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Holiday Events & Activities

Next weekend, holiday your way to some fun in Lake County! 11/20/2016

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Tis the season to be in Lake County.

Lake County is home to various holiday festivities and traditions, delectable eats and other activities to Holiday Your Way.

Experience the lights from your car, take the family out for a holiday dinner or meetup, or toast to the season with some spirited "jingle" juice
on the Lake County Libation trail. Whatever way you holiday, make your spirits bright by heading to one of these land of lakes festive happenings.


Santa Paws at Hawthorn Mall
12/05/22
Bring your furry friends to meet Santa! All animals must be caged or lea...

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Village of Round Lake Beach Presents Supper with Santa and Craft Fair
12/07/22
Before making his big trip around the world, Santa is stopping by the Villa...

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Village of Antioch Santa Visits
12/06/22 - 12/08/22
The Jolly Old Soul will come to your house to spread Yuletide Cheer. Onl...

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
12/08/22
The original animated special you remember comes to life in Rudolph th...

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Holiday Lights in Gurnee
12/08/22
Bring the family to celebrate the holiday season! The night will begin w...

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in Gurnee
12/08/22
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train program has two trains, one that tr...

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Cookies and Milk with Santa at Grandwood Park District
12/09/22
Come join in for some family-friendly holiday fun for all ages! Par...

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Heart of the Holidays in Highland Park
11/19/22 - 12/10/22
On November 19 in conjunction with the annual Sugar Plum Shopping Spree hos...

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Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus Performance of Joseph A Favero Memorial Do It Yourself Messiah and Carol Sing-Along
12/10/22
The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus performance of the Do It...

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***SOLD OUT*** Holiday Highlight Performance at The Tempel Lipizzans
12/10/22
***SOLD OUT*** Bundle up and join in for the joy of the season. Enjoy...

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***SOLD OUT*** Polar Express Storytime Train in Libertyville
12/10/22
***SOLD OUT*** Wear your pj’s and ride the train with Santa Claus ...

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Deer Park Cocoa Classic
12/10/22
This course is entirely on streets and paved paths. Hot Cocoa waiting for y...

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Breakfast with Santa at Gurnee American Legion
12/10/22
Get a free picture with Santa! 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 adults/$5 kids ...

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Family Holiday Paint Social
12/10/22
Fun holiday workshop for the family youth ages 4 and up. Enjoy making a ...

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Santa Visits Your Home with Grayslake
12/10/22
Would you like Santa to visit your home and bring a gift to your child? ...

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Arctic Express in Gurnee
12/10/22
Join the Gurnee Park District as they board a train to the "North...

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Donuts with Santa at the Crawford Warming House
12/10/22
Visit Santa at Crawford House (817 W. Lake Street, Libertyville) and enjoy ...

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Build your Own Gingerbread House
12/10/22
For children accompanied by a parent. It’s the perfect time of yea...

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Dickens of a Holiday in Libertyville
12/10/22
It’s an exciting and festive time in Downtown Libertyville during Dic...

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Victorian Tea in Libertyville
12/10/22
Those of you who have previously attended know that this is a great event.&...

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***CANCELED***Holidays at the Hostess House at the National Museum of the American Sailor
Canceled 12/10/22
***CANCELED*** Ring in the holiday season at the National Museum of the ...

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Warren Township High School Choral Boosters Present: Sing-Along with Santa
12/10/22
Santa is making a trip to Gurnee! Join WTHS's own Vocal Velocity on ...

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Holiday in the Hart
12/10/22
Join in for some holiday fun outside the Rolek Community Center. At this...

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Richardson Christmas Tree Farm and More
11/25/22 - 12/11/22
Richardson Farm provides a great opportunity to renew the tradition of goin...

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A Christmas Carol: A Live Musical Radio Play presented by The Mundelein Arts Commission
12/03/22 - 12/11/22
The Mundelein Arts Commission (MAC) is excited to present the popular Charl...

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Antique Vintage Flea Market at Lake County Fairgrounds
12/10/22 - 12/11/22
Grayslake Illinois Antique Flea Market offers a fantastic variety of antiqu...

