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Things To Do This Weekend January 3-5

Happy New Year, Lake County!

You might be still tending to your end of 2019 hangover, but before reality returns, treat yourself to an adventure in this edition of things to do this weekend January 3-5

January also marks Lake County Libation Trail Month. Wet your whistle this winter with a brew, wine or spirit of choice, learn more. Check-in when you are at one of the 23 Lake County Libation Trail participants and have a chance to win free tickets to the Lake County Craft Beer Fest in February. To read about the Lake County Libation of the Month, click here.

Get “Hugh Downs” with 2020 in this installment of things to do this weekend January 3-5.

1. Lake County Libation Trail Month

Let’s toast to the Lake County Libation Trail! “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” as suds aficionados, vino connoisseurs and spirit enthusiasts will be elated with these glasses of “liquid courage.” The Lake County Libation Trail is highlighted by 23 of the most delectable flavors from locally-sourced ingredients. Whether your adult beverage is an ice-cold frothy lager, a dry red merlot or an old-fashioned on the rocks, Lake County has precisely what you need to make your taste buds dance. We make our own in Lake County, IL. Check-in while visiting one of these 23 adult beverage makers and have a chance to win free tickets to the Lake County Craft Beer Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center on February 22. Cheers, Salud, Prost and Kan-pie!

Ongoing throughout Lake County.

2. Windy City Wedding Show at the DoubleTree Mundelein


Wedding ceremonies are a beautiful sight because they celebrate life and possibility. Wedding planning is hectic. In just a couple months, you will be dressed to kill walking down the aisle and looking deeply into the eyes of your significant other. Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center has got you covered as they host the most extensive wedding expo in the Chicago suburbs and southern Wisconsin: the Windy City Wedding Show. Equipped with a full day of wedding planning with a one-stop-shop for everything you need, the event features over 40 wedding professionals to address your big day’s needs, bridal salons, honeymoon travel specialists, a fashion show and more. Ticket sales for the event end the day before the event (January 4). Lovebirds can head to Visitlakecounty.org/meetingsrfp to enter for the chance to win a $300 Visa Card.

Sunday, January 5; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 E. Illinois Route 83, Mundelein.

3. Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois


“Let it snow” in Lake County for all we care because inside Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, the temperature is a toasty 84 degrees. This is the final weekend you and the family can experience their annual Snowland celebration. The event is full of holiday season activities like visit’s with Saint Nick, shimmering décor, Snow ‘N’ Glow Dance parties, the North Pole University where your kids can achieve their official “Snowploma” this snow-mester, a life-sized gingerbread house that your family can devour a delectable meal and of course an 80,000 square-foot indoor water park for a splashing good time. The event runs through January 5.

Friday-Sunday, January 3-5. Variable rates. Great Wolf Lodge, Illinois, 1700 Nations Dr., Gurnee.

4. El Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit at the Dunn Museum of Lake County


Laud the beings of yesteryear at the Lake County Forest Preserve museum’s exhibit: A Celebration of Souls Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico – otherwise known as Day of the Dead in English. An exhibition that was created in collaboration with Chicago’s Field Museum and Mars, Incorporated, the exhibit showcases 26 photographs snapped around Oaxaca, Mexico – where ritual comes alive. You’ll get an accurate idea of how the holiday is celebrated, the kaleidoscopic flower displays and so much more. This is the final weekend of the Libertyville exhibit.

Friday-Sunday, January 3-5; Fri-Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville.

5. Ford V. Ferrari Exhibit at Volo Auto Museum


Get an up-close and personal look at the real-life automobiles displayed in the Matt Damon/Christian Bale box office smash “Ford V. Ferrari.” The story between the two renowned car companies shows the race for the next innovative whip in 1966. View the GT40 actually used in the film in all of its splendor at the Volo Auto Museum. Other rides on display include the Holman and Moody car #95, the Shelby and so much more. This is the final weekend of the exhibit.

Friday-Sunday, January 3-5. Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo.


For more things to do this weekend January 3-5, continue here. To get your hands on some suds, vino and spirits for the Lake County Libation Trail Month, click here.

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