December weather is crazy.
One day it’s 50 degrees, the next day it’s a snowy wintry mix and today it’s a thick fog.
No matter how much Mother Nature tries to intervene with our daily ride to work, it doesn’t ruin the Lake County holiday spirit.
Be sure to check off everyone on your list for your holiday shopping. Also New Year’s comes extremely quick. Make your plans in by celebrating the New Year right way in Lake County. For all of your holiday festivities continue here for our Lake County Holiday Event Guide.
This week is a bonus top six things to do in Lake County, so tighten your boot straps and continue reading below for this week’s extension of things to do this week
in Lake County.
- Your kids are never sure they’ve gotten in their wish list to Santa in on time. Let them deliver it personally to the man in the big red suit as Antioch hosts their North Pole Express Train. This three-and-a-half hour journey departs from Antioch’s Metra station. When the train arrives at the North Pole, Santa will join your group while taking a break from making toys with the elves and sing Christmas carols with you and your youngsters.
Friday, December 11; 11 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. Admission: $25 per person, $22 for Antioch residents. Antioch Metra Station 305 Depot St., Antioch.
- College of Lake County gets you into the holiday spirit as their Choir, CLC Singers, Chamber Singers and Wind Ensemble perform the sounds of the holiday season. The Holiday Choral Concert commences Saturday, December 12, while the Wind Ensemble occurs Sunday, December 13, both at the James Lumber Center for Performing Arts.
Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13; both at 4 p.m. Choral Concert tix: $4, CLC student or senior $3, Wind Ensemble Concert tix: $6, seniors $5, children under 18 free. James Lumber Center for performing Arts 19351 Washington St., Grayslake.
- The Magic of the Nutcracker is a spectacular site and a renowned ballet in Lake County. Clara’s dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guest artists. Genesee Theatre will feature two showings of the classic holiday ballet.
Saturday, December 12; 1 and 5 p.m. performances. Admission: $15-$36. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
- Are you faster than the tortoise, hare or Santa Clause? Sprint your way to Libertyville as Independence Grove Forest Preserve hosts the Elf Dash 5K “Come Chase Santa.” This event will take place snow or shine. It starts and finishes at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve.
Saturday, December 12. Admission: $40. Independence Grove Forest Preserve 16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville.
- Who doesn’t love hot cocoa paired with holiday cookies? Now imagine those to delicious treats while listening to your favorite holiday music. The Great Lakes Naval Museum is hosting the Navy Band Great Lakes Woodwind Quartet called the Fairwinds. This is a free event.
Friday, December; 2-3 p.m. Great Lakes Naval Museum., Building 42, 610 Farragut Avenue, Great Lakes.
- Looking for that unique gift for that special someone? Journey to the Store-wide Holiday Sale and shop the 21,000 sq. ft. of top quality antique merchandise. Enjoy special holiday discounts posted throughout the store. Some restrictions apply. Please call for more information at 847-782-9094.
Friday-Sunday, December 11-13; Fri-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 12-5 p.m. Gurnee Antique Market, 5742 Northridge Dr., Gurnee.