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Holiday Events & Activities

Next weekend, holiday your way to some fun in Lake County!

Tis the season to be in Lake County.

Lake County is home to a variety of 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.

Eat Lake County Local
Various locations
Year-round
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Drink Local on the Lake County Libation Trail
Various locations
Year-round
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Visit Santa in Lake County
Various locations
Through Christmas Eve
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Where to Get Your Christmas Tree in Lake County
Various locations
Throughout the Holiday Season
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Grayslake Giving Trees Exhibit at Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum
Grayslake
Throughout the Holiday Season
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Treetime Christmas Creations
Lake Barrington
Open throughout the holiday season
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Grandpa Ho-Ho's Holiday Hideaway at Lindy's Landing
Wauconda
Now through December 31
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It's a National Lampoon Christmas Exhibit at Volo Museum
Volo
Now through January 1
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Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe
Now through January 2
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Alpine Biergarten at Buffalo Creek Brewing Co.
Long Grove
Now through March
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Santa's Rock N Lights at the Lake County Fairgrounds
Grayslake
Now Through January 2
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Vintage Holidays in Historic Downtown Long Grove
Long Grove
Now Through December 20
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"You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" at Citadel Theatre
Lake Forest
Now Through December 23
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Dickens Holiday Village in Antioch (NOW INDOORS)
Downtown Antioch at Piggly Wiggly Plaza
Now Through January 1
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Kringle's Christmas Village in Antioch (INDOORS) 
Downtown Antioch at Piggly Wiggly Plaza
Now Through January 1
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Richardson Christmas Tree Farm 
Spring Grove
Now Through December 5
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Historic Downtown Long Grove Carriage Rides
Long Grove
Now Through December 20
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Gandor Family Light Show in Lake Zurich
Lake ZUrich
Now Through January 2
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Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois
Gurnee
Now Through January 5
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Holiday in the Park Lights! at Six Flags Great America
Gurnee
Now Through December 30
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Shiloh House Christmas Tours
Zion
December 1-23
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Christmas Musical Light Shows in Antioch
Drive-thru! Antioch
December 1-24
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Find Frosty Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Antioch
Antioch
December 1-24
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Kenny G at Genesee Theatre
Waukegan
December 2
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Selfie with Santa and Holiday Bazaar
Round Lake Beach
December 2
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Seventh Annual Evening of Festivities at The Chocolate Sanctuary
Gurnee
December 2
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Holiday Lights at Welton Plaza
Gurnee
December 2
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Christmas Express with the Waukegan Park District
Waukegan
December 2-3
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Lincolnshire Tree Lighting Celebration
Lincolnshire
December 3
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Cork Ornament Making Event at Vigneto del Bino Winery
Antioch
December 3
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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at Genesee Theatre
Waukegan
December 3
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Mundelein Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Mundelein
December 3
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Ladies Night Out in Antioch
Antioch
December 3
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First Fridays on MainStreet Libertyville
Libertyville
December 3
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Nature Inspired Art Market & Holiday Concert at the Brushwood Center
Riverwoods
December 3-5
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Holiday House Decorating Contest in Grayslake
Grayslake
December 3-12
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"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" at Three Bros. Theatre
Waukegan
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
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"A Christmas Carol" at PM&L Theatre
Antioch
December 3-19
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Holiday in the Park Lights! Drive-Thru Experience at Six Flags Great America
Gurnee
December 3-January 9
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Go Waukegan Winter Wonder Walk
Waukegan
December 4
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Elf Invasion Pub Crawl in Highwood
Highwood
December 4
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Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Waukegan
Waukegan
December 4
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Deerfield's Winter Market 
Deerfield 
December 4
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Warren Township High School Choral Boosters Present: Sing-Along with Santa 
Gurnee
December 4
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Elf Invasion 5K Walk/Stroll in Downtown Highwood
Highwood
December 4
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Jewett Jingle Jam in Deerfield
Deerfield
December 4
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Miracle on Main Street in Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich
December 4
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Ralph's Fourth Annual Stuff the Jeep Party at Port of Blarney
Lake Zurich
December 4
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Tree Lighting Event at Mellody Farm
Vernon Hills
December 4
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**SOLD OUT**Victorian Tea at the Libertyville Civic Center
MainStreet Libertyville
December 4
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Santa's Parade in Libertyville
MainStreet Libertyville
December 4
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Holiday Walk on Main Parade Kickoff and Tree Lighting 
Downtown Wauconda
December 4
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Santa's Workshop at Chessie's Restaurant 
Barrington
December 4
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Christmas Concert and Special Tour at the Sanfilippo House
Barrington
December 4
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Kris Kringle Artist Market in Waukegan
Waukegan
December 4-5
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Dickens of a Holiday in Libertyville
MainStreet Libertyville
December 4, December 11

Holiday Highlight Performance with The Tempel Lipizzans
Old Mill Creek
December 4, 11

Ornament/Icicle Peter Patterson Glass Open House Events
Mundelein
December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

