This year's Festival of Trees Gala Casino event raising funds for an expanded and renovated Emergency Room at FHN Memorial Hospital was a tremendous success! Thank you to all that helped pull this together - and to all of you that attended. Have a great holiday season.

Santa Visits at the Freeport Public Library

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

  • November 20 1 – 4 p.m.
  • November 29 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 1 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 3 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 4 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 6 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 8 5 - 7 p.m.
  • December 10 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 11 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 13 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 15 5 – 7 p.m.
  • December 17 1 – 3 p.m.
  • December 18 1 – 3 p.m.

2016 FHN Festival of Trees — Something Fun for Everyone

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 FHN Emergency Services. Happy Holidays from all of us at FHN!

Holiday Movie Series

The fun begins Saturday morning, Nov. 12 with the first showing of our Holiday Movie Series. Join us each Saturday through Dec. 10 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. 12 - 10:00 a.m. — Trolls PG ($3.50)
Nov. 19 - 10:00 a.m. — Doctor Strange PG-13 ($3.50)
Nov. 26 - 10:00 a.m. — Fantastic Beasts PG-13 ($3.50)
Dec. 3 - 10:00 a.m. — Moana G ($3.50)
Dec. 10 - 9:00 a.m. — Polar Express G FREE

This year's bonus movie is the holiday classic Scrooge — at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

FHN welcomes Alan Wenzel and Ed Finch to Scrooge - the 1970 musical version with Albert Finney. 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.



This year's Festival of Trees Gala Casino event raises funds for an expanded and renovated Emergency Room at FHN Memorial Hospital, the one part of the hospital nearly everyone visits, whether for themselves or a family member or friend. It never closes, and the staff is always there to handle everything from scrapes and sprains to heart attacks and stroke.

Emergency care in our community is a team effort with many local first responders, so in addition to funding the ER renovation at FHN, proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships for CareerTec students, as well as funding a scholarship for the EMS/Paramedic program at Highland Community College.

Give FHN's ER a winning hand when you join us at the DisCOSINO, and never take a chance on emergency healthcare for you, your family, and friends! Tickets are $50/person and are available at the door - no reservation needed.

Saturday, November 19 • 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Stewart Centre West • 2900 W. Pearl City Rd. • Freeport • $50/person

Enjoy a huge hors d'oeuvres buffet, complimentary beverages, music, and a holiday silent auction while trying your hand at Vegas-quality casino games from roulette to blackjack.

Community Holiday Tree

We'll officially kick off the holiday season after Downtown Freeport's Mistletoe Walk at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 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.)

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 through Saturday, Dec. 17! The trees will be on display Sunday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 31.

Highland Youth Choir

Each year, during the first week of the Community Festival of Trees, we celebrate with a special free performance by the Highland Youth Choir. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 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. Thursday, Dec. 8 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. 9 at the HCC Student/Conference Center.

Big Radio will be doing live spots from the event, and will replay the performances from FHN's Singin' at the King as part of the Festival of Giving. 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 on Luminaria Night Sunday, Dec. 18. 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.)