A visit to Santa has been a tradition for many years. In 1959, a new Santa Claus house was placed on the Kane County courthouse lawn, complete with lighted candy canes, gingerbread men, carolers, animated figures and a sleigh with reindeer.
According to the Geneva Republican, it was considered “the finest in the Midwest” and was equipped with a mechanized Candy Cane Machine inside, so each child would leave with a special treat. The house was made possible by Geneva merchants and Chamber of Commerce members and was to attract shoppers to the area.
Geneva continues the tradition today at the corner of Third and James streets.
This year, when you are visiting Santa’s house, add the Geneva History Museum to your holiday tradition. Marvel at our updated 18th-century creche display, vote for your favorite Giving Tree, snap a photo in our antique sleigh or find a special Christmas present in our gift shop.
The museum is at 113 S. Third St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Dec. 23.
The museum will be closed during the month of January.
Pictured: Geneva’s Santa house at the corner of Third and James streets, 1960.