Make Memories this Christmas3–7 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
Wagon Ride & S’mores Campfire
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Family Craft (with a “do it at home” option)
Free hot cocoa, popcorn and water stations
Food trucks & vendors with food for purchase throughout the evening
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
Pudding and Gelatin Cups
Capri Sun Pouches
Breakfast and Nutrition Bars
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.