for Parade)

Sponsors

2019 Sponsors

  • Candy Cane Sponsors

    Dairyhäus: Homemade from Our Family to Yours. One Little Shoppe, with One Big Heart.

    Rockford Area Visitors & Convention Bureau: RACVB is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984 to promote and champion efforts to make the Rockford Region an overnight visitor destination. The mission of RACVB is to achieve pre-eminent destination stature for the Rockford Region.

    Visit Beloit: Expect the Unexpected.

  • Mistletoe Sponsors

    Gary J. Bach Insurance Agency: Every individual and family has their own specific insurance needs. It is our job to take your needs and put them into customized insurance quotes that offer competitive premiums and competitive or superior products.

    Gem Shop: Our three tiers of customization allow us to work with a variety of processes to make your dream jewelry!

    If you have a vision of your dream piece of jewelry, we have the expertise and tools to turn it from an idea into reality. Whether you have a compilation of images from Pinterest, creating a similar replica to a vintage heirloom, or a sketch on a paper napkin, we can figure out which process will be right for you and your piece. Come in for a design consultation and we can get you on the right track.

    Once Upon a Dream Performances:  Once Upon a Dream Performances starts with a dream. Every child dreams of being a princess, a prince, or a superhero. They dream of being loved and cherished and going on grand adventures. We truly know that every child has what it takes to be a superhero or royalty. All one needs is a loving heart and kind actions. This is the mission of our business and what we are about–to bring out those qualities in every girl and boy!

    Rockton Lions Club: During the Christmas season each year dozens of volunteers wrap presents, and distribute them along with food baskets to families in the area.

    Sugar Britches: Welcome to Sugar Britches, an old-fashioned candy store nestled in historic downtown Rockton, IL. I built this little store for my favorite little town. I wanted to create a destination for families, couples, teenagers, foodies, both local and visitors alike. I wanted to be part of the happiness people feel when they rediscover a piece of their childhood. We have over 200 jars of bulk candy, 10 drawers of saltwater taffy and a generous offering of your favorite nostalgic candies.

GET IN TOUCH

Contact information

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Headquarters

Village Hall

110 E. Main St.
Rockton, IL 61072

CONTACT US

Tricia Diduch

(815) 624 0935
diduch@rocktonvillage.com

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