Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

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

Select Dates November 27th – December 30th

The third season of Holiday In The Park returns November 27 as a re-imagined experience featuring over 3 million dazzling lights plus entertainment. While our world-class rides will not be open during Holiday In The Park Lights, we’ve planned some exciting holiday experiences you and your family will enjoy.

The Holiday In The Park Lights experience will include:

  • Over 3 million sparkling lights
  • Continuous twinkling holiday light displays throughout our property
  • Themed entertainment for open-air viewing
  • Special socially-distanced photo ops
  • Delicious holiday treats and other exciting surprises

Kohl Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd.

A Mesmertastic Holiday Lightacular! 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. Using glow stick learning wands, 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, Dec 11 – 13, 18 – 23, 26 – 31, and Jan 2 – 3. Preview evenings Dec 4 -6.

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.


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!

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 plus a warming house complete with bathrooms. Features a small ice skating surface available for recreational skating.
For ice surface updates, call the Recreation Department Weather Hotline at (847)247-5433 OPTION 3.

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

Hill near Condell
801 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Small hill that neighborhood families use for sledding

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 – 2020 Update: phone line message says closed until further notice 

Libertyville Sports Complex 

2020 Season – Closed until further notice

1950 US-45
LSC Outdoor Hockey Rink – The hockey rink will be prepared for ice skating season when winter weather conditions begin in December.

PHONE HOTLINE for skating conditions at (847)247-5433 *OPTION 3.
There is no supervision provided. Therefore, people using the hockey rink are doing so at their own risk. Posted signage indicates General Rules.

“Open Skating” Usage Details

  • Hockey Rink is for “open skating” with users sharing the space for hockey and skating, similar to open gym for soccer, basketball inside the LSC.
  • Open to the public for both residents of Libertyville and non-residents. No Fee for usage.

HOURS OF OPERATION: DAILY, 9am-10pm; Hours subject to change due to weather conditions, ice conditions, etc.

  • Other Important Information
    The LSC is not to be used as a warm-up shelter.
    A Porta Potty is located at the Rink for skaters to use. No usage of LSC indoor washrooms.
    Skaters are to call 911 in the event of accidents or other emergencies.
    Hockey Goals will be provided and on-site
    No special private rental time during the Ice Season due to unpredictable weather.
    Parking available near the hockey rink.




Keith Mione Community Park
Mundelein Park & Recreation District
1401 N. Midlothian Road
Ice Skating Rink and Sled Hill – 2020 Open

Ice Skating Rink and Sled Hill

Due to the unseasonably warm weather and the rain fall from yesterday, the Ice Rink will remain closed through this evening, Wednesday December 23. With the deep freeze coming this evening, we hope to open the rink tomorrow. Please check the Rainout Line for updates.

The Ice Rink will be open thru Friday for Public/Free Skate for the holiday. The hockey goals will be put out on Saturday, December 26 at 4pm.


Attention: Please abide by the COVID-19 TIER 3 GUIDELINES

  • Public/Family/Free Skate: Maximum occupancy: 25

  • Hockey: Maximum occupancy: 10

  • Remember to social distance

  • Face coverings required for all skaters

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 posted below.

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
Vernon Hills Park District
1001 Lakeview Parkway

2020 Update: Ice Skating Closed

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

There will be two rinks in Century Park: one for general skating and the other for hockey. Check the posted sign at the hill, Vernon Hills Park District website, or call the weather hotline 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




Easter Bunny Photos & Events



Easter Bunny Photos

2020 information coming soon!

Photos with the Bunny 
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills

Come visit the Easter Bunny at Hawthorn!
March 22nd – April 20th
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Photo’s provided by Cherry Hill. Visits with the Bunny are always Free. Photo packages are available for purchase.

Bass Pro Shop Gurnee Mills
6112 W. Grand Avenue

**Easter Bunny photos will be available for pictures at the designated times- pictures will be given at a first come first serve basis. Lines will cut off 15 minutes before photos end.

