Friday, Nov. 17 • 7-11 p.m.
Wagner House • 1 East Spring St. • Freeport • $50/person

Enjoy a huge hors d'oeuvres buffet featuring local culinary delights, local beer/wine tasting paired with specially selected snacks, music, and a holiday silent auction while trying your hand at Vegas-quality casino games from roulette to blackjack.

Holiday Storytelling with Santa

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

Tuesday Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport

Santa Visits at the Freeport Public Library
Visit with Santa and receive a holiday gift from FHN (no charge)
  • Nov. 19 • 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 28 • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 30 • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 2 • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 5 • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 7 • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 12 • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 14 • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 • 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 • 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 21 • 5 – 7 p.m.


2017 FHN Festival of Trees — Snowflakes

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 the sense of community that we love about being a part of Freeport and northwest Illinois. Happy Holidays from all of us at FHN!

Holiday Movie Series

The fun begins Saturday morning Nov. 25 with the first showing of our Holiday Movie Series. Join us each Saturday through Dec. 23 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. 25 – 10 a.m. — The Star – the Story of the First Christmas (PG)($4)
Dec. 2 – 10 a.m. — Coco (PG)($4)
Dec. 9 – 10 a.m. — How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)(FREE)
Dec. 16 – 10 a.m. — Ferdinand (PG)($4)
Dec. 23 – 10 a.m. — Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13)($4)

This year's bonus movie is the holiday classic White Christmas at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Admission to the bonus movie 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 at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 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 schedule.)

Holiday History Series

Join us at the Freeport Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 to see historical dramatist R.J. Lindley bring Franklin Roosevelt to life in "A Fireside Chat." Learn how FDR changed Thanksgiving and hear him recount New Deal programs and read Depression era letters from citizens asking for help, the most touching from children. There’s no charge to attend.

Relive treasured holiday memories with a lavishly illustrated talk by historian Leslie Goddard at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Freeport Public Library. "Remembering Marshall Field's" traces the store's cherished traditions, from chicken pot pie and the Walnut Room Christmas tree to the State Street store's legendary window displays, Uncle Mistletoe, the bronze clocks, and, of course, Frango Mints. There’s no charge to attend this program.

Community Festival of Trees

Head to the Freeport Public Library, 100 W. 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. 16. The trees will be on display, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 30.

Community Festival of Trees Kickoff

Each year, during the first week of the Community Festival of Trees, we celebrate with a special free performance. Join us at 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4 at the Freeport Public Library for some holiday music and watch the movie ELF with your family. Children are welcome to attend in their pajamas.

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. 7 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!)

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. 8 at the HCC Student Conference Center.

Big Radio will be doing live broadcasts from the event. 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 area on Luminaria Night Sunday, Dec. 17. 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 schedule is on the left column of this page.)