20 More Holiday Sights, Sounds And Activities To Put On Your Christmas Fun List

December 4, FHN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF TREES CHOIR PERFORMANCE. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 5 pm. Enjoy holiday music and tour the FHN Community Festival of Trees. (1-877-600-0346×901)

December 4-10, SALVATION ARMY BOOK DRIVE AT BOOK WORLD. Book World, 1848 S. West Avenue, Freeport. Monday thru Friday: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday: Noon to 5 pm. Purchase any book or toy to donate to the Salvation Army and get 20% off both the donated item and 20% off an item for yourself. (815-232-7323)

December 4-18, THE GIVING TREE. Oakley Courts, 3117 Kunkle Boulevard, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Be part of a tradition and make a local senior’s holiday brighter. Stop at Oakley Courts, pick an ornament from the Giving Tree with a senior’s name on it from a local Skilled Nursing facility and purchase them a gift, wrap it and return it to Oakley Courts on or before December 18, and the gifts will be delivered to your senior. (815-233-5129)

December 4-31, VISITORS CENTER HOLIDAY GIFT AND FARMERS MARKET EXPO. Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. 8 am to 7 pm. Shop for unique local products during this special expo at the Visitors Center. Products range from Pretzel items to books to cards to rugs to mugs to more. The gifts are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight some aspect of local culture and history. (815-233-1357)

December 5, CARING FOR YOU SUPPORT GROUP MEETING. Oakley Courts, 3117 Kunkle Boulevard, Freeport. 6 pm. The public is invited to attend this support group for caregivers. Cindy and Gary Wise from Electronic Caregiver will be speaking about the benefits of an electronic caregiver and the peace of mind it extends to one’s family members. Space is limited so call to reserve your seat. (815-233-5129)

December 5, HOLIDAY STORYTELLING. Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport. 6:30 pm to 7 pm. Listen to a holiday story or two in Santa’s visiting area. (815-233-3000)

December 5,7,9,12,14,16,19,21, SANTA VISITS. Location and Times Vary By Date. December 5,12,14,19,21: 5 pm to 7 pm at Freeport Public Library. December 9,16: 1 pm to 3 pm at Freeport Public Library. December 7: 5 pm to 7 pm at Freeport Public Library and 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 511 S. Liberty Avenue, Freeport. Visit Santa and tell him what’s on your list. (1-877-600-0346×901)

December 6, LENA LIVING CENTER’S ENCHANTED FOREST HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Lena Living Center, 1010 S. Logan Street, Lena. 5 pm to 7 pm. The public is invited to tour the Center’s Enchanted Forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and decorations at their Holiday Open House. Enjoy holiday music by Steve Morris, appetizers and refreshments, a cookie decorating station for kids and much more. (815-369-4561)

December 6, MARY J. HARRIS HOLIDAY SWING AT ROSATI’S. Rosati’s Pizza, 2725 IL Route 26 South, Freeport. 6 pm to 9 pm. Rosati’s Pizza presents the Mary J. Harris Duo featuring vocalist Mary J. Harris and David Painter on keys. The Duo has performed throughout the Midwest. The Holiday Swing Show showcases swingin’ vintage holiday tunes with a modern flair from the Great American song book, past and present. (815-656-2296)

December 7, FHN SINGIN’ AT THE KING. King Community Campus, 511 S. Liberty Avenue, Freeport. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Enjoy holiday music from area school and church choirs. Barrels available for non-perishable food donations to the Freeport Area Church Cooperative. (1-877-600-0346×901)

December 7, HOLIDAY BEVERAGE SHOWCASE. The Rafters, 9426 W. Wagner Road, Lena. 6 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy an evening of sampling this season’s hottest spirits and food to help you host the best Holiday Party! A percentage of admission goes to a local charity. $10. (815-369-5330)

December 8, FESTIVAL OF GIVING. Student/Conference Center, Highland Community College, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport. 6 am to 6 pm. Give a brand new toy or bid on one of the many auction items during this charitable toy drive, hosted by Highland Community College and Big Radio, to benefit the kids less fortunate in our area. (815-599-3679)

December 8-9, HOLIDAY TREAT AND COOKIE SALE. Silvercreek Museum, 2954 S. Walnut, Freeport. Friday: 2 pm to 7 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm (or until sold out). Cookies sold by the pound and other items sold in prepackaged amounts. (815-235-2198)

December 9, BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Lena Fire Station, 405 W. Railroad Street, Lena. 8 am to 10:30 am. Enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus and get your picture taken with Santa. Fun for everyone. Ages 9 and Above: $6; Ages 4 to 8: $3; Ages 3 and Under: Free. (815-369-4512)

December 9, FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH COOKIE WALK. First United Methodist Church, 503 N. Lily Creek Road, Freeport. 9 am. Christmas cookies, candy, homemade pies, holiday crafts, and mini Christmas bazaar. (815-232-6210)

December 9, 9TH ANNUAL TRI-COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HOLIDAY CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR. Park Hills Evangelical Free Church, 2525 W. Stephenson Street, Freeport. 9 am to 2 pm. Enjoy this annual event with booths from over 40 vendors and crafters, plus lunch and door prizes. (815-233-1876)

December 9, VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS. German Valley Historical Museum, 805 Church Street, German Valley. 9 am to 3 pm. Held in conjunction with Christmas in German Valley, enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the seasonally decorated museum. Visitors may sip on a cup of wassail and munch on Christmas cookies while they view the historic displays and make a Christmas or wooden craft. There will also be special items for sale including books, candles, glass pickle ornaments, photos and more. (815-362-3671)

December 9, 5TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN GERMAN VALLEY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW. German Valley Grade School, 220 N. Rock City Road, German Valley. 9 am to 3 pm. Local artists, crafters and vendors offer a variety of merchandise including original paintings, crocheted items, sewed items, wood crafting, garden decorations, jewelry, and much more. Sponsored by the German Valley Lions Club. (815-541-5903)

December 9-23, FHN FESTIVAL OF TREES HOLIDAY FAMILY MOVIE SERIES. Lindo Theatre, 115 S. Chicago Avenue, Freeport. December 9, 16, 23: 10 am; December 13: 1 pm and 7 pm. Enjoy these special family movies during the holidays hosted by FHN and Classic Cinemas Lindo Theatre. All children receive a holiday surprise from FHN; limited seating; no advance tickets. December 9: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (PG) (Free); December 16: “Ferdinand” (PG) ($4); December 23: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG13) ($4). Holiday Classic Movie: December 13: “White Christmas” (Free with Donation). Varies by Movie. (1-877-600-0346×901)

December 10, 58TH ANNUAL FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY PAGEANT. Jeannette Lloyd Theater, 701 W. Empire Street, Freeport. 2 pm and 4 pm. Students depict the Christmas Story in verse, music, and tableaux. $6. (815-232-0428)


Courtesy of the Stephenson County Visitors Center

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