It's not Christmas in Genoa until the Hope Falcke tree is bathed in lights. Seven hundred feet of white Christmas lights to be exact.
The annual Christmas in Genoa celebration begins Dec. 2 with caroling in the town church at 5 p.m.
"It's a real strong sense of community. Genoa provides a nice backdrop to the holiday season," said Town Manager, Sheryl Gonzales. "The town's all lit up and Santa's there. It's a really sweet event."
After the caroling, visitors are invited to the corner of Nixon and Main streets for the tree lighting ceremony. Santa Claus will arrive shortly after on a Genoa Volunteer Fire Department truck to visit with the families.
Hungry from the festivities the night before, Santa will be at the Genoa Town Hall 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3 for breakfast. And he doesn't like to eat alone.
The menu includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for $5.
Gonzales encouraged people to buy their tickets early, so the volunteers can plan how much food will be needed.
"It's another nice way to bring the community together and have a family event," she said. "The kids love it, and they love Santa."
She also reminded parents to bring their cameras for pictures with Santa.
A week later on Dec. 10, David John and the Comstock Cowboys are performing their Christmas in the Sierra concert at 5 and 8 p.m. in the Genoa Town Hall.
There will be a no host bar between concerts. The money raised goes toward the summer concerts in the park.
The hall has a capacity of 220 people per show, and reserved seating tickets are $20.
For more information on the Town of Genoa events or to purchase tickets, call 782-8696.
Christmas in Genoa - Caroling 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the town church, tree lighting 6 p.m. corner of Nixon and Main Streets
Breakfast with Santa - 8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 3 in the Genoa Town Hall. Cost $5
Christmas in the Sierra concert - 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Genoa Town Hall. Cost $20