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Christmas Traditions 2019

Christmas Traditions 2019

FREE all ages

First Free Rockford hosts their fourth annual Christmas Traditions event from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Each activity is designed to help families create new holiday traditions and memories while weaving the Christmas story into it all. See below for details, and visit the website at

  • FREE photos with Santa by Bobbi Rose Photography
  • LIVE t-shirt printing by Rockford Art Deli
  • LIVE kids stage show
  • Petting zoo with camels, donkeys and sheep
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides to s’mores at campfire
  • Indoor snowball fight
  • Plus more fun family activities!
FOOD available for purchase

Celebrate the season with Christmas Traditions

Christmastime comes gift-wrapped in wonderful traditions. But especially this year, with so little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, everything feels … compressed. Amid the hustle of shopping, decorating, and attending Christmas parties with family, friends and co-workers (all in addition to the hustle of regular daily life), we want to make it easy for families in the Rockford area to make memories and learn about Christmas in new ways.

So, First Free Rockford is gift-wrapping something special for our entire community. We invite everyone to join us between 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, for this year’s free and family-friendly Christmas Traditions.

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Christmas Traditions 2019

Christmas Traditions: Pray, serve, give

A conversation with Pastor Luke Uran

First Free’s annual Christmas Traditions event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. We’ll have a petting zoo, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, an indoor snowball fight, a stage show, carolers, a kids’ story time and more. Each activity is designed to help families create new traditions and memories while weaving the Christmas story into it all.

We spoke with Lead Pastor Luke Uran about the event, its purpose and the opportunities it presents.


Headshot of Lead Pastor Luke UranDo you remember how Christmas Traditions evolved into what it is now?

About three years before we started doing the event, a bunch of us were talking about what would it look like to do an outreach event well. We came up with this idea of a Christmas-themed event with different activities that could be taking place, kind of an all-hands-on-deck thing. I remember us saying, “Let’s make an event that is easy for families. So they can take part in Christmas traditions that their family already does, but let’s just make it easy for them.”

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