Things To Do This Weekend November 17-19

The holiday season came upon us quicker than any of us could say ‘trick or treat’. For many of us, it’s the last weekend before a long trip, a gut-busting, ‘calorie-free’ Thanksgiving meal and time spent with family and in-laws.

With all of that in mind, Lake County offers multiple events and activities this weekend to distract you from thinking about all of those Thanksgiving plans.

If you’re in the market, we’ve done some research for you. The top 10 places to get a Christmas Tree in Lake County can be found here. For anyone trying to delay that moment and are looking for other things to do, the complete list of Lake County events is located here.

Here are the top things to do this weekend, November 17-19.


Last Call @sfgreat_america #happybirthday @god_complexion 🍷 & 🎢

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Six Flags Great America Last Call Fall Festival Final Weekend

For one final weekend, the amazing feel, smell and taste of fall will be brought to Six Flags Great America for the Last Call Fall Festival. Dozens of options for craft beer and food will be available for purchase inside of the park. Rides, entertainment and more welcome attendees with normal admission. The monsters and scares may have left, but the fun and thrill have not.

Saturday – Sunday, Nov. 18-19; 12-8 p.m. Admission fee, Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Pkwy, Gurnee

Waukegan’s ArtWauk

It’s a party on the street! Enjoy yourself in beautiful Waukegan with the accompaniment of paintings, sculpture, film, theatre, comedy, music, food and all things art-related at Waukegan’s ArtWauk event. Experience the arts revolution for yourself in downtown Waukegan with multiple galleries to delight yourself in.

Saturday, Nov. 18; 5-10 p.m. Free admission, Various locations in Downtown Waukegan, 100 S. Genesee St., Waukegan.

Antioch’s Champagne & Chocolate Walk

Oenophiles and chocoholics rejoice! Antioch is hosting a Champagne and Chocolate Walk to begin the holiday season. Stroll through Antioch’s quaint Downtown as you indulge in this magnificent pair while viewing the town’s holiday theme. Attendees receive a keepsake champagne flute, a coupon for a complimentary bottle of champagne and a bag to carry the delectable treats in.

Saturday, Nov. 18; 12-4 p.m. Admission $40, Antioch Community Building, 884 Main St., Antioch

Last chance to lobby myself onto the Nice List w #Santa #HappyHolidays from #Chicago

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Santa’s Arrival at Hawthorn Mall

Before his big trip, Santa Claus is set to land his sleigh at Hawthorn Mall. Santa can be spotted riding around the upper level on the trackless train with the Hawthorn Rockettes. After his arrival, Santa will be available for pictures with the kids. Photos with Santa can be adorable and/or hilarious, and will surely make a lasting memory, or a good joke when the kids become teenagers.

Friday, Nov. 17; 7 p.m. Free admission, Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

Opening Weekend for Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits at the Citadel Theatre

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”  – Charles Dickens.
The classic musical, Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits, takes over the Citadel Theatre this weekend. Based on the popular book by Charles Dickens, the family-favorite brings all of the cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance.


A complete list of Lake County events is located here.

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