Antioch Holiday Guide in Lake County, Illinois

Antioch Holiday Guide

The holidays in Antioch are so delightful!


"Oh, the weather outside may be frightful," but the holidays in Village of Antioch are so delightful."

The Village of Antioch is your northern Lake County destination for the holidays
dozens of dining options, from award-winning chefs to cafes, coffee shops and brewpubs.
The historic downtown offers shopping along picture-perfect Main Street.


Lots of places to find those one-of-a-kind treasures along with sweet treats (its very-own candy shop),
a movie theatre and community theatre playhouse, too.

Come visit! Happy holidays from the Village of Antioch.




Stroll along the festive sidewalks and discover the mom-and-pop stores that provide terrific gift ideas.



Dickens Holiday Village

"Old Marley was as dead as a doornail." Old Jacob Marley and a cast of other memorable Charles Dickens characters are lined along Main and Lake Streets to offer visitors a cheerio to the holiday. This Olde English public art exhibit has over 40 lifelike mannequins spread along the streets, displaying over 25 different storylines and acting out different Dickens' scenes. Get the "bah humbug" out of your soul with these charming displays. 

November 29-January 1. Free. Outdoor, self-guided displays. Downtown Antioch, Lake and Main Streets.
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Read about the characters in the Chicago Tribune feature.



Kringle's Christmas Village (Now Indoors!)

After Dickens' "spirits of all three shall strive within you" at his wax figure exhibit, mosey on over to Piggly Wiggly's Plaza across town to experience more of the Christmas spirit. As the night falls in the afternoon, visitors can browse the magnificent illuminated shadowboxes. In its indoor location, the scenes in these boxes provide that nostalgia you attained when enjoying downtown Chicago's Marshall Fields' windows. 

November 29-January 1. Free. NOW INDOORS! Piggly Wiggly Plaza on Orchard Street, Antioch.
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The Tarkowski Family Light Show

The switch is getting flipped on the 2019 Tarkowski Family Light Show. Running through Christmas Day this free animated light show is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Don't forget to tune your car to 88.7 FM while visiting. 

November 23-December 25. Free, The Tarkowski Family Light Show, 1256 Bradford Ln., Antioch
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Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

"And now the starting lineup for your Antioch holiday season." Jolly old St. Nick followed by the holiday season kicks off Friday, November 29, traveling through downtown Antioch. The procession leads to the community holiday tree which will be illuminated at Village Hall. Caroling, Santa and Christmas lights are the perfect spectacular spectacle to bring in the holidays.

Friday, November 29; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Village of Antioch (parade: along Main Street, tree lighting: corner of Main and Lake Streets).
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Visit Santa and Santa's Frozen Village

If you hear a thunderous "ho, ho, ho," it's Santa Claus and a bunch of his buddies hanging at his "frozen village" with a big welcome and invite for you! 
Take your best #instagood photo with the man in red or have Santa's little helpers snap a memory keepsake for you for a nominal fee. Thursday and Friday Santa visits are free, while Santa's Frozen Village costs $5 per person. 

December 1-22. Antioch Chamber of Commerce (at Antioch Village Hall), 882 Main St., Antioch.
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An exclusive special visit with Santa for children with special needs and their families.
Saturday, December 21; noon-3 p.m. Kringle's Christmas Village, 510 Orchard St., Antioch
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Cork Ornament Making at Vigneto del Bino Winery

This Lake County Libation Trail participant is throwing a party to doll-up your holiday arbors. The vino station invites artists and amateurs to design and create their corknaments while tasting Vigneto samples. Take home a cork and your favorite bottle home from the tasting. RSVP is required. Call 847-204-7352

Friday, December 6; 6-8 p.m. Admission $40. Vigneto del Bino, 42150 N. Crawford Rd., Antioch.
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Ladies' Night Out in Antioch

"Oh yes, it's ladies night, oh what a night!" Visit the Antioch antique store for a night jam-packed with arts and crafts from local vendors. The event is also highlighted by complimentary drinks and a massage from Blu Rain Spa.

Friday, December 6; 5-9 p.m. Great Lakes Antiques Boutique, 41055, N. Illinois Route 83, Antioch.
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Santa Paws in Antioch

Put the “aww” in paw this holiday season with Mr. Claus. Your furry friends are invited to take their holiday pictures with the man in the big red suit.

Saturday, December 7; noon-3 p.m. Kringle's Christmas Village, 510 Orchard St., Antioch.
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Rustic Wood Sign Making at The Lodge of Antioch 

Summon your inner Van Gogh as you create a rustic (for the holidays or year-round) wooden sign perfect for your home or office. Grab a drink, too, along with some delectable eats. 