• Saturday, April 13- 11am-6pm
• Sunday, April 14-12pm-5pm
• Monday, April 15- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Tuesday, April 16- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Wednesday, April 17- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Thursday, April 18- 5:30pm-7:30pm
• Friday, April 19- 2pm-8pm
• Saturday, April 20-11am-6pm
• Sunday, April 21- 12-5pm
FREE Giveaway- Monday-Thursday only to the first 75 kids to have thier photo taken:
April 15 & 16- Stress Bunny
April 17 & 18- Plush Bunny

Easter Crafts**
• Saturdays: Noon-5pm
• Sundays: Noon-4pm
• Friday: 3-7pm


Soothing Bunny

April 7, 9am-10am

Hawthorn Mall will be hosting an opportunity for children with Autism and other special needs (and their siblings) to visit the Easter Bunny in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Pictures are available for purchase from Cherry Hill. Visits are always free!

The first 30 children will receive a Hawthorn Mall Easter Bunny Bag.

*Located Lower Level in Center Court

*No reservations needed

5k Bunny Hop & Egg Hunt
April 13th

The first annual Hawthorn Mall Bunny Rock 5K race will feature egg-stra special entertainment including ‘80’s rock music at the start and finish lines. Race participants will receive a pair of bunny ears, one pair of stylish sunglasses, and a runner’s t-shirt. Those who finish the run will also receive a finisher’s medal. Registration fees for the race start at $39.75 when entrants sign up online at

Following the race, there will be an Easter egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10 featuring more than 3,000 candy-filled eggs. A live petting zoo will round out the fun. Egg hunt participants receive bunny ears and sunglasses, an Easter egg basket and, of course, eggs (while supplies last). Fees for the Easter egg hunt start at just $10 when participants sign up online at A portion of the proceeds from the Bunny Rock 5K Run and the Easter egg hunt will benefit Reach Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue group.

Also following the race, Hawthorn Mall will host an after-party at Dave & Buster’s. The party will include a FREE continental buffet and will feature FREE face painting for the children as well as retailer booths with special offers and giveaways. For those over 21 with a valid ID, Sam Adams will be offering FREE beer sampling as well. No RSVP or registration is required for the after-party event.

-Race: Saturday, April 13th, starting at 8:30 a.m. outside the mall in the Dave & Buster’s parking lot. Register in person or in advance at
-Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 13th, at 9:45 a.m. in the Dave & Buster’s parking lot (weather permitting). Register in person or in advance at
-After Party: 10 a.m. to Noon at Dave & Buster’s; no RSVP or registration is required.

Brunch and Cooking Class with the Easter Bunny
Yu Kids Island and Maggiano’s
April 14th 9 – 11:30am

Yu Kids Island is partnering with Maggiano’s to bring you some Easter Joy!
Children will be able to get the full experience of being a Chef right here in Yu Kids Island !

What: Egg coloring with the Chef!, Meet the Easter Bunny & Brunch

Where: Cooking Class with Chef Manny will take place at Yu Kids Island followed by Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny & Brunch at Maggiano’s

When: Sunday April 14,2019

Time:9:00 am-11:30 am

Cost: $25.00 per child $15.00 per adult

Tickets are available on:


Flashlight Egg Scramble 
888 Dunbar Road
April 18th 7 – 8:30pm

Egg hunts aren’t just for little kids! You are never too old to enjoy plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes!

The night will start with an egg hunt and follow with pizza and games!

You will need your flashlight and bag or basket. You must be registered to attend this event.

Led by Recreational Staff. Deadline to register is 4/11.


Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza – FREE Event
1401 N. Midlothian
April 19th 10am – 12pm

Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza (ages 2-7)

Ages 2-3: 10:00 am

Ages 4-5: 10:15 am

Ages 6-7: 10:30 am

Spring on over to our annual Spring Egg Hunt, where 10,000 candy filled eggs will blanket Community Park. After the hunt, hop on down to pictures with the bunny in front of our spring photo backdrop. That’s not all, we will have a petting zoo where you can pet real bunnies! Don’t forget, you will need a basket or bag to hold the eggs you collect. Make sure both you and the kids dress for the weather. No registration required. Groups begin promptly at times listed.

Held at Community Park Upper Field


Kids’ Castle Dragon Egg Hunt (9-12 years)
Deerpath Park – Kid’s Castle Playground
299 Onwentsia
Vernon Hills
April 19th 7 – 8pm

The dragon has escaped and eggs were spread all over Kids’ Castle playground! We need kids, ages 9-12 years, to bring your flashlights and help us find the eggs at this new event. Meet at Kids’ Castle playground in Deerpath Park. This event will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. R/NR Fee: $3/4

Easter Egg Hunt 
Yu Kids Island
Vernon Hills
April 19th 10am – 12pm

Join Yu Kids Island for a Bunny Hoppin good time. Our event will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Friday April 19th, 2019. The event is free with paid general admission.

This year we will be starting out to our annual Egg Hunt. Starting promptly at 10:00 am there will be colorful plastic eggs hidden all over YKI’s playground. (arrive at 9:00am for early check in)
Search HIGH and low this year we will be making them worth the search.

After the fun of searching for those goodie stuffed eggs we will be having Art & Crafts in our party room. From Picture frames to decorating your own egg, your child will get to take home this wonderful creation!

Bunny Brunch
Lambs Farm
14245 W. Rockland Road
April 19th & 20th 

We hope you join us for a delicious buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery and for a visit in the Bunny Patch, where children can enjoy spring crafts, activities and get a photo with the Easter bunny! Some of our adorable Farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning.

Seatings are at 9am, 10:30am and 12 pm. $17.95, $7.95 for 23 months and younger with activities

Call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery for reservations at 847-362-5050.

Easter Egg Hunt
Bass Pro Shop Gurnee Mills
6112 W. Grand Avenue
April 20th 2pm

Easter Egg Hunt**
Saturday, April 20 at 2pm
~Registration will begin at 1:30pm; egg hunt will be from 2-3pm. ~Ages 2-10 years old.
~Kids collect 5 eggs and return to the registration table to exchange for candy
~Eggs will be hidden in (5) departments- Apparel, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, and Footwear.
*Bag to collect eggs will be supplied


Lunch with the Bunny
Adler Park
1500 N. Memorial
April 20th

Hop on down the Bunny Trail to have lunch with the Easter Bunny. Enjoy the Easter egg hunt in beautiful Adler Park after visiting with the Easter Bunny. Bring your camera to capture this event. All attending must register and pay.

2 years old and up

Easter Brunch with the Bunny
The Claim Company
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills
Three seatings: 9am – 11am, 11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm

Breakfast buffet three seating 9ams, 11am, 1am
Photo op with the Easter Bunny. Includes breakfast items, lunch items, kids table, dessert table.



Big Bunny Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt
5006 S. Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI 53177

A day with the Big Bunny Celebration with Easter Egg Hunt will be one to remember as you embark on a journey to Bunnyville. The Big Bunny Train Depot will be the first stop on the adventure. There you will receive your ticket and see Grandpa’s Table Top Easter Train as it travels through the town.

It will then be your turn for a ride, but you’ll need to catch your train. The next step is to Bunny Hop your way through the bunny tunnel to aboard the one and only Big Bunny Express Train.

Once you arrive in Bunnyville you will visit the Bunny Hut to see Country Bunny’s original puppet show. You’ll then able to explore the glorious town and all of its happenings! Hunt for Easter eggs, play exciting games, walk through the Bunny Trail, learn about our lovable, baby farm animals and enjoy a hand-led pony ride.

Don’t forget to refuel by enjoying a freshly baked cookie and Apple Holler’s famous apple cider!