Wayne Messmer & Friends Celebrate Christmas in Waukegan
Waukegan
December 5
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Polar Express Storytime Train in Grayslake
Grayslake
December 5
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Holiday Concert with the Illinois Brass Band at the Cultural & Civic Center of RLB
Round Lake Beach
December 5
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A Swedish Julmiddag Yule Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lake Villa
December 5
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Holiday Walk on Main in Wauconda
Wauconda
December 5
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Sensory Santa at Hawthorn Mall
Vernon Hills
December 5
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Creating Unique Artzy Whimsical Snowman Banks at the Dandelion Gallery
Waukegan
December 5
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Walk On's Holiday Market in Barrington
Barrington
December 5
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Genesee Theatre Presents Jeeps on Wheels
Waukegan
December 5
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The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersol at Marriott Theatre
Lincolnshire
December 6-7
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Candy Cane Walk in Vernon Hills
Vernon HIlls
December 7
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Waukegan History Museum Holiday Open House
Waukegan
December 7
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Caring Women's Connection Craft Night at Hawthorn Woods Country Club
Hawthorn Woods
December 8
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Village of Round Lake Beach Presents Supper with Santa and Craft Fair
Round Lake Beach
December 8
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Peanut Jazz with the Chris White Trio at the Gorton Center
Lake Forest
December 9
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Waukegan Symphony Orchestra Presents "Do It Yourself Messiah"
Waukegan
December 10
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Holiday Cookie Workshop in Vernon Hills
Vernon Hills
December 10
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Holiday Pajama Party with Waukegan Park District
Waukegan
December 10
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Holiday Open House at Reclaimed Artisans 
Libertyville
December 10
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"Santa Clause 3" Movie in the Barn in Hawthorn Woods

Hawthorn Woods
December 10
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Gurnee Mills Holiday Market
Gurnee
December 10-12
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Christmas Luminary Hike at Quentin Baptist Church
Lake Zurich
December 10-12, 17-19

"It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play" at the Improv Playhouse Theater
Libertyville
December 10-12, 17-19
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Deer Park Cocoa Classic
Deer Park
December 11
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Chris Isaak Holiday Tour at Genesee Theatre
Waukegan
December 11
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Antique Vintage Flea Market at Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center
Grayslake
December 11
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Brunch with Buddy the Elf in Deerfield
Deerfield
December 11
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Gingerbread House Building at Ravinia Brewing Co.
Highland Park
December 11
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Brunch with Buddy the Elf at the Patty Turner Center
Deerfield
December 11
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**SOLD OUT** Flannels & Flapjacks in Mundelein
Mundelein
December 11
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Drive-By Santa's Cottage in Mundelein
Mundelein
December 11
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Donuts with Santa at Crawford Warming House
Libertyville
December 11
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PTC "Winter Winds" Concert Performed by the Deerfield Community Band
Deerfield
December 12
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Fox Lake Children's Holiday Party
Fox Lake
December 12
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"Carols Near and Far: A Global Holiday Celebration" with Bella Voce Camerata at Barrington's White House
Barrington
December 12
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Breakfast with Santa at Gurnee American Legion
Gurnee
December 12
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Merry Christmas, Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter at the Marriott Theatre
Lincolnshire
December 13-14
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55+ Monthly Mixer Holiday Celebration in Gurnee
Gurnee
December 14
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Waukegan Chamber Holiday Party
Waukegan
December 16
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Waukegan History Museum After Dark Special Holiday Tour
Waukegan
December 16
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Decorate a Wood Ornament with Waukegan Park District
Waukegan
December 16
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Illionis Youth Dance Theatre Presents "The Nutcracker" at the Gorton Center
Lake Forest
December 17-18
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Holiday Themed Pairing Dinner at Vigneto del Bino Winery
Antioch
December 17 & 18

Ruth Page's "The Nutcracker" at the James Lumber Center
Grayslake
December 18
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Polar Express Storytime Train in Libertyville
Libertyville
December 18
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A Live Holiday Performance with Disney Fine Artist Trevor Carlton at Hawthorn Mall
Vernon Hills
December 18
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How a Lipizzan Stallion Learns to Dance Holiday Presentation at Tempel Farms
Old Mill Creek
December 18
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Holiday Lighted Trail in Shiloh Park
Zion
December 18-31
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HolidayWauk in Waukegan
Waukegan
December 18
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Candy Canes and Cocktails at Port of Blarney
Antioch
December 18
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Holiday Craft Fair by Auxiliary of Gurnee American Legion
Gurnee
December 18
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Pictures with Santa at Waukegan Yacht Club
Waukegan
December 18
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Secret Santa Workshop in Waukegan
Waukegan
December 18
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Winter Solstice Woods Walk at Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe
December 19
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Fa-La-La Film Fest: "Elf" at Gorton Community Center
Lake Forest
December 19
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Snow Globe and Coco Holiday Workshop at Dandelion Gallery
Waukegan
December 18, 23

Dancenter North Presents "The Magic of the Nutcracker"
Waukegan
December 21
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"Geez I Hope That Hangover Goes Away Before Christmas" Featuring Winnie Cooper at Mickey Finn's Brewery
Libertyville
December 23
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Fa-La-La Film Fest: "Christmas in Connecticut at the Gorton Center
Lake Forest
December 23
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