Christmas Tree Lightings in LC


The holiday season rapidly approaches and there are plenty of Christmas tree lightings in LC ’16.

Which while we’re on the subject, Chicago is getting a little help from Lake County in the tree department. Wauconda residents Bill and Margie Scholla donated their tree for the official Millennium Park Christmas tree.

The tree breed is a 69-foot Norway Spruce. The family’s tree was chosen from a pool of 120 submissions and will be decorated with 48,375 lights. Continue here to learn more about the tree.

This is a quote about Christmas trees (and for some Christmas trains) by Andy Rooney, “The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.”

So without further adieu, here are your Christmas tree lightings in LC ’16

Jelly Belly’s Magic of Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration
November 19; 5:30-8 p.m.

Santa, bright lights and jelly beans. How sweet does that sound? Jelly Belly’s Magic of Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration kicks off this Saturday where you and the family can have a meet and greet with Kris Kringle, his lovely wife and Rudolph. Make a memory with the jolly man in the red suit and snap a photo with him for $15. Take a tour of the Jelly Belly Center, enter in a raffle to possibly win prizes, have your face painted, receive balloon art and see the mastery of a magician.



Antioch’s Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
November 25; 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Santa and the Christmas Season to town at the old-fashioned Holiday Parade. The parade takes place on Main Street between Park Avenue and Depot Street traveling north and will conclude with the official lighting of the Antioch Family Christmas Tree outside the Village Hall. Homemade cookies, hot chocolate and old-fashioned caroling will take place at the Village hall during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa will make a special appearance and will then be available for visiting immediately after the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Santa’s Frozen Village.


Libertyville’s Village Tree Lighting & Downtown Holiday Walk
November 25; 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy downtown Libertyville with the Village Tree Lighting, complete with holiday carols and a visit from Santa as he makes a grand entrance to light the Tree in Cook Park. Come together with your neighbors for true holiday fun. Enjoy the downtown restaurants and shops as downtown Libertyville stays open late for the Downtown Holiday Walk! Take advantage of the later shopping hours for the people on your gift list and reward yourself with dinner before/after your MainStreet shopping!



Grayslake Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Market 2016
November 25; 5-8 p.m.

Downtown Tree Lighting Festival. Sleigh Rides. Visit with Santa at The Oasis. Refreshments. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Santa arrives at the Holiday Tree at the corner of Center and Whitney Street at 5:30pm. Sleigh rides take place between 6 – 8pm and the Holiday Market at the Grayslake Museum begins at 5pm.



Let’s Celebrate the Season – Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Fireworks in Mundelein
December 2; 5:30 p.m.

Mundelein celebrates the official kick-off of the holiday season on Friday, December 2 with the annual tree lighting ceremony and fireworks on Friday, December 2 at 5:30 pm at Kracklauer Park. After the tree lighting, kids can visit with Santa from 6:30pm-8pm at Santa’s Cottage or he will be available on Saturdays from 12pm-3pm through December 17th.


Hawthorn Woods Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 2; 6-8 p.m.

The tree will be set aglow while we listen to the Stevenson High School Caroling Choir followed by the arrival of Santa Claus on our fire truck. Stay warm inside the Barn with hot cocoa and cookies. Children can enjoy a complimentary craft or design a memorial ornament in honor of someone they love (fee required for memorial ornament). Children can visit with Santa, so don’t forget your camera. Be sure to join us for this traditional holiday event!



Lincolnshire’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3; 5:30 p.m.

Lincolnshire Community Association makes the holidays a little brighter with its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration! Bring the family and join friends and neighbors to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. Hot cocoa and desserts will be provided. Musical performances and a very special visit from Santa! Contribute canned goods and/or an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program.



Miracle on Main Street – Lake Zurich’s Tree Lighting
December 3; 4:30-7 p.m.

Join us from 4:30-7pm on Saturday, December 3rd in downtown Lake Zurich for our Miracle on Main Street event. Enjoy the tree lighting, the opportunity to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and their reindeer, children’s crafts, sleigh rides, adult beverages, and food vendors.



Holiday Train in Viking Park
December 5; 3:50 p.m.

It’s not a tree lighting but it sure will light up the sky. The popular Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has been announced to arrive at Viking Park in Gurnee on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. In its 18th season rolling through Gurnee, its main purpose is to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks and shelves. In addition to the array of lights shining from the train, the event will also feature two live performers: Kelly Prescott and Colin James. James is a Saskatchewan resident that has done worldwide tours, had a successful music career spanning over 25 years and has released 18 albums. Prescott has been on numerous CP Train tours, featured on many Holiday Train CDs and has a Gold Record on her resume. Start the holiday season off the Lake County way by attending this annual tradition!


Other area tree lightings

Lake Forest’s 33rd Annual Tree Lighting
November 25

Round Lake Beach Tree Lighting Event
November 25; 6:15 p.m.

Lake Villa Holiday Festivities & Parade
November 26; 5-7 p.m.

Village of Fox Lake Holiday Illuminated Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 26; 5 p.m.

North Chicago’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 28; 6 p.m.


Village of Island Lake Tree Lighting
December 2; 6-8 p.m.

Round Lake’s Annual Tree Lighting
December 2

Lindenhurst Park District’s Holiday Tree Lighting
December 3; 4:30-6 p.m.

Magical Reindeer Lane at Norton’s U.S.A.
December 3; 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Round Lake Heights Tree Lighting
December 3; 7 p.m.

Wauconda’s Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3; 6 p.m.

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