Yuletide cheer fills the winter air when Geneva prepares for its annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 3 and Christmas Walk House Tour on Dec. 3-4. The Christmas Walk and House Tour is a special tradition held the first Friday and Saturday in December, sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce with the support of the city of Geneva.
Five charming homes, aglow with holiday decorations, will open their doors to visitors for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The personality of each home will illuminate when local decorators and landscapers work with homeowners to create holiday magic.
You can pre-order your tickets now by calling the Geneva Chamber at 630-232-6060. A Holiday Tea held at the Congregational Church in Geneva is included in the $28 price of the ticket ($30 if purchased Dec. 3 or 4). Proceeds of the House Tour are used to decorate Geneva for the holiday season.
Geneva Christmas Walk
Friday evening begins with the arrival of Santa Lucia, the Swedish symbol of the season, brought by horse-drawn carriage to offer Swedish cookies to merry-makers. Young and young at heart will wait with anticipation as Santa Claus arrives and the Great Tree on the Courthouse lawn is lit. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then open their gingerbread home for visits from excited children.
Among the twinkling lights and fresh greenery-lined streets, chestnuts are roasting over open fires, carolers are filling the night air with seasonal favorites and a live nativity scene is taking place. Dazzling window displays brimming with gift ideas invite shoppers to stroll through shops as merchants serve traditional holiday refreshments.
For more information, call Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060 or visit www.genevachamber.com.