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Fall Festivals in Lake County 2022

Ah yes, autumn! The aromas of pumpkin spice, brisk air and a huge selection of delicious treats. This is the guide to fall festivals in Lake County 2022.

Each is an opportunity to be social and support the local businesses that make up Lake County.

While out and about, don’t forget that #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest begins September 6 running through Halloween. Capture pictures of everyday life and share them with us for an opportunity to win cool prizes.

Speaking of fall, Spooks and Spirits: Lake County Autumn Celebration offers something for everyone in your family. The Lake County Libation Trail holds delectable craft beer, ciders, spirits and wines for the adults.

There is ample opportunity to make the most of experiences that only Lake County can provide.

Visit Lake County loves the fall. We love haunted houses, corn mazes, warm beverages and tasty autumn treats. We put this guide to fall festivals in Lake County 2022 to make it simple to find a local celebration.

#LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest (September 6-October 31)

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Concerts at Ravinia Festival (Select Dates Through September 18)

Ravinia Festival may wrap up soon, but there is still plenty of opportunity to catch a show. Each concert is a unique opportunity to hear different styles of music. Take a look at the list below and pick out a concert (or more) to see before Ravinia Festival ends.

  • Geneva Lewis and Audrey Vardanega: Suite Sonatas (September 3) INFO»
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks with Music of the Baroque (September 3) INFO»
  • Diana Ross with special guest Naturally 7 (September 4) INFO»
  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show (September 7) INFO»
  • Too Many Zooz with Grace Kelly (September 9) INFO»
  • Inna Faliks: Reimagine Beethoven and Ravel (September 10) INFO»
  • Erykah Badu (September 11) INFO»
  • Lincoln Trio: Chicago and Chopin at Ravinia Festival (September 11) INFO»
  • The Kreutzer Project with The Knights (September 13) INFO»
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Evolution (September 16) INFO»
  • Einav Yarden: Suites and Fantasies (September 17) INFO»
  • Queen! featuring Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini and Garrett David (September 17) INFO»
  • Fiesta Ravinia: Kumbia Kings and Dos Santos (September 18) INFO»

SeptOberFest at the Beer Garden at Independence Grove Forest Preserve (Through October 30)

SeptOberFest at the Beer Garden at Independence Grove is an opportunity to bring family and friends together. The Beer Garden features delicious beverages from partners of the Lake County Libation Trail including Black Lung Brewing Co. of Round Lake Beach, Tighthead Brewing Co. of Mundelein, Mickey Finn’s Brewery of Libertyville, 9th Hour Brewing Co. of Lake Villa, Roaring Table Brewing Co. and Phase Three Brewing Co. of Lake Zurich, ZumBier of Waukegan, Ravinia Brewing Co. of Highland Park, Buffalo Creek Brewing of Long Grove and Liquid Love Brewing Co. of Buffalo Grove. The Libertyville space hosts live performances on Thursdays and three of the shows are presented by Visit Lake County in partnership with 102.3 WXLC and 1220 TUDN. This free festival is highlighted by lakeside fire pits, free firewood, s’mores kits and more. Check out the schedule below and grab a beer while watching live music.

  • September 8: Toddy Donnelly – Steel Drums/Vocals
  • September15: Mariachi Vivia Jalisco: Marachi during Mexican Independence Day Celebration
  • September 22: Liz Berg – Solo Guitar/Vocals
  • September 29: Kraig Kenning
  • October 6: Kraig Kenning
  • October 13: Kraig Kenning
  • October 20: Todd Donnelly
  • October 27: JT/James – Rock/Pop/Country Duet

Mumpkin Fest at the Patty Turner Center (September 10)

Visit the Patty Turner Center in Deerfield to get your fill of mums and pumpkins. The outdoor festival is free to attend and has a wide array of decorative florals for sale. Break in the fall season with an outdoor home decoration adventure. While at the fest, don’t forget to fill up on cider and donuts. The festival starts in the morning and makes for a simple transition into the autumn season.

