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Make Memories this Christmas

3–7 p.m. Dec 9, 2023 | 2223 N Mulford Road, Rockford, IL

Christmas Traditions is a FREE family event in Rockford, Ill. From 3–7 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, families can have fun, begin new holiday traditions and make memories together. No tickets or registration required.

About Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions began as a way to help Rockford area families make memories at Christmas, and over the last several years has become a tradition of its own. Join us this year and enjoy a live Nativity, stage show, carousel, s’mores station and carnival games, reindeer petting zoo, free pictures with Santa, an indoor snowball fight, and so much more! Food and refreshments will be for sale throughout the event. And don’t forget to bring a few items for our canned food drive during the event! All donations will go to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry.


3–7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023

  • Photos with Santa (printed on-site for you to take home!)
  • Photo Booth (includes a take-home photo strip)
  • Kid’s Puppet Show (a 15-minute show beginning at 4, 5 & 6 p.m.)
  • Live Nativity & Petting Zoo
  • Santa’s Reindeer
  • Wagon Ride & S’mores Campfire
  • Christmas Cookie Decorating
  • Family Craft (with a “do it at home” option)
  • Snowball Room
  • Free hot cocoa, popcorn and water stations
  • Food trucks & vendors with food for purchase throughout the evening
Cookie Decorating 2021

A Tradition of Generosity

Bring items listed below to donate to Rock House Kids

Throughout the night, we will be collecting items for Rock House Kids, a local ministry seeking “to meet the physical, emotional, and educational needs of inner-city children by instilling hope in a safe, Christ-centered environment.”

Boxed Dry Cereal, 1 oz.
Peanut Butter & Cheese Crackers
Fruit Cups
Pudding and Gelatin Cups
Capri Sun Pouches
Fruit Snacks
Breakfast and Nutrition Bars
Baked Chips
100% Juice Boxes

All items must be shelf-stable, non-perishable, non-refrigerated, and wrapped in single servings that can be eaten with the fingers.

Food Vendors & Trucks

The following vendors will be onsite in our Fellowship Hall providing food to purchase throughout the night at Christmas Traditions. Food trucks will be parked outside.

Chick Fil A
Papa John’s Pizza
Vintage Goose Coffee & Tea
The Olive Branch

Where It’s At

First Free Rockford
2223 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61107

First Free Rockford

Get in Touch

Questions about Christmas Traditions?  Feel free to contact First Free Rockford by using the contact form.