Discovery Center Museum Build it! Make it! exhibition, daily through Jan. 4, 2015, Discover Center Museum, 711 N. Main St. Rockford. Admission: $10 for public, free for members. Creativity flows in the exhibit as  visitors design, invent, and construct whatever they can dream up. Woodward Exhibit Hall has been transformed into an innovative space filled with all kinds of building items where kids and adults can play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools. Information: (815) 963-6769 or visit

2014 Festival of Lights at Sinnissippi Park, through Dec. 28, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 5-10 p.m., 1401 N. 2nd Street, Rockford. Come enjoy holiday family fun with over fifty spectacular lighted displays as you drive through scenic Sinnissippi Park. These displays, created by local businesses and groups, include Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, nativity scenes and more. Free admission, donations appreciated. Information: (815) 494-2569

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“A Christmas Carol” presented by Rock Valley College Studio Theatre, through Dec. 13, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. Shows on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at  8 p.m. each night (2 p.m. performances on Dec. 6, 7 and 13). Admission: $20 adult, $17 students/seniors. Charles Dickens’ family classic comes to life in this adaptation by Mike Webb. Information: (815) 921-2160 or visit



An Evening with Kantorei, The Singing Boys of Rockford, Dec. 12, 5 p.m., Anderson Japenese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockord. Admission $45 members, $50 non-members. The evening with Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford includes dinner  prepared by Chef Al Castrogiovanni of Giovanni’s. Information: Katie Weston at (815) 316-3306 or Or visit

Free holiday concert with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford. The Rockford Park District welcomes the band, who will perform a free concert called “Unwrap the Season.” The family-friendly concert, which will include an audience sing along and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, is  presented by Associated Bank. Tickets are free, but limited to eight per person, while supplies last. Information: John Beck,  (815) 987-1636 or email Or visit