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Located in the north western corner of Illinois, Galena sees a diverse, four-season year. Cold and bitter winters are opposed by hot and sometimes sticky summers. The best time to come to Galena is between May and October when it is a tourist mecca of weekenders. If you are able to come on a weekday however, you will enjoy reduced rates and fewer crowds. Many like the bustle of the weekend crowd however, it gives a sense of energy to the city.
The Galena Arts Festival draws in many tourists for the great variety of art and crafts available at this charming fair. The festival takes place during the hot month of July; contact the Galena Chamber of Commerce for more information and dates. The 2006 festival will not be held this year.
Halloween is a great time to come to this historic town. A parade and town celebration takes place for this holiday. The leaves are all the colors of autumn around this time and enhance the town's picturesque qualities. It also makes the drive here more enjoyable. Country Fair draws thousands for a wide variety of crafts. It is usually held in October, a cooler time of year than the hot summers.
The most beautiful time to see Galena however, may be during the cold month of December. Traditional Christmas decorations and lights adorn the city and on the last Saturday before Christmas, the luminaria takes place; lights are lit throughout the entire city, giving it an angelic glow.