Here are your top 5 things to do this weekend December 16-18.
Who’s ready for the holidays? HolidayWauk returns to the streets of Waukegan along the shore of Lake Michigan. Grab an artsy and unique gift for someone special and know you kept it Lake County Local. The party festivities include a kid’s creative session, free ornament decorating at the Tufo Galerie, Small Works Show at Dandelion Gallery, a play at Three Brothers Theatre called Santa vs. Krampus, a Genesee Theatre production where Christmas with the King and Billie Holiday (Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday tribute) will be performed, free photos with Santa at Jack Benny Plaza, a petting zoo and so much more.
Saturday, December 17; 5-10 p.m. Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street, Waukegan.
2. Long Grove’s Holiday Festivities
This weekend marks the last weekend of Long Grove’s Holiday Festivities. The charming, cozy and historic downtown village will host a variety of family-fun all weekend. Carolers voices will resonate through the air as they will sing around the downtown area from 1-4 p.m. Santa saunters through town ready for you to snap a memorable selfie. On Saturday and Sunday, Long Grove offers free horse-drawn carriage rides from 1-6 p.m. If attendees spend more than $150 in Long Grove shops, you could receive a gift from Visit Long Grove Visitor’s Center.
Friday-Sunday, December 16-18; Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove.
3. Make Your Own Glass Sparkler or Ornament
Before you dust off all the ornaments and holiday season decorations, take a trip to Peter Patterson Glasswork to create some new holiday flair. Choose from flat or twisted ornament styles or a window sparkler and also your choice of colors. Everything in the gallery will be marked at sale price for the holidays, and it is a limit of one person per ornament.
Friday-Sunday, December 16-18; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Peter Patterson Glassworks, 888 Tower Rd., Mundelein.
You think jolly old Saint Nick has had enough to eat? He will always be hungry, and that’s why you and the family should meet up with him at Illinois Beach Resort in their beautiful Grand Vista Ballroom for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The kiddies will have the opportunity to take a picture with Kris Kringle and bring a memory home for just $10. The photo includes a keepsake frame. The youngsters also get to decorate holiday cookies. The stunning view of Lake Michigan is free of charge to gaze upon.
Saturday, December 18; 9 a.m.-noon. Admission between $9.95-$13.95. Children ages three and under free. Illinois Beach Resort, One Lake Front Dr., Zion.
There’s that part of us that always hears that phrase, ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,” and Santa Clause saying ‘Ho, Ho, Ho,’ in an extremely menacing voice. ‘A Christmas Story, The Musical,’ received rave reviews on its Broadway run and is based on the movie classic originally released in 1983. Set in the 1940s, it follows Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Careful to not stick your tongue out this winter on a dare. Remember nothing complements your house better than a leg lamp.
Friday-Sunday, December 16-18; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 1 p.m., 8 p.m. and Sun 3 p.m. Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest.
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