With so much to see and do, it's no wonder thousands of people will be heading to downtown Rockford this Saturday for the annual Stroll on State holiday celebration! 

If you've never been to Stroll on State before, here's a couple things you MUST do when planning your stroll.

  1. Have a parking and carpool plan ready, especially if you have a big group of people going together. Shuttle buses are available at the YMCA downtown, Heartland Church on South Alpine and the Illinois Bank & Trust location at 4048 East State Street.
  2. Wear comfortable walking shoes and your warm, festive best.
  3. Have lots of room on your camera!
  4. Bring lots of patience for dealing with a BIG crowd.

With so many activities, performances, and things to see and do, it really is helpful to have an idea of what you want to see so you can have a plan of action. With so many people in downtown Rockford for this event, wandering around aimlessly looking for attractions is chaotic. Hopefully this list of event times and locations will help you get the most out of your Stoll on State.

  • Stroll on State takes place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016 in downtown Rockford.
  • Official tree lighting will take place at 6:15 p.m. at the corner of State and Wyman Streets.
  • Stroll Parade starts at 6 p.m. from City Hall
  • Horse and wagon rides from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street location and 3 to 6 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Water Street location.
  • Holiday Market from 3 to 9 p.m. at City Market Pavillion and between Wyman and Main Streets.
  • Visit Santa and his elves in SantaLand from 3 to 9 p.m. in Stewart Square and the Millennium Fountain.
  • Check out the Merry & Bright performances from 3 to 9 p.m. at stages located at corner of West State & Wyman, and Veterans Memorial Hall.
  • Indoor Ice Skating from 3 to 9 p.m. at Riverview Ice House our outdoor skating at the Riverview Trolley Station.
  •  Enjoy festive movies from 3 to 9 p.m. at MovieLand located in the 300 block of East State Street.
  • Stroll Special Moments Photobooth from 3 to 9 p.m. inside Chase Bank
  • Enjoy live/interactive reading of 'Twas the Night Before Chiristmas at City Hall from 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Sky Lights Fireworks Show following the tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. from the State Street and Jefferson Street bridges.

Believe it or not, that's just the start of all the fun stuff going on at Stroll on State this Saturday. Go here for a complete rundown of events, and a map of the Stroll's layout here.