Make Memories this Christmas3–7 p.m. Dec 10, 2022 | 2223 N Mulford Road, Rockford, IL
Christmas Traditions is a FREE family event in Rockford, Ill. From 3–7 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 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. 10, 2022
Photos with Santa (printed on-site for you to take home!)
Photo Booth (includes a take-home photo strip)
Children’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
Tumble Room (ages 8 & under, parent supervision required)
Carpenter’s Place donation drive! (See below for more information)
A Tradition of Generosity
Donate new/gently used items during the event to benefit Carpenter’s Center!
Throughout the night, we will be collecting items for Carpenter’s Center Thrift & More, a new retail shop whose proceeds will go to Carpenter’s Place. Carpenter’s Place serves the homeless community of Rockford by providing resources and accountability to help them get back on their feet. See below for a list of needed items (new or gently used).
1. Bed sheets (twin, full, queen, king)
3. Comforters/bedspreads (twin, full, queen, king)
4. Bath towels & wash cloths
6. Kitchen towels
8. Small kitchen appliances (toaster, coffee maker, blender)
9. Baking sheets and pans
10. Kitchen accessories (tongs, can opener, lifter, spatula, large slotted spoons)
11. Casserole dishes with lids
12. Serving dishes
Food Vendors & Trucks
The following vendors will be onsite in our Fellowship Hall providing food to purchase throughout the night at Christmas Traditions.
Chick Fil A
Papa John’s Pizza
Vintage Goose Coffee & Tea*
The Olive Branch*
*Food trucks will be parked in the West Lot nearest Mulford Road
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.