Winter Break in Lake County 2019

Tis the time of year where the kids are off school and are playing with their gifts or looking for something fun to do. Thankfully Lake County has plenty of activities geared towards families and kids during the holiday break.

Whether they are racing down roller coasters, watching a show, or anything else there are plenty of options available to create memories during their time off. Use this guide to plan some fun for the whole family and let the kiddos burn off that sugar rush from all of the holiday treats.

Here is your guide to winter break in Lake County in 2019.


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  • Take the family to Six Flags Great America for a day of chills, thrills, lights, and delicious s’mores during Holiday in the Park. This holiday extravaganza is open through December 31. INFO»
  • Enter a winter wonderland full of fun activities and say hello to Santa during Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois. This experience runs through January 5. INFO»
  • Explore an illuminated wonderland unlike any other at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Runs through January 5. INFO»
  • Jam out to your favorite holiday music and watch the lights dance from your car at Santa’s Rock’n’Lights. This light show end December 31. INFO»
  • Travel back in time to the Dickens Era and browse over-sized shadowboxes as you stroll through Antioch’s Christmas Village. Dickens Holiday and Kringle Christmas Villages run through New Year’s Day.  INFO»
  • Bowl some strikes and win as many tickets you can in the arcade at Kristof’s Entertainment Center. INFO»


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  • Race over to Volo Auto Museum and check out their new Ford v. Ferrari exhibit. Also check out the Volo 4 Malls and find some hidden treasures. Exhibit operates through January 5.  INFO»
  • Check out magnificent model train exhibits and enjoy plenty of kid friendly activities at the Great Train Show at Lake County Fairgrounds. All Aboard! INFO»
  • Make a splash to kick off the new year! Jump into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan with the Polar Plunge at Waukegan Beach. INFO»
  • Try your best impression of an Olympic Figure Skater or hone your hockey skills at one of the many ice rinks in Lake County  INFO»
  • Hop into the cockpit and take to the skies with the realistic flight simulators at Extreme Flight Simulation. INFO»
  • Enjoy an enchanting story and then go for a guided hike through the scenic hike at the Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center. INFO»


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  • New Year’s Eve celebrations can be fun and educational. Learn how people around the world ring in the new year with activities at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum. INFO»
  • Learn the rich history of the Mexico’s Dia de Muertos celebration in this exhibit at the Dunn Museum. See it before it ends on January 5. INFO»
  • “Move it, Move it” on over to the Marriott Theatre for “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure!” Curtains close December 29. INFO»
  • Journey through Victorian England as it comes to life on the Marriott Theatre stage in the beloved musical “Oliver!” INFO»
  • Bump, collide and compete against your friends in the unique bumper car sport WhirlyBall. INFO»
  • Stay active during the break and master the game of tennis during this camp at the Deer Creek Racquet Club. INFO»
  • Head over to the West Ridge Center in Highland Park for a day of jokes and laughter for the kids. INFO»


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  • Go for an adventure as you explore the woods around the Heller Nature Center and discover the mysteries of the forest. INFO»
  • Let your imagination run wild and build your own unique 3D world during the Roblox Create Winter Break Camp. INFO»
  • Team up for a game of laser tag and a variety of other activities at Hunt Club Community Park. INFO»
  • Put your wits to the test and your friends in checkmate during this Winter Chess Camp. Each camper gets to bring a chess set home. INFO»
  • Gallop over to the Gurnee Park District and show off your art skills at this horse drawing workshop. INFO»


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  • Get in touch with your wild side during this hands-on educational experience featuring a variety of animals. INFO»
  • Bring your friends and groove on into the new year at the Mundelein Parks and Recreation District. INFO»
  • Wander the decked halls of the Shiloh House and visit Santa in the cottage to get into the festive spirit. INFO»
  • Jump into the foam pit and play a fun game of dodgeball at the impressive trampoline park Launch. INFO»

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