Bunny Celebration Includes:

  • Pick up your Big Bunny Express Train Ticket at the Train Depot
  • See Grandpa’s Table Top Easter Train
  • Do the Bunny Hop through the Bunny Tunnel
  • Ride the Big Bunny Express Train
  • Hunt for Easter eggs in Bunnyville
  • Take the Bunny Trail to see the baby animals
  • Play Bunny Bowling, Ring Toss-Every child wins!
  • Hand-lead gentle pony rides
  • Enjoy a freshly-baked cookie and apple cider$10 per person. Reservations required.



More Coming Soon!


Spring Events




2020 information coming soon!

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day – FREE
David Adler Music & Arts Center
1700 N. Milwaukee Avenue
April 14th 1 – 3pm

Earth Day Volunteer & Activity Day
Join the Adler Center for a day of art and activities celebrating Earth Day! Go on a nature scavenger hunt, participate in a group recycled art installation, see the latest Earth-inspired exhibition and meet local conservationists. All ages welcome. Bring shoes, fabric, stuffed animals, glasses, and hearing aids for a recycling drive!


Earth Day Expo
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills
April 20th 12 – 2pm

Because sustainability and environmentally friendly practices have long been a key tenet for Hawthorn Mall, Earth Day takes on a special significance. To celebrate Earth Day, Hawthorn Mall will host an Earth Day Expo extravaganza that includes two 25-minute sing-alongs to the tune of popular Beatles music performed by the infamous Beat Bugs, television characters who share adventures, overcoming challenges and learning valuable life lessons along the way. Following each performance, the Beat Bugs will be available for two 20-minute meet-and-greets in the H&M Court on the lower level.

The expo will also feature numerous FREE Earth Day activities and opportunities to impact the environment hosted by local non-profit groups. One example is a booth by Pads of Lake County where people can donate brand-new, packaged toiletries for the homeless and others in need; those donating 10 or more toiletry items will receive a free gift card to Sephora.

At a booth hosted by Libertyville Church, attendees will be encouraged to drop off their used plastic grocery bags to be recycled into sleeping mats for the homeless.

At a booth hosted by Centennial, an innovative, fully integrated real estate investment firm with a national portfolio of shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations including Hawthorn Mall, sapling trees will be given away via an enter-to-win raffle.

And, for the entire month of April, Hawthorn Mall’s management office (next to JCPenney on the lower level) will be collecting pre-owned shoes to be recycled by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) so they don’t end up in landfills; those donating six or more pairs of shoes will receive a free gift card to Finish Line.
-Expo: Saturday, April 20th, from Noon to 2 p.m. in the H&M Court on the lower level

Earth Day Party
1200 Regent Drive
April 22nd 5pm – 6:30pm

Earth Day Party (Ages 5-12)

(Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Join us for our Earth Day Party where we will learn about promoting environmental awarenessand good recycling habits. Fun Earth Day activities, recycled crafts, yummy treats and planting your own take home plant will all be a part of this event!

Children Must be accompanied by an adult.

Deadline to Register is April 17th

Earth Day Family Event – FREE
1401 Indianwood Drive
Vernon Hills
April 22nd 4:30 – 6:30pm

Celebrate the third annual Earth Day celebration with activities that the whole family will enjoy!

Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Trailer
Free Fishing (Children under 16 years)
Bird Watching with the Lake County Audubon Society
David Stokes (Naturalist, Humorist, and Educator)
Frog Lady

Rain or shine!



More Coming Soon!



Local Pools & Beaches

Also visit our Aquatics page under Resources!

Barefoot Bay and Spray Park
1461 N. Midlothian

Closed for the season. 

Spray Park:  

Season (dependent on State guidelines)

July 1–September 7

This year the Spray Park is FREE to residents! Nonresident fee is $4. Please note that nonresident fee is not refundable or transferable.

