Visit Santa

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santa's house in downtown geneva

Geneva Visitor Cemter | 10 S. Third Street, Geneva

DATES: December 3, 7pm - 9:30pm, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 20021 | 10:30am - 3:30pm

DETAILS: Santa arrives from the North Pole on December 3. Watch for him to arrive on top of Geneva History Museum. After greeting the crowd from the stage, he will be escorted to his Winter Wonderland home at Geneva Visitor Center, 10 S. Third Street. He will visit with children until 9:30 that evening. He will continue visits Saturdays and Sundays through December 19. To encourage social distancing and discourage crowds, register below to see Santa, no exceptions.

 

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

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woodland santa

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles

DATE: December 5, 2021 | 10am - 11:30am

DETAILS: Cheer as Santa arrives, pulled by his dashing huskies! spend some time helping him get ready for his upcoming Big Day. Write a letter to Santa, make an ornament, enjoy breakfast snacks and have your picture taken with the Big Guy himself! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Ages 2 and under are free.

COST: $10 per person Resident, $15 Non-Resident, advanced registration required

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santa on the plaza

First Street Plaza in Downtown STC

DATES:  Saturdays & Sundays, November 27 - December 19, 2021 | 1pm - 4pm

DETAILS: Visit Santa every Saturday and Sunday in the East 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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Storytime with santa

Sportsplex, 1400 Foundry St, St. Charles, IL

DATE:  December 20, 2021 | 6:15pm - 6:45pm

DETAILS: Enjoy the story — Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Wear your coziest pajamas to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and listen to the magical story of the grumpy Grinch with his dog, Max, and his plans to ruin Christmas in Whoville until he meets sweet little Cindy Lou Who. Before Santa goes back to his workshop, sing along to some holiday songs to get him in the Christmas spirit. One adult may accompany multiple children.

COST: $5 per resident, $8 per nonresident

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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:  November 12 - December 24, 2021 | Hours vary

DETAILS:  Santa’s new Peanuts home is located on the lower level near Macy's from November 12 through December 24. The set is free and open to the public to visit, and professional photos are available for purchase. Children will still be able to talk with Santa to share their wish lists, or place a letter in Santa’s mailbox for him to read later. To make this holiday season both a magical and safe experience, we strongly encourage guests to make a reservation for photos.

COST: FREE, professional photos available for purchase

Aurora

santa on the farm

Abbey Farms | 2855 Hart Rd, Aurora

DATE: December 4 & 5, 2021, 10am & 12:30pm | December 11 & 12, 2021, 10am

DETAILS:  It’s not Christmas until you see Santa! Complete your family Christmas traditions with Abbey Farms by scheduling a visit with Santa inside our Nagel Farmstand Emporium! Purchase your ticket and reserve a table inside for your group (up to 6 per table). Each visitor receives: · Hot chocolate with lid · 6 Apple Cider donuts. · A special gift from Santa! · Coloring book & crayons.

COST: $19.99 per visitor.

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santa on the Gazebo

21 S Stolp Ave, Aurora, IL

DATE: December 4, 11, 18, 2021 | 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 three Saturdays in December. Millennium Plaza gazebo is located at 21 S. Stolp Ave. FREE! Don’t miss this family (and pet) friendly opportunity to see Santa in beautiful downtown Aurora on Dec. 4, 11, & 18. Payton’s Photography will be on hand to capture the moment and provide a free photo download.

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 26 - December 24, 2021 | 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 3, 2021 5:45pm - 9pm | Parade is December 4, 2021 at 10am

DETAILS: This year’s Dickens in Dundee will take place on Friday, December 3rd from 6-9 pm, with a parade to follow at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 4th. 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 6-8 PM: Those Funny Little People Toy Making Elves 6-9 PM: Visits with Santa Living Windows The Frozen Robins Caroling Quartet The Frozen Fab Four (Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf) FREE Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

COST: FREE!

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Almost winter day

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

DATE: November 20, 2021 | 2pm - 5pm

DETAILS: An Almost Winter Day returns to SEBA Park (151 Water Street) and combines familiar events with a couple of new wrinkles. Enjoy the S'More Station, Cookie Decorating, Craft Station and Concessions. Get a socially-distanced picture with Santa Claus (2-4:45pm), play a rousing game of Ottoman Curling, watch an ice sculptor and drop off letters to Santa. And cap off the day with a tree lighting at 5pm!

COST: FREE!

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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, 2021

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: November 18 - December 21, 2021 (Except on Thanksgiving Day), follow link for available time slots.

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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SANTA's Craft Corner at cosley zoo

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

DATE: November 27, December 4, December 11, 2021 | 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 those 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 4, 2021 | 1pm - 7pm

DETAILS: Families and children of all ages are invited to Cantigny Park to “Celebrate the Season.” The park will be decorated for the holidays, and Santa will be available for photos. Mrs. Claus will be handing out a small takeaway (while supplies last). A strolling snowman and reindeer will add to the fun and present additional photo opportunities. 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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santa's wonderland at cabela's

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

DATE: Daily November 6 - December 24, 2021

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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Bouquet of Flowers

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