An Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Celebration!
Hidden away and found each year is the timeless Galva Ole Fashioned celebration to be held Saturday, November 26. A simple home spun artistic and joyful event. The Galva Arts Council brings the community and its families together at the downtown Arts Council building, which will be abuzz all day.
A season favorite, Galva’s Mini Tree Festival features local artists and residents who place their seasonal creations, including Christmas trees and wreaths, on display for everyone to view. Lunch is served from and features a fabulous baked potato bar with trimmings, dessert, and beverage.
At dusk, everyone lines the streets to enjoy the Galva Chamber of Commerce’s lighted parade. It meanders downtown Galva and residents line the street to see lighted floats as melodies fill the air. It becomes a magical night as Wiley Park is aglow with over 10,000 cheerful Christmas Lights. Walk through the park and enjoy the lights.
Head back to the Galva Arts Council building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening coffeehouse headliner begins at 7 p.m… A festive jump-start in store for your holiday spirit. All musicians and storytellers are invited to join in the open-mic session beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Travel the back roads to Galva this holiday weekend. Bring a friend or two and light your Christmas spirit.
Galva Arts Council
Make & Take Ornaments Bring your little ones for a hands on ornament craft. Children can choose to make a gingerman, snowflakes, reindeer, or Christmas tree ornament for your home decorations. The ornaments will be ready to go your tree that day. Donations welcome.
Mini-Tree Festival Stop by and see a selection of decorated Christmas trees. If you want to bring one of the trees home with you, we will have a drawing on Sunday beginning at 1:30. You can purchase tickets for the drawing on Nov. 26. Ticket prices are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Lunch $5 will get you a bowl of soup, a hot or cold drink, and a cookie. We are making extra efforts this year so we won’t run out of cookies.
Chocolate Walk The Performing Arts Boosters will be having a Chocolate Walk in the Galva Arts Center with a variety of goodies for you to take home.
Coffee House, 7 – Regional performance of Christmas Music. Open Mic follows at 8:30 for musicians, storytellers, and other performers. “It’s free … and you get a cookie”, John Sloan.
Three full hours of cheer during Atkinson Christmas Festival! Santa arrives by fire truck and will hear Christmas wishes and lists at the Township Hall. Sample and vote for your favorite Five Roaster Chili Competition downtown at L&J Hometown Market. Meander downtown and visit the local businesses, treats for all! Line up the kids for the Reindeer Fun Run downtown at State Street, Pluck a Penguin duck to win a prize, both young and old! Ugly Christmas Sweaters are requested, the secret ugly sweater patrol will be out, winner takes all! The cheerful holiday evening will end when everyone’s had enough fun!
Visit historic Cambridge, Saturday afternoon and absorb the community kickoff to the holiday season. Bring the kids beginning at 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for holiday crafts and games including how to decorate cookies, and making food for reindeer. A festive lighted parade is a must see, and Santa is in tow. Take a tour of B&B Toy Museum to view toys of past and present. Visit with Santa and share Christmas wishes, don’t forget to purchase a Christmas on the Square ornament to hand on your tree. Enjoy downtown holiday lights, select your Christmas tree and visit local businesses for a taste of holiday spirit. Sip hot chocolate while touring by hayrack the “Light Up” Cambridge homes. Stop in at the community hall for Trees for a Cause and view decorated trees and bid on your favorite during the silent auction.
Sunday, stock up on the Swedish Bake Sale and devour a BBQ lunch at the Cambridge Lutheran Church. Tour a select group of homes decorated for the season. Drive on over to the high school and warm up with chili and listen to the jazz band at 5 p.m.. End the evening and attend the First Baptist Church Concert. See you then.
Andover’s festive Christmas Walk is for all to experience and enjoy! Begin with the tree lighting ceremony and sing along at Andover Lake Park. Warm up with kids crafts and visit with Santa Claus while sampling holiday treats. Take a drive and enjoy the Andover Lake Park aglow with lighted displays and luminaries, and then visit the candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel with music for all. Photo courtesy of Orion News Gazette.
A few of the evening events:
4:45 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony and Sing-a-long
5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. (American Legion Building)
- Soup supper and Christmas goodies
- Vocal Ensemble singing Christmas Carols in lower level
- Holiday Crafts, Games and Magic Show for the Children
- Christmas music played on the piano in the upper level
- Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, handing out treats to the children
- Christmas Cookie Walk and Gift Giving Bazaar for gift giving!
- Silent Auction featuring a variety of Christmas & Winter Decorations
- Snowmen Display
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
- Tractor-pulled wagon rides—drop-off and pick-up by east pavilion
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Musical performances
Windmont Park Light Festival – Celebrate the Season
Windmont Park Light Festival is a magical wonderland. View vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season in Kewanee. Sunday, December 3, Santa arrives in the parade and signals the opening of the season with a fireworks display. The viewing season continues through New Year’s Day.
Holiday Treasures to Jingle all the way home….
Jingle and mingle and let your holiday spirit glow. Shop by candlelight Friday evening downtown Geneseo. Take a stroll down historic State Street to begin your holiday shopping. Local shop keepers offer unique home decor, women’s fashions and accessories and more!
Thursday evening stores open until 7 p.m.
Friday evening candlelight shopping 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
A Geneseo Christmas Walk
Geneseo‘s Christmas spirit sparkles, and magic is in the air. Make new memories and keep the old this holiday season in Geneseo, Illinois.
Visit with Santa beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Geneseo Library, then venture off to the Jingle Bell Obstacle Course at the Geneseo Community Center.
Family activities downtown from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. include concerts at the First Congregational Church, Smith Studio & Gallery will offer kids crafts, Central Theatre will offer writing letters to Santa.
Dine at one of the many local dinings and visit historic State Street for specialty shopping and artful gifts. Dusk sets and the streets are lined with visitors waiting to see the lighted parade featuring over 30 floats. As the parade
5:45 p.m. gather around the State Street Christmas tree (between the Geneseo Historical Museum and Designs on the Boulevard) Santa will light the tree marking the beginning of the evening festivities. Dusk sets and the streets are lined with visitors waiting to see the lighted parade featuring over 30 floats. As the parade
Dusk sets and the streets are lined with visitors waiting to see the lighted parade featuring over 30 floats. As the parade begins, grab roasted chestnuts let the magical evening begin! Tour the Geneseo Historical Museum, a 27 room Italianate mansion featuring lively tours and melodies performed by local musicians. Stroll the downtown and view decorated windows – some will feature live surprises! Partake in the “Angels Among Us” a treasure hunt. Visit Central Theatre for a family Christmas movie!
Walk Geneseo’s historic State Street and enjoy musical performances, including Madrigal performed by the Geneseo High School students, Community Choir and more!