Seasonal | Libertyville Area Moms



Local Pools & Beaches

Also visit our Aquatics page under Resources!

Vernon Hills Aquatic Center
645 N. Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills

Opening Day
June 4, 2022

Weekdays: 10:30 am-5 pm
Weekends: 11 am-7 pm
July 4: 11 am-7 pm

August 5 is the last weekday the aquatic center will be open. It will stay open on weekends through August 14.

Barefoot Bay
1461 N. Midlothian

Opening Memorial Day Weekend 5/29 & 5/30, Closed 5/31 – 6/3, Regular Season begins 6/4
Hours: Sunday 12-5pm, Monday CLOSED, Tuesday – Saturday 12-7pm *season pass holders can enter an hour early at 11am

Spray Park

Diamond Lake Beach 
1016 N. Diamond Lake Road

Lake Minear Beach 
600 W. Oak Spring Road

Opens daily 5/28 10am – 8pm until hours change early August

Adler Pool
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Opens 5/28

Riverside Pool
870 Country Club Drive

Opens 6/11

Hunt Club Aquatic Center
900 N. Hunt Club Road

Opening Weekend 2022: 5/28 – 5/30 11am – 7pm
Open weekdays starting 6/4 12 – 7pm, Weekend and holiday hours 11am – 7pm

Grayslake Aquatic Center
250 Library Lane



Apple Orchards, Pumpkins, Farms

Fall Fun

View all of the businesses websites and call ahead for updates to their procedures and offerings for this the 2021 season! Reservations may be required and not all attractions may be offered. Call ahead for safety protocol to check your comfort level.

Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road
Green Oaks

This no-frills orchard has been a family favorite for over 60 years!
They are typically open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check their website for details.
Accepts cash only. No admission or parking fees, just $10 for a 1/2 peck bag or $20 for a 1 peck bag.

A Note from their Facebook page 8/8/21: We plan on opening sometime mid-September. We don’t have a very large crop this year so our hours and days will be VERY limited. More info to come in a few weeks.

Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI


Pricing information can be found on their website. View their picking calendar here

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176

2021 Info: Our 2021 season starts on Sat, 8/28 and goes through 10/31. We will be open 10-6 on weekends and 10-5 on weekdays.

Pricing and more information about apple and pumpkin picking, fall fun & food can be found on their website. 

Stade’s Farm & Market
3709 Miller Road

Stade’s Market, Picking and Fall Fun information can be found on their website!

Stade’s Shades of Autumn Fall Festival is open 9/11/21 – 10/31/21

September Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 6pm, October Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 6pm

Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street (Highway L)
Kenosha, WI

Fall Attractions 9/18/21 – 10/31/21

Country Store and Free Hand-painted Fall Display Hours: Open Daily from 8am – 8pm

Paid Fall Activity Area Hours: Weekdays 4pm–8pm • Weekends 10am–8pm

Didier Farm
16678 W. Aptakisic Road

Opening 9/18/21 for the Season – view their website to see what is offered!

Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive
East Troy, WI

The Last Day of the Summer Season is Labor Day, 9/6. The First Day of the Fall Season is 9/22/21!

Visit their website for more details!

Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Town Line Road

Open for Fall 2021 9/18 – 11/1! Visit their website for hours and pricing.

Country Bumpkin
27691 N. Gilmer Road

Open Everyday April – October 30th. Monday – Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington

Farmer’s Market & Fall Festival open daily 9/11 – 10/31 9am – 6pm. Labor Day & Halloween 9am – 3pm.

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard
42W813 Reinking Road
Pingree Grove, IL

Fall Festival Open Daily from August 27, 2021 through Halloween Day

Hours are 9-6 every day, including Columbus Day and Labor Day

Online tickets are required. Click “Buy Tickets” to purchase your tickets.

Fall & Winter Light Show!

View more information including rates and offerings on their website.

Patch 22
15900 Kelly Road

Patch 22 is typically open on weekends in October. Stay tuned for 2021 info!




Trick-or-Treat Hours



Village Trick or Treat is from 4 – 8pm on October 31st. 

Trick or Treat on MainStreet

Friday, October 29, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Downtown Libertyville

Trick or Treat in the perfect safe and secure environment – the stores in downtown Libertyville! Be sure to bring your camera! Participating stores will have a bright orange pumpkin sign on their door or window. Make sure walk down Cook Ave., Church St. and Lake as well. Participating stores: TBD

Vernon Hills:

Village Trick or Treat is from 2 – 6pm on October 31st. 

Halloween Safety Tips by the Village of Vernon Hills


Trick or Treat hours for the Village of Mundelein are Sunday, October 31 from 4-8 PM. Visit their website here.


Trick or Treat hours for the Village of Lincolnshire are Sunday, October 31 from 4-8 PM. Visit their website here. 


Trick or Treat hours for the Village of Gurnee are Sunday, October 31 from 2-5 PM. Visit their website here.


Trick or Treat hours for the Village of Grayslake are not posted yet for 2021.

See our Calendar for Fall Events!


Activities, Classes & Sports

Fall Fun

Visit our Classes & Sports Page for Ideas!


Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

Libertyville Farmers Market
Join us every Thursday morning in downtown Libertyville.
May 30th and June 6th, and then June 20th through October 17th
7am – 1pm

Mundelein Farmer’s Market
Park Street between Lake & Seymour Streets
Fridays June 14th – September 27th
3 – 7pm

Vernon Hills Farmers Market
Century Park
Thursdays, June 6th – August 29th
Century Park
3 – 7pm

Local vendors will display their goods weekly, June 6 through August 29 on Thursdays from 3 pm-7 pm at the south end of Century Park. There will be no market on July 4.
A parking lot is on site at the corner of Hawthorn Parkway and Lakeview Parkway. Additional parking is available at the Rust-Oleum Development Center.

Grayslake Farmers Market
Center Street

Spring Market
April 13th – June 1st
10am – 2pm

Summer Market
June 5th – September 25th
3 – 7pm

Fall Market
September 28th – December 14th
10am – 2pm

The Grayslake Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization that fosters a sense of community by operating a weekly three season outdoor shopping experience in the historic downtown center that offers farm fresh and prepared foods, arts and crafts, music and children’s activities.

East Grand Avenue Farmers & Artisans Market 

July 21th
August 18th
September 15th
October 20th
11am – 3pm

The East Grand Artisans & Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of the Salvation Army (3559 Grand Avenue) at the corner of Belle Plaine/Grand Avenue.

Lake Bluff Farmers Market
Village Green
June 8th – October 12th
7am – noon

From produce, proteins and pastries to flowers, cheese and more, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market is one of the Village’s best places to stock your fridge and pantry! With knife sharpening services, live music and cooking demonstrations, the Lake Bluff Farmers’ Market works to create an experience that will kick summer weekends in Lake Bluff in style. Join us, join our vendors and join your neighbors on the Lake Bluff Village Green each and every Friday in the summer!

The Garden Market at Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork
Lake Forest
Fridays and Saturdays
May 17th – October 26th
8am – 1pm

The Garden Market begins mid-May and runs through October, featuring produce, herbs and flowers harvested directly from the Elawa Garden and from selected local visiting vendors. Our small-scale Market Garden provides a remarkable array of heirloom tomatoes, greens, carrots, beets, squash, herbs, honey, flower bouquets and more. 

In addition we offer seasonal homemade items from our own Elawa Kitchen as well as local artisan items for your garden and home.

Note:  Any surplus of produce and food items in our seasonal Garden Market are donated weekly to a local food pantry.





Thanksgiving and Giving Back

November is a time to for gratitude and connecting with family and friends over a feast. It is one of my favorite months of the year. A time to slow down after the busy back to school season and Halloween festivities and prepare for the holidays ahead.

Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey, Ham & fixings:

Farmer Nicks LLC

Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey here!
Heritage breeds
Pasture raised
No hormones
No antibiotics
$3.50 lb (half the price for similar birds found in area grocery store chains)
Pick up Nov 17th Grayslake Farmers Market 10-2
Nov 18th Lake County Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market 10-2

Call 815-451-5084 to reserve yours today!

Sunset Foods Libertyville
1451 E. Peterson Road

The Honey Baked Ham Company
4949 Grand Avenue

The Meat Shop
632 E. Hawley Road

Trader Joe’s
1600 S. Milwaukee Avenue

Whole Foods
851 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest


Where to Buy Your Thanksgiving Pies:

Khayat Catering

Cheesecake Factory
930 Milwaukee Avenue

Entire Menu is available for pickup and delivery.

Elawa Farm
1401 Middlefork Drive
Lake Forest

See our Bakery section under Restaurants for a comprehensive list of bakeries.



Giving Back

Volunteering as a family is a great way to model and teach gratitude to children. Giving back can be an annual family tradition that creates memories and bonds while helping others in your community. Visit each non-profits website to learn how to volunteer or donate.

Cornerstone Foundation – The mission of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation is to provide opportunities and resources to children and their families who are in need. Since 2005, Charles Tillman’s charitable efforts have impacted the lives of thousands of critically and chronically ill children and their families.

The Super Jake Foundation: Helping Kids Win the Battle Against Cancer
P.O. Box 477
[email protected]

The mission of The Super Jake Foundation is to fund research to find a cure for neuroblastoma, a rare and deadly form of pediatric cancer, and to provide assistance to families with children with cancer. Headquartered near Chicago, The Super Jake Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and sponsoring neuroblastoma research programs throughout the country.

Red Cape Gala 
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Westin in Wheeling
Reserve your spot today! 
Sponsorship & Donor Information

Feed My Starving Children
742 E. Park Avenue

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Fill a Heart 4 Kids
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest

Brighter Futures for foster and homeless children! There are so many ways to get invoived!

Gigi’s Playhouse
We change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

Keeping Families Covered (formerly Twice as Nice Mother & Child)
3250-B N. Oak Grove Avenue

Keeping Families Covered provides diapers and other basic needs to families. We distribute items through agency partnerships and direct-to-client service. We also raise awareness about diaper need and period poverty while working to build sustainable programs in Lake County. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, our on-site diaper bank and mobile diaper pantry distributes over 500,000 diapers every year. We also provide other essentials like baby wipes, infant formula, gently used maternity wear and children’s clothing/shoes (newborn to size 12), baby care equipment and children’s books. As a member of the Alliance for Period Supplies, we also distribute period products. Located in Waukegan, Illinois, Keeping Families Covered currently supports over 1,200 families and 1,800 children every month. We have donated over 2 million diapers and 100,000 period supplies to the most vulnerable residents in our community.

Lake County Center for Independent Living
3477 N. Seymour

Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL) is a non-residential, cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. We advocate for a fully accessible society that is inclusive of everyone. LCCIL believes that the disability community must have the freedom and opportunity to control our own lives.

Lake County Haven

Lake County Haven is a social-service agency dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women and children. We use education, employment, and life-skills training to help people move from homelessness to independence. Throughout this process, our goal is always the long-term stability and self-sufficiency of each person.

Little Giraffe Foundation 
Click here for ways to support this organization dedicated to funding neonatal research and supporting patients and parents of the NICU.

If you’d like to donate a book or toy for their holiday gift bag program to 14 Chicagoland hospital NICUs/special care nurseries, including Advocate Condell Medical Center and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, click here for their Amazon Wish List.

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on our generous donors, volunteers, and community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations and individuals who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in Northern Illinois.

Orphans of the Storm
Orphans of the Storm is your community’s animal shelter. By choosing to volunteer your time and talents, you are helping to make a difference to thousands of homeless animals that arrive to our door each year.

PADS Lake County
Make a Donation, Give Items, Make Lunches, Volunteer

Project Linus
Through the gift of handmade blankets, Project Linus is able to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. They donate blankets to children from premature babies to eighteen years of age. There are many ways to be involved including blanket making events, the Kids Helping Kids program, the adopt-a-blanket program and many more you can find here.

Roberti Community Center
919 8th Street

The mission of Roberti Community House is to nourish, educate and empower community members so that they can acknowledge, appreciate and actualize their individual strengths and talents.

Ronald McDonald House Near Lurie Children’s
For over 40 years this organization has been caring for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. They allow families to stay close to their child in the hospital near the care and resources they need which supports the child and family’s health and well-being while saving the family’s hotel and food costs. The many ways to get involved can be found here. Your generous involvement allows the Ronald McDonald House to offer families home cooked meals, activities for children and their families, shared living space to bond with others, beautiful gardens for rest and play and a home filled with love and support. People can volunteer for the Meals or Cookies form the Heart programs, purchasing from the wishlist, volunteering, purchasing a brick in the garden and much more.

SRACLC Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County
290 Oakwood Road
Vernon Hills

The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County was formed in 1976 as a cooperative effort of Member Agencies with the purpose to provide year round community based recreation services to individuals with disabilities and their families.

St. Joseph Food Pantry
Formation Center
112 North Milwaukee Avenue

The St. Joseph Food Pantry is a supermarket style food pantry located in the strip mall at 112 North Milwaukee Avenue in the Formation Center. Our food pantry is operated by volunteers. Food is donated and funds are used to purchase food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank as well as other local grocery stores. The food pantry is open to anyone who needs food due to loss of job or other events that created a hardship.

Stepping Stones Network
PO Box 208
Grayslake, IL

Our mission is to educate and engage the community to prevent domestic commercial sexual exploitation and provide comprehensive, restorative care to survivors.

Waukegan to College
410 Grand Avenue

At Waukegan to College (W2C), our mission is to create brighter futures for first-generation students, their families, and their community by preparing students to enroll in and graduate from a four-year college or university.

Youthage Culinary
508 N. Seymour Avenue

Our culinary program is designed to give youth an opportunity to experience hands on training while preparing them for real life experiences involving food service. The students will also learn Leadership Skills, Organizational Skills, and how to live healthier life styles.

 Adler Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue

With a commitment to community, the Adler Arts Center serves to educate, promote, and preserve the arts. The Adler Arts Center is dedicated to promoting music and the arts as an integral part of everyday life. Its year-round activities are designed to foster critical thinking and interpretation, participation, entertainment, and achievement in music and the arts for the people of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The Adler Arts Center maintains and interprets the historic home of architect David Adler, which is the base of its activities, and a visual image of the harmony between music, the arts, and daily life.

Bernie’s Book Bank
917 N. Shore Drive
Lake Bluff

Equestrian Connection
600 Bradley Road
Lake Forest

Equestrian Connection’s mission is to improve the physical, mental and emotional well being with children and adults with special needs by providing equine therapy and other therapy services that fill voids that address unmet needs with the use of highly trained horses, licensed and experienced therapists and therapeutic instructors, and an understanding pool of trained volunteers. We provide services to all those who need it despite their ability to pay.

See our Volunteer & Donate section for a comprehensive list of local non-profits.




Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees


Cut Down Your Own Tree Experience

Richardson’s Tree Farm
9407 Richardson Road
Spring Grove

Richardson Farm provides a great opportunity to renew the tradition of going out into the woods, choosing the perfect tree, and harvesting it for your family Christmas tree. We have over 50,000 trees of many varieties and sizes spread over 75 acres. Our spacious, heated sales barn has indoor restrooms and friendly people to assist you.

Every day, enjoy a free wagon ride to and from the fields and we’ll even haul your tree for you!

When you get back, we shake your tree to get the loose needles out and bale it in plastic netting to keep it manageable for the ride to your home. Your tree is tagged and you receive a numbered receipt to preserve the identity of the tree while you go inside to enjoy a free hot chocolate or coffee.

There are hundreds of fresh wreaths and decorations inside for sale along with fresh, homemade donuts. The majority of our wreaths, garland, decorations and bows are made on our farm. We welcome custom orders. Please call ahead.

Every Day:

  • Free wagon rides out to trees
  • Free hot chocolate or coffee
  • Freshly made donuts (most days)
  • Our own fresh fudge made on the farm
  • Kettle corn, Cheesy corn, and Chicago corn made on site
  • Free shaking and baling of trees
  • Large heated sales barn
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Handsaws provided

All cut your own trees are $79 plus tax – all heights and sizes.Our trees in the field for 2021 are up to 6″tall.

Select trees, individually priced, in the field available for as low as $29
Precut trees, individually priced, available up to 12′ high- supply is limited.

We accept cash, check, or credit cards.
Prices shown do not include tax.

You are welcome to bring your dog if it is on a leash and plays well with others.

We didn’t know 8 years ago that Fraser and Canaan Fir would be our most popular tree – so – we don’t have as many to sell this year. We do still have a good selection of White Pine, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce up to 6′ tall.. We have planted extra trees the past 5 years (10,000-13,000 seedlings), but it takes time – 6-8 years of care to grow a nice Christmas tree.

Our final day for tree sales this season is December 5th.

Thank you for your understanding as our 3 Richardson families continue to grow our supply.

Oney’s Tree Farm
16608 Route 14

  • November 26th 2021 – December 5th 2021
    Fresh Pre Cut Fraser Firs 7’ – 14’. Hand crafted Wreaths, Garland, and centerpieces.
  • November 26th 2021 – November 29th 2021
    Cut Your Own
  • Open Daily: 9:00am-4:00pm 11/26/2021 – 12/5/2021
  • Fields close at 3:30pm 11/26/2021 – 11/29/2021
  • Contactless Christmas Tree pickup from designated lanes in the field after you cut your Christmas Tree.
  • FREE shaking and netting of trees
  • Custom wreaths, centerpieces, garland available outside on display racks.
  • Bakery items
    Cut Your Own Prices


    • All Trees 5′ – 9′ $79
    • Evergreens (9’+) $10 per foot
    • Trees Under 5′ $55

    Types of Christmas Trees:

    • Frasier Fir
    • Concolor Fir
    • Austrian Pine
    • White Pine
    • Scotch pine
    • Colorado spruce
    • Norway Spruce
    • Serbian Spruce


Sullivan’s Tree Farm
24774 W. Petite Lake Drive
Lake Villa

We hope all our friends are having a great Fall and looking forward to the Christmas Holiday. That means a trip to the Sullivan Family Farm for a tree! We open in one month the day after Thanksgiving at 9:00am. With COVID still an issue things will look a little different this year again unfortunately. First, we will only open the first two weekends after Thanksgiving. Part of this short season is because we will not be bringing in our usual pre-cut Fir trees and wreaths from Wisconsin to sell. It’s a rat race of COVID up-charging that we just don’t want to be a part of nor do we want to pass on to our customers. We also will not have the indoor gift barn open for snacks and hot chocolate. But all is not lost during this pandemic though. Bring your family for safe distancing hay rides, walks on the farm in the rolling landscape, and a camera to capture the magic on the farm you and your family will create. 

Pioneer Tree Farm
4614 Pioneer Road


Open the Friday after Thanksgiving Nov. 26 2021
and Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19
Gate opens at 9:00, closes at 4:00
Any tree $70

We’re so glad to be back after being closed due to Covid in 2020! The warming house will be open with crafts for sale, but for reasons of health and safety we will not be offering drinks or snacks to be eaten at the farm this year. We have an excellent selection of pines, spruces, cedar, and firs — and they are even larger now because we were closed last year!

Our trees are organically grown and pruned by hand. A portion of  tree sales is donated to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, and most of the workers are volunteers from the Defenders.

Wagon rides to and from the pines and tree shaking and baling are included at no extra charge.  Hand saws are provided, or bring your own (no chain saws or axes, please). If you bring your dog, please keep it on a leash while you are here.

Gengel’s Tree Farm
38614 N. Fairfield Road
Lake Villa

It’s time to plan the great family tradition of finding your Christmas tree!

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from  8am – 4pm starting the Friday after Thanksgiving! We will have fresh cut Fraser’s Balsam and Douglas firs in various sizes. Wreaths & Kissing balls! Very limited cut your own Scotch and White pine!

No truck no problem! We will net and tie your tree to your car! We can’t wait to see all our returning and new customers!

Fresh cut Christmas Trees!

Country Bumpkin
27691 N. Gilmer Road

Our fresh cut Christmas Trees are here. Greens for winter containers, poinsettas, garland roping, wreaths and holiday shop!
We have lots of thriller, spiller and filler fresh greens,  holiday and natural decor for all your holiday projects.
Cut to length Garland along with 18″ to 60″ Wreaths
and gift ideas in our Holiday Shop. Enjoy complementary cookies, coffee and hot chocolate while you shop 🙂

Christmas Tree Season Hours
Friday, 11/26 – Thursday, 12/23
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Closed on Wednesday

Didier Farms
16678 W. Aptakisic

Tebo Evergreen available beginning November 20th

United Methodist Church Pack 72 Boy Scouts
429 Brainerd Avenue

Scout Troop 72 is doing its Christmas Tree sale everyday starting Friday after Thanksgiving, November 26th through Saturday, December 18th.
For nearly 100 years, Troop 72 has had a presence in Libertyville with much of it through our Chartering Organization United Methodist Church of Libertyville.
Please consider supporting your local Scout Troop by buying your Christmas trees during this sale. This is our main fundraising activity for the year and it helps support the troop and many of our activities as well as the men and youth groups of the United Methodist Church. 
We are selling Fraser Fir Christmas trees from 6’-11’, some 6-8’ Balsam Fir Trees, Canaan Fir 7-8′, Christmas wreaths from 24”- 48”, and some 25’ Garlands.
The sale is at the Libertyville United Methodist Church.
Sale hours are:
First day of the sale (Friday, November 26): 8 AM – 9PM
For the rest of the sale:
Monday to Friday: 6-9 PM ,
Saturday: 8 AM – 9 PM
Sunday: 12 – 9 PM
(December 5) 12-5 PM

Other locations to buy: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco

Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

Holiday In The Park Lights
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway

Select Dates November 26th – December 30th

Holiday in the Park Lights is back! ‘Tis the season for a stroll through the park. Enjoy twinkling lights, spectacular shows, delicious snacks, and holiday shopping.

Enjoy Holiday In The Park Lights from the comfort of your car with the Drive-Thru Experience! Select Dates December 3rd – January 9th.

Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd.

Kids take charge in the area’s newest holiday light display. It’s more than just a walk through the festive holiday lights in Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest outdoor activity: Kohlights. Children can control and change the lights, so it’s a different lightacular experience every time.

Learn while you play with light and color as you create new hues and patterns in this safe and interactive holiday light installation. The show must “glow” on!

Enjoy the full lightacular experience, Nov 26 – 28, Dec 3 – 5, 10 – 12, 17 – 23, and 26 – 31.

Select dates November 26th – December 31st.

Santa’s Rock n Lights

Lake County Fair Grounds
1060 E. Peterson Road
*Enter from Midlothian entrance

Drive thru Christmas light show experience. The lights are animated to Christmas music.

Amaze Light Festival
Impact Field
9850 Balmoral Avenue


Create memories that will last a lifetime at Amaze Light Festival located at Impact Field in Rosemont. Enjoy one of the largest holiday lighting events in the country, with spectacular themed light shows, festive music, and so much more. Don’t miss out on this truly amazing experience!

Jerry Smith Farm Holiday Lights
7150 18th Street (Highway L)
Kenosha, WI

In 2020, we started a new tradition of outdoor, walkable holiday light displays to dazzle and delight audiences of all ages. The beautiful display of lights brings cheer and smiles to anyone who comes by for a visit!

In 2021, we are expanding our holiday lights tour around the farm.

$5 general admission for all guests 5 and above. Santa Claus will visit every Friday and Saturday evenings. 
November 19th – December 19th 3-8pm (closed Thanksgiving)

Neighborhoods with lots of lights or displays:

Milk Jug Luminaries
S. Dymond and Dover Street
Near Golf Road & Butterfield Road

Neighborhood tradition since 1987! Display generally begins the weekend after Thanksgiving and runs nightly from 6:00 – 10:00pm through Christmas. Snow makes these luminaries look even better.

Click here to read our Blog Post to learn the history of this neighborhood tradition

Germann Lights 
4968 Prairie Oak Road

Celebrating 10 years!!! The 2018 show should be up and running December 1st! The hours will be 5:00 – 10:00pm daily. Tune your radio to 87.9 to listen to this family friendly light show! Bring a non-perishable food item for the Northern Illinois Food Bank!


Tree Lightings

Tree Lightings

Friday, November 26, 2021
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Mundelein’s Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, December 3, 2021
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Vernon Hills
Evergreen Golf Course
291 Evergreen Drive
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Tree & Menorah Lighting

Mellody Farm Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 4th


Lincolnshire Tree Lighting
Friday, December 3rd, 2021


Grayslake Tree Lighting and Holiday Festival 
Friday, November 26th 3 – 8pm

See our Calendar for many more events!

Sledding & Ice Skating

Sledding & Ice Skating




Charles Brown “Charlie Brown” Park
Sylvan Drive
Small hill that neighborhood families use for sledding for younger children age 2-6

Adler Park
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Two sledding hill options for all ages

Old School Forest Preserve
St. Mary’s Road, South of 176
Large sled hill

Copeland School
801 S. Seventh Avenue
Small hill for toddlers

Butterfield School
1441 W. Lake Street
Small hill for toddlers

Nicholas Dowden Park
920 Crane Boulevard
Features a small ice skating surface available for recreational skating and ice hockey play.
For ice surface updates, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at (847)247-5433 OPTION 3 –




Keith Mione Community Park
Mundelein Park & Recreation District
1401 N. Midlothian Road

Ice Skating Rink and Sled Hill

Ice skating rink for a multi-purpose rink used for open skate, hockey and unique games such as “broomball.” Please note and adhere to the schedule on their website.

For updates on the status of the ice rink please check our Weather and Status Hotline. If the light at the ice rink is not on when it is dark, it means the rink is closed.

To avoid risk of injury or damage to equipment, please stay off the ice until the rink is marked as open. Please consult Rainout Line for status updates. 224-263-3006.

Sled Hill Guidelines:

  • The sled hill is open daily: Monday–Thursday: 7:30 am–8 pm Friday–Sunday: 7:30 am–10 pm
    Please note: If the sled hill is open, lights will come on after dusk until close.
  • Sledding is permitted only on the Northeast, designated sledding area (see graphic below).
  • Fencing marks off the backside of the sled hill which should not be used for sledding. Individuals should not attempt to sled down the sides of the hill facing Midlothian Road (west face) or facing Dunbar Road (south face).
  • Use sled hill at your own risk.
  • Users assume full responsibility for determining if conditions are safe for sledding.
  • Guardians/parents are responsible for children. No supervision is provided.
  • Use caution when sledding and be considerate to others.
  • Sledding is a recreational activity that presents inherent risks.

John Wiech Park
IL Route 60/83
Snowmobile trail link

Kracklauer Park
Seymour Avenue
Small sled hill for toddlers

Maurice Kroll Park
Huntington Road
Small sled hill for toddlers

Lewandowski Park
Prairie Road
Small sled hill for toddlers



Vernon Hills

Century Park

Century Park Arboretum sled hill and ice rinks
1401 Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills

Weather Hotline
(847) 996-6616

Sled Hill, Pavilion, and Ice Rinks lit until 9:00pm daily.

The sled hill and ice rinks have a parking lot on site.
The sled hill is lit until 9 pm daily.

The pavilion is open as a warming shelter on weekends, December 4, 2021-March 20, 2022, when the ice rinks and/or sled hill are open.
The warming shelter will be staffed on weekends, 1-9 pm.
Free loaner skates are available, in limited quantities, on weekends. All sizes may not be available.
Hot drinks and candy are available for purchase on weekends.

There are two rinks in Century Park: one for general skating and the other for hockey.

Check the posted sign at the sled hill, our website, or call the weather hotline, 847-996-6616, to see if conditions are favorable for winter activities on any given day.

Augusta Park
210 Augusta Drive
Small, neighborhood sled hill good for toddlers


***You assume full responsibility for determining that all conditions are safe for sledding. You assume the full risk and responsibility for any injury sustained as a result of your decisions or actions. Sledding is a fun family activity but enjoy at your own risk. 


Easter Bunny Photos & Events

***Call ahead for availability, safety precautions, changes and cancellations***
Let them know you saw their event on the LAM website!


Easter Bunny Photos

Easter Bunny Meet N Greet
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills

Come visit the Easter Bunny at Hawthorn!
March 28th 12 – 2pm
Click link above for details!


Flashlight Egg Scramble
Mundelein Park & Recreation District
Dunbar Recreation Center
888 Dunbar Road

March 18th 6 – 7:15pm
Click link above for details

Spring Egg Walk
1401 N. Midlothian

March 27th
Click link above for details!

MyPerks Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center Vernon Hills

April 3rd 11am – 12pm
Click link above for details!

The Egg-cellent Hunt
Kid’s Castle Playground
299 Onwentsia
Vernon Hills

March 27th 10 – 11:30am
Click link above for details!

Easter Egg Hunt
Adler Park
1500 N. Memorial

March 27th – Click link above for availability and times based on age



Visit our Calendar for More Easter Events!


Spring Events


Rock the Bald with Hawthorn Mall…Virtually!

Register to Rock the Bald and fundraise for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!
Anytime between March 1st and March 31st, participants are invited to videotape themselves having their heads shaved, then share the video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #rockthebaldathawthornmall and tag Hawthorn Mall.
Clink the link above for details!


March 15th – March 29th: Join the Hawthorn Hikers for the Lucky Walking Challenge!
Click the link above for details!

Earth Day Celebration
Prairie Grass Nature Museum
860 Hart Road
Round Lake

April 24th
Click link above for details!


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