For 2020 Season: Due to limited capacity, we will have a registration system in place. Guests are encouraged to preregister for time slots the day before visiting. Visit Activenet Registration or call the front desk at 847.388.5430. Daily walk-ups are available depending on space. This enables us to serve a greater number in the community.

View their website to reserve your spot!

Diamond Lake Beach 
1016 N. Diamond Lake Road

2020 Season: July 1–Aug 9 (dependent on State guidelines)
Post Season: August 10–September 7

Beach Hours
M–Su: 11 am–8 pm
Post Season: Weekday 4–7 pm
Post Season: Weekend 11 am–8 pm

Daily Rate
Residents: $5
Nonresidents: $7

Lake Minear Beach 
600 W. Oak Spring Road

Closed for the Season. See their website for the fishing membership information. 

The Beach at Independence Grove 
16400 W. Buckley Road

Closed for the Season

Vernon Hills Aquatic Center
645 N. Aspen Drive

See their website for details on modified opening information. 

Adler Pool
1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Riverside Pool

Closed for the Season


Apple Orchards, Pumpkins, Farms, Halloween

Fall Fun

View all of the businesses websites and call ahead for updates to their procedures and offerings for this unique 2020 season! Reservations may be required and not all attractions may be offered.

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.

Opening Day is September 18, 2020! View their website for their mandatory pandemic protocols and note they will shut down before posted hours with no advanced notice if the orchard becomes overcrowded. They appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Avenue
Sturtevant, WI

Guests can purchase their apple picking bags every day at our Outdoor Orchard Market walk-up service windows. Pick-Your-Own pricing begins at $15 for a 1/4 peck bag. Click here for additional apple pricing.
Apple Picking Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9:00AM until 4:00PM;
Last picking bags are sold at 3:00PM.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00AM until 5:00PM;
Last picking bags are sold at 4:00PM.

Please note that admission is required for everyone entering the orchard.

Although our indoor Restaurant’s Main Dining Room, Bakery, Gift Shop, and Farm Park remain closed at this time, we are pleased to announce that our Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn are open!

Outdoor Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn
Monday-Friday: 9:00AM until 4:00PM; Last picking bags are sold at 3:00PM.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00AM until 5:00PM; Last picking bags are sold at 4:00PM.

All of our products will be sold outdoors at our Orchard Market and Cider & Bakery Barn walk-up windows for the safety of our staff and guests. Visitors are able to purchase Apple Cider Donuts, an assortment of Homemade Pies, Turnovers, Breads, Fresh Apples, Apple Cider, and more. In addition, we also have fresh Deli Sandwiches, Ice Cream, Jams, Jellies, Salad Dressings, Salsas, Pretzel Dips, Applewood Crates, and much more at our Outdoor Orchard Market and Cafe walk-up windows.

Applewood Grill Drive-Thru: Our Applewood Grill Drive-Thru is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:00am until 4:00pm! We are offering a limited assortment of Homemade Pies and Donuts, Caramel Apples, Fruit Turnovers, and more! PLUS Steak and Pulled Pork Tacos, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches Brats, Hamburgers, All-Beef Jumbo Hot Dogs, and more, all hot off of our new Drive-Thru Outdoor Applewood Grill!

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

All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176

Honeycrisp season has finally arrived! Starting Sat, 9/12/20 we will have honeycrisp available for u-pick. The length of our honeycrisp u-pick season is typically several weeks but ultimately determined by the number of people that come to pick.
Honeycrisp u-pick will be available 7 days a week until we are picked out. Please note that capacity will be limited on weekends. Tickets can be purchased in advance at
On weekdays we will not have capacity limits and tickets can be purchased upon arrival.

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!

We look forward to your visit for Apple and Pumpkin Picking this Fall.

For the health and safety of everyone during this pandemic, Stade’s Farmtractions Theme Park will remain closed this Fall and will reopen bigger and better than ever in Fall 2021, when we celebrate 25 years of family fun on the farm!

