Tradition and surprise. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them, and Geneva’s Christmas Walk and House Tour offer both. This year both are supported by Little Red Barn Door.
Friday evening, December 6 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, who will offer Swedish cookies to merry-makers. The new Christmas Tree on the Courthouse lawn is lit and then young and young at heart will wait with anticipation as Santa Claus arrives. Santa and his trusted elf will then open their gingerbread home for visits from excited children while All Chocolate Kitchen recreates their record breaking candy cane.
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.
Those who aren’t downtown, might be touring holiday-decked homes. The Christmas House Tour (Dec. 6; 10 am-8 pm & Dec. 7; 10 am-5 pm) also another tradition, but thanks to the diversity of homes and the creativity of local designers, it’s filled with unexpected treats.
Eagle Brook Charmer: Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac amid towering trees, this cedar and stone home is decked out for the season. Built in 1996, this 3,508 square foot home exudes hospitality and lightheartedness. The homeowners are creative, enjoy projects and appreciate a flea market find. Many of those finds have been incorporated into the home during remodels, both inside and out.
Festively decorated by The Little Traveler (630.232.4200).
English Cottage: This English cottage family home built in 1928, is loaded with personality, warmth and charm. Family mementos and photographs have been wonderfully blended with antiques and relaxing furnishings to create a comfortable home full of laughter and love.
Festively decorated by Geneva Garden Club (630.742.1217) and Plandscape, Inc. (630.365.2558) with contributor Country Naturals (630.232.1172).
Custom Home: Found on a friendly neighborhood street, this 2008 home has a bit of whimsy at every turn. As you enter the expansive foyer, architectural details such as transom windows, plantation shutters, oak hardwood floors and iron spindles, that lead to the second floor, catch your eye.
Festively decorated by Floral Wonders (630.945.6559) and Neri Landscape (630.443.4722) with contributor Little Red Barn Door (630.402.0072).
Historic gem: Sheltered under thick trees, almost hidden from the road, sits this historic farmhouse and barn. Through the renovations, the homeowners preserved the early 1900’s home’s charming simplicity, but also brought it into the 21st century by opening the layout and adding French doors and windows for extra light. The result is a timeless home with modern amenities that cater to the family’s lifestyle.
Festively decorated by Gatherings By Design (630.880.8792) and Plandscape, Inc. (630.365.2558) with contributor Cocoon (630. 232.8340).
Architectural Beauty: An exquisite grand door entices you into this exceptional abode. Built in 2004, this home is full of precision workmanship. The terra cotta tile, archways and wrought iron are a reference to the homeowner’s Spanish heritage. Crown molding, transom windows and glazed ceilings are just a few of the WOWs you will see throughout the home.
Festively decorated by Strawflower Shop/Rug Merchant (630.232.7141) with contributor Town & Country Gardens (630.232.6685).
Tickets include a holiday tea and are available for $35. Proceeds are used to decorate Geneva for the holiday season. Purchase at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 South Third St., online at genevachamber.com or at any of the locations listed below (in Geneva unless indicated otherwise). Call 630.232.6060 to pre-order over the phone. Tickets will not be for sale at the homes.
Cocoon, 212 S. Third St. – 630.232.8340
Country Naturals, 316 Campbell St. – 630.232.1172
Floral Wonders, 200 S. Third St. – 630-945-6559
Heinz Brothers Greenhouse, 2010 E Main St., St. Charles – 630.377.6288
Little Red Barn Door, 227 S. Third St., Ste. 205 – 630-402-0072
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 1308 Commons Dr. – 630.208.1484
The Little Traveler (gift gallery), 404 S Third St. – 630.232.4200
Please note: the above locations accept cash and check (made payable to Geneva Chamber). This event may sell out.