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Rush: December to feature cheery events

As I write this month’s column, it is a fabulous fall day. The air is crisp, the sun is shining bright and not a cloud can be seen in the azure blue sky.

Therefore, it hardly seems like the right time to write about a month, December, which could be dreary. Luckily, even though it takes place in December, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk and House Tour are anything but dreary. In fact, they are both downright cheery.

In the next few weeks, garlands and trees will frame our downtown. 

More than 4,000 lights and hundreds of handmade ornaments will be put on the 50-foot tree. Santa’s Geneva home will be placed on the corner of James and Third streets, prepped and ready for the jolly old elf. We thank the Geneva Public Works elves for all their assistance in bringing festive cheer to the city.

The Christmas Walk on Dec. 6 is not only a wonderful tradition, but also is Geneva’s start of the season.

Our evening begins with Santa Lucia and her attendants arriving. As they pass out Swedish Pepparkokor cookies, the familiar welcome song for Santa can be heard among the crowd. 

The horse-drawn carriage rounds the corner and out jumps St. Nick. Guided by police escort (a thank you to the GPD), Santa makes his way to the stage and – with the mayor – lights the great tree on the courthouse lawn. It is officially the holidays!

Continue your evening as you stroll and visit the shops and restaurants. 

Admire the beauty of the night as State and Third streets are illuminated and carols fill the air. 

Tell your wishes to Santa (he’s there until 9:30 p.m.) and don’t forget to try a chestnut being roasted right on the street. Are you feeling the holiday spirit?

Dec. 6 and 7 also includes the Christmas House Tour – five exquisite homes, aglow with holiday decorations, open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The personality of each home will shine when local decorators and landscapers work with homeowners to create holiday magic. This year, we are pleased to have Anastazia – Treasures for the Home; Celebration Design of Gibby’s Wine Den; CIRCA; Heinz Brothers Greenhouse; The Little Traveler; Moonlight Landscaping; Plandscape; and The Mossy Twig as our decorators.

You will not only enjoy the architecture, but also the unique collections and interior designs, which reveal the personalities of the families residing in the homes.  And the homes are spectacular this year.

Tickets can be purchased at the Geneva Chamber office and several locations around town. Call 630-232-6060 or visit for information on the house tour.

A Holiday Tea will be at the First Congregational Church in Geneva is included in the $30 price of the ticket. Proceeds from the House Tour are used to decorate Geneva for the holiday season.

Downtown magic continues all weekend, in fact, all December in Geneva – find the what, where and when at

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

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