Endless Ways to Welcome 2015 in Lake County

It’s time to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015 – and there’s no better place to do that than in Lake County, which offers a variety of New Year’s adventures for every age and every taste, from mild to wild, and at all times of day.

Below are just a few of the unforgettably fun ways to welcome 2015 in Lake County.

New Year’s Family Fun in Lake County

Don’t worry about entertaining the kiddos until midnight. You’ll find family friendly New Year’s celebrations at all hours of the day in Lake County:

Immerse Yourself in the Dazzling Vernon Hills Light Show

Open Daily Through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, 6 – 10 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

There’s still time to enjoy this Lake County holiday tradition and Northern Illinois’ largest drive-through holiday light festival. Held at the historic Cuneo Mansion, witness thousands of twinkling lights, animated displays and holiday decorations. Admission Monday through Thursday is $5 and $10 Friday through Sunday. It’s the perfect way to end the holiday season! Learn more here.

Experience Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Open Daily Through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closes at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25)

New Year’s weekend is your last chance of the season to experience Chicago Botanic Garden’s winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty. Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome the family to the Garden’s wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, enjoy a 10,000-square-foot miniature train exhibition. Adults tickets are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers, seniors 62+ are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers, children 3-12 are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers and Children 2 and under are free. Learn more here.

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Ring in the New Year Early at the Lake County Discovery Museum

Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the “noon year” early with the kids at the Lake County Discovery Museum. Youngsters will enjoy making crafts and party favors. Be sure to stick around for the early ball drop at noon. The festivities are free with museum admission. Learn more here.


Enjoy Barrington’s Third Annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball

Wednesday December 31, 2014, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The early-to-bed crew can get an early start on the festivities at Barrington’s third annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball. Ring in the “Noon Year” with dancing, festive snacks and a Noon Year toast. All attendees must register by Dec. 22. Learn more here.

Kick Off 2015 in the Tropics at Key Lime Cove

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Warm up to 2015 by enjoying a tropical getaway at Toukie’s New Year’s Eve Beach Party. Ride a wave into the New Year with the only beach party in northeastern Illinois. This island celebration includes overnight accommodations, admission to the Lost Paradise waterpark, live entertainment, a dinner buffet, 10 p.m. and midnight balloon drops, breakfast in the morning and more! It’s the ultimate New Year’s family adventure. Learn more here.


Have a Ton of Family Fun at Timothy O’Toole’s

Take the family to enjoy great food (including kid-friendly options) at Timothy O’Toole’s in Gurnee, along with party favors, a sundae bar, make-and-take crafts and an early countdown at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

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Skate into 2015 at Rink Side

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Lace up those skates and hit the ice for a night of family fun at Rink Side Family Entertainment Center at Gurnee Mills. Choose one of two packages that include ice skating, skate rental, pizza, salad, soft drinks, games, prizes and much more. The two packages differ only on the time of activities. Conclude the night with a balloon drop at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. Learn more here.

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Strike Out 2014 at Brunswick’s Buffalo Grove

Wednesday Dec. 31, 2014, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family over a game of bowling at Brunswick in Buffalo Grove. $100 per lane for up to six people gets you three hours of bowling (with shoes!), a $5 game card, one large pizza, soft drinks, tea or coffee, a sparkling cider toast and more. Space is limited, so reserve your lane today. Learn more here.

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Indulge in a Luxurious New Year’s in Lake County

Dine and Party 2014 Away at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy a scrumptious four-course dinner at the King’s Wharf restaurant followed by DJ and dancing in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $159 (+tax) and include party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Learn more here.

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – 5 p.m.

Maximize your stay at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort by enjoying deluxe overnight accommodations, the four-course dinner at the King’s Wharf Restaurant, theatre tickets to a production of “My One and Only,” party favors, midnight champagne toast and a New Year’s Day Brunch at the King’s Wharf Restaurant. Learn more here.

Evening at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Enjoy a Beach Bash at Illinois Beach Resort

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Celebrate 2015’s arrival in style at the beach! Illinois Beach Resort’s New Year’s Eve Bash includes a full dinner (dessert included!), wine service, an open bar all night, a sweet table at 10 p.m., and a champagne toast balloon drop at midnight. Bash-only tickets are $99, but overnight accommodations that include a champagne brunch on New Year’s morning are also available for $325 (+tax). Learn more here.


Enjoy a Luxurious New Year’s Eve Party at the Chevy Chase Country Club

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – 6:30 p.m.

Make reservations now to bid adieu to 2014 in style at the Chevy Chase Country Club. Enjoy an open bar all night, hors d’oeuvres, a four-station dinner, a champagne toast at midnight and an opening dancing with the music from the UPBEAT Orchestra! Learn more here.


Dine the Night (and 2014) Away in Lake County

You won’t have a hard time finding great food on New Year’s Eve in Lake County.

Celebrate 2015 over Great Grub and More at Timothy O’Tooles

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Ring in the new year at Timothy O’Tooles! For a $10 ($15 at the door) cover, enjoy a Champagne Split or Miller High Life Tallboy, a DJ, party favors and more drink specials! Learn more here.


Experience New Year’s Eve at the Savanna House

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Indulge in a delicious four-course New Year’s Eve dinner at the Savanna House. The meal includes a choice of appetizers, salad, one of four entrees and a dessert. Cap off the evening with live music and a champagne toast at midnight. Learn more here.


Welcome 2015 at Mickey Finn’s

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

No reservations required for a New Year’s Evening of fun at Mickey Finn’s – a $10 cover is your ticket to live music from Ivy Ford and the Cadillacs, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Learn more here.

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And be sure to enjoy some German cuisine at Lake Zurich’s Fritzl’s.

Party Like it’s 2015 in Lake County

Celebrate Dave & Buster’s First New Year’s in Lake County

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 – Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Get your tickets now for the new Dave & Buster’s first New Year’s Eve Celebration in Lake County! Packages start at $39.99 that include food, drink and games! This party is for adults 21 and over. Learn more here. Families can enjoy an alternate event on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. For $27.99 per person, enjoy food, drinks and games. Learn more here.


Strike Out 2014 at Brunswick’s Buffalo Grove

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Adults 21 and over can enjoy unlimited bowling (with shoes!), a $5 game card, complimentary soft drinks, iced tea and coffee, a large pizza, snacks and more for $100. At midnight, enjoy a champagne toast, party favors and raffle prizes to ring in 2015. Learn more here.


And over at the Fogcutter, enjoy a variety of drink specials with pizza, a DJ and a midnight champagne toast!

Kick start 2015 in Lake County

Plunge into 2015 at the 16th Annual Waukegan Polar Bear Plunge

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Refresh and recharge after a night of celebrating by plunging into the icy waters of Lake Michigan at the Waukegan Municipal Beach. The first 500 plungers will receive an event shirt, plus there will be food, hot chocolate and Polar Bear Hats for sale on site. There’s no better way to start your new year off with a splash! Learn more here.

Race into 2015 at the Commitment Day 5K in Vernon Hills

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, 10 a.m.

Jumpstart your new year’s resolutions by running through scenic Vernon Hills. The race begins at Life Time Athletic and takes runners on a 3.1-mile course around the club through Corporate Woods. Learn more here.


Regardless of where in Lake County you celebrate the New Year, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

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