Things To Do This Weekend November 27-December 2

Did we hear you say gobble gobble in this edition of things to do this weekend November 27-December 2? Thanksgiving is one of those splendid holidays because there’s nothing else attached to the celebration except family and food.

Plus, everyone is jazzed up in a short week of work. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds after some good home-cookin’, have a fun run at one of Lake County’s turkey trots. Click here to learn more.

If you would rather dine out on turkey day, continue here to learn about what land of lakes eatery is serving Thanksgiving dinner. Click here to shop till you drop with our Black Friday, Small-Biz Saturday post.

Be thankful for a tasty bird, familiar faces and Lake County libations in this installment of things to do this weekend November 27-December 2.

1. Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train in Viking Park

The train horn can be heard in the distance. That’s the sound of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train making its annual stop at Viking Park in Gurnee. This vastly illuminated 14-car train partners with local communities to raise food and funds for local food banks as well as raise awareness about hunger issues. The train will blare live holiday music, conduct a brief ceremony and will pass out candy canes for the kids. The choo-choo features live performances from Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott. There is a charter pickup from Saratoga Square (southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue) and Riverside Plaza (northeast corner across from Six Flags Great America’s employee entrance). Free parking at Saratoga Square and Riverside Plaza runs from 2-7 p.m. on December 2.

Monday, December 2; 5:10-6 p.m. Train arrives at 5:15 p.m. Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee.

2. Dickens Holiday and Kringle Christmas Villages in Antioch


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“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail.” Jacob Marley and a cast of other memorable Charles Dickens characters are lined along Main and Lake Streets to offer visitors a cheerio to the holiday. This Olde English public art exhibit has over 40 lifelike mannequins spread along the streets, displaying over 25 different storylines and acting out different Dickens’ scenes. Get the “bah humbug” out of your soul with these charming displays. Across town, Kringle’s Christmas Village illuminates Antioch. In an indoor storefront across the street from Piggly Wiggly, a plethora of shadowboxes provide that same nostalgia attained when enjoying Chicago’s Marshall Fields’ windows. Both villages in downtown Antioch are on display through January 1.

Friday-Sunday, November 29-December 1. Downtown Antioch.

3. Fox Lake Festival of the Lights

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” The Fox Lake Festival of Lights brightens the family spirit. The village’s holiday event is highlighted by a parade, the tree lighting, the Kris Kringle Winter Market and more. The parade steps off at Stanton School, marching down Grand Avenue and ending at Millennium Park where the tree is erected for the arbor lighting. “Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

Saturday, November 30; 2-8 p.m. Millennium Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake.

4. Bloody Mary Bash at North Shore Distillery

Shoppers may be in furiously perusing in Lake County following turkey day. For those who have completed their holiday gift shopping, “take 5” at North Shore Distillery’s Bloody Mary Bash. The Green Oaks distillery is serving a collection of bloody Mary variations and garnishes. North Shore Distillery also invites Fork N Fry Mobile Poutinerie food truck to fill those bellies with sustenance. The fest runs till 6 p.m., but the Lake County Libation Trail stop keeps its doors open till 10 p.m. Be sure to taste the distillery’s newest seasonal sprit the Cocoa Curaçao.

Friday, November 29; 1-6 p.m. North Shore Distillery, 13990 Rockland Rd., Green Oaks.

5. Alice Cooper at Genesee Theatre


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“Schools out for” Thanksgiving. “The Godfather of Shock Rock,” Alice Cooper returns to the Genesee Theatre stage. The master of macabre musical theatre is one of the most beloved heavy metal artists and has provided hit after hit for over half a century. Cooper will perform fan-favorites like “I’m Eighteen,” “Elected,” “Schools Out” and a set list of other treasured anthems. The three-time Grammy Award-nominee will have rock lovers headbanging through the holiday weekend.

Saturday, November 30; 8 p.m. Tickets: $60-$120. Genesee Theatre, N. Genesee St., Waukegan.

For more things to do this weekend November 27-December 2, click here. To start creating your holiday plans, continue here.

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