Vintage Holidays | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Vintage Holidays | 2024 Info Coming Soon!

Save the Date for Vintage Holidays
Vintage Holidays runs from mid-November through December 2024

More details about our nostalgic holiday activities will be posted here later this year.

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Historic downtown Long Grove invites you to rediscover the magic of the holidays this season. Vintage Holidays in Long Grove is what the classic holiday small town experience is all about—quaint shops, old-world charm, and family memories. Organized by the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association, Vintage Holidays 2023 will feature:

NEW! Holiday Walk

On Friday, November 17, 6–8pm, we welcome you to join our historic downtown business district as we light up town for the holiday season.

  • Stores open late for holiday shopping
  • Enjoy festive lights, window displays and more at individual businesses and throughout town
  • Illuminated photo stations around town
  • Carriage Rides (see details below)
  • Visit with Santa (schedule of locations TBD)
  • Bridge Lighting at 7:30pm with guest appearance by Village President, Bill Jacob

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Carriage rides are one of our most beloved activities during our Vintage Holidays season. Passengers are invited to sit back and take in the nostalgia of our historic downtown as the clattering of horse hooves lead the way.

Ride Dates

November 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23

Ride Fees

Reservations are $15 per seat (ages 5 and under ride free on an adult’s lap). 


We are again offering pre-registration for our 10-seater carriage. Please sign up at the link below and have the waiver filled out before your ride is to begin. You will need to bring your waiver with you to your ride*. 

*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 reservations.

Santa in the Village

Santa will be visiting with children and spreading joy throughout the holiday season on the days and times listed below*:

November 2412–4pm
November 2512–4pm
November 2612–4pm
December 91–4pm
December 101–4pm
December 1612–4pm
December 1712–4pm
December 2312–4pm

Free Pictures with Santa

Saturday, December 9

1–1:45pm and 2:15–4pm

Covered Bridge Park

No reservations needed. First come, first served.

*Schedule subject to change.

Caroling Around Town

Visitors who stroll historic downtown Long Grove during Vintage Holidays will not only enjoy the sights but the sounds of the holiday season too, with festive holiday carolers setting the tone. We are excited to again welcome our amazing carolers to the Village of Long Grove this season. The following groups will be out and about on the days below* bringing additional holiday cheer and wonder to the visitors of downtown.

December 2 11–3pm Buffalo Grove High School
December 3 12-1pm Stevenson High School
December 911-3pmTom Clark Carolers
December 1011–1pmBarrington High School
December 16 2–4pmLong Grove Community Church
December 1711-1pmBarrington High School

*Schedule subject to change.

Merchant Specials and Promotions

Merchants in historic downtown Long Grove will feature decorations, specials on merchandise, seasonal food, seasonal drinks, and more throughout the holiday season. 

For a list of businesses in town, visit these links:

Restaurants & Nightlife

Shopping & Gifts

Services & Personal Care 

Visit their websites or follow them on their social media channels for current holiday offerings and promotions.

Sip, Shop and Dine Holiday Gift Promotion

To thank our patrons for supporting our historic downtown Long Grove businesses, we are again offering a FREE Gift with Purchase promotion.

Collect receipts that total $150 (pre-tax and tip) from historic downtown Long Grove shops and restaurants, dated November 17–December 23 and redeem them for a FREE Gift at our Visitors’ Center, located at 145 Old McHenry Rd.

Choose from:

  • Long Grove Campfire Mugs (Green/White)
  • Long Grove Campfire Mugs (Red/White)
  • Scarves
  • Long Grove Scented Votive Candles (Sugar Cookie Scent)
  • Long Grove Holiday tote bags (Two styles)
  • Candy from Long Grove Confectionery
  • Covered Bridge “Happy Holidays” Framed Ornaments

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