Main Street Rock the Block in Lake Zurich (September 10)

Lake Zurich hosts its annual Main Street block party. This all-ages festival is free to attend and features food, beer, live music and family-friendly activities. Rock the Block is held in downtown Lake Zurich and the streets will be sectioned off for pedestrian safety. Local businesses will be open during the day for everyone to re-discover Main Street Lake Zurich.

Richardson Adventure Farm Sunflower Festival and Corn Maze (September 10-November 6)

Richardson Adventure Farm is known for having the world’s most massive corn maze. The Spring Grove area spans 33 acres of land and is equipped with 11 miles of trails. Richardson Adventure Farm’s corn maze theme this year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the “James Bond” movie series. You can also stroll their three-mile trail and gaze upon the 13 acres of sunflowers. They’re planted in a whimsical design with 25 varieties of sunflower. Besides the renowned maze, the Adventure Farm features another five mazes, a zip line, a pumpkin patch, ORBiting rides (a ride inside a giant 11-football), live pig races, a wooded picnic area, free campfires, pedal carts, pedal trikes, a goat farm, a corn cabin and wagon rides. Other activities have separate admissions.

Mundelein Arts Festival at Kracklauer Park (September 10-11)

Admire a unique mixture of artists, food, music and fun over two days at Kracklauer Park. This festival features 40 juried artists who are selling their wares of paintings, photography, pottery, wood furnishings, jewelry, fiber and handmade items. Both parking and admission to this celebration of the arts are free. Don’t forget to dance to the live music and indulge in the fare available for purchase.

Unplugged Fest in Lake Zurich (September 11)

Have you ever wanted to ditch your electronic devices and just spend time with family and friends? Unplugged Fest offers the opportunity at Paulus Park in Lake Zurich. Bring a picnic basket and just chill out while enjoying time together without the personal electronics. Various community organizations and businesses will be there with booths to visit and people to meet. This event was scheduled for August 4, but has been rescheduled to September 11.

Oktoberfest at Timothy O’Toole’s in Libertyville (September 16-25)

Oktoberfest returns to Timothy O’Toole’s in Libertyville! Be sure to visit this local watering hole to get your fill of German-themed food, beer and delicious appetizers.

Spooks & Spirits Autumn Celebration (September 16-October 31)

From mid-September to Halloween, visit Lake County for its annual Spooks & Spirits Autumn Celebration. There’s something for everyone: fall festivals and costume parades; haunted houses; corn mazes and pumpkin patches; Six Flags Great America’s renowned Fright Fest; and “supernatural” attractions. And for the adults, don’t miss our scary-good locally made brews, wines and spirits on the Lake County Libation Trail. Check out the latest Halloween events and travel packages. Be sure to drink responsibly and coordinate transportation via ride-share or car-pool.

Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® at Six Flags Great America (September 17-October 31)

Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® is back! Watch street performances and ride the coasters, play games and eat delicious food. You can ride the coasters and amusements at night and see the spooky side of Six Flags Great America. There are scare zones and haunted houses for those brave enough to take on the challenge. The park is kid-friendly during the day. Six Flags Great America advises parents to not bring young children after 6 p.m. when the the monsters and ghouls roam the park.

Brew Grass Festival at Black Lung Brewing Co. (September 17)

Get ready to shake and jive to some mellow tunes at the Brew Grass Festival. For one day, Black Lung Brewing Co. is hosting their own music festival. You will be able to absorb some of that sweet banjo music and enjoy a cold craft beer. They will release two new brews, including one for Oktoberfest.

Brushwood Family Fest: Celebration of Nature and Culture (September 17)

 

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Visit the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods for a celebration of nature, the arts and culture. The festival features a variety of crafts, activities for the family, food for purchase and live music. There is a variety of merchandise to purchase including art supplies, artistic creations in different mediums and literature to read. The Brushwood Center is also cutting the ribbon for their Little Free Library in conjunction with the Vernon Area Public Library.

