Holiday wonders in Galena, Illinois - announces holiday events

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Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows are nothing short of holiday magic

Luminaria - Photo by Mark VanOsdol

Experience a Galena tradition Dec. 13 during "Night of the Luminaria." The charming little town becomes aglow with thousands of luminaria candles placed in bags flickering and lining the town's sidewalks, steps, parks and levee. This is a jaw-dropping site that you have to see to believe.

Also that afternoon, "Living Windows" - storefronts that come to life with costumed locals - enchant shoppers and those out for late afternoon stroll before dinner. Musicians and choral groups perform to set the holiday mood. This event is 4-6 p.m. on Main Street.

There's even more fun to be had this season. From a festival of trees to holiday tours of historic bed and breakfasts and progressive dinners, holiday spirit abounds here.

29 - Festival of Trees
29 - Arrival of Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

6,13,20 - Meet Santa at The Old Market House
6 - Holiday Progressive Dinner
6 - Territory Holiday House walk
12 - Luminaria Pub Crawl & Ugly Sweater Contest
13 - Living Windows & Night of the Luminaria
13 - Mistletoe Stroll

Galena is home to one of "America's Best Main Streets" (Fodor's Travel). For more information, go to or call 888.942.5362. While in town, stop by the Welcome Center in the Old Market House, 123 N. Commerce St., Galena IL 61036.

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