Though it may be different this year, the annual Stroll on State promises to be packed with activities as the event spreads out over a month to accommodate COVID-19 concerns. ...

The birth of Christ in Bethlehem is among the most celebrated moments in world history. Editor Emeritus Janine Pumilia goes through the history of Christmas, reminding us of the true reason for the season. ...

There are several great holiday activities happening in Freeport, despite the ongoing pandemic. Find out how this town is safely celebrating this magical season. ...

Time for a road trip! Here are some great getaway spots located just far enough away to feel like you're seeing something fresh. ...

When First Presbyterian and Second Congregational UCC in Rockford banded together, members discovered just what it means when two are better than one. ...

Whether you enjoy the holiday season or despise it, we've come up with some tips to make holiday decorating simple and enjoyable. ...

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore. Make it an adventure by exploring six trendy local boutiques and dozens of suggestions for wonderful gifts found at locally owned stores throughout our area. ...

Throwing the perfect holiday party can be a fun, yet stressful experience. Here are 12 ways to prepare the perfect gathering. ...

The holiday season calls for an extra dose of tolerance, love and compassion. Learn about the various religions practiced by those in our community and experience unfamiliar traditions. ...

Watching "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a holiday staple for Janine Pumilia, our managing editor. Delve into her reflections on the anti-bullying theme. ...