Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Christmas is a magical time for children and families, young and old alike. Nothing is more spectacular than strolling along a sidewalk with Christmas lights and storefronts aglow with gifts, Santas, sleighs, reindeer and more all decked out in holiday glamor and red and green. A family tradition for many was the big windows in downtown Chicago. Alas, a trip to Chicago is time-consuming and, for many, beyond their means. A frugal alternative that is reminiscent of the glorious downtown storefronts can be found in a small tourist city just a couple of minutes drive from the suburbs of Chicago. Lake Geneva is a resort city acclaimed for its waterfront and great boutique shops. A resort city that is fabulous for ice cream or just hiking the free lakefront pathway. A resort city filled with wonderful specialty shop and eateries. You see this resort city is also wonderful for its holiday storefronts.

I lived in Lake Geneva for close to 3 years. My husband and I still travel to Lake Geneva at least weekly for shopping at Lake Geneva Meat or to attend our church or simply to enjoy the downtown and the lovely water views.

My husband believes one of the best times in Lake Geneva is the winter season when the traffic is lessened yet the views of the lake remain tremendous. Strolling downtown Lake Geneva and viewing the many shops is fun for the entire family. The neighborhood where I used to live right next door is called Maple Park and offers an education in American architecture with exquisite turn of the century mansions and hundred year old Maple trees and smooth sidewalks just right for walking. Of course, all of this is surround by the vast beauty of one of the world's most remarkable bodies of water - Geneva Lake - 5,000 acres of pristine beauty.

Journey with me as we explore 2010s fabulous storefront displays including Santa and his reindeer, nativities and angels, a Green Bay Packer holiday wreath and even a sock monkey decked out in holiday colors. Take a stroll and see window displays with monkey business and even a Christmas moose. If you are not in the holiday spirit yet, I promise these fun holiday storefront display photos will make you smile and yearn for the holiday!

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Christmas Windows in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Boutique Shopping

Downtown Lake Geneva offers some of the world's best boutique shopping at great prices. The items are unique and purchased by the shopkeepers themselves. The prices are not Rodeo Drive - they are reachable. Downtown Lake Geneva is a must for your holiday shopping fun and needs.

Shopping Extraganza from Sports Memorabilia to Home Décor and More

Whatever your delight, there is store to please in Lake Geneva's eclectic mix of stores. From rustic to refined to fun and frivolous sock monkeys to handsome white bearded Santa Claus.

The "must visit" stores are many. From the shoe store to the trading store run by proprietor Kathy called Rag Thyme (Kathy brought to us the fun sock monkey and many great plush toys and other holiday decorating items) to the rustic store that specializes in vintage (the Welcome to Lake Geneva sign...) to even a spectacular kitchen tile store around the corner. Of course, a little bit of a drive delivers allot when it comes to fine market fare. The Geneva Meats is a store that is an unknown treasurer to many a Chicago visitor. The locals know Geneva Meats well. The store has limited hours but unlimited amounts of great food and wine. The pork chops are unbelievable. Every meat we have ever purchased has been exceptional. Well worth the trip down highway 50 (see the map below). I do recommend leaving the best for last and heading to Geneva Meats on your way out of town. They have limited hours so you must start early and plan ahead so that Geneva Meats is open but I am sure you will agree - their meats are a special treat - summer or wintertime.

Fabulous Fun in Lake Geneva WI

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A markerBella Tile and Stone 239 Cook St Lake Geneva WI -
239 Cook St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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Showroom offers a wide variety of fine tile and stone. From staples such as subway porcelain to one of a kind pieces handcrafted.

B markerRagTyme 757 Main St Lake Geneva WI -
757 W Main St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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C markerFamous Faces 255 Broad Street Lake Geneva WI -
255 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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Sports Memorabilia

D markerSprechlers 111 Center Street Lake Geneva WI -
111 Center St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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E markerSimple 525 Broad Street Lake Geneva WI -
525 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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simple café is meant to be more than just a restaurant. Besides serving great and healthy food in a creatively designed friendly place, simple café

F markerLake Geneva Meats 5907 East Hwy 50 Lake Geneva WI -
5907 Hwy 50, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA
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Retail market featuring a full selection of quality meats, Wisconsin cheese, fresh produce and gourmet foods.

