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Santa is coming to town: DeKalb, Genoa to host Santa in holiday chamber parades, events Friday

It’s that time of year, and even the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t enough to stop Santa Clause from making his way to DeKalb County, as events in downtown DeKalb and downtown Genoa will take place Friday night to kick off the holiday season.

Lights on Lincoln as Santa comes through town

Celebrate the start of the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 4, in downtown DeKalb with Lights on Lincoln and Santa Comes Thru Town.

The parade starts goes from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The parade route begins off First & Lincoln, near Armor IT Services, will go down Lincoln Highway, then loop around Second Street to Oak Street and end at the Egyptian Theatre at Second Street and Palmer Court.

Enjoy holiday lights that line the streets and wave to Santa Claus as he rides through downtown DeKalb. The event is hosted by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and Heartland Bank & Trust.

Participants are asked to practice social distancing and to wear a face mask.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no visiting with Santa after his route this year.

Instead, children can wave to Santa and his elves in Byer’s Brewing Company’s east window from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Children can take a photo with Santa by standing in front of his decorated window, drop off a letter to Santa and take home a candy cane.

Letters can also be completed on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s website or messaged to their Facebook page. Letters can be dropped off at Barb City Bagels, Cracker Jax, Ducky’s, Found, Home & Vintage, Kid Stuff, S.O.A.S. and This & That Collectibles.

Santa will read written and submitted letters over video the week before Christmas, streamed on the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

For more information about upcoming holiday events, visit

Genoa’s Celebrate the Season Jingle Bell Parade and tree lighting to be held Friday

Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Celebrate the Season Jingle Bell Parade will begin 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

The tree lighting however, will begin at 5:30 p.m. next to Heartland Bank in downtown Genoa.

The 5-mile parade will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the park district and will continue through downtown Genoa.

Parade maps can be picked up in the drive thrus of Heartland, Resource or First Midwest banks or at the Genoa Public Library.

The event will be livestreamed on the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

For more information about the parade, visit the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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