Things To Do This Weekend January 10-12

Indulge yourself with some tasty adult beverages and bundle up for the many winter fests going on in this edition of things to do this weekend January 10-12.

Lake County Libation Trail month is in full swing. Get your fix of beer, wine or spirits that fit your fancy, click here to learn more about the trail. Be sure to “Check-in” when you are at one of the 23 Lake County Libation Trail participants to have a chance to score tickets to the Lake County Craft Beer Fest in February! Not sure which one to try first? Continue here for our list of 23 enticing adult beverages for Lake County Libation Trail Month.

Here are the top things to do this weekend in Lake County 10-12.

1. Lake County Libation Trail Month

Let’s toast to the Lake County Libation Trail! Suds aficionados, vino connoisseurs and spirit enthusiasts will be elated with these glasses of “liquid courage.” The Lake County Libation Trail is a network of more than 20 spots to tempt your taste buds, with locally sourced and hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, right here in Lake County. Celebrate “Libation Trail Month” during January with an adult beverage of choice—from an ice-cold frothy lager, a dry red merlot to an old-fashioned on the rocks. “Check in” via your cellphone while visiting one of these makers and have a chance to win free tickets to the Lake County Craft Beer Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center on February 22. Cheers, Salud, Prost and Kan-pie!

Discover your favorite breweries, wineries and distilleries at

2. Vernon Hills Winter Fest **CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER**

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean winter festivities have come to an end. Bundle up for an afternoon at Century Park in Vernon Hills Winter Fest. The family-friendly celebration features rides on a horse-drawn carriage, watch The Free Spirit Sled Dog Demo Team showcase their skills, cozy up by the fire and munch on tasty s’mores. Fest-goers can also partake in outdoor ice skating and sledding (weather permitting).

Saturday, January 11; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Free. Century Park Pavilion, 1400 Indianwood Dr., Vernon Hills.

3. Gurnee’s Frosty Fest *CANCELED*

Looking “fore” some winter fun this weekend? Head over to Bittersweet Golf Club for Gurnee’s Frosty Fest. The event hosted by the Gurnee Park District features a wide variety of winter activities for the whole family. Watch ice sculptors create their magic, take an exhilarating carriage ride, race down a hill on your sled and more winter-themed festivities. Take a break from the action with complimentary s’mores and hot cocoa. The availability of some activities is weather dependent. Street parking is not permitted, but overflow parking is available at Woodland Middle School. Shuttle buses frequently run between the school and golf course.

Saturday, January 11; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: Free. Bittersweet Golf Club, 875 Almond Rd., Gurnee.

4. Winter Fest in Highland Park

The Park District of Highland Park is hosting its Winter Fest at Centennial Ice Arena. The celebration is highlighted by ice skating, open gymnastics and hockey sessions. A skate instructor will be in attendance, providing novice ice dancers, speed skaters and hockey lamplighters with group lessons. Winter-themed characters will roam the ice arena for a meet and greet and photo-ops. The celebration also offers bites for purchase.

Saturday, January 11; 2-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Centennial Ice Arena, 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park.

5. WinterFest at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Summertime isn’t the only time to explore the beauties of the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Visit the state’s only quaking bog for their unique winter celebration that has plenty to offer for the entire family. The Ingleside natural area’s event is highlighted by guided tours, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing if there is fresh powder, a snow sculpting contest, indoor craft making. Refreshments like hot cocoa will be available for purchase. The River Valley Rangers will be playing live bluegrass music.

Sunday, January 12; 1-4 p.m. Suggested Donation: $5. Children’s admission: Free. Volo Bog State Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside.

For more things to do this weekend January 10-12, continue here. To get your hands on some suds, vino and spirits for the Lake County Libation Trail Month, click here.

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