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Tradition and surprise. It would not be Christmas without them, and Geneva’s Christmas Walk and House Tour offer both.Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec, 7, the Christmas Walk begins with Graham’s Chocolates First Candy Cane of the season being presented with great fanfare followed by the arrival of Santa Lucia. The Swedish symbol of the season will offer Swedish cookies to merry-makers. The Great Tree on the Courthouse lawn is lit and then young and young at heart will wait with anticipation as Santa Claus arrives on a horse-drawn carriage. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then open their gingerbread home for visits from excited children.Serenaded by carolers, families stroll Geneva’s historic marketplace, nibbling on fresh-roasted chestnuts, and dodging into brightly lit shops and restaurants along the way. A full schedule of events can be found on the Chamber's website.Those who are not downtown, might be touring holiday-decked homes as part of the Geneva Holiday House Tour (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8). This signature Geneva holiday event, thanks to the diversity of homes and the creativity of local designers, is filled with unexpected treats.
Tickets include a holiday tea and are available for $35. Proceeds are used to decorate Geneva for the holiday season. Tickets can be purchased at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St.; the Chamber's website; or at any of the following locations:
Please note: The above locations accept cash and check made payable to Geneva Chamber. This event may sell out.People also can call the Chamber at 630-232-6060 to pre-order over the phone.