Things To Do This Weekend December 25-27

Make your spirits bright, sing holiday bangers and visit with a few Christmas ghosts in this edition of things to do this weekend December 25-27.

Happy Holidays from your friends in the land of lakes.

Here are your top five things to do this weekend December 25-27.

1. Holiday in the Park Lights at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee

Deck the halls in a dazzling display of 2.5 million lights, sights and sounds for Six Flags Great America’s holiday party. There is a plethora of yuletide entertainment at the Gurnee holly jolly park. Exchange a gift with yourself as you explore Holiday in the Park Lights. Don’t let those Ebenezers cramp your seasonal style. All visitors over age two must wear a mask and are encouraged to practice social distancing while venturing into the park. Following Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s reopening guidelines with the public health crisis, Six Flags Great America will operate at reduced capacity levels without rides. The Gurnee amusement park is also implementing extensive safety measures and hygiene protocols, including several new advanced technology systems to protect guests and employees. Holiday in the Park Lights runs through December 30, and will restart as the Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru on select days from January 2-18

Saturday-Sunday, December 26-27; 4:30-7 p.m.Tickets: $19.99 per person. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great American Pkwy., Gurnee.

2. Dickens Holiday Village in Antioch

“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.” Jacob Marley and a cast of other memorable Charles Dickens characters are lined along Antioch’s Main and Lake Streets as well as indoors at the Dickens Welcome Center at Hannah’s on Lake offer visitors a cheerio to the holiday. This Olde English public art exhibit comes to life with Dickens Holiday Village, over 40 lifelike mannequins spread along the streets, displaying over 25 different storylines and acting out different Dickens’ scenes. Find a free walking tour brochure at the Antioch Chamber of Commerce to learn more while viewing these works of art. The British-themed public art display runs through New Year’s Day.

Friday-Sunday, December 25-27; Downtown Antioch, Main and Lake Streets, Antioch.

3. Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Virtually Sings Karen Carpenter at Marriott Theatre


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One of the Windy City’s finest Broadway stars, Heidi Kettenring, sings the tunes of Karen Carpenter. The three-octave contralto rock and jazz vocalist in Carpenter is a three-time Grammy-Award winner and listed in the top 100 Rolling Stone vocalist known for songs like “Close to you,” “Sing” and a slew of Christmas songs on her season’s greetings. Kettenring is known for her performances on Broadway in Chicago like her star-studded presentation in shows like “Wicked.” Watch Kettenring play the Carpenter hits from the comfort of your home through Saturday, December 26 virtually.

Friday-Saturday, December 25-26; 5 p.m. Tickets: $35 per household (not including tax and service fee). Virtual event. Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

4. Vernon Hills Holiday Light Display

“Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and blue. Christmas is waiting for you,” – Sia. Venture down the candy cane lanes of Vernon Hills as the village aims to make spirits bright with their holiday light display tour. The season’s greetings lights begins at the Public Works Building. Create your own map by visiting and print the holiday lights display checklist for the youngster. Printed copies will also be available to pickup up at village hall.

Friday-Sunday, December 25-27. Vernon Hills Public Works Building, 490 Greenleaf Dr., Vernon Hills.

5. House Tours at the Shiloh House in Zion


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One of Lake County’s eldest buildings is dressing up for the holidays, and you’re invited to see it sparkle for yourself. Kringle will be taking off after a long night delivering gifts to the good boys and girls across the globe. However. Zion’s historic Shiloh House will open for self-guided tours throughout the holiday season. Thousands of lights, several Christmas trees and other holiday decorates will light up the residency of City of Zion founder John Alexander Dowie’s estate. Tours to the house will be conducted on Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays through December 31. The historical home allows up to 10 visitors at a time, and facemasks are required with entry.

Saturday-Sunday, December 26-27; 2-4 p.m. Suggested Donation: $5. Shiloh House, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion.

To see how to Holiday Your Way in Lake County, click here. To learn about other things going on in the land of lakes, continue here.

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