Holiday Season

A Nostalgic Shop Small Alternative to Big Box Mayhem, with Four Weeks of Complimentary Carriage Rides, Carolers and More Set within a Timeless Village!

 An annual tradition returns to its charming, small-town setting when Long Grove Vintage Holidays preview on Thursday, November 14th with most stores staying open until 8pm.  Presented by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association,  timeless holiday happenings in Long Grove will give visitors authentic, shop small experiences.  Festivities each weekend (Saturdays & Sundays through December 22nd) include complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides, carolers, Victorian buildings trimmed in lights, and cobblestone walkways lined in luminaries, and special appearances by Santa.

The streets of downtown Long Grove come alive for the holidays beginning with horse-drawn sleigh starting Saturday, November 23rd.  Thereafter, the sleigh rides will continue every Saturday and Sunday  through December 22nd*.   Kids of all ages may encounter Santa Claus walking through the village, and on occasion, they can also formally meet the Jolly Old Elf and have pictures taken at the Long Grove Visitor Center.  Also helping set the festive mood each weekend will be holiday carolers.

Historic Downtown Long Grove is home to an assortment of unique restaurants and specialty shops that will be welcoming visitors throughout the holiday season.  Many of the family-owned and operated, independent stores that the town is renowned for will be featuring one of a kind items and great experiences while shopping small and supporting local businesses.


Shop & Receive a FREE GIFT!
Beginning BLACK FRIDAY, November 29- Monday, December 23, receive a FREE GIFT with purchases totaling $150 or more (pre-tax) by stopping into the Visitor’s Center during normal business hours (while supplies last, limit 4 gifts per visit)

Sleigh Rides:  Sign up IN PERSON, day of ride at Visitors Center (308 Old McHenry Road)

Click HERE for the Release form to print, complete and bring in

Sat. Nov. 23rd & Sun. Nov. 24th 11:00am – 7:00pm

Fri. Nov. 29th 11:00am – 4:00pm

Sat. Nov. 30th, & Sun. Dec. 1st 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sat. Dec. 7th & Sun. Dec. 8th 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sat. Dec. 14th & Sun. Dec. 15th 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sat. Dec. 21st & Sun. Dec. 22nd 11:00am – 7:00pm

First Come/ First Served
For consideration of the horses, the carriage holds a MAXIMUM of 12 people

Guests must arrive 10 minutes prior to departure

*Carriage rides may be canceled due to inclement weather for the safety of our guests and the horse.

Scheduled Carolers for Holiday Season 2019**:
Sun., 11.24, 2-3:30pm:  Buffalo Grove High School
Sat., 11/30, 2-3:30pm:  Hersey High School
Sun., 12/1. 1-2:30pm:  Buffalo Grove High School
Sat., 12/7, 2-3:30pm:  Palatine High School
Sun., 12/8, 2-3:30pm:  Buffalo Grove High School
Sat., 12/14, 2-3:30pm:  Barrington High School

Santa’s Schedule for Holiday Season 2019**:
Sat., 11/30 & Sun., 12/1:  1-4pm
Sun., 12/8:  1-4pm
Sat., 12/14:  1-4pm
Sat., 12/ 21 & Sun., 12/22:  1-4pm

**Carolers & Santa have scheduled these dates, but may cancel due to weather or other circumstances.

December 2019 Events in Downtown Long Grove – Click HERE




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