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All Aboard Santa’s Chocolate Express: Holiday shopping event returns Dec. 3

Santa’s Chocolate Express returns to Grafton on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Advance tickets can be purchased at

Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 on the day of the event.  Only a limited number of tickets will be available.

The tickets include free shuttle service throughout town, a complimentary treat at each participating business, and a holiday shopping bag with a selection of chocolates and a holiday wine glass.

All participants in this popular event will receive a starter bag of chocolate at registration at the Grafton Visitor Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and collect additional chocolate by visiting participating businesses.

Participants can stroll through Grafton and stop at local shops and businesses to sample chocolate holiday treats and also shop sales.  They also have the chance to take in views of the majestic bluffs and the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers or stop for a bite to eat and a chosen beverage while enjoying the surrounding holiday celebration.  Some overnight lodging places will be open for tours that day.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at The Grove Memorial Park to greet children and pose for photo ops from Noon to 2 p.m.  Jersey State Bank will be offering hot chocolate in the Park.

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