Just a one-tank trip from many Midwest cities; make Galena, Illinois your destination this season. Visit historic sites and savor locally-grown award-winning wines, brews and spirits, or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts. Pack your clubs for one of the 10 scenic golf courses or pack your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes at our ski resort. Soothe your body at one of the spas and fly the horizon at dawn or dusk from a hot air balloon.
Galena is the perfect place to connect with those who are special in your life. Our rolling hills, scenic roads and historic charm revitalize the spirit. Inspired by nature and overlooking the banks of the Galena River, our welcoming Main Street embraces a simpler time. You’ll create cherished memories spending time together relaxing and unwinding.
Treat yourself to a winter of luxury by spending it in Galena and Jo Daviess County. Enjoy holiday festivities such as Christmas in Elizabeth and the Mistletoe Ball. Spending the holidays in Galena and Jo Daviess County wouldn’t be complete without a New Years Eve party and dinner at one of Galena’s favorite restaurants/inns.
Annual Holiday Events in Galena
Here’s just a small sample of the exciting annual winter events in Galena:
- The Galena Territory Holiday House Walk
- Annual Christmas Cheer Weekend
- Taste of Christmas Progressive Dinner
- Snowshoe Hike & Wine Tasting
- Night of the Luminaria
- Stockton Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Walk
- Victorian Candlelight Christmas Tour
- Christmas Bazaar
- Christmas in Elizabeth
- Holiday Studio Tour
- Christmas at the Fort
- ARC Holiday Cookie Walk
- Pub Crawl & Ugly Sweater Contest
- Luminaria Progressive Dinner
- New Years Eve at the Goldmoor
- Special Olympics Winter Game
- Twilight Snowshoe Hike
- Ice Golf Classic
- Valentines Progressive Dinner
- Mardi Gras Pub Crawl
Skiing in Galena:
Even on a grey winter day, downtown Galena offers many places to eat and things to do for a charming and exciting vacation experience. For a true winter getaway, visit Galena’s world-renowned ski resort. Stay at the Chestnut Mountain Resort and experience its 19 trails that span 220 acres.
Additional Outdoor Winter Activities:
- Buehler Preserve
- Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve
- Chestnut Mountain Resort
- Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery
- Keough Effigy Land & Water Reserve
- Winston Tunnel State Natural Area
For rentals, events, and maps of the above locations, contact Fever River Outfitters.
Cross-Country Skiing, Sledding, and Ice Skating are available for guests of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa through their amenity package.
Nothing compares to fall in the Midwest. Discover the most beautiful views of forests and hills as you ride into the town of Galena. There are many ways to spend your time in Galena and Jo Daviess County during the fall season. Check out the alpine slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort as you travel down more than 2,000 feet.
Here are just a few of the wonderful fall events in Galena:
- Fall Harvest & Art Festival in the Vineyard
- Tour of Historic Homes
- Warren Pumpkin Festival
- Galena Oktoberfest
- Galena Country Fair
- Twenty Dirty Hands
- Galena Halloween Parade
- Nouveau Wine WeekendGalena Lead Rush Half Marathon
- Chestnut Mountain Open House & Ski Swap
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Galena/Jo Daviess County, enjoy a wine tasting at the Galena Cellars Vineyard. See it all from up above in a Galena hot air balloon. If you prefer to stay on the ground, Galena and Jo Daviess County offer many services and places for hiking, camping and biking. Whatever hobby you prefer, fall in Galena offers something for everyone.
Not too much tops the spring season in Galena/Jo Daviess County. Springtime in Galena gives you a plethora of activities to enjoy. Stroll along Galena’s Main Street and shop art galleries, antique stores and boutique shops. Make sure to check out some of the nightlife in Galena/Jo Daviess County during the spring, as a lot of great artists tour through the town during this time.
While in Galena during the spring, check out some of these great annual events:
- Spring Constellations and Celestial Events
- Fireman’s Dance
- Slush Cup
- St. Pat’s Pub Crawl
- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Spring Gardening Series
- Spring Artist Reception
- Spring Art Show
- U.S. Grant Birthday Celebration
- Earth Day Fest
- Spring Saunter
Outdoor Spring Activities
Visit one of our many award-winning wineries or participate in a splendid outdoor activity. Test your skills at the golf course, or learn about Galena’s history on a guided tour. It is not only suggested, but necessary that you take a hot air balloon ride while spending time in Galena and Jo Daviess County during the spring. Galena and Jo Daviess County have exactly the event you’re looking for if you enjoy the outdoors!
A summer in Galena is the perfect way to get away and relax from your everyday life. We have outdoor events that are great for families, a group of friends or a romantic getaway. Hit the greens and test your skills on one of the award-winning golf courses in Galena, or discover beautiful scenery on the water in a kayak. From biking, camping and hiking to boating, fishing and hot air ballooning, summer in Galena offers something to do for all interests and ages.
- Skills from the Hills Market Day
- Historic Cemetery Walk
- Great Galena Balloon Race
- Historic Cemetery Walk
- Bridal Fair
- Independence Day Celebration
- Shenandoah Pro Rodeo & Fireworks
- Firecracker 5k Run
- Independence Day Parade, Celebration and Fireworks
- Elizabeth County Community Fair
- Willow Folk Festival
- Tractor Day
Summer Festivals in Galena
With all of the fantastic history in Galena and Jo Daviess County, there’s always a parade or festival in the summer. Independence Day is always a great opportunity to check out Galena/Jo Daviess County. Between the Independence Day Celebration and Shenandoah Pro Rodeo & Fireworks, you are guaranteed an amazing time.