Special Events

The Crystal Lake Park District organizes a variety of special events for everyone! We bring communities together with events that make lasting memories! For specific information on pricing and program dates, please view the links provided below. All one day trips and special events are also posted on our calendar of events.

Current Events


St. Lucia Holiday Tea


Ages 4 & Up
The St. Lucia celebration represents one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure who is a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. The historic Colonel Palmer House with Victorian parlors is the perfect setting to celebrate this festive occasion. Tables of four can accommodate you and three of your guests. Each participant must be registered separately.

Sat, Dec 7, Noon-1:30 pm or 2:30-4 pm

Sun, Dec 8, Noon-1:30 pm

$25 per person

Please note: registration deadline is Tuesday, November 26 at Noon

Register


MRS. CLAUS STORY TIME FUN

saturday, dec 14

4-5 pm or 5:30-6:30 PM

ROTARY BUILDING - 431 N. WALKUP AVENUE

Come join Mrs. Claus for an evening of activities, stories and treats! We'll hear about the North Pole, sing songs and maybe event get a special visitor to stop by! Come dressed in comfy PJs for a cozy night. Please register all siblings. Ages 3-10. Registration Deadline: Dec 11

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LUMINARIA WALK AT VETERAN ACRES PARK

SAT DECEMBER 14, 5-7:30 PM

431 N. Walkup Avenue

Enjoy a beautiful night under the stars as we light a trail through our magnificent Veteran Acres. Stop at any of these locations to warm up at our cracklin' campfire: Nature Center-fire & s'mores; Oakwoods Lodge-fire & caroling; Picnic Shelter-fire

Parking available at Veteran Acres (431 N. Walkup Avenue); Nature Center (330 N. Main Street) and Oakwoods Lodge (2nd Street and Route 176)

Suggested donation (pay at the event) $1 per person/max $5 per family
Donations to be used for Nature Center outdoor education programs

Questions?


HOLIDAY LIGHTS!

JUDGING: DEC 17 & 18, 2019 FROM 5-7 PM

The Park District will be judging 20 homes this year in our annual Light UP! Crystal Lake contest. Check back to see a list of participants and enjoy some of the beautifully decorated homes in Crystal Lake.

Check back in early December - we will post the houses!

Register


----santa wonderland logo.jpgSANTA'S wonderland extravaganza

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 1-3 PM

GRAND OAKS - 1401 W. ROUTE 176

Join us for a magical afternoon filled with holiday fun! Enjoy games, activities, entertainment and a visit from the jolly man himself...Santa! Ages 3-10. Registration deadline is Dec. 1

ACTIVITIES
Visit with Santa
Ice Cream Cone Decorating
Snowman Duck Pond Game
Penguin Bowling
Snowball Toss
Pin the Nose on Rudolph
Candy Cane Ring Toss
Coloring Pages
Letters to Santa


Storytime with Mrs. Claus (1:15-2:15 pm)
CLPD Performance Dance Troupe (1:30-2:30 pm)


CRAFTS
Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft
Snowman Ornament Craft
Mini-Kazoo Craft
Picture Frame Craft

Register


High School Musical Jr. logoHIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JR. PRODUCTION

SATURDAY, DEC 14 7 PM & SUNDAY, DEC, 15 2 PM

TICKETS: $5 ON SALE AT THE DOOR OR IN ADVANCE AT ADMIN BUILDING

GRAND OAKS, 1401 W. ROUTE 176

Get'cha head in the game and buy your tickets for the Crystal Lake Park District's production of High School Musical Jr.! This fast-paced high school saga includes all things we love: catchy tunes, sports and smarts! Throw in a little love and this production is a lay up!

questions?


chili open

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 - 8 AM

CRYSTAL LAKE/MAIN BEACH PAVILION - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

A 49-year tradition in Crystal Lake, the Chili Open features a traditional 9-hole golf tournament held on our frozen Crystal Lake! This February tournament is steeped in generations of memories.

Registration opens dec 3

INFO


ice fishing derby

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6AM-12 PM

WEST BEACH - 2330 LAKE AVENUE

We are keeping the Crystal Lake Anglers tradition alive! Be the fishing tale of the town when we award our prize winners for overall biggest catch as well as musky/pike, bass, and walleye catches! Advance registration is required but $10 fee will be taken at the gate (cash, check or credit card accepted.) Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Participants must be 16 years of age and have a valid IL fishing license.

Advance registration requested by February 6, free raffle ticket for those pre-registered. Raffle prizes include ice shanty, auger, propane heater and more!


CATEGORY/Largest Fishing by Length
Grand Prize
Largest Fish Overall -Any Type
Pike/Muskie
Pike/Muskie, Adult with Child
Pike/Muskie Pike/Muskie, Adult
Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass, Adult with Child
Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass, Adult
Walleye Walleye, Adult with Child
Walleye Walleye, Adult

Payout is based on 50% of entrance ticket sales

Dave's Bait Shanty logo Moontime BBQ logo crystal lake brewing logo

Registration opens dec 3

questions?


