GENEVA – There’s no Christmas celebration like Geneva’s Christmas Walk, with its carolers, Santa Lucia – the Swedish spirit of the season giving out pepperkakers – the first candy cane of the season and the official arrival of Santa Claus.
The two-day event kicks off at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 on Third Street. The street will be closed to traffic.
The Christmas Walk includes roasted chestnuts, merchants offering hot cocoa, Graham’s freshly made peppermint candy, live music, the Unitarian Church Cookie Walk and singing carols by candlelight at St. Mark’s Church.
Mayor Kevin Burns emcees and leads the countdown to light the tree on the courthouse lawn.
The previous tree – a 50-foot Colorado spruce – was removed this year because of damage.
A 20-foot Norway spruce replaced it.
“It’s not The Great Tree, it is The New Tree,” Geneva Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Laura Rush said. “It’s already decorated with ornaments we still have from the Girl Scouts and the lights are on it.”
A note on Santa’s arrival: Rush said he will not be coming by carriage this year.
“He will be arriving – differently,” Rush said. “And he will see children until 9 p.m.”
The annual Holiday House Tour still has tickets available to see five houses decorated for Christmas. Tickets are $35 per person with proceeds going to pay for next year’s Christmas Walk events.
Homes are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The ticket price includes a traditional tea served at First Congregational Church, 327 Hamilton St., and a Scentcerely Yours mini-candle. Tickets are available by calling the Chamber at 630-232-6060 or going to the Chamber office, 8 S. Third St., Geneva, or local businesses.
A complete list of events and businesses selling tickets is available on the Chamber website, www.genevachamber.com.