G markerThe Cornerstone Shop & Gallery 214 Broad Street Lake Geneva WI -
214 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI, USA
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Christmas in Lake Geneva - Vintage Sign from Refined Rustic

Christmas in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
Christmas in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin photo courtesy of GmaGoldie | Source
Christmas Snow Man in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin by GmaGoldie
Christmas Snow Man in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin by GmaGoldie | Source

Money Business to Christmas Moose - Fun and Lighthearted Display Windows in Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Christmas Monkey in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
Christmas Monkey in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
Christmas Toys in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
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Christmas Toys in Lake Geneva, WI by GmaGoldie
Christmas Toys in Lake Geneva, WI by GmaGoldie
Christmas Snowman in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of  GmaGoldie
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Christmas Candy Canes in Lake Geneva, WI by GmaGoldie
Christmas Candy Canes in Lake Geneva, WI by GmaGoldie
Christmas Toys in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
Christmas Toys in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
Christmas Moose in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie
Christmas Moose in Lake Geneva, WI photo courtesy of GmaGoldie

Sports Fun and Gifts Too! Packers Bears and More!

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Green Bay Packers Holiday WreathGreen Bay Packers Holiday WreathChicago Bears Holiday WreathCubs Holiday Wreath
Green Bay Packers Holiday Wreath
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Green Bay Packers Holiday Wreath
Green Bay Packers Holiday Wreath | Source
Chicago Bears Holiday Wreath
Chicago Bears Holiday Wreath
Cubs Holiday Wreath
Cubs Holiday Wreath | Source

More Great Storefront Holiday Decorations

Street view of Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Street view of Lake Geneva Wisconsin | Source
Mr and Mrs Santa Claus
Mr and Mrs Santa Claus | Source
Silk Florals in Christmas Tree
Silk Florals in Christmas Tree | Source
Puppy Love in Green Wrapping Paper
Puppy Love in Green Wrapping Paper | Source

Nativity Scenes in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Three Kings by GmaGoldie
Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Three Kings by GmaGoldie
Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus by GmaGoldie
Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus by GmaGoldie
Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Three Kings by GmaGoldie
Christmas in Lake Geneva Wisconsin Three Kings by GmaGoldie

Nativity Decorations

Three Kings Nativity Scene
Three Kings Nativity Scene

Glorious and Glamour Storefront Window Displays

Christmas Snow Man in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin by GmaGoldie Source: http://gmagoldie.hubpages.com
Christmas Snow Man in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin by GmaGoldie Source: http://gmagoldie.hubpages.com

Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Road Map from Westerns Suburbs of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of GmaGoldie)
Road Map from Westerns Suburbs of Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of GmaGoldie) | Source

Lake Geneva Holiday Shopping Fun

Travel to Lake Geneva today. It is an easy drive from the suburbs of Chicago. Lake Geneva Wisconsin offers a world of fun right at your back doorstep.

Share Your Favorite Shopping Experiences with Us

Can you share with us your resort shopping and/or holiday shopping experiences with us?

As a personal trainer throughout my career I was privileged to have worked at premier resorts. During group fitness classes that I taught I liked to engage my clients and ask where they are from and then follow up where the best shopping sites were and also where their favorite shopping sites in the world were located.

We had every answer under the sun from Iowa to Mall of America to even the Bahamas.

Each experience is individual - please share with us your favorite holiday places to shop. It doesn't mean actually shop, it could be simply be the window shopping as we have done here. Please share with us your favorites and why.

© 2011 Kelly Kline Burnett

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KeithTax 5 years ago from Wisconsin

I have enjoyed several conferences in Lake Geneva over the years. Very beautiful country there. I never visited during the holiday season. I'm only a two hour drive away so I need to rectify that problem.


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

Keith Tax,

Lake Geneva is awesome. You need to make the drive! Thank you for stopping by.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

What fun! I have never been to Lake Geneva though I have been close to it many times, passing through on my way to somewhere else. I will have to check this out. During my trip to Israel, everybody was assigned a roommate and mine was a young man from Lake Geneva who owns a landscaping business there.

Thank you for all the great photographs. Excellent hub!


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

James,

Lake Geneva is FUN! One should never pass through - at least stop for the water views of Geneva Lake IF not for the storefronts. Thank you for stopping by.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I spent one Christmas in Wisconsin...it was cold and great!


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

WillStarr,

That sums up Wisconsin beautifully!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

I would love to visit Lake Geneva sometime during Christmas! Great and fun hub, thank you for sharing. :) Loved the "window shopping", in my warm room, haha. :D


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin Author

oceansnsunsets,

Window shopping in person at night is magical - any city - it is completely transferable. I love small downtowns - takes me back to years with my Mother and my Grandparents. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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