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

Country Store Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm

Farm Hours for Fall Attractions 9/15/20 – 10/31/20: Weekdays 4-8pm, Weekends 10am – 8pm

Didier Farm
16678 W. Aptakisic Road

Opening 9/19/20 for the Season – view their website to see what is offered!

Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Drive
East Troy, WI

Family business since 1964 – play with and cuddle the animals, milk a cow & much more!
Reservations are not required and you are able to purchase tickets at the door!Opening 9/23/20 for the Season!
DAY PASS $14.00 / person
SENIORS $12.00 / person
One-year-olds are FREE – Children 2 and older are full price


SEASON PASS $42.00 / person
Valid for one calendar year after the date of purchase.

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


Monday10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Purchase Weekend Tickets Here! 

Weekday Prices
Maze: $7 Adults | $5 Children (12 and under) | 2 and under Free
Hayride: $4 per person | 2 and under free
Pumpkins: Range from $1~$50 | priced by size

Timed Entry Tickets required for all guests (aged 3 & up) on Saturday and Sundays.
Admission: $10/person
Includes Hayride, Corn Maze and Animal area.


Country Bumpkin
27691 N. Gilmer Road

Family owned garden center since 1988!
2020 Bumpkin Pumpkin Festival begins September 26th! We’ll have the Straw Maze, Farm Animal Barn & Barrel Train. Pumpkins, Fall Annuals, Mums and our Halloween Shop will be open. 

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

2020 Opening Day is September 19th! It’s encouraged to plan in advance and buy tickets since capacity will be limited each day.

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


Fall Festival Open Daily from August 28, 2020 through Halloween Day

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

*Please note: Special Hours September 19 closing at 3pm*

Patch 22
15900 Kelly Road

A real, working, family run farm where you can enjoy real, natural family fun!
In October – Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm
Ponyrides $10 for 20 minutes, hayrides $2 per person, petting farm, children’s spooky hayloft $2/child, no charge for parent, 25 cents to feed the animals
No charge for admission or parking


Trick-or-Treat Hours

Libertyville: 10/31, 4-8

Mundelein: 10/31, 4-8

Vernon Hills: 10/31, 2-6

Lincolnshire: 10/31, 4-8

Lake Zurich: 10/31, 3-8

Gurnee: 10/31, 2-5

See our Calendar for many Fall, Halloween, and Trick-or-Treating  events



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.

Swirl Cafe

Everything from their truck at the Farmer’s Market is available for pick up at the commercial kitchen in Grayslake. They also make custom holiday baskets.

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.

 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

Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer and experience how good helping others feels. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Attend any of our 18 weekly volunteer sessions with a simple online registration. Bernie’s Book Bank offers the perfect opportunity for your corporate, social, civic or religious group to help sort, sticker and pack quality books for at-risk children.

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.

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.

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.



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




Virtual Tree Lightings

Virtual Tree Lightings

Friday, November 27, 2020
Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Santa Parade Information on Various Dates in Libertyville Neighborhoods

Friday, December 4, 2020
Virtual Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Vernon Hills
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Tree & Menorah Lighting

Santa Parade Information 2:45 – 4:45pm on 11/28

Long Grove
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Virtual Town Traditions Tree Lighting

See our Calendar for many more events!

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees


Cut Down Your Own Tree Experience

Richardson’s Tree Farm
9407 Richardson Road
Spring Grove

Oney’s Tree Farm
16608 Route 14

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

Pioneer Tree Farm
CLOSED in 2020 due to COVID
4614 Pioneer Road

Fresh cut Christmas Trees!

Kroll’s Farm Christmas Trees
13236 W. Town Line Road

Fraser, Balsam, Canaan, Blue Spruce, White Pine

Handmade wreaths, Roping, Centerpieces, Christmas tree stands and more!

Additional Local Places to buy pre-cut trees: Boy Scout Troop at United Methodist Church, Pasquesi Home & Gardens, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Menard’s, Costco

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