Holiday season begins with lighting ceremony, open houses

Start the holiday season with old-fashioned ceremony in downtown Rockford November 17 and two evenings of special offers and warm wishes November 17 and 18 as Rockford rings in the holiday season.

On Wednesday, November 17 the lighting of the trees ceremony will be held at Peppler Park listen to music from the Rockford choirs and brass ensembles, words of peace from city and state officials. The event is a Norman Rockwell-like evening with hundreds who join in music and then wait in darkness as the countdown begins and the holiday lights for downtown Rockford are turned on for the first time this season.

After the lighting ceremony and the following day, many Heart of Rockford businesses will stay open until 9 p.m. and offer treats and specials as they participate in the annual Holiday Open House event. Bring your friends and get some local Christmas shopping done in beautiful downtown Rockford.

Among the special offerings (see pages 10 and 11 for more details) consignment specials are at Gumballs & Overalls, a free gift at Great Northern Trading Company. Great Northern Trading Company has beautiful necklace and earring sets starting at $15 up to $29.99, which are great prices for stylish jewelry.

Enjoy in-store specials at Sassy Pants, free samples at Grand Cakes, drink specials at Red’s on the River, ten percent off at Open Mind, 20 percent off at Kimberly’s Boutique, 10 percent off in-stock fish tanks at Advanced Aquarium.

There will be giveaways and more at Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, double your savings at Double Take, customized gift boxes at Old World Olive Press, free gifts and door prizes at Sage & Roses and 20 percent off one item and refreshments at Jade, 20. The Candle Shop of Rockford is offering 20 percent off one regularly-priced item, receive a free gift with $30 purchase at Dars Gems and Jewelry, a free ornaments from Paperdoll Boutique, samples at Twisted Vine, 15 percent off all frames with purchase of lens and 50 percent off a second pair at In Focus Eyecare & Eyewear (open until 8 p.m. and discounts, food tasting and special gifts at Basket in the Belfry. Baskets in the Belfrey is holding their 33rd Anniversary celebration and shoppers will receive 20% off their entire purchase plus receive 30 percent off one item for bringing a personal care item to contribute to North Kent Community Center and Lean on Me Outreach. A Charmed Life salon will be serving hot apple cider and yummy treats. D2D Photo Studio will be running their PhotoBooth free during the open house evenings for fun. Shoppers are invited to stop in and have fun and get photos at no cost.

The lighting ceremony and evening of quaint, friendly home-town visiting and shopping with holiday decorations, music twinkling lights remember holidays gone by, and are a step back from the hustle, bustle that too often has become a symbol of the season. Step back in time in downtown Rockrford for two special nights of true holiday atmosphere.

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