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The Grayslake Historical Society Holiday Open House
12/11/22
The Grayslake Historical Society is hosting their annual Holiday Open House...

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Santa Brunch
12/11/22
Details to come....

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Santa Paws at Hawthorn Mall
12/12/22
Bring your furry friends to meet Santa! All animals must be caged or lea...

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Someday at Christmas: John-Mark McGaha Sings Stevie Wonder at Marriott Theatre
12/12/22 - 12/13/22
Celebrate the season as acclaimed singer, storyteller, and multi-instrument...

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Holiday Drop In Activities
12/02/22 - 12/14/22
Santa has been called away to deal with a workshop mishap, but that doesn&#...

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Chat with Santa with Gurnee Park District
12/13/22 - 12/14/22
Ho, Ho, Ho...Santa Claus is looking forward to chatting over the phone with...

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O'Toole's 12 Beers of Christmas
12/01/22 - 12/15/22
Starting Thursday, December 1st, Timothy O'Toole's Pub Gurnee will ...

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Million Dollar Quartet at Genesee Theatre
12/15/22
The story of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins&#...

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Waukegan History Museum After Dark Holiday Evening
12/15/22
Make memorable ornaments for the Christmas tree with your little one! A gre...

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Round Lake Area Community Band Winter's Light Concert
12/15/22
A concert of Winter and Holiday music by the Round Lake Community Band. ...

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Vigneto del Bino -Pairing Dinner–Fondue
12/16/22
$54.95/per person plus tax. Includes 4 course meal, wine pairing at each...

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Grinchmas
12/16/22
Kids 3-5 years, will celebrate the Who-lidays Grinch style. Enjoy Grinch...

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Grayslake Fall Farmers Market
10/01/22 - 12/17/22
Outdoor Farmers Market featuring fall Vegetables, wine, seafood, meat, poul...

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Santa's Cottage in Mundelein
12/02/22 - 12/17/22
Santa and his helpers will be at Santa’s Cottage on December 2,3, 10 ...

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Santa Visits at the Sawmill
12/02/22 - 12/17/22
Come to the Hiram Buttrick Sawmill (770 Cunningham Drive) to visit Santa! ...

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Sub Thermal Nightmare at Dungeon of Doom
12/16/22 - 12/17/22
The Legendary dungeon of doom haunted house is thrilled to announce our fir...

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Dungeon of Doom Presents: Sub-Thermal Nightmare
12/16/22 - 12/17/22
The Legendary dungeon of doom haunted house is thrilled to announce their f...

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Gingerbread House Decorating
12/17/22
Gather the family and get festive!  Each family will be provided wi...

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Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl at Timothy O'Toole's Pub Lake Villa
12/17/22
Join in on the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl circling the three O'Toole's&...

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Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl at Timothy O'Toole's Pub Gurnee
12/17/22
Join the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl circling the three suburban locat...

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Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl at O'Toole's Libertyville
12/17/22
Join the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl circling the three suburban locations!...

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Holiday Hoopla at Mellody Farm
12/17/22
Celebrate the holiday season during Mellody Farm’s Holiday Hoopla &nd...

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Ruth Page Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker at James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
12/17/22
The quintessential and beloved family classic returns for our annual holida...

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Santa Visits Shiloh Park in Zion
12/17/22
Come visit Santa December 17 from 7-8 p.m. at Shiloh Park.  ...

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Dinner with Santa at Timothy O'Toole's Pub in Gurnee
12/17/22
Dinner with Santa from 5-7 p.m. Opportunities for photos and to tell San...

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Holiday Food Gifts with Celebrity Chef Gale Gand
12/17/22
Instead of giving “stuff” for the holidays this year, why not g...

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A Live Holiday Performance with Disney Fine Artist Trevor Carlton at Hawthorn Mall
12/17/22
Together with The Gallery of Art and Collectibles, also known as “The...

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Holiday Gift Event
12/17/22
Join in on Dec. 17th 5-9 p.m. for ornament making, live art, gift wrapping,...

