Genoa welcomes Christmas with caroling, tree lighting and Santa |

Genoa welcomes Christmas with caroling, tree lighting and Santa

by Sarah Hauck
Evan and Matthew Marquardt write letters to Santa at the Breakfast With Santa event last year in Genoa.
Caryn Haller |

Genoa will ring in the holiday season with its own traditions this weekend.

Caroling and the lighting of the Hope Falcke Spruce will jump start Genoa’s Christmas at 5:30 p.m. today.

“Its like any other Valley tradition,” Genoa Town Manager Phil Ritger said.

“It’s just a that time of year when the community gets together that kicks off the holiday season.”

Carolers will be lead by Sue Knight and Lynne Speir in the town church starting at 5:30 p.m.

A procession will lead the festivity goers out to the corner of Nixon and Main streets to watch the Hope Falcke tree come to life for the season.

“The tree lighting goes back to at least 20 years, that is probably the oldest tradition here in town,” Ritger said. “The tree itself was planted by one of the families, Hope Falcke. It’s gotten monstrous in terms of being decorated with lights. We use a bucket truck in order to get to the top with the lights. It’s a more involved process now than it was 20 years ago.”

During Santa’s visit immediately after the tree lighting, patrons can enjoy cookies and refreshments provided by Chad and Gina Gilmor-Coons.

Families will have a chance to spend more time with the jolly man Saturday morning at Breakfast with Santa.

“This is a more relaxed atmosphere where kids can sit and talk to Santa and actually spend time with Santa,” Ritger said. “It is a nice family-friendly way for parents to have their children meet Santa without the expense and hassle of the mall. We call it a feel good event.”

A breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage will be prepared and served by the local town volunteers.

Breakfast is an open house type event where families can come and eat anytime within the serving times.

Seating times are 8:30-10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Tickets are $5 per person and children younger than 4 are free.

For information on any of the events or for tickets for Breakfast with Santa call the town office at 782-8696.