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Click the button below to make a contribution to the FHN Beyond Words therapy dog program. Proceeds from this year's Casino Loyale Holiday Gala benefit FHN's Beyond Words therapy dog program & depression treatment overall. 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends Forever Humane Society. The button below will connect you to PayPal, where you can enter the amount you would like to donate and make that contribution via credit card or electronic funds transfer. Thank you!

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)

4:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport

  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

Santa's Pajama Party and Storytime!

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

  • December 18 7 p.m.

Santa Visits at the Freeport Public Library

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

  • December 17 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 19 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 21 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 22 1 – 3 p.m.

2013 FHN Festival of Trees — Something Fun for Everyone

Especially at the holidays, actions speak louder than words. We hope you will join us at one or all of FHN's Festival of Trees events — there's something for everyone! This season, let your words be kind ... and your actions shine. Happy Holidays from all of us at FHN!

Holiday Movie Series

The fun begins Saturday morning, Nov. 9 with the first showing of our Holiday Movie Series. Join us at 10 a.m. each Saturday through Dec. 15 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. 9 — Free Birds PG ($3.50)
Nov. 16 — Thor: The Dark World PG-13 ($3.50)
Nov. 23 — Labyrinth PG (FREE)
Nov. 30 — Frozen PG ($3.50)

This year, we're adding a surprise for classic movie-lovers of all ages — a special showing of White Christmas — starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen — at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

FHN welcomes Alan Wenzel and Ed Finch to White Christmas! Wenzel and Finch, hosts of the popular Classic Movie Series at the Lindo Theatre, will welcome movie-goers at both shows with historical tidbits and movie trivia about the film, and will lead a brief discussion about this holiday classic following each showing. Admission 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.

Community Holiday Tree

We'll officially kick off the holiday season after Downtown Freeport's Mistletoe Walk on Sunday, Nov. 24 by lighting the Community Holiday Tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital. Cookies, cocoa and some special visitors — including Father Christmas — are a great way to start the season! (Look to the left for Santa's full Festival of Trees schedule.)

FHN Casino Loyale Holiday Gala

We're betting you'll love our casino this year as much as you did in 2012! Join us at FHN's Casino Loyale Holiday Gala Saturday, Nov. 23 for casino-style fun. The event is open to the public and will feature Vegas-quality games, food, music, dancing, and silent auction shopping at the Freeport Masonic Temple, 305 W. Stephenson Street. Proceeds benefit FHN's Beyond Words therapy dog program and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends Forever Humane Society. Holiday party attire — if you would like, feel free to glam it with your best casino garb!

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. The trees will be on display Dec. 8 through Jan. 2.

HCC Youth Choir

Each year, during the first week of the Community Festival of Trees, we celebrate with a special free performance by the HCC Youth Choir. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 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. Wednesday, Dec. 11 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!)

Freeport Community Luminaria Night

Enjoy the beauty of Freeport's Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard on Luminaria Night Sunday, Dec. 15. 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.)