When you have kids the holidays become a whole different level of special. Wathching their awe and wonder, seeing their excitment, it can make even a grinch’s heart grow. We love celebrating the Holidays in Lake County, scroll down to see our latest holiday stories and find our indiviual holiday pages.

Holidays in Lake County

Our most recent holiday stories:

Thanksgiving in Lake County

It’s time to feast! Find all the best recipes and more ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Lake County.

Christmas in Lake County

christmas in lake county

Find all the fun, excitement and spectacle of Christmas in Lake County.

Valentine’s in Lake County

valentines in lake county

There is so much to love about Valentine’s Day in Lake County. Find recipes, DIYs and events.

St. Patrick’s Day in Lake County

Everyone is Irish in March! Find everything you need for a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day with events, recipes, and activities.

Easter in Lake County

easter in lake county

Find the bunny and all his eggs when you celebrate Easter in Lake County.

Halloween in Lake County

Grab your favorite ghouls and goblins for the ultimate in Trick-or-Treating and Halloween fun in Lake County.

Upcoming Holiday Events in Lake County:

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Fox Lake Santa House 12:00 pm
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
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Tree Trimming Party 2:30 pm
Tree Trimming Party @ Lake Forest Library
Dec 4 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
‘Tis the season to deck the Library halls with homemade ornaments. Make ornaments to hang on the Library tree and take home.
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Deerfield’s Annual Winter Celebration 5:00 pm
Deerfield’s Annual Winter Celebration @ Downtown Deerfield & Deefield Square
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the season with your neighbors, friends and family at Deerfield’s Winter Celebration! Horse-drawn carriages rides, a two-hour live ice sculpting show, roasted chestnuts and more highlight the evening’s festivities on the front lawn of [...]
Lincolnshire Holiday Tree Lighting 5:30 pm
Lincolnshire Holiday Tree Lighting @ The Village Green
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Lincolnshire’s Holiday Tree Lighting. more information coming soon.  
Mundelein Annual Tree Lighting 5:30 pm
Mundelein Annual Tree Lighting @ Village Plaza
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Please join us for Mundelein’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Village Plaza (new location). Festivities include music by Jazz Spectrum and the Fremont Middle School singers. Fremont Library will present [...]
Fox Lake Santa House 6:00 pm
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
Open House with Santa 6:00 pm
Open House with Santa @ Loyola's Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us at Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens to welcome Santa to the mansion this holiday season! The evening will be filled with merry spirit through festive activities including self-guided tours of the mansion, craft [...]
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Model Trains return to the Deerfield Library
Model Trains return to the Deerfield Library @ Deerfield Public Library
Dec 7 all-day
If you like model trains, this program is for you! The North Central “0” Gaugers bring their very popular Winter Wonderland model train run to the Library for the Village of Deerfield Winter Celebration. This [...]
Santa’s Grand Welcome at Ice House Mall
Santa’s Grand Welcome at Ice House Mall @ Ice House Mall & Village Shops
Dec 7 all-day
Santa’s Grand Welcome to the Ice House Mall is Saturday, December 7 from 9am to 11am at Chessie’s Restaurant. Welcome Santa and the start of the holiday season at Chessie’s annual “Holiday Breakfast with Santa [...]
Barrington’s White House Holiday Open House 11:00 am
Barrington’s White House Holiday Open House @ Barrington's White House
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come enjoy the House beautifully decorated for the season. It’s a perfect setting for you to take your own holiday family photos by our Christmas trees and garland-decorated fireplace and winding oak staircase. Learn about [...]
“It’s A Wonderful Life…In Lake Bluff!” 1:00 pm
“It’s A Wonderful Life…In Lake Bluff!” @ Lake Bluff History Museum
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Santa arrives at the Museum on a Fire Truck and will spend the afternoon, from 1-4 on December 7 to talk with local children. Visit him and then head to the Village Green for the [...]
Holiday Walk on Main Street, Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival 2:00 pm
Holiday Walk on Main Street, Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival @ Main Street, Wauconda and Community Center
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aft er a day of winter activities on Main Street, join the Wauconda Park District and get into the holiday spirit as we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Wauconda at the annual Tree Lighting [...]
