Holiday Happenings in Downtown Libertyville

by Jennifer Johnson

Make MainStreet Libertyville your destination for holiday fun this season. There’s something for everyone to enjoy — from special shopping events, “A Dickens of a Holiday,” free holiday movies, Cook Mansion tours and visits with Santa — to plenty of fabulous options to gather with friends and family over food and drinks. And you won’t want to miss this year’s special display through Christmas – “Bikes on Main Street,” featuring 28 festively decorated bicycles throughout the historic downtown area. Will you find them all?

Photo © Jill Harkaway

Village Tree Lighting & Downtown Holiday Walk
Friday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Gather with friends and family for holiday-themed entertainment and caroling in Cook Park. Santa arrives at 7:00 p.m. for the official countdown to illuminate the great tree for the holiday season. Afterwards, visit your favorite local merchants who will be open late to kick-off the holiday shopping season.

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Shop local on Small Business Saturday! Pick up a Small Business Saturday passport and collect passport stamps at participating merchants, and enter to win spectacular raffle prizes donated by retailers throughout MainStreet Libertyville. Shop small and support your local businesses on this special shopping day extravaganza.

Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 28
Giving Tuesday is an international movement designed to encourage charitable giving during the holiday season. Support MainStreet Libertyville (a not-for-profit organization) on Giving Tuesday by becoming a member!

Photo © Jill Harkaway

Dickens of a Holiday

Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 .am. – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy photos with Santa in Cook Park with a donation of a canned food item, the Children’s Holiday Shoppe at Petranek’s Pharmacy, and tours of the Ansel B. Cook Museum.

Events and times:

  • Photos with Santa in Cook Park: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Donation of a canned food item for the Libertyville Township food pantry appreciated.);
  • Children’s Holiday Shoppe at Petranek’s Pharmacy (426 N. Milwaukee Ave.): 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and
  • Tours of Ansel B. Cook Museum: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Let MainStreet Libertyville help make your holidays memorable with unique gifts, fun and family-oriented events, and nearly 100 places to enjoy a taste of Libertyville throughout the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Jennifer Johnson is a Libertyville resident who also writes for Little Lake County.