As Andy Williams famously sings, “It’s the holiday season, so hoop-de-do.” Lake County’s holiday season is truly extraordinary. From all corners of the county, you can find beautifully lit main-streets, quaint stores, seasonal specials and of course, many holiday events and activities to get you in the spirit.
A spectacular way to enjoy the season with friends and family is to indulge in specially-crafted holiday libations made right here in Lake County. Click here for 12 Lake County Holiday Libations that you need in your life.
Being only halfway through the month, there are still plenty of things to do throughout the remainder of December. Click here for our list of the Top 10 things to do in December. For all other events, click here.
Add an extra stick of peppermint to that mocha and let’s get started. Here are the Top Things To Do This Weekend Dec. 15-17.
Kris Kringle and his assistants are back again for Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee Mills. The jolly man in red will be available for photos with children who have a Bass Pass throughout the day. Other activities for attendees include free crafts, a Lincoln Logs building area, remote control trucks, write letters to Santa and much more. Shop, Save, Santa; the trifecta.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17; Various times. Free admission. Bass Pro Shops, 6112 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.
The cherished holiday story ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ arrives in Libertyville this weekend. As a spin on the classic narrative, this show will be a live-staged radio performance by the Improv Playhouse Radio Players. Attendees will witness how live radio was performed in the good old days. Make and relive memories in an entirely new way.
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16; 7:30 p.m. Admission $5-$20. Improv Playhouse, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
The popular R&B/Pop quartet 98° known for their singles ‘The Hardest Thing’, ‘I Do’ and many more, will rock the Genesee Theatre’s stage in Waukegan this Saturday. This show features the band’s unforgettable grooves, romantic ballads and songs from their platinum album ‘This Christmas’ and other hits from their library. We think this would make for a great holiday gift, especially for that one boy-band friend of yours.
Saturday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Admission $40-$100. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
Known as one of Mundelein’s most cherished events, Santa’s Cottage returns this Saturday outside of the Village Hall. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and year out. Mr. and Mrs. Claus welcomes children and their families into their quaint, holiday-themed cottage and more.
Saturday, Dec. 16; 12-3 p.m. Free admission. Mundelein Village Hall, 300 Plaza Cir., Mundelein.
Downtown Grayslake will host its final Farmers Market of the year this Saturday. Goodies such as seasonal produce, baked goods, wine and cheeses, spices, organic selections and ready-to-eat-food will line the Main Street. To accompany the variety of food and drink, the event features live entertainment. The weather forecast
Saturday, Dec. 16; 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Grayslake, 147 Center St., Grayslake.