Barrington is a social, active and vibrant community. Enjoy an hour or spend an entire day in Barrington. There is something going on each day for you to enjoy, including shopping at one-of-a-kind shops, alfresco dining, tours of the historical society and many other options.  Visit this page often to see all that Barrington has to offer.

Barrington's Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FREE Family Day of Holiday Events!

Candy Cane Festival

Foundry Shopping Center, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Santa visits from 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Also: Pet live animals at the Petting Zoo; festive reindeer antler headbands at Calico Corners; Write Letters to Santa at Light Drawn Studios; Ornament crafts with Huntington Learning Center; Goodie bags and a raffle at Van Dam Dermatology; Play on a
Barrington fire truck; Cookies at One Life Kitchen & more.


Winter Wonderland

Ice House Mall, 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Santa’s Grand Welcome and holiday parade of characters, 12:00 p.m. 
(Santa visits until 3:00 p.m.)

Also: Magical story time with Mrs. Claus at 11:00 a.m.,
including a “ Nutcracker” dance performance  by Dancewerks. Free cookies & milk with Santa. Magical holiday music by Suzuki Strings, 1:30 p.m. Bring donations for “Meals of Hope” food drive.


Magical Reindeer Lane

The Shops on Lageschulte, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Santa visits at Norton’s USA from 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Also: Free gingerbread cookies at Norton’s USA plus a special surprise event between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Free cider and cookies at English Daisy.


Home for the Holidays

Barrington’s White House, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Take a family photo by the beautiful tree in the living room.

Also: Docent tours of this 1898 mansion; refreshments,
performances by BHS Madrigals and Barrington Children’s Choir.


Snow Much Fun

Village Center (Cook & Station St.), 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:00 p.m., South Cook Street. Santa arrives on the Fire Truck at 5:15 p.m.; visits at the Santa House from 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Also: Free carriage rides around downtown & facepainting,
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. See festive holiday characters; holiday carols by BHS Madrigals at 4:00 p.m.; see Barrington’s window displays; cookies & hot chocolate from Heinen’s.


Trolley & Schedule of Events

 On Saturday, December 1, park once and enjoy FREE activities all day! FREE TROLLEY is sponsored by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, Barrington Bank & Trust, Wickstrom Auto Group, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Norton’s USA, Ice House Mall, the Foundry, and the Village of Barrington.

 TROLLEY STOPS: Trolley Route Begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.

Cook & Main         Trolley leaves on the hour; travels to Ice House Mall

Ice House Mall      Leaves at 12 min. past the hour; travels to Shops on Lageschulte

Lageschulte St.     Leaves at 24 min. past the hour; travels to the Foundry

The Foundry         Leaves at 36 min. past the hour; travels to the White House

White House         Leaves at 48 min. past the hour; travels back to Cook & Main

Timeline of Events: Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 a.m.             Trolley begins its loop at Village Center (Cook & Main)

10:00 a.m.             Candy Cane Festival & Petting Zoo Begins at Foundry

10:15 a.m.             Santa arrives at Foundry until 12:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.             Winter Wonderland at Ice House Mall Begins

11:00 a.m.             Interactive story hour with Mrs. Claus and Nutcracker
                              performance at Ice House Mall (11:30 a.m.)

11:00 a.m.             Magical Reindeer Lane on Lageschulte begins

11:00 a.m.             Home for the Holidays begins at Barrington’s White House;
                              docent tours of the mansion; family photos by the tree;
                              Madrigals perform

12:00 p.m.             Holiday Parade of Characters at Ice House Mall; Santa arrives
                              at Ice House Mall until 3:00 p.m. Free cookies & milk

1:00 p.m.               Free carriage rides & activities in Village Center until 5:00 p.m.;
                              free cookies & hot chocolate from Heinen’s

1:30 p.m.                              Special event at Norton’s USA

1:30 p.m.                              Magical holiday music by Suzuki Strings at Ice House Mall

3:30 p.m.               Santa arrives at Norton’s USA until 4:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m.               BHS Madrigal Singers sing in Village Center

5:00 p.m.               Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in Village Center

5:15 p.m.               Santa arrives on the Fire Truck; Santa visits on South Cook
                              Street until 6:30 p.m.

Community Events:
The Village offers many family-friendly events for you to enjoy.  The following is a list of some of the upcoming events.  For a complete listing of all that is happening in Barrington, click here

Everyday Attractions:
Barrington Area Library - 505 N. Northwest Highway

Be sure to check out the Library for many great events, activities and other happenings! With storytime, school day kids crafts, book club discussions, video game tournaments, "second Friday" musical performances, computer classes and many other events for writers, readers and do-it-yourselfers, the Barrington Aera Library always has something going on. Go to their website at for more information and to register for events!

Barrington Park District - 235 Lions Drive

The Barrington Park District seeks to enhance the quality of life and the environment; to acquire conserve and protect natural resources; and to provide leisure time opportunities for benefit of citizens and families or our community.  Visit their website at to view their online brochure and to register for programs, trips, camps, fitness activities, and much more! 

The Barrington History Museum - 212 W. Main Street
Visit the working blacksmith shop, check out special exhibits, take a walking tour of historic Barrington, learn more about Barrington's history.  Plenty of fun for all ages and many educational opportunities.  Visit the website for more information and a list of special exhibits at or call (847) 381-1730.

Walk and Bike Around Barrington
Take a tour of Barrington on your bike!  Ride or walk along the many bike routes, lanes or paths throughout the Village and experience the beauty of Barrington.  There are several scenic miles of paths in the forest preserves which surround Barrington that provide for a delightful day seeing the sights from a different point of view.  See the Bike & Pedestrian page for more information and a complete map of the Barrington bike facilities.