But before we wave goodbye to the year, there is an abundance of things to do this weekend December 29-January 1.
Here are your top five things to do this weekend December 29-January 1.
Tis the season to be freezin.’ Already Lake County has been hit with a lot of snow and low mercury temps. Kick 2018 off by chilling in the 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge in Waukegan. This Waukegan Municipal Beach event awards a polar plunge shirt to the first 500 brave souls that take a dip in the drink. Water shoes or other footwear are required. Food, hot chocolate and polar bear hats will be sold on site. If you’re not enticed by a frigid hug with Lake Michigan, cheer your friends and family from slightly warmer shores. Preregistration is $15.
Tuesday, January 1; Preregistration at 9 a.m., Plunge 10-11 a.m. Admission: $20, $15 in advance. Waukegan Municipal Beach, 201 Sea Horse Dr., Waukegan.
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Six Flags Great America enters its final weekend of Holiday in the Park event this year. The holiday party transforms the park into a winter wonderland featuring millions of dazzling lights, a beautiful Christmas tree (5 p.m. lighting every night), a meet and greets with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, festive entertainment and of course, rides on world-class roller coasters.
Saturday-Monday, December 29-31; 2-8 p.m. or 2-9 p.m. Various admissions. Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.
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“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.” Ebenezer Scrooge and a cast of other memorable Charles Dickens characters are lined along Main and Lake Streets in Antioch to offer visitors a cheerio to the holiday. This Olde English public art exhibit has around 45 lifelike mannequins spread along the streets displaying over 25 different storylines and acting out different Dickens scenes. Get the “bah humbug” out of your soul with this elegant display. After Dickens’ “spirits of all three shall strive within you” at his wax figure exhibit, mosey on over to Piggly Wiggly’s Plaza across town to experience more of the Christmas spirit with Kringle’s Christmas Village. Visitors can browse the magnificently illuminated shadowboxes. In its new location now indoors, the scenes in these boxes provide that nostalgia you attained when enjoying downtown Chicago’s Marshall Field’s windows. The Dickens Holiday Village runs through December 31, while Kringle’s Christmas Village ends January 1.
Saturday-Tuesday, December 29-January 1. Free admission. Downtown Antioch.
Santa’s Rock N Lights and The Great Train Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Events Center
Get a glimpse of Santa’s Rock N Lights at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center for their final weekend. The Grayslake facility showcases a superbly illuminated show in a drive-thru format. The route is nearly a mile of 1,000 programmable and over 100,000 animated lights synced to holiday music. In the afternoon, head indoors and enjoy sites of the Great Train Show. The show features 250+ tables of trains, 50+ exhibitors, two unbelievable LEGO layouts and free rides on Thomas the Tank Engine for kids of all ages.
The Great Train Show: Saturday-Sunday, December 29-30; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $9-$15. Santa’s Rock N Lights: Saturday-Monday, December 29-December 31; 4:50-10 p.m. Admission: $17-$25. Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake.
One of Lake County’s oldest buildings is dressing up for the holidays and you’re invited to see it sparkle for yourself. Zion’s historic Shiloh House will open for self-guided tours throughout the month. Thousands of lights, several Christmas trees and other holiday decorations will light up the residency of Zion founder John Alexander Dowie’s estate. The Shiloh House museum contains hundreds of the Dowie family artifacts, mementos, furniture and photographs. This is the final weekend the downtown Zion home will be decorated in holiday garb through December 30.
Saturday, December 29-30; Noon-3 p.m. Free Admission The Shiloh House, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion.
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