Holiday Cheer is All Around Galena
The Holiday season brings such beautiful and festive events to Galena and our nearby small towns. There is nothing quite like a stroll down Main Street to enjoy the spirit of the season. December starts off with on Friday December 1st with “Catch the Train in Galena” where train enthusiasts can take part in an extraordinary presentation of model trains for the enjoyment of train lovers of all ages.
Friday and Saturday Dec 1-2
Start the festivities at the Stockton Christmas Walk. A holiday tradition with a Friday tree lighting on Hwy U.S. 20. Revel in the crowning of our royalty, caroling and cookies for all. Saturday Meet Santa and enjoy special events at businesses special events throughout town.
Saturday December 2nd
Christmas in Elizabeth with an old-fashioned Christmas Take a tour of the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum decorated for the season, check out the caboose and ten operating model trains at the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum, and visit Santa. Enjoy the living history demonstration at the Apple River Fort and more. There will be a Christmas concert, craft show, soup & bake sale, Christmas Tree decorating contest, Santa Dash – 1-mile fun run and many stores open late with Christmas bargains and discounts.
The Cloran Mansion is also one of the hosting Bed and Breakfasts in our annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. Call us to reserve your ticket for a tasty treat and a joyous experience.
Galena hosts Fire in the Sky where the evening sky comes alive with fireworks to kick off the holiday season in downtown Galena. Live Carolers, hot cocoa and a festive bonfire will take over the Galena River levee during this holiday celebration.
Saturday December 9th
Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows. One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. Stroll down Main Street and watch more than 30 windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation. From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena will be glowing. Enter a land of enchantment on this magical night with more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries on streets, steps and sidewalks. Drive, walk, take a trolley or enjoy a carriage ride and be amazed at the sight.
Friday December 15th
Holiday Nights at Galena Wine Cellars brings in the holidays at Galena Cellars as they embrace the spirit of the season. Professional Pianist and Soloist, Lannette Calhoun will lead the fun with Christmas carols, group sing-alongs, jingle bells and lots of wine! Join the fun on the second floor at the downtown winery location in the Nouveau Room!
Kick off the New Year in Galena at New Year’s Eve… DeSoto style! Ring in the new year with Travis Hosette and the music of “Sinatra.” Dance and party all the way to 2018! Enjoy a cash bar, array of appetizers and desserts, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Seating is limited so purchase tickets early. Reservations are highly recommended.
A Tasty Treat Through Town
Many people wonder what a progressive dinner is. A progressive dinner is a meal that consists of different courses at different locations. Here in Galena the Bed and Breakfast Community has joined together to offer a unique dinner experience at several Inns. The Cloran Mansion has participated in progressive dinners for over 10 years and we love the opportunity to open our dining room to the guests for a tasty treat. One of the wonderful things about the December Dinner is that all of the Inns will be decorated for the holidays making it especially festive. This years Holiday Progressive Dinner will be on December 2nd from 5 pm to 8:15 pm.
While on the dinner tour the guests will travel to an Inn for a course of amazing appetizers, a mouth watering main course of a mixed green salad with diced pears and vinaigrette, Spinach and Red Pepper Pork Roulade with Herb Roasted Red Potatoes, Apple Sauce, Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Rustic Bread, and a delicious holiday dessert. The Inns will not be serving alcohol but guests are welcome to BYO, just remember to select a designated driver! Tickets for the Progressive Dinner are available now for $60 a person with a $5 discount for Guests of a Best of Galena Property but will sell out quickly. Book your reservation at the Cloran Mansion to receive your discounted tickets and we can order your dinner tickets. If you are staying at another Inn or traveling in for the dinner call Lorraine at 815-777-0893 for tickets.
We look forward to dining with you!
Mark Imerman and Patricia West could not have chosen a more perfect day. The sky was clear and a beautiful shade of blue. An autumn breeze was slow and gentle and Patricia made her way to the Heart Arbor to meet her soon to be husband. Mark’s son Nick and Patricia’s daughter, Laura were present to witness the ceremony. Couple #99 said their I do’s on September 26. After the ceremony the new family had dinner together, toasted champagne and shared wedding cake. We wish them our best today and always.
Cheryl and Carmine
Some love stories as beautiful as they maybe follow a typical story line, boy meets girl, they fall in love…..
Sean and Katie share a unique love story of their own, but the ending for this lovely couple will surely be happily ever after as well. Together with their family and Kate’s Best Friend and Maid of Honor they shared their vows and joined as husband and wife. After the ceremony the newlyweds enjoyed a dinner reception and a toast to their future.
Congratulations to The Robbins!
The 95th wedding at The Cloran Mansion was a beautiful celebration.
Lucas and Erika exchanged vows to one another with both the Hannibal and Larson families by their side.
The happy family took pictures of the special occasion and then enjoyed a delicious dinner in the dining room.
To top off the evening the couple toasted the love they have for one another at dinner.
Congratulations to our 95th couple!