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 kick-off on Friday, November 23rd.  Presented by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, four consecutive weeks of timeless holiday happenings in Long Grove will give visitors authentic, shop small experiences.  Festivities each weekend (Saturdays & Sundays through December 23rd) include complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, Victorian buildings trimmed in lights, and cobblestone walkways lined in luminaries, and special appearances by Santa.

“Our goal each year is to bring back holiday spirit by giving shoppers a nostalgic alternative to the usual Big Box mayhem from Thanksgiving to Christmas,” said Mike Marr, President of the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.  “Historic Long Grove is what the holidays are all about… the small shops, the old-world charm, the family memories.  It’s a real winter wonderland that’s close to home.”

The streets of downtown Long Grove come alive for the holidays beginning with horse-drawn carriages starting Friday, November 23rd from 12 pm to 5pm.  Thereafter, the 15-minute carriage rides will continue every Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm through December 23rd*.   Kids will 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 along with the popular Christmas Tree Parade that debuted last year.  Once again, 70-plus fresh pine trees are being distributed to local Long Grove businesses, who hand decorate them to the tune of their store’s distinctive theme for public display throughout the season.

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 sales, drinks and snacks rewarding customers for shopping small.  Decked out Long Grove stores, hawking everything from gourmet foods, jewelry, and fashions to antiques, art and décor, are smart options for rare gifts that can’t be found anyplace else.

Shop & Receive a FREE GIFT!
Friday, November 23- Sunday, 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)

Scheduled Carolers for Holiday Season 2018**:
December 1:  Barrington High School 2-3:30pm
December 2:  Hersey High School, 2-3:30pm
December 9:  Barrington High School, 2-3:30pm
December 15:  Long Grove Carolers, 11am-2pm
December 16:  Long Grove Community Church, 12-2:30pm
December 22:  Palatine High School, 1-2:30pm

Santa’s Schedule for Holiday Season 2018**:
December 1 :  1pm-3pm
December 2:  He will be at Covered Bridge Creamery

December 8 & 9:  1-4pm
December 15 & 16:  1-4pm
December 22:  1-4pm

*Carriage Rides:  Sign up IN PERSON, day of ride at Visitors Center (308 Old McHenry Road)
November 23, 24, 25:  12pm-5pm  (Sunday 11/25 canceled due to weather)
December 1, 2:  12pm-5pm
December 8:  11am-4pm
December 9: 12pm-5pm
December 15:  11am-4pm
December 16, 22 & 23:  12pm-5pm

Begin boarding at 12:00pm  Last Boarding at 4:45pm
First Come/ First Served
For consideration of the horses, the carriage holds a MAXIMUM of:
4 adults or
3 adults & 2 small children or
2 adults & 3 small children or
1 adult & 4 small children

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.

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

Merchant Christmas Eve Christmas day Day after Christmas NY Eve NY Day
Bella Donna 10a-2 x x x
Broken Earth x x x x
Buffalo Creek 12p-5 x 7:30p-1a 12p-10
Chatterbox 12p-6 x x 11:30-11
Country House 11a-5 x x x
Covered Bridge Creamery 9a-2 x 9a-5 x
Creative Hands 11a-2pm x ? x
Emporium 10a-2 x x x
Enzo & Lucia Booked x 4p-11 11a-12a x
Epilogue 10a-3 x 10a-2pm x
Gerri’s High Tea reg x reg x
Joanie’s x x x x
Long Grove Coffee 10a-2pm x 10a-2 x
Long Grove Confectionary 10a-2pm x 10a-2 x
Morkes 11a-2 x x 11a-3 x
Ma & Pa x x x x
Neumann’s x x 10a-5 x
Olivias 11a-6 x x x
Paddy’s/  Irish Boutique 10a-2 x 10a-3 x
Signature Popcorn 11a-2 x 11a-5 x
Scout & Forge x x x x
The Back Porch 10a-3 x 10a-3
The Olive Tap 10a-2pm x 10a-2 x
UnWined x x x x
Viking Treasures 10a-2pm x 10a-2 x
Village Tavern 11:30-5 x close @9pm x
Within Reach 10a-2pm x 10a-2 x













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