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Family Dodgeball at Grayslake Recreation Center
12/17/22
Come and enjoy a fun afternoon with your family playing Dodgeball! All ages...

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Chessie's Breakfast with Santa
12/17/22
Baby, it's cold outside, and the holiday season is almost here! Chessie...

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Wine Pairing Dinner: Fondue at Vigneto del Bino
12/17/22
$54.95/per person plus tax. Includes 4 course meal, wine pairing at each...

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City of Zion Christmas Tree Lighting
12/17/22
Annual Christimas tree lighting at the Zion Park District Leisure Center. ...

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Welcome Christmas with Lake County Symphony Orchestra
12/17/22
Join inon December 17th at Gurnee Community Church for a wonderful evening ...

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Holiday Sing-Along Outdoors at North Shore Distillery
12/17/22
Join NSD for some outdoor holiday caroling! Pull up in your car, o...

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Vintage Holidays in Historic Downtown Long Grove
11/19/22 - 12/18/22
Historic downtown Long Grove invites you to rediscover the magic of the hol...

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Historic Downtown Long Grove Carriage Rides
11/19/22 - 12/18/22
Carriage rides are one of our most beloved activities during the holidays a...

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Antioch Fine Arts Foundation Holiday Market
11/25/22 - 12/18/22
Holiday market with pop-up ales of locally handcrafted art, glassware, jewe...

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Shiloh House Christmas in Zion
11/27/22 - 12/18/22
The Shiloh House is all decorated for the holidays and is open for self gui...

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Lindy's Breakfast with Santa
11/27/22 - 12/18/22
Lindy's Breakfast with Santa Santa is coming to Lindy's this ...

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12/02/22 - 12/18/22
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 194...

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Festival of Trees in Antioch
12/03/22 - 12/18/22
Enter and decorate your holiday trees. Trees decorated by local organizatio...

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It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play Presented by Improv Playhouse
12/09/22 - 12/18/22
The Dickensian tale of George Bailey, a savings and loan manager who spends...

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Quentin Road Christmas Musical in Lake Zurich
12/15/22 - 12/18/22
Take a special journey with Quentin Road this Christmas as they celebr...

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Great Train Show at Lake County Fairgrounds
12/17/22 - 12/18/22
‍250+ tables of trains for sale 40+ exhibitors from across the count...

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The Holly Jolly Concert with Lake Forest Civic Orchestra
12/18/22
The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra presents a program of popular holiday carol...

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Welcome Christmas with Lake County Symphony Orchestra
12/18/22
Join in on December 18th at The Barn at Hawthorn Woods for a wonderful even...

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Breakfast With Santa at Lambs Farm
12/10/22 - 12/19/22
Ho Ho Ho! Despite his very busy schedule, Santa is making his annual trek t...

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Dinner with Santa at Timothy O'Toole's Pub in Lake Villa
12/19/22
Join in for dinner and photo opportunities with Santa! Monday nights kid...

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town
12/20/22
Santa Claus is coming to Hartmann Park on December 20! You will have the...

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At Ease: Healing In Nature
11/13/22 - 12/21/22
Join this exhibition opening featuring artwork that explores themes includi...

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Winter Solstice Yoga
12/21/22
Welcome in light during the shortest day of the year. No yoga experience...

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Dancenter North Presents The Magic of the Nutcracker at Genesee Theatre
12/21/22 - 12/22/22
Dancenter North's The Magic of the Nutcracker is the largest, most lavi...

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Dinner with Santa at O'Toole's Libertyville
12/22/22
Join Santa for dinner in the 412 lounge! Opportunities for photos and te...

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The Shanty's Christmas Celebration
12/22/22
The man in the big red coat is coming to Wadsworth for a Shanty Christmas C...

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Holiday Your Way in Lake County
11/21/22 - 12/23/22
Through mid-November and December, "Holiday your way" to Lake Cou...

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Fox Lake Santa House
11/26/22 - 12/23/22
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park loca...

