New Year’s Eve in Lake County 2018

The year is nearing completion and with a new one approaching, it’s finally time to ring out “Auld Lang Syne” or “times long past” for anyone not proficient in Scottish linguistics.

It is a magical time each year as the clock strikes midnight on December 31 and we’ve come up with a list of things to do to help celebrate the occasion.

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Ring the bells and sound your noise-makers, here are the top things to this New Year’s Eve in Lake County 2018! 🎉🎊


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Ivy Ford at Mickey Finn’s Brewery

345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Mickey Finn’s fifth annual New Year’s Eve Party with the Ivy Ford Band. If you show up before 9 p.m., admission is free! After 9, the cover is $15. Free party favors and a champagne toast are included!

New Year’s Eve at O’Toole’s Libertyville and Timothy O’Toole’s Gurnee

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Gurnee, 5572 Grand Ave., Gurnee. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
O’Toole’s Libertyville, 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

You can’t spell party without “O’Toole’s” and this New Year’s Eve is no exception. The Gurnee and Libertyville locations celebrate the holiday with your choice of Champagne Split or High Life Tall Boy, Party Favors, a DJ and an irreplaceable atmosphere.


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Brew Year’s Eve at Buffalo Creek Brewing Co.

360 Historical Ln., Long Grove.
7:30 p.m.

Brew aficionados rejoice! This one’s for you. The festive evening will include unlimited fresh brews, a hometown Chicago BBQ menu cooked onsite by Steamboat BBQ, and live music featuring the DAMJAX band.

New Year’s Eve Lane Rental at Kristof’s Entertainment Center

421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach.

Various times.

What’s better than spending a night out with friends and family while bowling your heart out? Doing so with food and libations, of course! The entertainment center offers various packages and time slots for a full evening of fun.


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New Year’s Eve at the Chocolate Sanctuary

5101 Washington St., Gurnee.
4-10 p.m.

Celebrate the new year in elegance and decadence at the unforgettable Chocolate Sanctuary. Dine with the finest fare with the chef’s special, and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly.

Francesca Castro Jazz Trio at Roaring Table Brewery

739 W. IL Route 22., Lake Zurich.
8:30-11:30 p.m.

Ring in the New with Lake Zurich local Francesca Castro. She currently studies at Berklee College of Music and will impress you with her vast knowledge of jazz, rock, pop, blues, and classical music.


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New Year’s Eve at Whirlyball

285 Center St., Vernon Hills.
1:30-8:30 p.m.

This New Year’s Eve bring your family into WhirlyBall for an afternoon of food and games! Each family receives: Three half-hour activity tickets for any combination of activities (some restrictions apply.)
Two drink tickets per person (soda or juice for children, Pro Package for adults)
Pro Package includes: New Amsterdam Vodka, Calypso rum, Milagro tequila, Jim Beam, Dewars, New Amsterdam gin, select rotating crafts & domestic beer, house wines & non-alcoholic beverages.

New Year’s Eve at Wilmot Mountain

11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI
4 p.m.-midnight.

If you want your new year to start on a ‘high,’ celebrate New Year’s Eve on a mountain! The Wilmot resort will feature games, face painting, music, party favors, fireworks and more throughout the day. — Fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Lodge open until 12:30 a.m.


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2019 Early Countdown Party at Jump America

880 Lakeside Dr., Gurnee.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Celebrate 2018 and the beginning of a new year at Jump America. For only $20.18, jumpers will receive three hours of jumping, two slices of pizza, party favors and a balloon drop. The Gurnee facility is the perfect place for your tot to play and enjoy the new year without needing to stay awake all night. Visit for tickets.

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