Things To Do This Weekend December 20-22

Hit the slopes with Santa, tune-in to a holiday show, hone your glass blowing skills and more in this edition of things to do this weekend December 20-22.

The holidays are officially upon us! Click here for last minute ideas to make your trip to Lake County jolly this year.

Indulge yourself with some tasty festive creations from the Lake County Libation Trail. Continue here for our list of holiday libations that are to help make this a “Hoppy” holiday.

Here are the top things to do this weekend December 20-22.

1. Shiloh House Christmas & Santa’s Cottage

The Shiloh House in Zion is dressed to the nines in its festive attire for the holiday season. Experience this tour donned in decked halls and take photos of the property’s beautiful Christmas tree display. The self-guided tours run through December 30. Behind the Shiloh House stands a cottage where Santa Claus visits with youngsters. Visitors can stop by to say hello, and capture a snapshot memory with Kris Kringle before he returns to the North Pole. The Zion cottage is open through December 22.

Shiloh House: Friday-Sunday, December 20-22; Fri.: Noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun.: 5-8 p.m. Admission: $7. Shiloh House, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion.

Santa’s Cottage: Friday-Sunday, December 20-22; Fri.-Sat.: 5-8 p.m., Sun.: 1-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Shiloh House, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion.

2. “Elf on the Shelf Christmas Musical” at Genesee Theatre & HolidayWauk


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The beloved Christmas tradition starring Santa’s little helpers comes to life as it hits the Genesee Theatre stage. “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” is a brand-new production based on the popular holiday character. This delightful musical takes audiences on a journey to the North Pole to get a glimpse into the lives of scout elves. This Waukegan show features a unique story, spectacular score and festive set and wardrobe that is sure to be a highlight of your holiday celebration. Return to the downtown city of progress to “Wauk” through a winter wonderland for HolidayWauk. The ArtWauk monthly festival features live ice sculptors, and holiday performances like carolers, and an array of artists’ mediums on display for purchase, that are perfect for a holiday gift. Taste the local bites and gander through the galleries on Saturday evening.

Elf on the Shelf: Friday, December 20; 6:30 p.m., Tickets: $39.50-$99.50. Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

HolidayWauk: Saturday, December 21; 5-10 p.m., Admission: Free. Downtown Waukegan, 14 S. Genesee St., Waukegan.

3. “It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play” at the Improv Playhouse


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Check out these pictures from our packed performances of It’s A Wonderful Life. Thanks to the Muellers for the fantastic snapshots.

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“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” The Improv Playhouse presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” adapted by Joe Landry. The Libertyville theater’s holiday tradition stages their interpretation of this holiday classic performed in the fashion of a 1940s radio show. Follow the story of the show’s protagonist, George Bailey, as he puts his big dreams on hold to take over his late father’s business. Bailey faces adversity during his endeavors but perseveres saving Bedford Falls during the Great Depression. Bailey contemplates suicide while down on his luck. The show’s hero is met by a guardian angel named Clarence. In an effort to save the protagonist, Clarence shows him life in Bedford Falls sans his contributions. The show is a BYOB event, and show-goers indulging in libations are levied a $5 corking fee.

Friday-Saturday, December 20-21; Fri.: 8p.m., Sat.: 7:30 p.m., Tickets: $7.50-$25. Improv Playhouse, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

4. Create Your Own Glass Ornament/Icicle at Peter Patterson Glassworks


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There is always something special about a gift that is made by hand during the holidays. Peter Patterson Glassworks in Mundelein offers a wonderful opportunity to learn the skills of glass blowing to create something you can hang from the family Christmas tree. Participants can choose to create a uniquely designed ornament or icicle. Pre-made ornaments and other glass goods are also available for purchase if you need last-minute gift ideas. Call 847-949-0013 to reserve your spot.

Friday-Sunday, December 20-22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Admission: $35 per item. Peter Patterson Glassworks, 888 Tower Rd., Unit E, Mundelein.

5. Ski and Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Wilmot Mountain


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Gear up and shred the slopes of Wilmot Mountain with the man in the big red suit. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their trusty elves are going skiing before the big day arrives. The “Ski with Santa” event features a campfire, a photo-op worthy of next year’s holiday card, and dinner at the Wisconsin mountain’s restaurant, Walt’s Tavern. Skiing runs from 3-5 p.m., while dinner begins at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations, and complimentary cookies will be provided. Restaurant is open to the public and no lift ticket is required.

Friday, December 20; 3-8 p.m. Various admissions. Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot, WI.

For more things to do this weekend December 20-22 click here.

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