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Sundays with Santa at Batavia Boardwalk Shops

Batavia Boardwalk Shops, 114 E Wilson St, Batavia, IL

DATES: Sundays from November 27th - December 18th, 2022 | 12pm - 2pm

DETAILS: The BEST of the holiday season can be found on the Boardwalk...particularly on Sundays in December! Join us for a free visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Shop 10 small businesses as well as enjoy other popups throughout the season along the Boardwalk too!

 

COST: FREE!

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santa's house in downtown geneva

Geneva Visitor Center | 10 S. Third Street, Geneva

DATES: December 2, 7pm - 9:30pm, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2022 | 10:30am - 3:30pm

DETAILS: Santa arrives from the North Pole on December 2 with visits Saturdays and Sundays through mid-December. Sign up for a date/time at the link below. Below the calendar there is also a spot to personalize your child’s visit with Santa (names, ages, wish list items etc.) Wave to Santa from 10-10:20 am each Saturday and Sunday through December 18 riding in the carriage on Third Street. Don’t forget to drop your letter to Santa in the mailbox on the Courthouse lawn or in our Visitor Center. Provide a return address stamped envelope and Santa will be sure and write back up until December 18, then he has to return to the North Pole.

 

COST: $10/family. Spots are limited to see the jolly old elf.

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Pictures with Santa at Geneva Commons

Geneva Commons, 410 Commons Dr, Geneva, IL

DATES: Sundays, November 27 - December 18, 2022 | 11am - 3pm

DETAILS: Welcome the holiday season by visiting Santa! Santa Claus always brings on the smiles, so bring your little ones to Geneva Commons for photos that you’ll treasure a lifetime. You’ll find him at 410 Commons Drive (between Sephora and Holm Studio). Plus, we’ll have toy giveaways for the kids while supplies last.

 

COST: FREE!

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Visit Santa at Windy Acres Farm

Windy Acres Farm, 37w446 Fabyan Pkwy, Geneva, IL

DATES: Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 - 18, 2022 (Excludes December 17 for Grinch day!) | 11am - 3pm

DETAILS: Come out to the farm and visit Santa Claus, ride our Windy Acres Holiday Train Express, Letters to the North Pole & Smore’s! Reserve early to ensure a spot! Walk-ins based on availability. On December 17, the Grinch will be there instead!

 

COST: Children $12, Adults $8

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Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles

DATE: December 4, 2022 | 10am - 11:30am

DETAILS: Watch Santa arrive pulled by his dashing huskies, and then spend some time helping him get ready for his Big Day. Write a letter to Santa. Make an ornament. Have your picture taken with the Big Guy himself! Santa arrives at 10:45am. For ages 2+

COST: $10 per person Resident, $15 Non-Resident

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santa on the plaza

First Street Plaza in Downtown STC

DATES:  Saturdays and Sundays, November 26th - December 18th | 1pm - 4pm

DETAILS: Visit Santa every Saturday and Sunday in the First St. Plaza by Alter Brewing + Kitchen. Santa will be in the plaza from 1pm - 4pm. Drop off your letters to the North Pole and take pictures! Be sure to tag the @stcalliance in your pictures for us to re-share!

COST: FREE!

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Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Wasco Nursery & Garden Center, 41 W781 IL-64, St. Charles, IL

DATES:  December 10, 2022 | 1:30pm - 4:30pm

DETAILS: Join Wasco Nursery for FREE pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Bring your camera!

COST: FREE!

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santa at fox valley mall

Fox Valley Mall | Level 1 in Macy's Court | 195 Fox Valley Center Aurora, IL

DATE:  Daily, November 11 - December 24 (closed Thanksgiving) | Typically 11am - 7pm with a 2pm - 3pm break. Hours vary on select days

DETAILS Santa’s Peanuts home is located on the lower level of Macy's Court from November 11 through December 24. The set is open daily to the public to visit, and professional photos are available for purchase by Cherry Hill Photo. Children may visit with Santa to share their wish lists or place a letter in Santa’s mailbox. To make this holiday season both a magical and safe experience, we strongly encourage guests to make a reservation for photos. **Pet Nights: Select Thursdays from 4pm - 7pm November 17th December 1st December 8th December 15th Sensory Friendly on December 4 from 10am - 11:30am

COST: Photo Packages Vary

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Visit with Santa at Abbey Farms

Abbey Farms | 2855 Hart Rd, Aurora

DATE: December 3-4, 2022, 10am & 12:30pm | December 10-11, 2022, 10am

DETAILS: It’s not Christmas until you see Santa! Complete your family Christmas traditions with Abbey Farms by scheduling a visit with Santa! Reserve a picnic table outside on the lawn and let Santa come to you! EVERYONE in your party receives a gift from Santa, coloring book & crayons, and visit from Santa!

COST: $19.99 per visitor.

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santa on the Gazebo

21 S Stolp Ave, Aurora, IL

DATE: December 3 and 10, 2022 | 1pm - 3pm

DETAILS:  Ho ho ho! Santa landed at the gazebo and welcomes families for free photos. He’ll be at the gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first two Saturdays in December. Millennium Plaza gazebo is located at 21 S. Stolp Ave. Photos will be available for digital download after the event. FREE!

COST: FREE!

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Photos with santa at spring hill mall

Spring Hill Mall | 1072 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee, IL (across from Barnes and Noble)

DATE: November 25 - December 24, 2022 | Typically 11am - 6pm, though times vary

DETAILS: We encourage pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience. Walk-up visits are available as space permits at participating locations. See link for available times!