Thursday, December 12; 6:30- 8:30 p.m. The Lodge of Antioch, 899 Main St., Antioch
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"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at PM&L Theatre

The bestest of the best pageant is coming to a theatre near you. The Antioch stage presents a hilarious holiday program based on the captivating young-adult book of the same title. The Herdman offspring are a riot. They are the most inventively awful kids in history. There's mayhem, there's holiday carol and of course, knee-slapping laughs in this holiday staple. The show runs on weekends through December 22.

December 13-22; 2:30 or 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$18. PM&L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch

Holiday Celebration at Vigneto del Bino Winery


Vigneto del Bino Vineyard & Winery is offering a slew of specials for their end-of-the-year party. Join the Antioch vino specialists at the event for specials on wines, gift baskets, raffles, live tunes and delicious eats. 

Saturday, December 14; Noon-5 p.m. Vigneto del Bino, 42150 N. Crawford Rd., Antioch.
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Take a Cookie Walk

"C is for cookie that's good enough for me." There's no holidays without these sweet treats. Visit the  Antioch church for a stocking suffer sale and holiday resale shop. 

Saturday, December 14; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. United Methodist Church, 848 Main St., Antioch.
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The charming downtown is home to electic shopping options. Trendy clothing boutiques, wonderful antique emporiums, vintage finds, great florals, home decor and more.


Visit the Antioch Chamber of Commerce for even more shopping ideas and events (click here)

Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Antioch

Post-Thanksgiving and Black Friday, put your shopping-mode into high gear. Think "shop local" when looking for those special gifts for family and friends.
Small Business Saturday is a great day for shopping that gift-giving wishlist.

Saturday, November 30. Downtown Antioch.
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Enjoy restaurants, eateries, pubs and take-outs, and some of the best pizza around.
Take a break from holiday shopping for amazing flavors with friends and family.


The Lodge of Antioch

This American pub and restaurant with a Northwoods-theme serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with an array of mouth-watering dishes. The Lodge of Antioch's delectable menu features hearty salads, seafood, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, ribs, homemade cheese curds and more. The eatery also offers drink and dinner specials, as well as Thursday Night Trivia.

The Lodge of Antioch, 899 Main St., Antioch
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The Port of Blarney

This family-friendly eatery is Irish-themed located right along the Chain O'Lakes. The Antioch eatery features salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizza. The Port of Blarney is open Thursday through Sunday. Live music on most weekends.

The Port of Blarney, 27843 W. Grass Lake Rd., Antioch.
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Other Antioch Eateries

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Antioch Theatre

This historic two-screen movie theatre in the heart of Antioch is a frequented hotspot. Renovated in 2015 and orignially opened in 1919, the holiday season features the classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" along with other popular Hollywood releases. Free popcorn and soft drink refills with purchase, along with  a selection of handmade candy from nearby Something Sweet.

Antioch Theatre, 378 Lake St., Antioch. 
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PM&L Theatre

Palette (symbol of the artist), Masque (symbol of the actor) and Lyre (symbol of the musician), otherwise known as PM&L Theatre, has entertained audiences for over half a century. The theatre is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization located in the heart of downtown Antioch. Six shows a year grace this stage ranging in the style of musical, comedy and drama. "The Best Christmas Pageant" is showing during the holiday season. 

PM&L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch. 
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Antioch Fine Arts Foundation

The Antioch Fine Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire artists of the community, open the door to learning, promote local art and provide the oppourtnity to meet like-minded individuals. The "AFAF" hosts a plethora of demos performances and camps during the holidays. 

Antioch Fine Arts Foundation, 41380 Route 83, Antioch. 
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Chain O'Lakes State Park

This state park is home to Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes. In the winter months, hunting, ice fishing and ice skating are offered. Come back in summertime and enjoy this haven for boating, hiking and camping. Chain O'Lakes State Park is one of two state parks (Illinois Beach State Park in Zion) in Lake County. 

Border of Spring Grove and Antioch.
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Experience the holiday-infused town, view the season's production, drink libations, dine, shop, stay the night—-then, do it all over again tomorrow!

Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast

Located in the heart of downtown Antioch, this charming bed and breakfast was built in 1885. The Victorian facility offers room and board featuring a homemade breakfast with fresh baked goods and organic ingredients, free WIFI, a fire pit and more. Walk to shops, great restaurants and things to enjoy. The Antioch overnight stay place offers four rooms. 

Dragonfly Bed & Breakfast, 1034 Main St., Antioch. 
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For other holiday happenings in Lake County, click here. For more about the Village of Antioch, click here.


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