Christmas Countdown: 24 FREE Holiday Events presented by Animal Quest

The Little Lake County Christmas Countdown is presented by Animal Quest – providing animal education through entertainment in the form of animal shows and parties in the Chicagoland area.

Make the countdown to Christmas more fun than checking boxes or saying “no, not today.”  Thanks to our friends at Animal Quest we have 24 fun, FREE holiday events planned out for you! There is even a printable countdown at the end, if checking boxes is your thing.

free holiday events

As with all of our event listings, please click through to the event listing and/or the organizer’s page. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes, cancellations or events that reach capacity.

24 Free Holiday Events

  1. December 1 Tree Decorating Party, Chick-fil-A, Vernon Hills
  2. December 2Polar Express Pajama Storytime, Barnes & Noble, Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
  3. December 3Santa’s Grand Welcome! Holiday Celebration, Ice House Mall, Barrington
  4. December 3Holiday Extravaganza, North Suburban YMCA, Northbrook
  5. December 3Dickens of a Holiday Festival, Cook Park, Libertyville
  6. December 3Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Lindenhurst Park District
  7. December 4Santa at Reed-Turner Woodland, Long Grove – free with Toys for Tots donation
  8. December 5Tree Trimming Party, Lake Forest Library
  9. December 5 – Holiday Train, Viking Park, Gurnee – read Alli’s review of her experience
  10. December 7Walk-in, Papercraft Holiday Ornaments, Antioch Public Library
  11. December 9Story Time with Elf on the Shelf, Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
  12. December 9Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball, Barnes & Noble, Deerfield

    Holiday Train in Viking Park
    Image Source: Canadian Pacific Railway Website
  13. December 10Storytime with Santa, Barrington Bank
  14. December 10Elf on the Big Screen, Liberty Theater, Libertyville – free with canned food donation
  15. December 11 – Pony Rides with Santa, Timmerman’s Ranch and Saddle Shop, Island Lake
  16. December 11Merry Grinchmas Holiday Party, Grant Community High School, Fox Lake
  17. December 16 Mariachi Christmas, Belvidere Park, Waukegan
  18. December 17 Photos with Santa, Julie’s Coffee, Lake Villa
  19. December 17Santa’s Sleigh is on it’s Way Storytime, Barnes & Noble, Deer park
  20. December 17It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen, Liberty Theater, Libertyville – free with canned food donation
  21. December 17Do-it-Yourself Messiah, First United Methodist Church of Waukegan – only children younger than 18 are free, adults are $15
  22. December 20Winter Walk-ins – Snowflake Suncatcher, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove
  23. December 22Winter Walk-ins – Clothespin Reindeer, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove
  24. December 22Santa Visit, Grayslake Park District – free with donation to the food pantry


To print your own countdown of this list, click on the image or Christmas Countdown and print your own copy.


Animal Quest

Animal Quest provides Wildlife Education shows for schools, birthday parties, Cub Scouts, libraries, senior residences, park districts, and other events.  They are experienced in delivering fun, exciting, and informative animal presentations for audiences of all ages.  Read about Melissa’s Birthday Party experience with Animal Quest.

Animal Quest
(847) 504-7036 | | Facebook

Disclosure: Animal Quest is a paid sponsor of the Christmas Countdown.



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