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!
Christmas Windows in Lake Geneva, WisconsinClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
Showroom offers a wide variety of fine tile and stone. From staples such as subway porcelain to one of a kind pieces handcrafted.
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
Retail market featuring a full selection of quality meats, Wisconsin cheese, fresh produce and gourmet foods.
- Bella Tile and Stone- Lake Geneva, WI: Providing fine tile, stone, and design
(262) 348-1600 Located in downtown Lake Geneva, WI, Bella Tile offers complete tile design services for both residential and commercial sites. We specialize in tile and stone for new and remodeled homes.
- Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub Lake Geneva, WI
Sprecher's is a great place for business lunches, family dinners, special events and great happy hours. We feature plenty of dining space for groups of all sizes with private dining rooms available as well.
- The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery | A Gift Store in Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Located in Lake Geneva, The Cornerstone Shop & Gallery combines elegant and traditional home appointments with unique and artistic creations including hand-made jewelry and ceramics, hand-blown glass and stained glass, decorative and functional m
- Lake Geneva Country Meats | Quality Meat and Wisconsin Cheese
Bratwurst, sausage, jerky, and giftboxes available on line. Retail market featuring a full selection of quality meats, Wisconsin cheese, fresh produce and gourmet items.
Christmas in Lake Geneva - Vintage Sign from Refined Rustic
Money Business to Christmas Moose - Fun and Lighthearted Display Windows in Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Sports Fun and Gifts Too! Packers Bears and More!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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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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