The Annual Rockford Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk moved to Shane’s Park in 2010 and is now called the Winterfest.

On December 10, 2011 Shane’s Park was alive with lights, food and fun. Activities started at 3PM.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Children's Games
  • Gingerbread House Contest
  • Carriage Rides - courtesy of Rockford Eagles
  • Holiday Golf Cart Raffle
  • Shopping with Area Vendors
  • Tasty Food Treats
  • Local Entertainment
  • Live Nativity
  • Story Time in the log cabin
  • 50/50 Raffle Drawing
  • and Much, Much MORE!

Entertainment Schedule

3:00 Rockford United Methodist – Pastor Chip and Thompson Brothers
3:30 Praise Point Quartet
4:00 Mike Bruns and Kent Krogman
4:30 Mt. Tabor Church of God
5:00 Kim Gardner – St. John Worship Team
6:00 Amy Roth
6:30 Parkway Swing Choir
7:00 Concert at the Belle

Background Music provided by Paula Linn

MC: Mr. Richard Sherrick

 "The Balloon Man" Aaron Roehm

Children's Activities

Kids' Games starting at 3:00 PM! Win prizes at:

  • Pin the Bow on the Gingerbread man
  • Ornament Decorating
  • Tattoo Parlor
  • Balloon Stomp
  • Christmas Bingo
  • Snowman Toss
  • Cupcake Walk
  • Hoop Shoot
  • Christmas Treasure Bags
  • Cookie Decorating and many others!

Thank you

Gingerbread Christmas Tree
Susan Sherrick and Jean Henkle

Hanging Outside Park Lights
Village Workers: Tom Berhs, Jeff Long, Aaron Temple, Blair Shaffer along with Jennifer Brandt, Peg Williams and Brenda Barker

Inside Community Building Set Up
Dennis Hecht, Pete Hayes, Steve Thompson and Bryan Sutton

Santa House: Dick and Karen Sapp

Mr. and Mrs. Claus: Casey and Karen Nuttle

Announcer: Richard Sherrick

Carriage Rides: Rockford Eagles

Live Nativity: St Teresa Catholic Church

Shanes Crossing Historical Society
Log house cookies and hot cider

Luminaries: Mark and Tina Heitkamp

Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread Storytellers
Robert and Carolyn Highley

Gingerbread Wooden Men Decorations
Marti Lentz and Janet Steffy

Gingerbread Table Decorations
Dan Henkle and the RUMC Women

Gingerbread House Judge
Rockford Citizen of the Year - Tom Rogers

Gingerbread House Participants
New Horizons Community Church - Winners!
Mendon Church of God
St Teresa Catholic Church
Rockford United Methodist Church
Mt. Tabor Church of God
Mendon Church of God
St John Lutheran

Contest sponsors
People's Bank
Rockford Carry Out
Brand It Marketing Communications

Kid's Activities: Deb Hecht

Cookies: Connie Hamrick

Food Stand
Rob Hoehammer and New Horizons Community Church

Ice Cream Machine
Barry's Market Supplies and Mike Bruns Maintenance

Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino
Nancy Leighner and Barb Padroza Splash Pad Committee

Poinsettias and Misc Decorations
Peg Williams

Pianist: Paula Linn

Clean Up
Pete Hayes, Eileen Davis, Peg Williams, Brenda Barker, Twyla Hayes, Leah Hays and Marti Lentz

Winners of Winterfest

The winner of the $50.00 savings bond from People's Bank was given to Claire Langenkamp!

Gingerbread House Contest*
Adult Category $75.00: Lyndsey Baxter
Child Category $75.00: Girl Scout Troup #20677
*sponsored by Brand It Marketing Communications

Gingerbread Youth Group Contest
New Horizons Community Church - Pizza party donated by Rockford Carry Out

50/50 Raffle: Minnick



Looking for interested community members to work with the Rockford Chamber of Commerce on the 2014 Winterfest. Interest persons can response by email or by contacting President Bryan Sutton.

2011 Winterfest Sponsors


Winterfest Committee

Brenda Barker
Deb Hecht
Leah Hays
Marty Lentz
Nancy Leighner
Peg Williams
Twyla Hayes


2005 Christmas Walk

Art by Ethel Pontsler


Rockford Christmas Walk
The Rockford Christmas Walk was started in 1994. There were 4 houses on the tour of homes. They were Reed & Nancy Schaffer, Don & Ethel Pontsler, Jeff & Tammy Ponstler and John & Nancy Smith. Along with the home tours, over 20 area crafters were set up in the downtown businesses along with a live nativity and musical entertainment.

The Christmas Walk was started in order to promote the downtown businesses and get more people downtown to support the businesses, especially during the holiday season.