Grayslake Craft Beer Festival in Downtown Grayslake (September 17)

The Grayslake Craft Beer festival returns! For one afternoon, craft beer aficionados can sample their way through delectable locally brewed beers and others from outside Lake County. Light The Lamp Brewery of Grayslake is a confirmed vendor at the festival as of right now with more to be announced soon. There is live music, food trucks and local restaurants to savor. Pets and strollers will not be allowed inside the venue area.

Fiesta Sin Frontera in Waukegan (September 17)

¡Feliz dia de la independencia mexicana en Waukegan! Enjoy music, entertainment, food and fun at the Fiestas Sin Frontera festival! The event features live bands, a kid zone equipped with bounce houses, mouth-watering mexican cuisine and more.

ArtWauk in Waukegan (September 17 and November 19)

 

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Take in a variety of art by local artisans. You can purchase the pieces that are most appealing to you, or shop up and down in the downtown Waukegan area. ArtWauk is free to attend. There is live music and performances, food to purchase and sights to take in. ArtWauk is held every third Saturday of the month and the theme changes with each show.

ZombieWauk in Waukegan (October 15)

Fill your artistic void with the ever-extravagant monthly ArtWauk in Downtown Waukegan, with a different aesthetic in October. ArtWauk gets downright spooky during the Halloween season and transforms into ZombieWauk. The ghoulsih event features masons of sculpting, film, theatre, comedy, paints, tunes, fare and more.

Deerfield’s Harvest Festival (September 17)

Arrive early to Deerfield’s Harvest Fest for a day of fun, food, music and family-friendly experiences. There is touch-a-truck for the young attendees and balloon artists. Food is available for purchase from a variety of vendors. Live music fills the air. Brews, wine, seltzers and water are available for purchase. Live music fills the air from performers like Rosie and the Rivets and Maggie Speaks. Register at dbrchamber.com to participate in the annual bags tournament.

Oktoberfest at Knights of Columbus Lake Zurich (September 17)

Come hungry and ready to celebrate for Oktoberfest as only the Knights of Columbus can. There is German food buffet, ample beer and live music all evening long. Get a babysitter for the evening as this celebration is kid-free.

Fox Lake Bloody Mary Fest (September 18)

No doubt that you’ve had a bloody mary while out on the Chain. Return to land for the Fox Lake Bloody Mary Fest. Downtown Fox Lake will be a showcase of some of the best offerings on this classic concoction. The fest features live music and food from several different establishments. Attendees will be able to sample the offerings and vote for their favorite one.

Didier Farms Pumpkinfest (September 19-October 31)

 

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Didier Farms annual Pumpkinfest provides extravagant memories from the Lincolnshire/Prairie View Farm. The farm favorite features hayrides, pony rides, camel rides, kiddie rides, an exotic petting zoo, a parakeet exhibit, a corn maze and pig races. Don’t forget to visit Grandma D’s Bake Shop for scrumptious pies, cookies, fudge, homemade apple cider, kettle corn and pumpkin donuts. The farm’s doors are open through Halloween.

Oktoberfest Party and Stein Holding Contest at Mickey Finn’s (September 23-24)

Dust off those lederhosen and shout out “pretzel!” Oktoberfest comes to Mickey Finn’s Brewery with style. There is live music, plenty of food for purchase and the Stein Holding Contest to celebrate Oktoberfest. The party takes place in their beer garden where you’ll be able to sample a variety of their seasonal beers. Be sure to wash it all down with a pretzel afterwards.

WIIL ROCK Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center (September 24)

 

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Rock out at this all-ages concert that features some of today’s biggest bands. The concert is held at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center and allows ample room to move about. The festival features delicious food, awesome merchandise and even charging stations for your devices (as an additional purchase).

