Thanksgiving is nearly here with Christmas following close behind. That festive, joyous feeling is already in the air as we prepare to celebrate the season.
If you’re planning to be here during the holidays – and you really should – here is a short list of some of the larger events taking place.
2016 Galena Christmas Events
Festival of Trees – November 26, 11am to 4pm
The 6th annual Festival of Trees kicks off Galena’s holiday season. Held in the DeSoto House Ballroom, the Festival of Trees is a spectacular public display of one-of-a-kind Christmas trees, wreaths, and other holiday items created by local artists. Admission is free.
Old-Fashioned Galena Christmas – November 26
Enjoy the spectacle of brightly decorated shops, carolers, and festive floats along as Santa arrives in town. Watch as he is escorted down Galena’s Main Street to the Old Market House and they light the tree! Parade starts at 5:30 pm with the Lighting of Tree at 6pm.
Taste of Christmas Progressive Dinner: December 3, 5pm to 8pm
www.bestofgalena.com SOLD OUT
Members of Best of Galena open their Bed and Breakfasts for this popular, annual event. The evening includes appetizers, main course, and desserts – all served at different locations. Reservations have already sold out and we here at Cloran Mansion are excited to welcome the attendees into our B&B for the event!
Holiday Housewalk – December 3
Tour five of Galena’s beautifully decorated private homes and enjoy light holiday refreshments at the Galena Holiday Housewalk. You can also participate in a raffle for a handmade quilt and other items made by the Quilters of the Territory.
Luminaria and Living Windows – December 10
Bask in the warm glow of nearly 5,000 candle-lit luminaries lining the streets and sidewalks of Galena. Living Windows adds to this magic scene with holiday vignettes in local storefronts. This year’s theme is “2nd Wedding in A Window.”
Mistletoe Stroll Holiday House Tour – December 10th and 17th, 2pm to 5pm
Come and tour Galena’s historic inns decorated for Christmas. Sample each inn’s favorite holiday cookie and enjoy the variety of the architecture and decorations. Tickets may be purchased at any of the participating inns, listed on the website (link above).
Galena Christmas Lodging
As you can see, there is plenty to do and see during a Galena Christmas getaway. And we didn’t even mention the events and attractions in the rest of Jo-Daviess County! If you’re planning on being here for the holidays, please consider making Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast your home base. Our combination of modern amenities and classic comforts will soothe your soul and exceed your expectations. Happy holidays!