Top Ten Things To Do This Weekend In Stephenson County Illinois

Stephenson County Illinois – Stephenson County Illinois is full of great places to visit with lots of things to do, especially this time of year. If you’re looking for something to do with the family, looking for some local shopping, holiday destinations, or just wanting to get out and have some fun and maybe meet Santa, we’ve got you covered here.

Below is the list of the Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend In Stephenson County Illinois


15. Make a Fancy Card Holder with 4 cards/env. with Lynda Hoffman

This is an opportunity to make a lovely homemade gift for your loved ones. You make the special purse to hold the cards AND 4 beautiful cards.

November 19 @ 10:00 am
Call 815 232-1181 soon to get in on this novel gift idea.
1031 West Empire Street, Freeport, IL

14. Cards & Table Games

Held at the Golden Meals Center, 524 W. Stephenson St. Come join the fun. Monday – 12:45 – 2:45pm – Cards or table games Wednesday – 8:45 -11am – Hand & Foot Thursday – 12:45 – 2:45pm – Cribbage (will teach)

November 21 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Golden Meals Center
524 W. Stephenson St.

13. Country Christmas at Rock Run Peddler

Holiday open house held at 207 Jefferson Avenue, Rock City. 9 am to 5 pm. Includes unique holiday décor, antiques and gifts. Refreshments served. (815-865-5969)

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
207 Jefferson Avenue, Rock City.

12. Country Christmas at Leanne’s Jams & Goodies

Over 34 kinds of homemade jams and jellies, plus gift baskets, and knitted dish cloths, cookies and other goodies. Samples to taste. (815-291-8693)

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Leanne’s Jams & Goodies, 312 Church Street, Dakota.

11. Barbara Buck Studio Santa Fest 2016

Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of this annual holiday gallery walk featuring artist heirloom quality one of a kind Santas by nationally recognized Santa artist, Barbara Buck. Cookies, cider and pumpkin fudge. (815-541-8890)

Friday, November 18, 2016 – Sunday, November 20, 2016
Friday & Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
2016 1240 S. Walnut, Freeport.

10. 9th Annual ACT Home for the Holidays Craft Show and Silent Auction

ACT of Orangeville is sponsoring this Craft Show plus a silent auction. Adults: $2; Children 6 to 12: $1; Children Under 6: Free. (815-789-4614)

Saturday, November 19, 2016
9 am – 3 pm
Brush Creek Golf Course, 2001 W. St. James Road, Orangeville

9. Fever River Railroad/Stephenson Society of Model Trainmen Open House

Operating model railroads and memorabilia, including the fully operational HO-scale model Fever River Railroad, one of the largest club-based model railroad layouts in the Midwest. The layout is 120’x24′ with about 800′ of main line and a large multi-level staging yard. Donation: Adults: $4; Children: $2; Family: $8. (815-908-9611)

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – Sunday, November 20, 2016
10 am – 4 pm
1055 W. Beach Street, Freeport.

8. FHN Festival of Trees Gala: Discosino

Join FHN for a festive evening of casino style games from poker to roulette, wonderful food, music, dancing, and auction shopping to raise funds for an expanded and renovated Emergency Room at FHN Memorial Hospital, as well as CareerTEC’s Culinary Occupations program, and an EMS/Paramedic scholarship at HCC. $50. (1-877-600-0346 x901)

Saturday, November 19, 2016
7 pm – 11 pm
Stewart Centre West, 2900 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport

7. Freeport Health Club and Freeport Health Club+PLUS Raffle.

In conjunction with Downtown Freeport’s Mistletoe Walk will be holding a silent raffle to raise money for the FACC & Salvation Army Food Pantries. We’ve got a bunch of nice prizes already with more being added every day! Come celebrate the official beginning of the Holiday Season during the Mistletoe Walk and help those less fortunate to have food on their table!
Need more information? Please call 815-235-1300.

Sunday at 12 PM – 4 PM
Inside the FA Read Center 18 W. Stephenson St.
Downtown Freeport

6. Big Band and Concert Band Fall Concert

This concert features the Highland Concert Band and the Highland Big Band with talented musicians. Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Students: $6. (815-599-3718)

Friday, November 18, 2016
7:30 pm
Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre, Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road

5. Holiday Preview – Village of Lena

See what Lena has to offer to make your holiday sparkle. (815-369-5549)

Friday, November 18, 2016 – Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday: 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday: 8 am to 3 pm
Participating Businesses, Lena.

4. Freeport Choral Society Advent Concert

Advent, Christmas and winter music by the Freeport Choral Society. The Community Handbell Choir will join the society with seasonal selections for the concert. Offering appreciated. (815-449-2936)

Sunday, November 20, 2016
3 pm
St. John United Church of Christ, 1010 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport

3. Mistletoe Walk

Carolers, Santa who will arrive by fire truck at the Freeport Public Library, carriage rides, refreshments, and special sales with stores decorated for the holidays. Also view the entries in the Gingerbread House Contest which are on display at the Library from 1 to 4 pm. Vote for the People’s Choice and make bids on your favorites in the silent auction. Purchase Downtown Shopping Spree Raffle tickets with prizes awarded in Downtown Dollars and proceeds benefiting Freeport Downtown Development Foundation, Salvation Army and Freeport Area Church Cooperative. (815-232-9000)

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Noon – 4 pm
Downtown, Freeport

2. Santa Visits

Visit Santa and tell him what’s on your list. All children will receive a holiday memento from FHN. (1-877-600-0346×901)

Sunday, November 20, 2016 – Sunday, December 18, 2016
November 20,29, December 1,3,4,6,8,10,11,13,15,17,18, SANTA VISITS. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. November 20: 1 pm to 4 pm; November 29, December 1,6,8,13,15: 5 pm to 7 pm; December 3,4,10,11,17,18: 1 pm to 3 pm.
Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport

1. FHN Festival of Trees Community Holiday Tree Lighting

Enjoy refreshments and holiday caroling as we “flip the switch” to light up Freeport’s holiday tree. Santa and special guests will be there too. (1-877-600-0346×901)

Sunday, November 20, 2016
5 pm
In front of FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport

BONUS: The Salvation Army Annual Kettle Kick Off For The Holiday Season

This Sunday during the downtown mistletoe walk, the Salvation Army will have board members out ringing the bell. They will also be doing tours of our building. You are invited to stop in and see what we the Salvation Army  is all about. Visit their community kitchen, see where they hold our coat drive and Christmas Store and see the Pantry and Chapel too.

At 4 p.m. will be the lighting of the inaugural downtown Hero Tree in Debate Square, honoring past and present police, fire, ems, and military. You will also get to hear the FHS Varsity choir! Both events this weekend are free to attend!

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