Legions of Craft Beer Festival at Gurnee American Legion Post 771 (September 24)

After a four-year hiatus, Legions of Craft Beer returns with a new location at the Gurnee American Legion Post 771. The festival features Lake County Libation Trail partners Black Lung Brewing Co. of Round Lake Beach, Bosacki’s Brewery and Tighthead Brewing Co. of Mundelein, Buffalo Creek Brewing of Long Grove, Half Day Brewing Co. of Lincolnshire, Liquid Love Brewing Co. of Buffalo Grove, Phase Three Brewing Co. of Lake Zurich, Ravinia Brewing Co. of Highland Park, Wild Onion Brewery of Lake Barrington, ZümBier of Waukegan and 9th Hour Brewing Co. of Lake Villa. Attendees will receive a complimentary tasting stein and a portion of the proceeds goes to help veterans, their families and supporting the Legion’s programs.

Hoptoberfest at Tighthead Brewing Co. (September 24)

 

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Hoptoberfest at Tighthead Brewing Co. features their stellar line-up of craft beers, live music, food and more. Gina Gonzales and the Wingmen rock the day away. Six Speed Tranny takes over in the evening. Those looking for beverage variety will have picks of 2 Fools Cider or Press seltzers. Athletic Brewing has non-alcoholic options. This is an outdoor festival, dress accordingly.

Fall Wine Walk in Downtown Antioch (September 24)

Wine Walks in Antioch are one of the most coveted events in downtown Antioch.  You get the opportunity to stroll the shops and to take in the sights. Come by yourself or get a group of friends together for a stroll. Participants get a free wine glass, bottle of wine, wine bag and snacks along the way.

Lindy’s Oktoberfest (September 22-25)

 

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Prost and celebrate the Oktoberfest season at Lindy’s Landing in Lake Zurich. The weekend celebration features live music, games for the whole family, Oktoberfest food, beer and plenty of drinks specials.

Long Grove Apple Fest in Historic Downtown Long Grove (September 23-25)

Compare apples to apples at the Long Grove Apple Fest. A colorful assortment are featured in any form or fashion that you could think of to eat them. Covered in chocolate, caramel or any topping imaginable. Featured at the festival are other takes on the classic fruit. All three days of Apple Fest have a literally jam-packed lineup of musical talent. Enjoy one-of-a-kind family-owned shops, boutiques, restaurants, wine bars, breweries and small-town hospitality as you shop the Historic Downtown Long Grove area. Apple Fest marks the beginning of the fall shopping season with local merchants rolling out their own apple-inspired specials and deals.

Fall on the Farm at Lambs Farm (September 24-25)

 

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The Libertyville/Green Oaks farmyard is celebrating the men and women that make Lambs Farm’s mission possible. Entry to the event includes the barrel train ride and touch-a-tractor. There are festive games, arts and crafts and an inflatable for the kids. There is live music, a beer tent, food and merchandise for purchase. The petting area with sheep, goats and a plethora of other livestock creatures will be accessible all day. The staple attractions like miniature golf, an old-world carousel and more will also be available. Don’t forget to Visit the homestead’s Dogwood Pet Shop, Magnolia Café & Bakery and the Sugar Maple Country Store for delectable treats, unique treasures, adorable puppies and kittens. The Libertyville grounds’ businesses benefit programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Jack-O-Lantern World in Lake Zurich (September 29-October 30)

Gather the family and bring along the friends for a journey through Jack-O-Lantern World. This trail walk features thousands of pumpkins carved by hand. The pumpkins are setup on a 3/4-mile trail that runs through Paulus Park. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that celebrates art, nature, autumn and community.

Bushel of Apples Fall Fest at Paulus Park (September 30-October 2)

 

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Join Phase Three Brewing Co. for their release of A Bushel of Apples collaboration with Affy Tapple. This fall celebration is packed full of fun activities, live music, food trucks and the scenery of Paulus Park. The September Libation of the Month brings to mind the classic caramel-covered apple of autumn. If you love apples covered in peanuts and caramels, this is a must-attend celebration.

