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Galena Holiday Kickoff!

Sat, Nov 30 , 2024 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036

Join in welcoming Santa to town to kick off the holiday season in Galena!

On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus arrive on his sleigh in Galena, Illinois (reminiscent of a Hallmark holiday movie!). This festive Jeep Jingle, with brightly lit Holiday JEEPS, will escort them to the city’s tree lighting. The Galena (Civil War) Generals will lead off, and the Galena Trolley will transport good girls and boys to enjoy treats and a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick!

Make a holiday visit to Historic Downtown Galena this Thanksgiving weekend as Santa's arrival kicks off this Magical Season! (A little elf spilled the eggnog that Mr. Kringle and The Grinch will be packing gifts to award outstandingly decorated parade Jeeps!)

The parade is also a Holiday fundraiser for Riverview Center which benefits families affected by Domestic Violence who may need assistance during this Holiday Season... and beyond.


Places to stay nearby...

Suite Victory


Vacation rental situated on Main Street downtown Galena.

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Galena Parkview Rentals


Experience the charm of Galena at Galena Parkview Rentals in The Galena Territory.

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Gallery Guest Suite


The Gallery Guest Suite is in the heart of Galena's Historic District within easy stroll of most shops, restaurants, museums and services.

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