Vintage Holidays | 2023 updates coming soon!

Vintage Holidays | 2023 updates coming soon!

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

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: Starting November 19th and continuing every weekend through December 18th, groups of family and friends can get in the holiday spirit with vintage carriage rides throughout historic downtown Long Grove.

Merchant Open Houses and Promos: Merchants throughout historic downtown Long Grove will feature decorations, specials on merchandise, food, drinks, and more throughout the Vintage Holidays campaign. Beginning November 25th and running through December 18th, anyone who spends $150 before tax/tip at any of the downtown merchants will receive a free gift from the Long Grove Visitors Center (maximum of four gifts per person, receipts must date between 11/25 – 12/18. While supplies last).

Holiday Caroling and Santa: 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. Additionally, on select weekends November 19th through December 18th, visits by Santa Claus himself will surely put holiday smiles on all kids at heart.

On Dec 3rd there will be Pictures with Santa in the NEW HDLGBA Covered Bridge Park Project in partnership with Comed, from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Santa in the Village!
November 25th, 26th, 27th (12-4pm)
December 3rd (Photo Op by the decorated bridge), 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th (12-4pm)

Caroling Schedule:
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 3rdFamily Caroling (12-2pm)
December 10thA Family Sing Along (11-3pm)
December 11thBuffalo Grove High School (11-1pm)
Barrington High School (2:30-4:30pm)
December 17thLong Grove Community Church (2-4pm)
December 18thHersey High School Dickens Carolers (2-3pm)
Barrington High School (2:30-4:30pm)


November & December 2023

Carriage Rides

Carriage rides are one of our most beloved activities during the holidays and are back again for the 2022 Vintage Holidays season.

From the twinkling Covered Bridge to the storefront Christmas trees, passengers are invited to sit back and take in the nostalgia of the holiday season as the clattering of horse hooves lead the way.

Sponsored by The Graff Group and Alden Long Grove Rehab & Health.

This year we will once again be offering pre-registration for our 10 seater carriage. Please ensure that you 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. Children who are 5 and under and can ride on your lap, are free.

Ride Dates

November 19, 20, 25, 26, 27

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

Ride Fees

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

Sign up HERE.

*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.

**Photo disclaimer: Occasionally, the Historic Downtown Long Grove will be filming content for social media and website posting. If you object to having your likeness posted, please advise the Visitors Center so your wishes may be accommodated.

Friday, November 24 – Sunday, December 17, 2023

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.

Collect $150 (pre-tax & tip) in receipts from historic downtown Long Grove shops and restaurants, dated November 25–December 18 and redeem them for a FREE Gift!

Choose from:

  • Pashmina Scarves
  • Long Grove Ornament
  • Green/White Campfire Mug
  • Red/White Coffee Mug
  • Delicious Treats from Long Grove Confectionery and Ma & Pa’s Candy
  • 11×14 Photo of Long Grove Covered Bridge
  • Holiday Tote Bag
  • Hand Painted Ornaments by local artist, Sheila.

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

Thank you to our sponsors: