Light up your Holidays with our Guide to Lake County Holiday Tree Lightings {2018}

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With the massive trees decked out in twinkling lights, carolers singing holiday tunes, and a steaming cup of hot chocolate in hand; attending a local tree lighting is the best way to put you in the holiday spirit. We have rounded up all the various Holiday Tree Lighting events in Lake County so you can plan to see your own town’s event or venture out and visit surrounding towns.

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Lake County Tree Lighting Events

 Keep in mind that these events are all outdoors, so dress for the weather. Little Lake County is not responsible for canceled events. Events are listed in chronological order, please click on the links for further details.

17 November 3:00 p.m. – Highland Park Holiday Tree Lighting
This event is held rain or shine. Kick off the winter festivities in downtown Highland Park with photos with Santa, Horse-Drawn sleigh rides, carolers, entertainment and the lighting of the holiday tree.

18 November 4:30 p.m.   –  Lights Around Wheeling
Usher in the Holidays with Lights Around Wheeling. Stop by for some hot cocoa, and a visit with Santa, and experience the beautiful lights turning on to mark the beginning of the Holiday Season.

23 November 3:00 p.m. – 35th Annual Lake Forest Tree Lighting
Celebrate the 35th annual tree lighting ceremony in Market Square.  For children and the young-at-heart, there will be a special visit from Santa Claus from 3:30-5:00p.m., and everyone can enjoy hot chocolate and donut holes provided by Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company. Additional entertainment includes caroling concert by the Lake Forest High School Choristers and Lake Forest Dance Academy performance. The lights will be set aglow after the 5:00 p.m. performance.

23 November 3:00 p.m. – Village of Grayslake Tree Lighting
Every year, Santa rides to town courtesy of the Grayslake Fire Department, and turns on all of the Holiday Lights in Grayslake! Lights will be turned on at 5:30 p.m. activities, sleigh rides, and Santa visits will take place at various locations throughout downtown before and after the lighting.

23 November 4:00 p.m.  Light the Lights Glencoe Tree Lighting Celebration 
Take part in the kick-off of the Village of Glencoe’s year-long 150th-anniversary celebration at this exciting holiday event! Enjoy caroling, a visit from Santa and the magic moment with downtown Glencoe is suddenly aglow.

23 November, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Round Lake Beach Holiday Tree Lighting
The evening begins at the Village Hall with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a Fire Truck at approximately 6:15 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the annual lighting of the tree will begin. Afterward, everyone is invited to follow the illuminated path back to the Cultural & Civic Center for more fun with your family, friends, and neighbors.

23 November, 6:30 p.m.  Antioch Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Welcome Santa and the Christmas Season to town at the old-fashioned Holiday Parade sponsored by the Village of Antioch.  The parade takes place on Main Street between Park Avenue and Depot Street and travels north.  Santa joins the community and participates in the parade as the last float which leads everyone to the community Christmas tree.

23 November 6:30 p.m. Libertyville Holiday Tree Lighting
Join downtown heritage area businesses for holiday singing, tree lighting and pictures with Santa in Cook Memorial Park.

24 November 2:00 p.m. Festival of Lights Parade and Village of Fox Lake Tree Lighting
Celebrate the Holiday spirit with the Village of Fox Lake at the Festival of Lights! Prior to the parade and tree lighting, attend a Kris Kringle Winter Market located at the community Garden Green. The parade will start at 5:00 p.m. at Grant Community High school and march down Grand Avenue. Immediately Following the parade there will be the Annual Tree Lighting at Millennium Park.

24 November 4:30 p.m. – Vernon Hills Tree & Menorah Lighting
Help light up the holiday season by watching Mayor Roger Byrne flip the switch to the holiday tree and menorah. Bring the family, the neighbors, and the kids out for hot chocolate, cookies, and cider.

24 November 5:00 – Village of Lake Villa Tree Lighting & Parade
Lake Villa’s annual Lighted Holiday Parade will march down Cedar Avenue and conclude with the traditional tree lighting in Lehmann Park. After the tree lighting, be sure to head to the train station for refreshments and visits with Santa. Don’t forget your camera!

24 November 5:00 p.m. – Village of Volo Christmas Tree Lighting
The 14th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at the Village Hall. Carols will begin at 5:00 p.m. and Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to light the tree. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Grant and Wauconda Township food pantries.

30 November 5:00 p.m. – Village of Round Lake Christmas Tree Lighting
The Village of Round Lake will host the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Round Lake Village Hall.

30 November, 5:30 p.m.  Mundelein Annual Tree Lighting
Mundelein’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at the Village Plaza (new location). Festivities begin with music, singing and other Holiday themed entertainment. Santa Claus will help with the official countdown for the lighting of the Village Holiday Tree and an amazing fireworks display! This is the perfect way to kick-off the beautiful holiday season. We hope to see you there!

Photo Source: Village of Lake Zurich Facebook Page

1 December 2:00 p.m.- 7:00p.m.   – Wauconda Holiday Walk on Main Street & Santa’s Arrival
Santa will arrive on a fire truck to light the tree and kick off the holiday season with a brief Fireworks display. After Santa arrives, join friends and neighbors in the Community Center for crafts, games, stories, and refreshments.

1 December 3:00 p.m.  Miracle on Main Street 
Lake Zurich will once again have a beautiful 35-foot tree displayed for the holiday season, an opportunity to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their reindeer. Event entertainment includes Lake Zurich High School’s Bare Voices, a DJ and the Academy of Performing Arts. There will be children’s crafts, sleigh rides, adult beverages, and food vendors. Cookies and hot cocoa provided by the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce and hot cider provided by the Lions Club.

1 December 4:00 p.m. Winthrop Harbor Holiday Light Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
The parade, lasting approximately one hour, will travel through various neighborhoods throughout the Village and end up at the park on the corner of 8th Street and Whitney Avenue (North side of the Fire Department), where the North Prairie Jr. High School Band will perform, and a special appearance by Santa Clause will take place! Lighting of the tree takes place directly after.

1 December 4:00 p.m. Waukegan Tree Lighting
Join Waukegan Main Street in the Downtown Waukegan Arts & Entertainment District for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!

1 December 4:30 p.m. Lindenhurst Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Join the Lindenhurst Park District as they light their outdoor holiday tree at the Lindenhurst Park District Lippert Community Center. Enjoy cookies, juice, crafting, stilt-walker, children’s raffle, Jason the Juggler and of course visit Santa! Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa and drop off in our Santa’s Mailbox.

1 December 5:30 p.m. – Lincolnshire Tree Lighting
Holiday tree lighting and festivities on the village green.

1 December, 6:00 p.m. Hawthorn Woods Hometown Holiday
Usher in the holiday season with the Hawthorn Woods community at the first annual Hometown Holiday event. Enjoy a visit with Santa and horse-drawn wagon rides while snacking on cookies and listening to the sounds of the Stevenson High School Choir. Kick-off the holiday season by lighting our community tree. Be sure to join us for this traditional holiday event!

Map of Local Tree Lighting Events

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Where will you be kicking off the holiday season?


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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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