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.

Shop for everyone on your holiday list at Paris Market Antiques Holiday Open House at the Ice House Mall on Saturday, November 17 through Monday, December 24.  The event will feature fabulous vintage Christmas items from jewelry, holiday ornaments, glassware, art, vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles and so much more. Shop for unique holiday gifts that will make your holiday season sparkle at Paris Market Antiques Holiday Open House!

The “Meals of Hope” Holiday Food Drive for the Northern Illinois Food Bank Ice House Mall will kick off the holiday season on Monday, November 19. Meals of Hope Food Drive is asking for donations of  boxed and canned goods for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, that helps feed families throughout northern Illinois. Please give as generously to provide meals to hungry families. Collections begin Monday, November 19 through Wednesday, December 27. Customers can bring boxed and canned goods to donate when shopping, dining or visiting Santa. Donation boxes will be located throughout the mall. For more information please call 847-381-6661.

Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner at Chessie’s Restaurant on Thursday, November 22 with seating’s at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 4pm.  Join us for an exquisite buffet with all your holiday favorites and trimmings and desserts for Thanksgiving dinner.  Call for reservations at 847-382-5020.

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 a.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.

Visits with Santa at the Ice House Mall throughout the holiday season are every Saturday from Noon to 3pm beginning December 1 through December 22.  Photos with Santa are free and a courtesy to Ice House Mall customers. Please bring your camera to take photos with Santa. Donate to our “Meals of Hope” holiday food drive to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank when visiting Santa. Bring canned or boxed goods to help needy families throughout Illinois this holiday season. Mail your letters to Santa in his North Pole mailbox!  Santa’s schedule, call 847-381-6661 or go to www.icehousemall.

Mistletoe and Mimosas,will take place every Thursday, at the Ice House Mall starting, Thursday, December 6 to Thursday, December 20 from 3pm to 7pm.  Shop and stroll through the mall for holiday gift ideas, in store specials and enjoy the holiday season with Mistletoe and Mimosas at Savvy Spirit, Paris Market Antique and EwelineB Fashion this holiday season.

 “Breakfast with Santa” at Chessie’s Restaurant is on Saturday, December 8 and December 15 from 9am to 11am.  Make your reservations at Chessie’s for a festive holiday buffet breakfast. Meet Santa and take family photos. Holiday face painting by Miss Pam and the magical sounds of the Barrington Suzuki Strings.  Call 847-382-5020 for reservations.

New Holiday Market featuring local and regional crafters will be open during the holiday season at the Ice House MallCome shop for the holidays with local crafters at the New Holiday Market on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 and again on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 at the Ice House Mall. Come shop our unique and crafty holiday vendors for your holiday gift giving. Enjoy crafts and gifts from handmade soaps, pottery, holiday ornaments and decorations, art, glass, wool clothing and accessories, jewelry and so much more at the Ice House Mall in downtown, Barrington.

Happy Howlidays! Saturday, December 15, 1-3pm at the Ice House Mall. Happy Howlidays is an adoption event to help the Animal House Shelter of Huntley to find forever homes for the many dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted.  Adopt a furry friend or help the Ice House Mall raise funds and supplies by donating to Animal House Shelter "Paws for the Holidays". Go to their web site // for needed donations.  Your donation will help Animal House Shelter continue to care for the many furry friends that are waiting for their forever homes. Stop in at Flesk Brewing make a purchase and Flesk will donate $1 for every purchase. Shop at Savvy Spirit and Paris Market Antiques and they will donate 10% of your purchase to Animal House Shelter. 

 “Miss Merry Christmas Pageant” a Holiday Pageant for children is Saturday, December 15 at 1:00pm at the Ice House Mall, in downtown, Barrington. The pageant is for all ages to enter.  Age category begins with the Baby Contest at under 1 year of age and toddlers 1-3 years of age. The Miss Sunburst is ages 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18-27 years of age. Entry forms are at all Ice House Mall stores. All participants will receive a crown and trophy. For more information go to

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.