Top 10 Holiday Things To Do In Lake County 2022

By: Nick Borowitz 11/16/2022

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"

Visit Lake County wishes everyone a happy "Holiday Your Way in Lake County" to everyone!

Since there are bountiful activities and happenings for the whole family to experience, here are the top 10 things to do in Lake County 2022.





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"Holiday Your Way" in the villages of Antioch, Gurnee, Libertyville, Vernon Hills and all of #LetsGoLakeCounty.

Lake County is your season's greetings destination. Spread joy as you "Holiday Your Way" in our corner of Illinois. Here are the top 10 holiday things to do in Lake County 2022.

1. Holiday Your Way in Lake County (Through December 31)





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Now through the end of the year, "Holiday Your Way" to Lake County, Illinois for festive family fun and activities. Discover and explore Lake County during the most wonderful time of the year. Lake County is home to various Christmas traditions, holiday festivities, meet-and-greets with jolly old St. Nick, shopping sprees, delectable eats and other activities perfect for the whole family. Keep scrolling to find your holiday experience!

2. Lake County Illuminates the Night Through the Holiday Season 2022





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Lake County knows how to light up the holiday season! Take a drive to visit the numerous public lights displays and tree lightings in the communities that compose Lake County. From public light displays to motion twinkling shows to village and city Christmas tree, menorah and kinara lightings, Lake County illuminates the night through the holiday season. Meander through an absolutely lit Lake County and don't forget to snap a picture.

3. Top 10 Places to Get a Christmas Tree in Lake County (Through December 24)





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“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches.” Have you been dragging your feet this year and haven’t picked up your family tree yet? No worries at all, because Lake County has got you covered. Christmas trees have a sort of "je ne sais quoi." Each family’s holiday needs are unique to their respective tree. That can all depend on the tree's fullness, the pine cone smell or perhaps to boost the holiday spirit in some of the humbugs. Don’t be a blockhead like Charlie Brown. No matter if it’s a real tree (that you cut down or bought) or the artificial equivalent, grab a lovely festive tree in Lake County this holiday season.

4. Visit Santa in Lake County (Through December 24)





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“You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout; I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.” No matter if you have been naughty or nice, everyone loves to see the big man in red. And wouldn't you know it is that Santa will be pretty easy to find! Before the children have nestled all snug in their beds with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, make sure to visit Kringle.  

5. Holiday Festivals and Celebrations in Lake County (Through January 8)





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Just because the weather may be getting brisk means that the festivals and parties end in Lake County. Nay, if anything, it's a reason to get outside and have a hot cup of cider or hot chocolate. You can find a vareity of festivals, each with their own focus. And if you're not feeling up to a festival, check out a community tree lighting.

6. Holiday Theatre Performances in Lake County (Through January 1, 2023)





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"Giddy-yup, giddy-yup, giddy-yup, Let's Go to the show," Lake County! There's no better way to soak up Lake County than witnessing a delightful holiday concert or show. Holiday your way with that Festivious spirit by attending one of these stupendous hot ticket items. "O Come All Ye Faithful" Lake Countians and visitors.

7. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Gurnee (December 8)





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Take in the yuletide sights as they roll on the rails in Gurnee with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. The locomotive comes all the way from Canada and makes multiple stops throughout the United States. The train is decked out in all its holiday glory and is a sight to behold as it rumbles into the station. Be sure to set your clocks though, the train arrives at Viking Park at 5:10 p.m. and then departs 30 minutes later. Of course, St. Nick is also aboard the locomotive. After seeing the rail-bound behemoth, head over to Welton Plaza for the Holiday Lights. The free winter gathering features carolers, food trucks, snacks, hot cocoa, a live petting zoo, a tree ornament crafting station, a s’more’s making area, lighted displays, visits with Santa Clause and more.

8. Dicken's Holiday Village and Kringle Christmas Village in Antioch (Through January 1, 2023)





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Browse in awe at the miniature scenes of the winter holiday at Kringle’s Christmas Village in Antioch. Each shadowbox is filled to the brim and features a festive, custom layout. New for this year is the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Trees are decorated by various community members and organizations, so no one setup is like the other. This display is indoors and runs alongside the inside-portion of the Dicken’s Holiday Village that features life-sized wax figures. The statues are adorned in Dickens-era clothing. To complement the Dicken’s spirit, there is a miniature Dicken’s Village display. Kringle’s Holiday Village and Dicken's Holiday Village are free for everyone to enjoy and located at Piggly Wiggly Plaza. Visit for information.

9. Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois (Through January 4, 2023)





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Snow showers and twinkling lights transform the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois into the magical Snowland! Starting November 18, celebrate in proper Northwoods style with daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, visits from Santa, seasonally themed crafts, holiday stories and songs, twinkling lights, shimmering holiday trees, cheerful decorations and a variety of festive activities. Experiences included with an overnight stay include:

10. Holiday Shopping Sprees in Lake County





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With the arrival of the holidays, that means some epic deals, steals and savings are upon us! Black Friday may be over, but that doesn't mean that the savings stop. Plus, it's always nice to shop local and avoid having to wait for those pesky shipping times when you purchase on-line. There are numerous places to shop in Lake county from mom and pop stores to the malls that everyone loves to frequent. Visit the locations below when you want to give a gift that keeps dollars within the Lake County community.

Volo Antique Malls 27640 W. Volo Village Rd., Volo

Long Grove Confectionery Retail Store 114 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove

Long Grove Confectionery Co. Factory Store 333 Lexington Dr., Buffalo Grove

Long Grove Confectionery Nut and Candy House 581 Bonner Rd., Wauconda

The Joyful Gourmet 542 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville

Broken Bridge Treats 220 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., Long Grove

RISE Dispensaries 1325 Armour Blvd., Mundelein

McMahon Gallery 321 S. Ridge Rd., Lake Forest

Skipper Bud’s 1000 IL Route 173, Antioch

Reclaimed Artisans Inc. 302 Peterson Rd., Libertyville

Signature Popcorn 318 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove

Peter Patterson Glassworks 888 Tower Rd., Suite E, Mundelein

Lambs Farm Shop and Sugar Maple Country Store at Lambs Farm 14245 W. Rockland Rd., Libertyville

Ma and Pa's Candy 424 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., Long Grove

Callie's Boutique at the Inn at Sheridan 2723 Sheridan Rd., Zion

Rosella's Boutique 1435 Peterson Rd., Libertyville

Woodland Grove Photography Studio and Gallery 169 Archer Ave., Mundelein

Extreme Flight Simulation 1350 Tri-State Pkwy., STE 128 Gurnee

Lovin Oven Cakery 455 Lake St., Antioch

Sock Monkey Museum 210 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., Long Grove

Tony Cannoli Specialty Pastries 460 Lake St., Mundelein

Treetime Christmas Creations 22102 Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington

Uniquely Sweet 888. E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake

The Irish Boutique 224 Robert Parker Coffin Rd., Long Grove

Woodland Grove Photography Studio and Gallery 169 Archer Ave., Mundelein

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Mom and Pop Shopping Destinations

Malls in Lake County

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Holiday Your Way in Lake County this season.

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