Vintage Holidays in Long Grove

Vintage Holiday Magic Returns to Long Grove

We welcome you to visit our nostalgic downtown business district during the 2020 holiday season. Our historic buildings, family-owned businesses and streets will be filled with twinkling lights, sleigh rides and special appearances from Santa Claus. We have retooled some of our beloved annual holiday activities to keep crowds and lines minimized and to make them as safe as possible for our visitors, staff and volunteers.  We’ve also sprinkled in a few new things for you and your family to enjoy!

With these needed changes, plans may be subject to change, so we ask that you check this page or follow us on Facebook for updates. (Please note: the photos featured on this page are from previous holiday activities prior to mask and social distancing restrictions.)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Tinsel & Traditions: Holiday Open House and Kick Off

Event Details

Businesses in Historic Downtown Long Grove will be open late for our guests to have fun shopping, sipping, and dining! So, dress up in your favorite ugly sweater to keep warm and festive while you make your way around town.

Participating businesses will have specials, discounts, giveaways, and more planned for those who attend. Those who register in advance or at the event will be entered to win prizes donated by our merchants throughout the night.

Start planning an evening of holiday and shopping fun!

Participating businesses (as of November 9):

  • Bella Donna Boutique
  • Buffalo Creek Brewing
  • Corked Wine Bar
  • Covered Bridge Creamery
  • Country House of Long Grove
  • Epilogue
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio
  • Joanie’s Pizzeria
  • Long Grove Confectionery & Apple Haus
  • Ma and Pa’s Candy
  • Morkes Chocolate of Long Grove
  • Olivia’s Boutique
  • Paddy’s on the Square & The Irish Boutique
  • Signature Popcorn
  • The Back Porch
  • Viking Treasures
  • Within Reach
New This Year!

We want you to share your Holiday Traditions with us! A DIY Tradition Ornament Package is available for purchase from the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association (HDLGBA). Purchase can be made online when registering for Tinsel & Traditions or purchase in person at the Long Grove Visitor’s Center after November 12, 2020.

Color, paint, and bedazzle your own wooden ornament, then bring it back (or you can keep it) to be added to our Town Tradition Tree. Package includes instructions, wood slice, piece of string, crayons, Long Grove Holiday Bag, and a coloring page. More details available during online registration.

***Please practice social distancing, capacity limits within businesses, current restrictions related to dining and drinking establishments and wear a mask or face covering. We thank you for your cooperation.

Register Now


November & December 2020

Sleigh Rides — SOLD OUT!

Interest in this activity has been extremely positive! Due to an overwhelming response as of November 18, our Sleigh rides have officially SOLD OUT! But, we also know that plans can change. IF you would like to be placed on our Wait List, please complete THIS FORM.

Sleigh rides are one of our most beloved activities during the holidays and are back again for the 2020 Vintage Holidays season. To manage crowds and lines associated with the activity during the pandemic, we have shifted to an online registration system. This will allow patrons to secure a reserved time in advance and allow us to practice safe social distancing between parties throughout the check-in and ride and prepare the sleigh for the following group. Masks are required during all aspects of this activity.

Ride Dates

Saturday, November 21 & Sunday, November 22; 11:00am–7:00pm

Friday, November 27; 11:00am–4:00pm
Saturday, November 28 & Sunday, November 29; 11:00am–7:00pm

Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6; 11:00am–7:00pm

Saturday, December 12 & Sunday, December 13; 11:00am–7:00pm

Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20; 11:00am–7:00pm

Ride Fees

Reservations are $15 per section (6 person maximum)
Reserve the full sleigh for $30 (both sections, 12 person maximum)

Rides may be cancelled due to inclement weather for the safety of the horses and our guests. If this should happen, refunds will be issued for reserved groups.


A waiver is required for each group. We ask that you download and complete THIS WAIVER and return it to us when you check in for your sleigh ride.

**Masks are required to participate. We thank you for your cooperation.

Reserve Now



Friday, November 27 – Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Holiday Sip, Shop & Dine Gift Promotion

To thank our patrons for supporting the historic downtown Long Grove businesses, we are again offering our FREE Gift with purchase promotion. The above video highlights the gifts available as the promotion kicks off November 27.

Collect $150 (pre-tax & tip) in receipts from historic downtown Long Grove shops and restaurants, dated November 27–December 23 and redeem them for a FREE Gift! While Covid-19 restrictions might change how you sip, shop and dine this year, we encourage you to continue supporting our Historic Business District with in store or online shopping, outdoor dining, curbside pick-ups, and delivery. Our businesses are working hard to be the best they can be during these challenging times.

For the health and safety of our visitors and staff and to minimize crowds gathering inside the Visitor’s Center during redemption, we are encouraging shoppers to submit their receipts and select their gift using our ONLINE FORM. Gifts can be picked up in the Long Grove Visitor’s Center during business hours.

Gifts available while supplies last. Redeem your receipts early for the best gift selection.

Redeem Receipts Now



Saturday, December 5, 2020

Town Traditions Tree Lighting – VIRTUAL ONLY

We the recent Tier 3 Covid-19 Mitigations beginning November 20, we have elected to transition this to a virtual only event.

We’ll be streaming this event Live on Facebook starting at 4:00 pm on December 5. We hope you’ll join us from the comfort of your home for holiday stories, a sing-a-long and lighting of our inaugural Town Traditions Tree. Those interested are still welcome to bring an ornament or decoration to add to the tree that highlights a favorite holiday tradition. If you bring an ornament before December 5, please drop it off at the Visitor’s Center. After December 5, you are welcome to place the ornament on the tree yourself or drop it off at the Visitor’s Center.

We’re hoping to fill the tree throughout the season with an eclectic array of traditions from all holidays that will delight and inspire our community and visitors. DIY Tradition Ornament Packages will be available for purchase at the Long Grove Visitor’s Center on November 12, 2020 for $10. The Town Traditions Tree is located in the brick paver area between Paddy’s on the Square/The Irish Boutique and Morkes Chocolates of Long Grove.

Download the Sing-a-long Song Book

**Please practice social distancing when visiting the tree and wear a mask or face covering. We thank you for your cooperation.



Holiday Music and Carolers

Plans are in progress to secure volunteers and groups interested in performing throughout our Vintage Holidays season. More information will be shared soon.


Visits from Santa

Our littlest visitors always enjoy the opportunity to visit with Santa. Dates and times will be shared here when available.



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