December 4, 11:00am
Santa's Chocolate Express
All aboard Santa's Chocolate Express! Hop on the shuttle and travel down Grafton's Main Street. Registration will take place at the Visitor's Center. Stop in to local shops to sample chocolatey holiday treats and shop the sales. Enjoy the sounds of carolers on the street and meet Santa Claus at The Grove Memorial Park.
Santa’s Chocolate Express is an opportunity for everyone in the family to enjoy this town-wide holiday experience. Participants will visit local businesses to collect a variety of chocolates, enjoy caroling on the downtown streets, take a horse drawn trolley ride and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Grove Memorial Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Strollers can take in views of the majestic bluffs and the Illinois River as they enjoy the surrounding holiday celebration.
Santa’s Chocolate Express will begin at Drifter’s Restaurant on the west end of Main Street. Tickets are required for this event and include free shuttle service, a complimentary treat at each participating business, specials and discounts at Grafton businesses and a holiday shopping bag with a small selection of chocolates and a holiday wine glass. Ticket holders will be invited to register to win a free overnight stay at one of those guest houses.
With seven designated shuttle stops, “express riders” will experience a variety of shops, eateries and scenic views throughout town. Many businesses will be offering specials and discounts, giving riders and strollers a chance for some Christmas shopping or a special holiday meal.