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.
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
- December 1 – Tree Decorating Party, Chick-fil-A, Vernon Hills
- December 2 – Polar Express Pajama Storytime, Barnes & Noble, Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
- December 3 – Santa’s Grand Welcome! Holiday Celebration, Ice House Mall, Barrington
- December 3 – Holiday Extravaganza, North Suburban YMCA, Northbrook
- December 3 – Dickens of a Holiday Festival, Cook Park, Libertyville
- December 3 – Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Lindenhurst Park District
- December 4 – Santa at Reed-Turner Woodland, Long Grove – free with Toys for Tots donation
- December 5 – Tree Trimming Party, Lake Forest Library
- December 5 – Holiday Train, Viking Park, Gurnee – read Alli’s review of her experience
- December 7 – Walk-in, Papercraft Holiday Ornaments, Antioch Public Library
- December 9 – Story Time with Elf on the Shelf, Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
- December 9 – Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball, Barnes & Noble, Deerfield
- December 10 – Storytime with Santa, Barrington Bank
- December 10 – Elf on the Big Screen, Liberty Theater, Libertyville – free with canned food donation
- December 11 – Pony Rides with Santa, Timmerman’s Ranch and Saddle Shop, Island Lake
- December 11 – Merry Grinchmas Holiday Party, Grant Community High School, Fox Lake
- December 16 – Mariachi Christmas, Belvidere Park, Waukegan
- December 17 – Photos with Santa, Julie’s Coffee, Lake Villa
- December 17 – Santa’s Sleigh is on it’s Way Storytime, Barnes & Noble, Deer park
- December 17 – It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen, Liberty Theater, Libertyville – free with canned food donation
- December 17 – Do-it-Yourself Messiah, First United Methodist Church of Waukegan – only children younger than 18 are free, adults are $15
- December 20 – Winter Walk-ins – Snowflake Suncatcher, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove
- December 22 – Winter Walk-ins – Clothespin Reindeer, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove
- December 22– Santa 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 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.
Disclosure: Animal Quest is a paid sponsor of the Christmas Countdown.