COST: $39.99 - $49.99

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Visit Santa at Dickens in Dundee

319 N River St., East Dundee, IL

DATE: December 2, 2022 | 5:45pm - 9pm

DETAILS: Dickens in Dundee was formed in 1988. It began as a small community gathering, with caroling and the search for Tiny Tim’s crutch in local stores. With the support of local businesses, this event has grown significantly and attracts people from all over the Dundee area. This year’s Dickens in Dundee will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 5:45-9:00 pm, with a Holiday Lights Parade to follow on Saturday, December 3rd at 7 pm. All of East Dundee's activities will take place near The Depot located at 319 N. River Street and the surrounding downtown area.

 

𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐃𝐄:

𝟓:𝟒𝟓 𝐏𝐌: Tree Lighting and Live Music by Kimberlyrics Choir

𝟔-𝟖 𝐏𝐌: Those Funny Little People Toy Making Elves

𝟔-𝟗 𝐏𝐌: Visits with Santa (FREE hot chocolate and cookies will be served) Living Windows

COST: FREE!

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Almost winter day

SEBA Park, 151 S Water St, South Elgin, IL

DATE: November 19, 2022 | 2pm - 6pm

DETAILS: Enjoy an outdoor family event at South Elgin's SEBA Park, 151 Water Street, Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 2-5pm. Make s'mores, decorate cookies, enjoy craft projects, get a balloon animal, drop-off a letter to Santa (and get a reply from the North Pole). The afternoon includes Asphalt Curling, an ice sculptor, bonfire, a tree decorating contest and giant sling shot fun. Plus...Santa arrives at 2pm and will stay until 4:45 for pictures (bring your camera). At 5pm, the event shifts to Panton Mill Park across the street for the Village Tree lighting. Also, this year, featuring fireworks rescheduled from the End of Summer Music Fling. And it's free* to the community! *note: concessions available at affordable prices

COST: FREE!

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Claus and Critters at Happy Hooves

Happy Hooves Therapeutic Farm, 40w145 Fabyan Pkwy, Elburn, IL

DATE: December 17, 2022 | 2pm - 4pm

DETAILS: Save the date and come out to the farm with your family for our special Christmas event! Take a picture with Santa. Meet our horses, goats, pigs, rabbits and chickens. We will also have fun crafts and treats!

COST: FREE, Donations accepted!

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Santa & Mrs. Claus at the "W" Tent

Downtown Wheaton Association, 130 W Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL

DATE: November 26, 1pm-3pm; December 3, 10am-12pm; December 10, 10am-12pm; December 17, 3pm-5pm

DETAILS: Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Downtown Wheaton this holiday season, and they want to see you! This is the perfect time to take a picture with Santa and even check if you made the nice list this year.

COST: FREE!

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SANTA's Craft Corner at cosley zoo

Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL

DATE: November 26, December 3, 10 | 10am - 2pm

DETAILS: Skip the long line at the mall and visit Santa at the zoo. While you are here, make a craft or two and tour the zoo before you go. Admission includes crafts, refreshments and, of course, a visit with the man in red himself. Be sure and bring your camera to capture holiday memories. Santa’s Craft Corner is held in the Kiebler Room, located on the second floor of the large barn, accessible by stairs. No advanced registration required

COST: $20 per household - due at the door

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celebrate the season holiday festival

Cantigny Park, 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL

DATE: December 3, 2022 | 1pm - 7pm

DETAILS: Families and children of all ages are invited to Cantigny Park to “Celebrate the Season.” Festivities include storytelling with Mrs. Claus, ornament decoration craft, photos with Santa, horse drawn sleigh rides, and more. Additional fees may apply to some activities. Visitors to the park are encouraged to donate a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. Those bringing a toy will receive FREE parking (otherwise $5)

COST: FREE (but $5 parking fee applies, or free parking with new toy donation)

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Visit Santa at Sonny Acres

29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL

DATE: November 25, 11am - 3pm; November 26 - December 18: Saturdays 11am - 3pm + 5pm - 6pm, Sundays 11am - 3pm

DETAILS: This season, Sonny Acres will be open with our Holiday Lights, Visits from Santa, Fresh Cut Christmas Trees, Handmade Wreaths, Roping, Sweet Shop Delights, Specialty Gifts and much more! More information to be announced.

COST: TBA

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santa's wonderland at bass pro shop

LOCATION: Bass Pro Shop | 709 Janes Avenue, Bolingbrook, IL

DATE: Daily November 6 - December 24, 2022 (closed on Thanksgiving)

DETAILS: Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s! Families who visit Santa receive a free 4x6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital video greeting card to share on social media. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store.

COST: FREE! Additional photo packages available for purchase

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santa's wonderland at cabela's

LOCATION: Cabela's | 5225 Prairie Stone Pkwy, Hoffman Estates, IL |

DATE: Daily November 6 - December 24, 2022 (closed on Thanksgiving)

DETAILS: Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s! Families who visit Santa receive a free 4x6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital video greeting card to share on social media. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store.

COST: FREE! Additional photo packages available for purchase

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Photos with Santa at Oakbrook Center

Oakbrook Center | 100 Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook, IL

DATE: Daily November 17 - December 24, 2022 | Hours Vary (closed Thanksgiving)

DETAILS: It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Santa’s here! Make this holiday merry and come visit the Big Guy to capture unforgettable photo moments. Do members of your fur family want to join the fun? Bring them along to our pet photo nights! All dogs and cats are welcome to take magical pics with St. Nick! Have a very merry holiday with exciting photo experiences you can enjoy with the whole family. We encourage pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience. Walk-up visits are available as space permits. Bring your pets on the following nights (reserve ahead of time): 11/29:4PM-8PM, 12/6:4PM-8PM, 12/13:4PM-8PM, 12/20:4PM-8PM

 

COST: Packages run from $39.99 - $49.99

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