Applications are now available to be a part of the 25th Annual Festival of Lights in Sinnissippi Park.
The festival, which began in the late 1980s with 11 displays, has grown to more than 50 displays. Businesses, churches, schools, clubs, and other organizations are encouraged to take part by adding their display to the drive-through event. The 2013 Holiday Festival of Lights is presented by the Rockford Fourth of July Committee in conjunction with the Rockford Park District.
How much does it cost?
Santa's Helper Sponsorship: $125 (Sponsorship includes mention in brochure and web site)
Displayer Participation (build and install your own):
- Business: $150
- Social Club: $100
- Schools & Churches: $25
Display Rental (includes installation and tear down): Begins at $225 and goes up to $350 (depending on size)
Display setup begins November 10, 2013. Display tear down begins January 1, 2014. All displays will be recognized with a 2'x4' sign which will state, "Display Courtesy of your name"
How to contact/apply?
For more information on the Festival of Lights, display guidelines, and entry form, please visit www.rockfordfireandice.com or contact 815-494-2569. Application deadline is November 10, 2013.
What's new in 2013?
Santa will be spending time each weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) night by the donation box from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., so you can hand deliver your letters to him through December 19, 2013. When Santa is not present at this location, you may still drop your letter in the North Pole Express mailbox, which will be located by the Festival of Lights donation box. Don't forget a return address so Santa can reply!
Festival of Lights Viewing
Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Festival of Lights display viewing will begin on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only December 6-8, 2013 and December 13-15, 2013.
- Nightly viewing December 20-31, 2013.
- Festival closes on December 31, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
- Holiday music will be provided by B103 FM. Admission is FREE! Donations are appreciated.
The entrance of the Festival of Lights will be at Ethel Avenue, where the road curves directly into Sinnissippi Park. Once in the park, traffic will veer right at the first fork and follow the roadway throughout the park. Vehicles will be directed to the north exit of the park onto Highway 251.
Media Sponsors: WTVO and B103 FM
Participating Sponsors: BMO Harris Bank and Chicago/Rockford International Airport