Happy Holidays from us here at Visit Lake County! Our best wishes to you and yours this week and all throughout the New Year. While all of your family and friends have arrived for the weekend, why not show off this great county of ours?
As all of your holiday treats are cooling on the counter, lets explore the top things to do this weekend Dec. 22-24 in Lake County.
Now is your last chance to catch Old Saint Nick at Gurnee Mills before he takes his long journey. Attendees can describe their wish list and even take photos with Santa Claus. Parents can finish off their holiday shopping at any of the 200 stores in the mall.
Friday-Saturday, Dec 22-24; Various times. Free admission. Gurnee Mills, 6170 West Grand Ave., Gurnee.
Stroll through the historic Main Street of Anitoch and witness Olde England come to life with lifelike Dickens-era figurines. This public art exhibit lines the streets where attendees can enjoy many boutiques, gift shops and eateries at the same time. Once you’ve seen all of the Dickens characters, make your way the lot adjacent to Main and Orchard St. to witness the spectacular scenes of the holidays in over-sized shadow boxes. Dozens of the said boxes are filled to the brim with a variety of quaint holiday scenes. Both exhibits are fun for the entire family.
Friday-Sunday; Dec. 22-24; All day. Free admission, donations appreciated. Downtown Antioch, 882 Main St., Antioch.
One of Lake County’s best local breweries turns 6 this weekend! To help commemorate the occasion, they are throwing a party open to all.
The line up for the day includes a day of music, food, and great beer. More details:
- Kracklauer Monster Can Release and More!
- Bands: Stuck at Zero – 3pm & Bellwether Blues – 7 pm
- Toasty Cheese Mobile Eatery – 5-8:30pm
- No Cover
Saturday, Dec. 23; 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Free admission. Tighthead Brewing Company, 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein.
Richardson Tree Farm is open one final weekend for those who have waited until the last week to pick out a holiday tree. The farm boasts thousands of trees to choose from on their property. More than just a place to cut a tree, there are also fresh, handmade decorated wreaths and garland, free hot chocolate and coffee, free shaking and bailing of trees, provided handsaws, free wagon rides, freshly made donuts and concessions. If you’ve already gotten your tree for this year, new trees will be ready for the chopping by this time next year.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 22-24; All day. Free admission. Richardson Tree Farm, 9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove.
Discover the magic of a winter woods at night while learning the survival strategies of our native wildlife. An indoor presentation will be followed by a walk on a candlelit path. Dress for the weather and wear warm, sturdy boots as most of the program will be held outdoors. This event is meant for adults and families with children 8 years and older.
Friday, Dec. 22; 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Admission $5-$7. Edward L Ryerson Welcome Center, 21950 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods.
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