FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Far away from the madness of a black Friday sale or sleeping in a tent outside a retail store on a Thursday lies a different kind of Christmas gem that has found its way into the hearts of an entire community of people during the holidays.
Located down a small alleyway along a main city street in Freeport, Illinois, you can find what most residents consider to be the single most loved holiday tradition of their city.
With its heartwarming red glow that shines as a light for Freeport, the Christmas apple located just off Stephenson Street near downtown has etched its place in Freeport culture. As one person once said, “without that tree, Freeport is lost. It’s a part of us”.
Each year on Thanksgiving eve the tradition continues, as the red apple is lit for yet another season of countless family memories. Thanks to Thom Seiner and his family, the lighting of the tree on Thanksgiving signifies the wonderful beginning of the Holiday season in Freeport.
If you would like to take a drive by Freeport’s most loved holiday treasure this year, the Christmas apple is located in the 600 block of W Stephenson Street, across from Fitness Lifestyles just West of the Elks Lodge. The alleyway next to it allows you to get a great upclose view and we must say, it is something rather magical to see this time of year.
We hope you have the opportunity in the coming months to come by and pay it a visit.