Festival of Arts and Crafts at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center (September 30-October 2)

Visit the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center for a festival that celebrates everything hand-made. Over 250 vendors from around the Midwest and other states will be selling everything from watercolors, pottery, stained and painted glass, gourd art, copper art, quilts, indoor and outdoor furniture, specialty foods, wearable art, photography, floral, jewelry, candles, soap, birdhouses, purses, acrylic and oil paintings, doll clothes, holiday and home décor, yard art and almost anything you can imagine!

Harvest Celebration Crush at Vigneto del Bino (October 1)

 

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Oenophiles can rejoice! Vigneto del Bino Winery’s Harvest Celebration Crush returns to the Antioch vineyard this weekend. Attendees at this seasonal party will receive discounts on wines, enjoy live music, taste various treats, and more. Test your winemaking skills by stomping on grapes or get crafty by making a keepsake T-shirt.

Village of Fox Lake Fall Festival (October 2)

 

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The Village of Fox Lake is hosting this free festival for all to attend. Fall favorite activities like a pie eating contest will have everyone hungry for a slice. There is live music, craft vendors selling merchandise, pumpkin carving, live music and a selection of food to purchase.

Mundelein’s Ultimate Pumpkin Contest (October 3-9)

 

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Visit the Village of Mundelein and paint, carve and glue your way to victory in the ultimate contest of pumpkin decorating! There will be different categories of pumpkin decorating. There is a variety of prizes to be had for winners. Anyone is allowed to visit the Community Center and place their votes for the best pumpkin.

Annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Buffalo Creek Brewing (October 5)

Visit Buffalo Creek Brewing as they tap into their German heritage at their annual Oktoberfest celebration. Guests can experience Oktoberfest games and contests in and around a giant Oktoberfest tent, such as the stein holding, barrel rolling, Hammerschlagen (nail driving), horseshoes, beer pong, flip cup, bags, and more. To fuel the competitive drive, authentic Rhineland fare is offered as well as Buffalo Creek’s extensive menu of craft beer highlighted by the featured Oktoberfest brew, the Big Ludwigski (a German Märzen with huge amounts of Munich malts, subtle hints of noble hops, and a clean finish). For the kids and non-drinkers, Buffalo Creek Brewing offers hand-crafted, non-alcoholic choices like freshly made ginger beer. The celebration features live music by local talents, including The Chicago Brass Band, The Drindolls and the brass section of the Lake County Symphony Orchestra. While you’re in Historic Downtown Long Grove, take part in the Oktoberfest 5K at the beginning of the month.

Scarecrow Fest at Central Park Pavilion (October 5)

Build and decorate a scarecrow by yourself or with the family at Scarecrow Fest. The celebration is held at Central Park Pavilion in Vernon Hills. The cost is $15 and entrants can enjoy complimentary apple cider and donuts.

Halloween Hoopla in Deerfield (Select Dates from October 8-22)

Halloween Hoopla in Deerfield is a celebration of the spooky season and is made up of different days, each with their own activity. Families can partake in scarecrow building, a foot race and an obstacle course. Each event requires its own registration.

  • Scarecrow Building and Pumpkin Decorating (October 8) INFO»
  • Haunted Hustle and Monster Dash (October 15) INFO»
  • Halloween Family Fun Fest (October 22) INFO»

Fox Lake Pumpkin Jubilee (October 8)

 

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How many pumpkins can be carved in one sitting? Visit Fox Lake and you may just find out. When you finish with your designs, the jack-o-lanterns will be displayed on the pumpkin wall. The event also features various food vendors, artisan shopping and live music.

DIY Scarecrow Day in Historic Downtown Long Grove (October 8)

Visit Historic Downtown Long Grove for their annual DIY Scarecrow Day. Attendees at the autumn community event will build a custom scarecrow that is displayed throughout the village’s main street during October. The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business District will provide each participant with the basic structure for the scarecrows, bales of straw and building guidance. Attendees are encouraged to bring old clothing and accessories to decorate their creations.

