Rockford's kick-off to the holiday season features a tree lighting, parade, fireworks, horse & wagon rides, visits with Santa, along with some new fun additions.

It's hard to believe, but we're about to enjoy year number 6 of Stroll on State. This event, which has quickly become one of Rockford's most anticipated, has grown bigger with each passing year.

This year's Stroll on State is Saturday, November 24th, in downtown Rockford. Events, attractions, and entertainment will be taking place from 2pm-9pm. Click here for a rundown of what's happening and when.

From the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) on last year's Stroll on State:

A record number of local residents and visitors gathered in downtown Rockford to celebrate Stroll on State, presented by Illinois Bank & Trust, on November 25. The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau produces the annual even with the support, services and donations of many community partners, volunteers and sponsors.

Event organizers are pleased to announce that the merry and bright activities Stroll on State is known for, together with several new enhancements attracted an estimated 82,500 visitors to downtown Rockford for the one-day event, a 10 percent increase over 2016.

Some of last year's numbers:

  • Temperatures hit 51 degrees, making 2017 the warmest Stroll yet
  • 1883 people volunteered to help with Stroll on State
  • 13 parade floats
  • 4200 kids visited with Santa at SantaLand
  • 954 runners and walkers took part in the Dasher Dash
  • 7200 ounces of Kringle were consumed
  • 3242 s'mores were eaten
  • 4200 cups of hot chocolate were sold at Hot Chocolate Express
  • 7278 people took a shuttle ride to Stroll on State

An event this big needs a robust volunteer effort (1883 people last year), so if you've got the time to pitch in and help, click here for their Volunteer Information page.