Each year, Geneseo’s Christmas Walk festivities and activities offer something for everyone – young and old alike.

Each year, Geneseo’s Christmas Walk festivities and activities offer something for everyone – young and old alike.

“Christmas Through the Ages” is the theme of the 2017 Christmas Walk on Saturday, Dec. 9.

A new activity this year will be a showing of the film “White Christmas” at Central Theater. A pre-movie sing-a-long will start at 1:45 p.m. led by Cindy Weaver, Casey Welfer and Meghan Welfer. The movie will be shown at 2 p.m.

An addition to the special feature is the sing-a-long during the movie when song lyrics will be posted at the bottom of the screen. Doors to the theater will open at 1:30 p.m.

From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., children are invited to write a letter to Santa in the lobby of the theater.

Suzy Heaton is in charge of the activity and she said, “Children may take their letters with them when they are finished.”

The theater will be filled with music from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. when the Madrigal Singers from Geneseo High School entertain guests.

The regular feature, Disney’s “Coco,” will begin at 8 p.m.

All events at the theater are free with the exception of the feature film in the evening.

Terry Wethington, a volunteer on the Christmas Walk Committee, came up with the idea for the sing-a-long at the theater. Wethington grew up in Geneseo, moved from the area at age 18, and after retiring from teaching at Lyons High School in LaGrange, returned to his hometown roots.

“I had heard about a Christmas sing-a-long from a friend who took his family to a similar event in Chicago and shared how much fun it was,” Wethington said.

He said he has always wanted to “give back to the community and what drew me back here was a sense of community of growing up in Geneseo.”

“I was looking for ways to volunteer in the community and I thought of the sing-a-long,” he said. “‘White Christmas’ is a Christmas classic and everyone can relate to it. It is a film that appeals to all ages and can become a family tradition as it teaches so many traditions of someone helping out someone else and the film also has a sense of community.”

The annual Christmas Walk lighted parade will start at 5 p.m.

The Christmas parade will kick off the evening activities with lighted themed floats from local businesses, organizations and individuals.

The parade will line up near Grace United Methodist Church and proceed through downtown Geneseo, from north to south, to the Geneseo Historical Museum.

Santa Claus will conclude the parade, riding on a fire truck to South State St. where he will join Geneseo Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda to light the city’s Christmas tree, located near the Geneseo Historical Museum.

Santa will visit with children from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Geneseo Manor on State Street.

“Frank Sinatra Returns” is the theme of a special window at Village Florist Gifts & Antiques. The window will feature Travis Hosette whose vocal skills mirror those of the late Frank Sinatra. He will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Members of the Moline Boys Choir will be in the Mel Foster office, at the railroad tracks on State St.

The day’s events include:

• 7:30 a.m. - Registration for Jingle Run at The Victory Center

• 8:30 a.m. Jingle Run 5K starts

• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Shopping throughout Geneseo

• 1:30 p.m. - “White Christmas” sing along at Central Theater

• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Jingle Bell Obstacle Course at the Geneseo Community Center

• 3 to 5 p.m. - Family Activities Downtown including Making Reindeer Food at My Moon Creations and Kids’ Crafts at Smith Studio

• 3 p.m. - Geneseo Middle School concert at First Congregational Church

• 3:30 p.m. - Southwest School concert at First Congregational Church

• 4 to 5 p.m. - Writing Letters to Santa at Central Theater

• 4 to 8 p.m. - Geneseo Chamber Information Center at Hanford Insurance Building. Christmas card stamping available

• 4 p.m. - Millikin School concert at First Congregational Church

• 4:30 p.m. - Northside School concert at First Congregational Church

• 5 p.m. Christmas Walk Parade - Parade starts at North State & Brown Streets and travels south to the Geneseo Museum

• 5:30 p.m. - Constance Deal’s violin students’ concert at First Congregational Church

• 5:45 p.m. (approximately) - Children are invited to join Mayor Kathy Carroll-Duda in lighting the Christmas tree on State Street Boulevard, near the museum. Winners of the city’s lighting contest will also be announced.

• 5:45 p.m. - Nancy Green will play piano and Ashley Buck will play violin at the Geneseo Historical Museum

• 6 p.m. - Geneseo Community Choir will perform in the Carriage House (behind the museum)

• 6:30 p.m. - Front Parlor String Band will perform at the Geneseo Historical Museum

• 6 to 6:45 p.m. - Madrigal Singers will perform at Central Theater

• 6 to 8 p.m. - Living and still windows throughout downtown

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Visit with Santa at the Geneseo Manor

• 6 to 9 p.m. - Jingle Bell Skate at the Geneseo Community Center

• 7:15 p.m. - Madrigal Singers’ concert at First Congregational Church

• 8 p.m. Featured movie at Central Theater