Forts on the Courts

MARCH 2020 6:30-8:30 PM

THE RACKET CLUB - 9101 S. ROUTE 31, LITH

The Racket Club introduced its first Fort Building battle in March 2017 which turned out to be a great success! Teams made up of family and friends are given three sheets of cardboard (96 w x 48 h) and one roll of duct tape to design and build a fort of their choice. Additional materials are allowed to finish the masterpiece. This battle combines quality time, team work and creativity to ultimate heights. Gift baskets were awarded to the MOST LIKELY TO SURVIVE AND EARTHQUAKE, BEST THEME and FAN FAVORITE. A complimentary ice cream bar from Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake finishes off a fun-tastic March evening!

List of Approved Fort Building Materials

Registration opens dec 1

THANK YOU BASKIN ROBBINS CRYSTAL LAKE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION!


MIDSOMMAR FESTIVAL

FREE ON SATurday, JUNE TBD 2020, 11 AM - 4 PM

COLONEL PALMER HOUSE

660 E. TERRA COTTA AVENUE

RAIN OR SHINE
Did you know Crystal Lake has a large Swedish population? Explore our Swedish roots at this fun and educational festival of folklore! Activities include maypole decorating and raising, crown crafts, Swedish traditions, Scandinavian dance group, Swedish treats, CL Brewing and more!
Check out a special presentation on the Swedenbergers of Crystal Lake from Kurt Pearson, member of the Crystal Lake Historical Society. Kurt will cover the immigration story, historic maps and genealogy.


bike with your neighbor

free on sunday, june TBD 2020, 12-2:30 pm

Main Beach - 300 LakeShore Drive

Hosted by the City of Crystal Lake Sustainability Committee, Bike with your Neighbor showcases three fun bike routes for all ages! Stop back at Main Beach after the ride for prize drawings and a Bike Safety Rodeo hosted by the Crystal Lake Park District Police.
Raindate: June 30


BEACH BASH

FREE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2020 11 AM-3 PM

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

Head on down to the beach for a day of fun in the sun! We will have lots of activities and entertainment for all ages! More details to follow.


Kids Party in the Park

FREE ON FRIDAY, JULY TBD 2020, 7PM - 10PM

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

A free summer evening on the lake with lots of kid's games and activities, entertainment and ice cream eating contest! Bring your blanket as you snuggle under the stars and watch a

Star 105 will be on hand to keep the party going! Don't miss this FREE, FUN event!


cardboard cup regatta

saturday, july 2020

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

Grab your duct tape and head to the beach for a side splitting afternoon of soggy cardboard and sinking ships! Admission is $3. Beach open at 9 AM and race begins at NOON.

INFO


Summer Concerts in the Park Series


FREE ON TUESDAYS @ 7 PM

Main Beach - 300 LakeShore Drive

Each year, the Crystal Lake Park District hosts a regional band to perform at Main Beach. Pack a dinner, pull out a blanket and enjoy a great night of free entertainment lakeside. Concerts are held on Tuesdays at 7 PM beginning June-August. Food and beverage (beer and wine) and small charcoal grills are allowed (no glass please.)

In the event of inclement weather, decision to reschedule the concert will be made by 4 pm. Check status by calling 815.410.4475 ext 6.

Check back for 2020 schedule in May 2020

PARKING

Please park in the following areas for concert evenings: Main Beach parking lot, grass triangle across the street from the Lakeside Arts in the Park (Dole Mansion) and South Elementary. Please do not park at the boat gate, Dole Mansion or Seminary Park.

THANK YOU 2019 PARTNERS


monarchs & music

FREE

aug 2020, TBD 12:30-4:15 pm

MAIN BEACH - 300 LAKESHORE DRIVE

The Monarch Coalition is bringing to the beach an engaging Monarch Fair loaded with activities, games and monarch education. Buy a pollinator plant and help us repopulate the monarchs! Wander to the band shell where we will be showcasing local bands for your entertainment.

WIND AND WHEELS

free SAT SEPT 14 10 am-2 PM

RAIN OR SHINE

LIPPOLD PARK SOCCER FIELDS, 1251 W. ROUTE 176

Formally the Kite Fest, we have now added fun BIG TRUCKS! Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of kite flying and truck climbing! Chicago Kite, a professional kite company, will be on hand to fly enormous kites that speckle our skies! We have free paper kites to make yourself or you may purchase one from the Chicago Kite Company. NEW THIS YEAR: Contests for highest kite, most colorful kite etc....Kona Ice will be on site if you wish to purchase snow cones!


HAUNTED HOME DECORATING CONTEST

Enter our popular Haunted Home decorating contest! You put all of the work into your look, so show it off!

Winner gets full bragging rights and a trophy donated by Awards Plus.


PUZZLEPALOOZA! JIGSAW PUZZLE TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2020 11 AM - 2 PM

THE RACKET CLUB - 9101 S. ROUTE 31, ALGONQUIN 847-658-5688

NEW! 2 Person and 4 Person teams race against each other to complete the same 500 piece puzzle. Bring snacks and enjoy an afternoon with family or friends. Ice cream sundae bar for all participants provided by Baskin Robbins Crystal Lake. Awesome prizes for winners. ALL AGES WELCOME

THANK YOU BASKIN ROBBINS CRYSTAL LAKE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION!

Contest Rules