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Gurnee Holiday Guide
in Lake County, Illinois


 A beautiful sight. We’re happy tonight, walking in a Gurnee wonderland.

Gurnee is your holiday destination all in one place. From world-class shopping to luxurious accommodations, to delicious eats and so much more, this Lake County village has it all.

The thrills of Six Flags Great America is extended during this season of cheer, as the Gurnee amusement park has launched Holiday in the Park. Claus, cocoa and coasters will get you into the holiday spirit during this "Jingle Bell Rock" event.


Let's not forget the thrills of scouring through 220 fabulous retail venues at Gurnee Mills, makes the Village of Gurnee the place to be.

Don’t miss out on the annual Canadian Pacific Train rolling through Viking Park. The train is festively decorated, and it’s a can’t-miss experience for you and your little ones.

Fill yourself up with holiday cheer in the Village of Gurnee!

Village of Gurnee Holiday Events

It's Santa Photo Time at Gurnee Mills

Jolly old St. Nick is hanging around Lake County to get a good idea of what your kiddies want for Christmas. Visit Santa, get a photo-op and maybe bring him a cold glass of milk and cookies. He’s got a lot of children to talk to!

Through December 24. Gurnee Mills 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee
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Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Kringle is making a list and of course checking it twice. Visit his magical wonderland filled with games, free photo opportunities, yummy food like freshly cooked fudge, cookies, fondue and popcorn! Attendees can create neat crafts, and even meet his elves!

Through December 24. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 6112 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. 
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Turkey Day Bootcamp

Trying to avoid those Thanksgiving pounds? Visit Hunt Club Park Community Center on Thanksgiving morning to get your belly into eating shape. This event is free of admission.

Thursday, November 22; 7:30-9 a.m. Hunt Club Park Community Center, 920 Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee.
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Village of Gurnee’s Turkey Trot

Here comes Peter Gobble-tail, trotting on down the turkey trail. The Village of Gurnee hosts their 25th edition of the 5K fun run/walk kicking off at the Gurnee fire station. The proceeds go to to help pediatric cancer research.

Thursday, November 22; Insurancenter, 4673 Grand Ave., Gurnee.
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Gurnee Mills Black Friday

The mad dash for gifts kicks off right after the turkey, candied yams and apple pie are devoured. Gurnee Mills features over 200 stores for your holiday shopping needs. Visit top-notch stores to shop for family and friends and make their holidays merrier than ever. 

Thursday-Sunday, November 23-25. Thurs and Fri: 6 p.m.- 1 a.m., Fri: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. 
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Six Flags Great America's Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Great America kicks off their inaugural Holiday in the Park event this year. This festival runs from November 23-December 31 on select days. The new  holiday party will transform the park into a winter wonderland featuring millions of dazzling lights, a beautiful Christmas tree (5 p.m. lighting every night), meet and greets with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, festive entertainment and of course, rides on world-class roller coaster.

November 23-December 31; 2-8 p.m. or 2-9 p.m. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.
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Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, the temperature is 84 degrees. The event is full of holiday season activites like visit's with Mr. Claus, shining, shimmering decorations, Snow 'N' Glow Dance Parties, a life-sized gingerbread house and so much more. Book your family vacay now!

November 24, 2018-January 4, 2019. Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee.
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Viking Park Singers Holiday Concert

Ring in the season with a group of talented vocalists performing the songs of the season. Attendees are invited to stick around for light refreshments after the performance.

Sunday, December 2; 3-5 p.m. Viking Park Dance Hall, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. 
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Holiday Train in Viking Park

The train horn can be heard in the distance. That’s the sound of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train making its annual stop at Viking Park in Gurnee. This vastly illuminated 14-car train partners with local communities to raise food and funds for local food banks as well as raise awareness about hunger issues. The train will blare live holiday music, conduct a brief ceremony and will pass out candy canes for the kids. The choo-choo features live performances from The Trews and Willy Porter. There is a charter pickup from Saratoga Square (southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue) and Riverside Plaza (northeast corner across from Six Flags Great America's employee entrance). Free parking at Saratoga Square and Riverside Plaza runs from 2-7 p.m on December 2.

Thursday, December 6; 3:30-6:30 p.m. Train arrives at 5:50 p.m. Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. 
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Gurnee’s Breakfast with Santa

This breakfast date may be your kiddies only opportunity to meet the man in the red suit this season. Head to Viking Park and have a unique breakfast with Santa Claus. Share your holiday wishes with Kringle. Your youngsters can take home an early holiday gift.

