FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Stroll the festive streets of Downtown Freeport Sunday, November 24 for the annual Mistletoe Walk from noon to 4 pm.
The Hero Tree Lighting will kick off the event at noon in front of the Stephenson County Courthouse. Local residents have been busy creating ornaments to honor their heroes and the tree will be decorated with these ornaments along with patriotic lights and decorations. The lighting ceremony will be complete with carolers, the presentation of our nation’s colors and inspiration from local honorees.
After the tree is lit, the shopping begins! More than 30 downtown businesses will be open and welcoming shoppers to browse their fantastic selection of merchandise for holiday gift buying and little personal splurges as well. The event would not be complete without stopping for tasty treats along the way from several downtown dining locations, and don’t forget your gift cards!
The holiday trolley will return to carry shoppers from one end of downtown to the other and several stops in between. The trolley will begin it’s trek for the day by transporting special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Freeport Public Library where they will remain from 1-4 pm to welcome children and their families.
In addition to Santa and Mrs. Claus, special guests Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln and Stephen Douglas will remain on the trolley to share local stories, history and holiday banter with riders.
Many talented musicians will be housed in downtown storefronts helping to spread the holiday spirit with classic and eclectic variations of your favorite seasonal tunes. Our downtown Elves will also make spirts bright helping shoppers and visitors find their way.
“We look forward to Mistletoe Walk each year and the number of people who are taken back by the shopping opportunities available in Downtown Freeport. There are so many great gift ideas right here in Stephenson County and Mistletoe Walk is a great event to remind our shoppers all that is available from our local merchants,” said Nicole Haas, brand director for the Greater Freeport Partnership.
If you are busy on November 24, local shopping is available with extended hours in many of our stores. Another great time to stop in and support local shopping is Small Business Saturday celebrated on November 30.