Lake County, Illinois has many options for holiday touring; you can create a mouthwatering, whistle-blowing itinerary to celebrate the holidays. Suggested time frame is Thursday, & Friday, checkout on Saturday.
Wandering Tree Estate offers "Tea and Trains" (week after Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas). Your group enjoys a full holiday tea service in the studio of the Train Lady, Elaine Silets, overlooking 10 acres of land, a gazebo and lake. Holiday décor, a delicious lunch and holiday music, sets the mood for this tour. *Requires a minimum of 40 people for the tea setting.*
TreeTime Christmas Creations is a free stop and shop. Come experience the magic and see their latest exclusive treetime artificial Christmas tree designs and the "WOW!" of the Winter Wonderland Showroom. Staff will also put on a demo on holiday décor to add the stop, free of charge at the Lake Barrington facility.
After breakfast, visit Uniquely Sweet for a toot-sweet, hands-on chocolate or toffee-making experience. And while your chocolate is hardening, stop next door at Glunz Family Winery and Cellars for a free wine tasting. Their seasonal warm glögg is a group favorite!
Don't let your group get all steamed up. Schedule time for gift buying. They may like our quaint country village: Long Grove Historic Village or shopping with a mission at Lambs Farm. A seasonal group meal can be arranged at The Village Tavern or Magnolia Café or lunch on their own.
Glassmaking and blowing are truly an art. A demo or hands-on activity at Peter Patterson Glassworks is very popular. Everyone can make a piece to be sent home later, purchase a gift for them to take home or buy a charm at the studio on their own. Christmas ornaments and pendants seem to be a big hit with the shoppers! Mexican hot chocolate can be brought in to warm everyone up.
Head over to the Chicago Botanic Garden for Lightscape for dinner and your enlightening evening experience. Your guests will walk along a nearly mile-long path filled with detailed curated art experiences at every turn: a towering tunnel of lights, light beams dancing through singing trees and the natural beauty of firelight!
Here's where you can "switch tracks" and change-up your tour by picking venues from our "Dickens to Dowie" group tour itinerary followed by a dinner at The Chocolate Sanctuary complete with a chocolate fountain for dessert.
- Citadel Theatre or Genesee Theatre holiday show
- Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church's Christmas Pageant
- Sanfilippo Estate Holiday Luncheon & Organ Concert
- Meal at Dover Straits with Jeorge Holmes Entertainment
- Gurnee Mills for bargains (all indoors)
As you can see, we can certainly make this into a two-or-three-day event or more; our venues will pull out all the stops for your group! Contact Jayne for more details on this exclusive to Lake County, IL opportunity.