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Chamber Chat: Anticipating Christmas in Geneva

As I write this month’s article, 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 December. But I must because December is the month the Geneva Chamber of Commerce brings the Christmas Walk and House Tour to Geneva.

In the next few weeks, garlands and trees will frame our downtown. Over 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 Work elves for all their assistance in bringing festive cheer to the city.

The Christmas Walk, on Dec. 1, is not only a wonderful tradition, but Geneva’s start of the season. Our evening begins with Santa Lucia and her attendants arriving and assisting the mayor in lighting the Great Tree on the courthouse lawn. 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 (thank you, GPD), Santa makes his way to the stage. 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. 1 and 2 also includes the Christmas House Tour. Five exquisite homes, aglow with holiday decorations, open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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 bb Interiors, Gatherings by Design, Heinz Brothers Greenhouse, The Little Traveler, Plandscape and SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens as our decorators, with Cocoon and All Chocolate Kitchen contributing their talents.

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

Tickets can be bought at Geneva Chamber office, online and at several locations around town. Please call 630-232-6060 or visit genevachamber.com for more information on the house tour. A Holiday Tea held at the First Congregational Church in Geneva is included in the $35 price of the ticket. Proceeds of the House Tour are used to decorate Geneva for the holiday season. Tickets do sell out, so get yours early!

Downtown magic continues all weekend, in fact, all month in Geneva – find the what, where and when at genevachamber.com.

Laura Rush is the communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at lrush@genevachamber.com. 

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