Enjoy a 2023 Galena Christmas at Hawk Valley Retreat

It’s holiday time once again, when the nip in the air is joined by anticipation and just a hint of  and spice. All around Galena the leaves are coming down, the decorations going up, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Best of all, there’s still time to plan your 2023 Galena Christmas getaway!

There’s nothing quite like a Galena Christmas. The picturesque charm of our historic town only increases during the holidays. All the bright, twinkling lights, holiday decorations, shopping, dining, and special events make it a truly festive time to visit.

Those looking for fun holiday events to attend will find plenty on the area calendar. You’ll find a short list of some of the area’s more popular, holiday events below.

Event Highlights for Galena Christmas 2023

Santa’s Arrival in Galena – Nov 25, 5pm to 7pm
Celebrate the arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Claus and their Jeep Jingle parade in downtown Galena. Santa arrives at the Old Market House at 6pm to light Galena’s Christmas Tree.

Holiday Fire in the Sky 2023

Galena Holidaze Festival – Dec 2, 11am to 6pm
Enjoy a festive and fun day in downtown Galena with live entertainment, food, drink, vendors, Santa Claus, and more.

Holiday Fire in the Sky – Dec 2, 6:30pm to 7pm
Finish off the Galena Holidaze Festival with a spectacular fireworks show visible from just about anywhere in downtown Galena.

Dark Side of the Yule with Classical Blast – Dec 8, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Classical Blast melds classic rock with traditional Christmas songs for a unique and uplifting holiday concert experience.

Luminarias & Living Windows in Galena – Dec 9, 4pm to 9pm
Wonder at the spectacle of more than 5,000 candlelit luminaria lining the streets and sidewalks of Galena. Extended holiday shopping hours and live holiday decorations add to the fun and magic. A must-see Galena tradition.

Luminarias and Living Windows in Galena

Mistletoe Stroll – Tour of Holiday Houses – Dec 16, 1pm – 4pm
Visit Galena’s Best Bed and Breakfasts and tour their Parlors and/or Dining Rooms while tasting a little bit of the holidays.

Snowflakes & Sweets Stroll  – Dec 16, 12pm to 4pm
Enjoy special holiday treats from local bakeries, confectioners, and others while strolling Galena’s Main Street. Attendees receive a punch card good for 10 sweet treats. A sweet treat, indeed.

… and that’s not all. Visit the local event calendar for a full list of holiday attractions.

 A Galena Christmas at Hawk Valley Retreat

Those looking for a quieter getaway, or even just the option for quieter moments during their holiday, will enjoy a stay at Hawk Valley Retreat. Our award-winning, Galena bed and breakfast is located on 10 secluded acres in a quiet valley just outside of Galena, IL.

Our special Hawk Valley Retreat Holiday Package will get you in that Christmas mood.

This package includes a Hot Slow-Cooker Meal or Loaf and Ladle Meal waiting for you on arrival. You’ll also enjoy breakfast in the decorated Cording Event Barn both mornings. Finally, you’ll also take home a Hawk Valley Retreat Custom Christmas ornament and a dozen homemade Christmas Cookies!

The Cording Barn decorated for the holidays

And all for just $95 plus lodging and available now through January 7, 2024.  Book your stay now while we still have rooms left!

You can also purchase Hawk Valley Retreat Gift Certificates.

Hawk Valley Retreat gift certificates have no set amount, allowing you to make them as giving or economical as you would like. Further, they can be used for almost anything at the inn, with the exception of 3rd Party (OTA) bookings. This includes accommodations and any extras or add-ons.

Who wouldn’t want to find a Galena getaway under their tree Christmas morning?

Happy Holidays!