Hometown Holiday 3:00 pm
Hometown Holiday @ Hawthorn Woods Community Park
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Usher in the holiday season with our Hawthorn Woods community at our annual Hometown Holiday event. Enjoy a visit with Santa and horse drawn wagon rides while snacking on cookies and sipping on hot cocoa. [...]
Miracle on Main Street 3:00 pm
Miracle on Main Street @ Downtown Lake Zurich at Rotary Park
Dec 7 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us from 3-7pm on Saturday, December 7th in downtown Lake Zurich for our Miracle on Main Street event. This special evening includes a visit from Santa Claus and is sure to be a memorable [...]
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Santa’s Cottage 12:00 pm
Santa’s Cottage @ Mundelein Village Hall-
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa’s Cottage is one of Mundelein’s most cherished events in the eyes of children and their parents. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and [...]
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Fox Lake Santa House 6:00 pm
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
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Fox Lake Santa House 11:00 am
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
Santa’s Cottage 12:00 pm
Santa’s Cottage @ Mundelein Village Hall-
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa’s Cottage is one of Mundelein’s most cherished events in the eyes of children and their parents. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and [...]
Oh Snap! It’s a 90’s Holiday Party! 1:00 pm
Oh Snap! It’s a 90’s Holiday Party! @ Zion-Benton Public Library
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chill out and get nostalgic your favorite 90’s holiday movies like Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Santa Clause. There will be movie-themed activities, snacks, and raffle prizes for all ages!
Winter Dance Spectacular 4:00 pm
Winter Dance Spectacular @ Lake Forest Recreation Center
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join in the Performance Companies of Lake Forest Dance Academy as they present a holiday show for all ages with swinging Santas, a Rockette kick-line and so much more!
Do it Yourself Messiah & Carol Sing-a-Long 7:00 pm
Do it Yourself Messiah & Carol Sing-a-Long @ First United Methodist Church of Waukegan
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  Join the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and the Waukegan Concert Chorus in their annual Do-it-Yourself Messiah! Raise your voice or enjoy the collaboration of others! Program: Mozart: 3 German Dances, K.605 Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on [...]
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Fox Lake Santa House 12:00 pm
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
Bannockburn Winter Hayride 3:00 pm
Bannockburn Winter Hayride @ Village Hall
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please join your neighbors for a horse drawn wagon ride that will travel thru the streets of Bannockburn. Join your friends and neighbors, bring your children and grandchildren, a blanket, and your sing-a-long voice for [...]
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Fox Lake Santa House 6:00 pm
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
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Fox Lake Santa House 11:00 am
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
Santa’s Cottage 12:00 pm
Santa’s Cottage @ Mundelein Village Hall-
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa’s Cottage is one of Mundelein’s most cherished events in the eyes of children and their parents. Hosted by the Mundelein Community Connection, a visit to Santa’s Cottage is a memorable experience year in and [...]
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Fox Lake Santa House 12:00 pm
Fox Lake Santa House @ Millennium Park
Dec 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa is coming back to Fox Lake, IL! He will be at Millennium Park located at 6 Rollins Road, Fox Lake, IL. Come visit his Santa House, and tell him what toys you would like [...]
Barrington’s White House Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long 3:00 pm
Barrington’s White House Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long @ Barrington's White House
Dec 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bring the entire family and sing along with your favorite traditional carols. It’s a fun and interactive afternoon to put you in the holiday spirit. Directed by former BHS Choir Director Nancie Tobison. Egg Nog [...]
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Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Lake Forest Library 11:30 am
Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Lake Forest Library @ Lake Forest Library
Dec 31 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Why should adults have all the fun? Ring in the New Year in the Children’s Library without having to stay up past your bedtime. We’ll countdown to noon with stories, crafts, and lots of fun, [...]