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.