Things To Do This Weekend November 24-26, 2023

By: Stephanie Wylie 11/22/2023

Dive into the excitement of the weekend in Lake County! Whether you're seeking family-friendly fun, festive holiday events with Holiday Your Way or exploring the vibrant local scene, this weekend has something for everyone. From dazzling light displays to enchanting performances and delightful seasonal activities, Lake County is brimming with weekend wonders. Get ready to make lasting memories as we guide you through the must-see events that will spark joy and kick off the weekend on a high note.


Here are the things to do this weekend November 24-26, 2023.

1. Light Up the Season! Vernon Hills' Tree/Menorah/Kwanzaa Lighting





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As the winter chill sets in, the Village of Vernon Hills is ready for a celebration that promises to spark holiday joy. Witness the magical illumination of the village tree, menorah and Kwanzaa displays. Experience the countdown and the joyous moment when the lights come alive. Santa Claus will make a special appearance providing light refreshments for visitors, and adding a touch of holiday magic. This heartwarming community gathering is a collaboration with the Countryside Fire Protection District, Vernon Hills Police Department and the village park district. Bundle up, bring your loved ones and immerse yourself in the warmth of community spirit. Take advantage of this chance to be part of a cherished Vernon Hills tradition. Light up the night! For more information, visit

Saturday, November 25; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free Admission. Vernon Hills Golf Course, 291 Evergreen Dr., Vernon Hills.

2. Richardson Christmas Tree Farm in Spring Grove





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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than with the opening of Richardson's Christmas Tree Farm? Renew the timeless tradition of selecting and harvesting your family Christmas tree straight from the source. Beyond the trees, Richardson's Christmas Tree Farm offers an opportunity to create cherished memories with loved ones. The Spring Grove facility provides equipment to cut your own arbor, or you can order pre-cut trees like Fraser and Canaan Fir species. Richardson also makes garland and wreaths from December 3-10. Capture the moment with family photos, enjoy the festive ambiance and relish the joy of finding the centerpiece for your holiday celebrations. Escape the chill in their heated sales barn, where the festive spirit is as warm as the cocoa, freshly-made donuts, homemade fudge and popcorn are served and made on site.. If you opt to cut your tree, the friendly staff will assist you in shaking and baling your holiday arbor, as well as help you attach to your car. Join the fun at Richardson's Christmas Tree Farm and let the holiday magic unfold. The fields are open to cut your trees through December 3, while the barn remains open for pre-cut arbor sales through December 10. For more details and updates, visit 

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Richardson Christmas Tree Farm, 9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove.

3. Fox Lake Festival of Lights





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Get ready to be dazzled as the Village of Fox Lake invites you to the mesmerizing the town’s Festival of Lights! Kick off your festive adventure at the Kris Kringle Winter Market, located at the Community Garden Green, from 3-6 p.m. Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland of holiday delights featuring local vendors offering unique treasures and seasonal treats. The evening’s highlight is the spectacular parade starting at Grant Community High School concluding down Grand Avenue to the village’s downtown area. Following the parade, gather at Millennium Park for the breathtaking annual Tree Lighting ceremony. Share your holiday wishes with the man in the big red suit himself and capture the magic with keepsake photos at Santa’s Cottage after the tree lighting and parade. For Inquiries, Contact the Parks and Recreation Department: (224) 225-1405.

Saturday, November 25; 3-8 p.m. Free Admission. Grant Community High School, 285 E. Grand Ave., Fox Lake. Millennium Park Fox Lake, Grand Avenue and Rollins Road, Fox Lake.

4. "The Snow Queen" at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire





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Dive into a world of wonder and whimsy as the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire presents "The Snow Queen." Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's timeless tale, this captivating musical adaptation promises an unforgettable adventure that will warm your heart during winter. Join Gerda, the brave protagonist, on a daring quest to rescue her best friend Kai from the Snow Queen's icy palace clutches. As the Children’s Theatre Production narrative unfolds, discover a realm where flowers sing, animals converse and riddles beg to be solved. Book your seats now and prepare for an evening of musical enchantment by visiting or contact the box office at 847-634-0200. The Lincolnshire production runs on select days through December 31.

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26. Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m. Tickets starting at $15.75. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

5. Vintage Holidays in Historic Downtown Long Grove





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Step into a winter wonderland and experience the enchantment of the holiday season at Vintage Holidays in Historic Downtown Long Grove. The charming streets come alive with festive cheer, offering a delightful mix of old-world charm, family-friendly activities and community spirit. Kick off the holiday festivities with a touch of nostalgia as vintage horse-drawn carriage rides weave through town. Explore the quaint shops of historic downtown Long Grove, where merchants open their doors to welcome visitors with enchanting decorations, special merchandise offers, delightful food and festive drinks. Feel the magic in the air as festive holiday carolers serenade the streets of historic downtown Long Grove, setting the perfect tone for the season. All weekend, join Santa Claus, spreading joy and smiles. If you’re looking for a holiday break, head over to Lake County Libation Trail partner Buffalo Creek Brewing as they kick off their Alpine Biergarten and unveil two new beers Hot Buttered Beer and the Beau Fleu double IPA. For times and a complete list of events, visit

Friday-Sunday, November 24-26;. Free admission. Various locations in Historic Downtown Long Grove. Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.

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Holiday Your Way in Lake County and see everything there is to do for the winter holidays!

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