Things To Do This Weekend December 8-10

By: Stephanie Wylie 12/07/2023

This weekend, immerse yourself in a winter wonderland as we unveil a sleigh-load of activities that will spark joy and create lasting memories. Embrace the season's magic as Lake County comes alive with a spectacular weekend lineup of holiday events! From the enchanting Dickens of a Holiday in Libertyville to the delightful craft shows at Gurnee Mills, the timeless Waukegan Holiday Tour of Homes and the magical Kringle's Christmas Village in Antioch. Join us for a weekend of merriment, joy, and community spirit as we explore the rich tapestry of holiday celebrations across Lake County.

Don't forget to check out Holiday Your Way in Lake County and find experiences and activites for the whole family.






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Here are the things to do this weekend December 8-10.


1. Dickens of a Holiday & Victorian Tea in Libertyville





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'Tis the season to revel in the charm of a Dickensian celebration as Downtown Libertyville transforms into a winter wonderland during Dickens of a Holiday. Bring the whole family, snap a photo in Santa's sleigh and share in the festive spirit. Let the little ones experience the joy of giving at Petranek's Pharmacy. In their Community Room, Santa's Elves assist children in choosing and purchasing gifts for their families. Indulge in the elegance of Victorian Tea at the Libertyville Civic Center. Immerse yourself in the charm of yesteryear while sipping tea and savoring delightful treats. It is a timeless experience that adds a touch of sophistication to this joyous occasion. Stop by for a day filled with merriment, laughter and the spirit of giving. It is a cherished tradition that brings the community together in the heartwarming glow of the holiday season. Take advantage of the magic! For more information, visit

Saturday, December 9; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Main Street Libertyville, Libertyville.

2. Fifth Annual Gurnee Mills Holiday Craft Show at Gurnee Mills





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The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by exploring the Fifth Annual Gurnee Mills Holiday Craft Show? Gurnee Mills Mall transforms into a winter wonderland as 30 talented crafters, vendors and artisans gather in the mall's common areas. These skilled creators bring diverse handmade treasures, ensuring you'll discover the perfect gifts that radiate thoughtfulness and charm. With the craft show open throughout the weekend, you have ample time to explore, chat with artisans and cross off items from your holiday shopping list. Let the Fifth Annual Holiday Craft Show be your holiday shopping haven. Embrace the season's magic, find unique treasures, and make this holiday one to remember with gifts from the heart. For further details, call 847-263-7500.

Friday, December 8 - Sunday, December 10; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Gurnee Mills, 6170 West Grand Ave., Gurnee.

3. Waukegan Holiday Tour of Homes





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Embrace the enchanting spirit of the season as the Waukegan Historical Society invites you to their 'End-of-the-Year' Fundraiser, the much-anticipated Waukegan Holiday Tour of Homes. Step inside the beautifully adorned homes of Sheridan Road, where homeowners graciously open their doors to share the magic of Christmas and holiday decorations. The Waukegan Holiday Tour of Homes is a self-guided adventure, allowing participants to explore each home at their own pace. Marvel at the creativity and festive spirit that adorns the interiors and exteriors of these carefully chosen residences. This cherished event, dating back to 1969, has become a beloved holiday tradition in Waukegan. Beyond its festive allure, the Tour of Homes serves as the primary fundraiser for the Waukegan Historical Society, ensuring the preservation and celebration of the city's rich history. Immerse yourself in the festive ambiance, capture the season's spirit, and contribute to Waukegan's continued historical preservation legacy. Contact the Waukegan Historical Society at 847.336.1859 for admission details and further information.

Saturday, December 9; 3-7 p.m. Waukegan History Museum, 1917 N. Sheridan Rd in Bowen Park, Waukegan.

4. Kringle's Christmas Village & Dicken's Holiday Village in Antioch





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Step into a winter wonderland of festive enchantment as Kringle's Christmas Village returns to Downtown Antioch. This holiday extravaganza promises an immersive experience filled with oversized shadowboxes and beautifully adorned Christmas trees. Prepare to be captivated as you browse through dozens of oversized shadowboxes, each telling a unique and enchanting holiday tale. These meticulously crafted scenes overflow with charm, transporting you to a world of festive magic that will leave you in awe. Discover a delightful indoor showroom where the community is welcome to decorate dozens of Christmas trees. Prizes await the three favorites, adding extra excitement to this community-centric celebration. Take advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of Kringle's Christmas Village. Whether you're admiring the captivating shadowbox scenes, participating in community tree decorating or simply soaking in the festive atmosphere, this holiday celebration promises joy, wonder, and cherished memories. For more information, call 847-395-2233

Now-Monday, January 1, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Downtown Antioch at Piggly Wiggly Plaza, 460 Orchard St., Antioch.

5. Shiloh House Christmas in Zion





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Prepare to embrace the season's spirit at Shiloh House Christmas in Zion! The historic Shiloh House invites you to experience the joy and beauty of the holidays in a setting that radiates warmth and festive charm. The Shiloh House is adorned in holiday splendor and welcomes you to explore its enchanting halls during self-guided tours.
Bring the little ones to meet Santa on December 9 and 16. Santa will listen attentively to their holiday wishes, spreading joy and creating memories that will last a lifetime. From classic ornaments to festive garlands, Shiloh House is a holiday haven that invites you to immerse yourself in the joyous season. Take your chance to experience the magic of Shiloh House Christmas in Zion. Whether you're captivated by the holiday decor, sharing wishes with Santa or simply reveling in the festive spirit, this event promises to create cherished holiday memories for you and your loved ones.

Now-Saturday, December 16; 3-5 p.m. Shiloh House, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion.

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