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Eve of the Eve Featuring Winnie Cooper at Mickey Finn's Brewery
12/23/22
The time has come to rock the mess out of your holidays! The Lake County Li...

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Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
11/05/22 - 12/24/22
Enjoy the Magic of Christmas!  By popular demand Bass Pro continues th...

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Photos with Santa:
11/19/22 - 12/24/22
A Christmas Story Santa Set is located on the lower level of Macy's Cou...

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It's Santa Photo Time at Gurnee Mills
11/30/22 - 12/24/22
It's that time of year to tell old Kris Kringle what you want for Chris...

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Christmas Eve Brunch
12/24/22
Details to come....

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Christmas Musical Light Shows in Antioch
11/25/22 - 12/25/22
Drive up to the Antioch Bandshell on Skidmore Drive - enter Skidmore Drive ...

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The Tarkowski Family Light Show in Antioch
12/01/22 - 12/25/22
The Tarkowski Family Light Show returns for the 2022 holiday season. Rem...

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Drop-In Exploration Stations at Lake Forest Public Library
12/29/22
Stop by the Library for some winter break fun. Solve puzzles, paint pict...

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New Year’s Eve Family Party at Sullivan Community Center in Vernon Hills
12/30/22
Ring in 2023, family-style, with a party in Vernon Hills’ Times Squar...

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Vigneto del Bino -Pairing Dinner–Fondue
12/30/22
$54.95/per person plus tax. Includes 4 course meal, wine pairing at each...

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Radiance New Years Eve 2002 featuring Subtronics and Liquid Stranger at Lake County Fairgrounds and Events Center
12/30/22 - 12/31/22
Ringing in the New Year with BASS. Gather your friends, choose your reso...

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New Year's Eve Party with Ivy Ford Band at Mickey Finn's Brewery
12/31/22
Ivy and her band has hosted every New Year's Party at new Finn's si...

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11/02/22 - 01/01/23
A Christmas Story, The Musical, brings the beloved 1983 movie to musical li...

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Santa's Rock N Lights Drive Thru Light Show
11/18/22 - 01/01/23
Santa's Rock N Lights is an animated drive-thru light show. You're ...

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Dickens Holiday Village in Antioch
11/24/22 - 01/01/23
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch, with life-like figur...

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Kringle's Christmas Village in Antioch
11/24/22 - 01/01/23
You can browse in awe at the dozens of oversized shadowboxes that are fille...

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Germann Family Holiday Light Display in Gurnee
12/01/22 - 01/01/23
Visit Gurnee and watch the light show that the Germann family puts on. T...

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Holiday Pop Up at the Grayslake Heritage Center
12/28/22 - 01/01/23
Stop by their pop-up location this holiday season for hands-on fun and lear...

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New Years Eve Big Ball with 95 WIIL Rock
12/31/22 - 01/01/23
Join in for the 2022 95 WIIL ROCK Tom & Stino New Years Eve BIG BALL fe...

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24th annual Waukegan Polar Bear Plunge
01/01/23
Here's a reason for freezin'! Help raise funds for individuals with...

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Home for the Holidays - Lighted Christmas Trail in Zion
12/17/22 - 01/02/23
A drive-thru trail will be highlighted in Zion Park District's Shiloh P...

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Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
11/18/22 - 01/04/23
Snow showers and twinkling lights transform the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois i...

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Holiday Adventures with Waukegan Park District
12/21/22 - 01/04/23
Take a break from school but not from friends and fun! Join one or more exc...

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Gandor Family Light Show in Lake Zurich
10/09/22 - 01/06/23
Ongoing synchronized music and light shows starting after dusk during the h...

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Winter Break Camp at Chicago Botanic Garden
12/27/22 - 01/06/23
Children can engage in exciting hands-on indoor and outdoor activities whil...

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Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden
11/11/22 - 01/08/23
The acclaimed holiday event returns, with a new path and new light-filled i...

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Grayslake Giving Trees at Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
11/25/22 - 01/09/23
Local organizations have decorated trees to illustrate their mission or sho...

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