Craft Beer Walk and Brunch in Antioch (October 8)

 

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Enjoy an afternoon of sampling cold craft beer in downtown Antioch with friends. Visit the participating shops and restaurants to try a variety of brews and scrumptious bites of food.

Grayslake Park District Pumpkin Fest (October 13)

Visit Central Park in Grayslake for an evening of Halloween fun. The festival features all of the fall favorites including a hay ride, inflatables, a Halloween character path, costume contest and games. Adults are free when they register their kids for this Halloween party.

A Fairy Halloween at Brother’s Field (October 15)

 

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Visit Brothers’ Field for a Halloween-theme fairy tale festival. The fall celebration features a princess show, meet and greet, arts and crafts, hay rides, haunted wagon rides, food, music and more.

Celebration Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead at Jack Benny Center (October 22)

In Mexico, people visit their loved ones in the cemetery and decorate gravesites with Cempaxúchitl or Marigold flowers, candles, toys, bottles of favorite drinks and food as offerings. The Waukegan center keeps the tradition alive on Lake County soil with their own Día de Muertos celebration. This family-friendly cultural fest features Mariachi, altar exhibits, dancing, face painting, decorating sugar skulls and so much more.

Gurnee Mills Boo Bash (October 27)

 

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Visit Gurnee Mills at the Dining Pavilion South for their Boo Bash. The event features mall-wide trick or treating, a selfie station, family-friendly activities and more. This is free for kids to participate in.

Lincolnshire’s Annual Boo Bash (October 28)

Lincolnshire’s Boo Bash offers residents and visitors the chance to wear their costumes and partake in community fun at North Park. There are Halloween games, ample chances to get candy, a magician, face painting and balloons for kids, food, drinks and more.

Halloween Trail of Treats and Fest at Shiloh Park (October 28)

Trail of Treats is a family-friendly spectacular funfest where participants stay in their vehicle for a Halloween drive-thru experience. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and decorate their vehicles if you like. Families will trick or treat through Shiloh Park. Each car drives through multiple trick or treat stops hosted by the Park District, local businesses and other organizations.

Vernon Hills Fall Fest (October 28)

Visit Vernon Hills as the festival features family fun for all. Attendees will enjoy indoor trick or treating, balloon art, a black light dance party and the annual costume party. Refreshments are available for purchase inside the venue. Register early as tickets go fast. Admission costs $5 per child, children ages two and under receive free entry. Adults are free, but must register with their children.

Lake County Film Festival at College of Lake County (November 3-14)

 

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Celebrate local filmmakers right in our community and stop by the College of Lake County for the Film Festival. The festival begins on November 3 and will be a free presentation of short films submitted by students.  There are two collections of short films that will be presented: short documentaries and short narratives. The films will be juried and a winner from each category will be awarded a $250 cash prize. Screenings will go through November 6, takes a week-long break, and resumes on November 11. The festival will wrap on November 14 with closing night ceremonies and awards announcements.

Champagne Walk and Brunch in Antioch (November 5)

 

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Antioch’s Champagne Walk has added a Brunch for All. Enjoy an afternoon of strolling downtown Antioch while taking in the sights, shopping and having refreshments along the way. The brunch is held at Rivalry Alehouse.

Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Garden (November 11-January 8)

Meander and wander in the illuminated world of Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lightscape. The lighted makeover of the Chicago Botanic Garden is filled with art installations that highlight inventive new worlds. This a must-see experience for the holiday season.

Fox Lake Festival of Lights (November 26)

Celebrate the winter holiday spirit with the Village of Fox Lake as they light up the night. Fox Lake homes that choose to participate can compete for first, second and third places with cash prizes.

Kringle’s Christmas Village in Antioch (November 24-January 1)

Browse in awe at shadowboxes that are filled with winter holiday scenes. The installation is in downtown Antioch and is free to walk through. While you’re there, stop in and shop along the streets as each business is selling their holiday merchandise.


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