Saturday, December 8; 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 10:15-11:15 a.m. Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. 
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Pet Photo Night

Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets in dressed to impress in their holiday bestest. Your best buddies have a chance to have a meet and greet with Kris Kringle. The event occurs after the mall closes and the set receives an extensive cleaning to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers. 

Sunday, December 9;  6-8 p.m. Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. 
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Village of Gurnee Shopping Spree

Gurnee Mills Mall

Experience over 200 retail stores for your holiday shopping needs at Gurnee Mills. Wrap up shopping with a meal at your favorite restaurant or play a few games at 60 to Escape or Tilt Studio. Gurnee Mills features retail favorites like Bass Pro Shops, Macy's, the Disney Outlet Store, the LEGO store, Kohls, Dick's Sporting Goods, Nike, Dine like royalty as Gurnee Mills offers world class eats like Rainforest Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Robin and a many other eateries. 

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Bass Pro Shops

The super outdoor outfitter, catering to the Lake County lifestyle. A perfect gift idea for your outdoorsy family and friends.

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Gurnee Antique Market

A treasure will always find you here, with over 100 dealers of one-of-a-kind vintage furniture and curios to dress up your home or add to your décor.

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Village of Gurnee Cuisine

Giordano's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

The rich-flavored, deep dish double crusted pies are a fan favorite in the Chicagoland area. The Gurnee eatery’s menu also features scrumptious pastas and fresh salads.

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Noodles & Co. Gurnee

This local dine-in and carryout restaurant is jam-packed with international flavors. The menu features pastas, salads, soups and so much more. Some of the Gurnee eatery's signature dishes include Wisconsin mac n' cheese, penne rosa, pad Thai and spicy Korean beef noodles.

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Rainforest Café

A Gurnee Mills chain restaurant that is rainforest-themed offers delectable American eats, cocktails and spirits. While dining with family and friends, patrons are surrounded by animatronic animals and real-life tropical fish in an enormous aquarium.  Rainforest Café in Gurnee is a wild place to shop and eat.

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Salutos Pizza & Pasta

The mouthwatering pasta, pizzas, bread and desserts are all freshly-made at this one-of-a-kind, family-owned restaurant.

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Stevens Steakhouse

This family-owned establishment provides a comfortable environment to experience close-to-home cuisine. Their menu offers a wide selection of finely-aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, extensive wine and martini lists and more.

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The Chocolate Sanctuary

A Gurnee chocolate-inspired restaurant that concocts beautifully-plated main courses, appetizers and desserts that incorporate the restaurant's namesake ingredient. Chocolate Sanctuary is a fun and casual restaurant, lounge and boutique for foodies and chocolate lovers alike.

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Timothy O’Toole’s Pub

This Irish-style pub is famous for their award-winning wings, burgers, fish & chips and 19 different beers on tap.

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Village of Gurnee Holiday Attractions

60 to Escape

Need an hour to shop for a specific family member? Escape into your own real-world video game. This unique ‘immersive adventure’ relies on your puzzle solving skills to escape a room in 60 minutes or less. Visit this USA Today 10Best ranked escape room.

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Jump America

Jump for joy at this indoor fun and fitness trampoline emporium that stretches 16,000 square-feet. The venue features two dodgeball courts and a foam jumping pit. The perfect place to drop your kids off when you’re holiday shopping.

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Marcus Theatres at Gurnee Mills

Be the first to check out the lastest holiday movie at this state of the art cinema. Great food and beverage options from Zaffiro's Express and many more.

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Tilt Studio

This state of the art entertainment center features 180 video and interactive games, virtual reality laser tag arena, 18 holes of glow in the dark minature golf, and snack bar featuring awesome home made pizza.

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Stay in Village of Gurnee

Baymont Inn & Suites

This 65-room hotel features a pool, free breakfast and a fitness center. Pets are allowed at this Gurnee facility. Conveniently located in Gurnee Mills shopping.

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County Inn & Suites

This 68-room accommodation features a pool, free breakfast and a fitness center. Conveniently located near Gurnee Mills shopping.

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Great Wolf Lodge Illinois

This 400-room resort features an 80,000 square-foot indoor water park, an abudance of kiddie activities, restaurants onsite and shopping. The waterpark resort is located right off of I-94 and conveniently located to all Gurnee shopping. 

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Hampton Inn – Gurnee

The 134-room inn features a pool a fitness center and free breakfast. Conveniently located near Gurnee Mills shopping.

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Holiday Inn Gurnee

The 210-room hotel and conference center features a fitness center, free breakfast and a pool. Conveniently located near Gurnee Mills shopping.

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Super 8 - Gurnee

The 83-room lodging venue features free breakfast and a pool. Conveniently located near Gurnee Mills shopping.

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