Holiday Storytelling and Santa Visits

Listen to a holiday story or two in Santa's visiting area. Hosted by FHN and the Freeport Public Library. (no charge)

5 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport

  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15

Santa's Pajama Party and Storytime!

Join Santa at the Freeport Public Library. (no charge)

  • December 8 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Santa Visits at the Freeport Public Library

Visit with Santa and receive a holiday gift from FHN. (no charge)

  • December 1 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 3 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 5 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 6 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 8 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 10 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 12 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 13 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 15 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 17 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 19 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 20 1 – 3 p.m.

2015 FHN Festival of Trees — Something Fun for Everyone

We hope you will join us at one or all of FHN's Festival of Trees events — there's something for everyone! This year, we celebrate FHN Emergency Services. Happy Holidays from all of us at FHN!

Holiday Movie Series

The fun begins Saturday morning, Nov. 21 with the first showing of our Holiday Movie Series. Join us each Saturday through Dec. 19 for a family movie at a special price courtesy of FHN. All children attending will receive a holiday gift; seating is limited and there are no advance ticket sales. This year's movies are:

Nov. 21 - 10:00 a.m. — The Peanuts Movie G ($3.50)
Nov. 28 - 10:00 a.m. — The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 PG-13 ($3.50)
Dec. 5 - 10:00 a.m. — The Good Dinosaur PG ($3.50)
Dec. 12 - 10:00 a.m. — Home Alone PG (FREE)
Dec. 19 - 9:00 a.m. — Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens PG-13 ($3.50)

FHN's The GAMBLER Casino

The Gambler Casino

This year's Festival of Trees Gala casino event raises funds for an expanded and renovated Emergency Room at FHN Memorial Hospital, the one part of the hospital nearly everyone visits, whether for themselves or a family member or friend. It never closes, and the staff is always there to handle everything from scrapes and sprains to heart attacks and stroke.

Emergency care in our community is a team effort with many local first responders, so in addition to funding the ER renovation at FHN, proceeds from the event will be used to provide pediatric immobilization boards for all ambulances that transport patients to FHN Memorial Hospital, as well as funding a scholarship for the EMS/Paramedic program at Highland Community College.

Give FHN's ER a winning hand when you join us at The GAMBLER Casino, and never take a chance on emergency healthcare for you, your family, and friends!

Saturday, November 21 • 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Stewart Centre West • 2900 W. Pearl City Rd. • Freeport • $50/person

Enjoy a huge hors d'oeuvres buffet, complimentary beverages and cash bar, music, and a holiday silent auction while trying your hand at Vegas-quality casino games from roulette to blackjack.

Download event flyer

Community Holiday Tree

We'll officially kick off the holiday season after Downtown Freeport's Mistletoe Walk at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 by lighting the Community Holiday Tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital. Cookies, cocoa and some special visitors are a great way to start the season! (Look to the left for Santa's full Festival of Trees schedule.)

Community Festival of Trees

Head to the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport, to enjoy the Community Festival of Trees. This popular, free event brings non-profit organizations together to decorate trees and compete for cash prizes. A panel of judges will award prizes in a number of categories, and you can vote for your favorite in the People's Choice competition through Saturday, Dec. 19! The trees will be on display Sunday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Jan. 2.

Highland Youth Choir

Each year, during the first week of the Community Festival of Trees, we celebrate with a special free performance by the Highland Youth Choir. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the Freeport Public Library for some lovely holiday music and cheer.

Singin' at the King

Singin' at the King will bring school choruses from across northwest Illinois together for a night of music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the King Community Campus, 511 S. Liberty Avenue, Freeport. The suggested admission price is one canned good or other food item for the FACC food pantry per person. (Santa will be there, too, so make sure the kids have their list ready!)

Classic Holiday Movie

Join us Wednesday, Dec. 16 for either of two special showings of Christmas in Connecticut!

Alan Wenzel and Ed Finch, hosts of the popular Classic Movie Series at the Lindo Theatre, will greet movie-goers at special 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. showings of this 1945 holiday classic starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet, with historical tidbits and trivia about the film, and will lead a brief discussion about this holiday classic following each showing.

Admission for this special show is a free-will offering and/or a food drive donation (barrels available for food contributions - monetary contributions will also go to the food drive). Designed to offer movie-goers the experience of viewing time-honored American Film classics on the big screen, the Classic Movie Series is hosted every spring and fall by the Lindo Theatre in Freeport in partnership with the Stephenson County Historical Museum and Highland Community College.

Festival of Giving

Join Big Radio, FHN, Highland Community College, and the Salvation Army for a Festival of Giving from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the HCC Student/Conference Center.

Big Radio will be doing live spots from the event, and will replay the performances from FHN’s Singin’ at the King as part of the Festival of Giving. Donations of toys and money will be accepted throughout the day to benefit underprivileged children in our area. For more information on how you can help a needy family during the holidays, call the Salvation Army at 815-275-7265.

Freeport Community Luminaria Night

Enjoy the beauty of Freeport's Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard on Luminaria Night Sunday, Dec. 13. Residents of the neighborhood around FHN Memorial Hospital decorate their sidewalks with luminaria to celebrate the season.

Santa Visits

Santa has set aside some time to visit with area children — every child who visits with Santa as part of a Festival of Trees event will receive a small holiday gift from FHN. There's no cost to visit with Santa, and he can usually be found at the Freeport Public Library. (Santa's library schedule is on the left column of this page.)