Christmas Celebrations Near Gerstad Builders Communities

Christmas tree walkTired of the same old holiday season traditions? Gerstad Builders encourages residents at all of its communities in McHenry, Williams Bay, Richmond and Poplar Grove to head to the Christmas festivities nearby and celebrate the holiday season in a new way.


Coming up this weekend, Downtown McHenry’s Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting will help you and your family kick off the holiday season with spectacular celebrations! On Saturday, November 18, Downtown McHenry will be celebrating from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30, with specials in stores, characters making appearances, games and treats, riding the trolley and, of course, getting to visit with Santa! The day will close with caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Veteran’s Park on Pearl Street at 5:30.

On Sunday, November 19, join fellow McHenry citizens for the Downtown Christmas Walk & Parade. Store events will last from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the parade begins at 1:00. Admission to every event is free. Learn more here.


From December 1 to December 3, Richmond residents can enjoy Christmas of Yesteryear, a festival featuring all kinds of fun activities. The celebrations will begin with caroling at Stevens Park Gazebo on December 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30, when the Tree Lighting of Stevens Park will take place. After the lighting,visit with Santa inside Memorial Hall.

The rest of the weekend will feature walks, silent auctions, ballet performances, hayrides, holiday shops, reading of Christmas stories and an outdoor showing of the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  The festival will offer activities for every age and help everyone get into the holiday spirit. Visit or click here to learn more.

Poplar Grove

Less than half an hour from Gerstad’s community, The Trails of Dawson Creek, The Landscape Connection in Rockford will be hosting its fourth annual Christmas walk that recurs every day from November 18 to December 31, so you and your family will have plenty of time to join the spreading of Christmas cheer.

The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Walk is free and lets guests stroll through Landscape Connection’s impressive Christmas display. In November on Monday through Saturday, the display is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In December, Monday through Friday hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn more about the walk here.

Williams Bay

Finally, Williams Bay residents will experience no shortage of Christmas cheer and brilliant lights displays. Christmas in the Country at Lake Geneva promises a stunning six-week lights festival lighting up the 1,300 acres of Grand Geneva Resort.

Guests can take a drive through the display of lights and continue witnessing the magic inside the Grand Geneva Lodge. Mechanical holiday displays and a gingerbread house competition will be on display. More events include having holiday tea, breakfast with Santa and a Christmas musical. Learn more by visiting or the resort’s Facebook page.

Gerstad Builders wishes residents a joyous holiday season! Enjoy all the magnificent festivities and return to your dream home  in a Gerstad Builders community in McHenry, Poplar Grove, Richmond or Williams Bay. Gerstad homes are breathtaking, comfortable, energy-efficient and, most importantly, customizable to the needs of your family. Visit to find your dream home today.

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