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Holiday Festivities

Galena, Illinois

As you shop Main Street and partake in downtown's annual holiday events, visit Galena's finest family of restaurants—Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill, One Eleven Main and Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy'—for a warm, inviting meal and drink. From hot, hearty soups to decadent homemade desserts, each of our restaurants offers a unique dining experience.

Galena's Main Street is magical this time of the year with special events and holiday happenings every weekend from Thanksgiving through Christmas.


Old-Fashioned Christmas Weekends

November 24 through December 17, 2018

Celebrate the holiday season at one of Galena's old-fashioned events or holiday gatherings. Relax with a stroll down Galena's Main Street adorned in its holiday finest from garlands of lights and festive greens to shops brimming witih unique gifts. Linger and relax at a one of Galena's finest restaurants to enjoy some time together.


Santa & Lighting of the Tree

November 24, 2018

Santa is escorted to the Old Market House by carolers and festive floats. Stay for the lighting of the tree. Visit with Santa and sign his book.

"Santa & Lighting of the Tree" 2018 event info


Holiday Shopping

December 2018

Galena's art galleries, specialty shops and boutiques offer one-of-a-kind items ideal for gift-giving. From designer handbags and handmade jewelry to imported chocolates and local wines, shop in Galena to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.


Holiday Fire in the Sky

December 1, 2018

The evening sky will come alive with fireworks to kick off the holiday season. Carolers, hot cocoa, bonfire near the levee and more.

"Holiday Fire in the Sky" 2018 event info


Luminaria & Living Windows

December 8, 2018

Stroll down Main Street and watch the storefront windows come alive. Wonder at the magic of Luminaria, one of the most beautiful and romantic nights of the year in Galena when thousands of candle luminarias trace Galena's hillsides, streets and parks. Traditionally on this night carolers meander from dining room to dining room on Main Street singing festive songs.

"Night of Luminaria & Living Windows" 2018 event info