Holiday Stories by an Open Fire in Lake County, IL - Visit Lake County Official Travel Site

Lake County Holiday Stories by an Open Fire

Land of lakes frost nipping at your nose...


Jack frost may be nipping at your nose, but if you want to take a deeper snow dive into what's going on this holiday season, this is the place to be. Learn about land of lakes illuminated events, shopping options, exquisite cuisine, gift ideas, where to find your holiday arbor, where to see jolly old Saint Nick and so much more. Holiday your way in Lake County, Illinois! 

Come a-Wassailing Your Way With Lake County Holiday Libations

Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. in Long Grove

Deck the halls with growlers and sifters, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip, sip! ‘Tis the holiday ‘saison’ to be ‘mulled-y’ as the Lake County Libation Trail is making SPIRITS bright. Many of these participants on the trail have prepared holiday libations to capture their interpretation of the season in liquid format.


Holiday in The Park Lights! and Drive Thru Experience Guide

Holiday in the Park Lighst! at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee

"We're dreaming of a..." lit holiday season in Lake County! Six Flags Great America brings goodwill and joy to the world as Holiday in the Park Lightsreturns. Claus, cocoa and holiday cheer will all be available at this "Jingle Bell Rock" event running on select days from now through December 30,  while Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience runs on select days through Jan.



Top 10 Holiday Things To Do in Lake County 

The Nutcracker performed by Dancenter North at Genesee Theatre

Visit Lake County wishes a happy holiday to everyone, and we hope to provide you with a jolly top 10 holiday things to do in Lake County to unScrooge yourself this festive season. Let’s face it, there are a collection of bah hum-buggers out in the world.



Lake County Illuminates the Night Through the Holiday Season

Mellody Farms in Vernon Hills

There is no way around it, Lake County is lit. From public light displays to motion twinkling shows to village and city Christmas tree and menorah lightings, Lake County illuminates the night through the holiday season.


Top 10 Places to Get a Christmas Tree in Lake County 

Richardson Tree Farm in Spring Grove

"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy branches."Don’t be a blockhead like Charlie Brown. Whether it is a real tree, one you cut down, a natural tree you buy or artificial vegetation, grab a lovely full and festive tree from Lake County this holiday season.


Where to Visit Santa in Lake County 

Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee Mills

Jolly old Saint Nick will be present at a slew of locations, whether it is a mall, a polar express, for dinner and other Lake County venues. Here is the complete list of where you can meet that magical man in the big red suit.


Shopping Guide in Lake County

MainStreet LIbertyville

Whether you have a white elephant holiday party, Yankee swap or whatever it may be, these Lake County gift ideas are perfect for everyone from mom to your mailperson. Because at the end the of the day, "'tis the season to be generous."


Holiday Dining Guide in Lake County 

Primo's in Gurnee

Hungry bellies call for an early holiday treat. Whether it's your average American meal, international cuisine, a sweet treat or ladies (or dudes') night out, Lake County has what your looking for in the consumption department.



Stay in Lake County for the Holidays 

Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee

Whether your taking in the holiday events, visiting family or looking for a romatic getaway, Lake County's accommodations are an integral piece of how you Holiday your way in the land of lakes.


Black Friday and Small Business and other Shopping Events in Lake County

Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills

Lake County has no shortage of shopping options to find gifts. With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday coming up, take care of everyone in the land of lakes and shop local!


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