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Rock Falls to add carriage rides to Centennial Park holiday light display

Elves toss a gift back and forth at one of the lighted scenes in Centennial Park in Rock Falls. The Coloma Park District is hosting the drive through lighted display for families get into seasonable spirit. The lights will be on until Christmas.

ROCK FALLS – Carriage rides and an opportunity for pedestrians to walk through have been added to the holiday light display at Centennial Park, now in its third year.

The additions to the holiday light display were announced Thursday by Melinda Jones, director of tourism at Visit Rock Falls.

Two dates have been set aside exclusively for horse-drawn carriages and a self-guided stroll through the light display: Sunday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Dec. 9. Other vehicles will be prohibited on those dates.

Those wishing to avail themselves of either option are asked to park on a side street and begin their tour at the park’s Little Schoolhouse.

Rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. The last one will depart at 8:15 p.m.

The Sauk Valley Food Bank will be collecting donations of canned food at the entrance of the display the weekend of Dec. 9 to 11.

The light displays at Centennial Park are erected by businesses, schools and organizations in cooperation with the Coloma Township Park District and Rock Falls Tourism.

It will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Nov. 25.

The last day for the display will be Dec. 23.

Admission to the display is free, but donations will be accepted.

Troy Taylor

Troy E. Taylor

Was named editor for and the Gazette and Telegraph in 2021. An Illinois native, he has been a reporter or editor in daily newspapers since 1989.