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Santa Events in Cities and Towns in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois

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You'll find tree lighting ceremonies, Santa parades, holiday festivals and many other delightful seasonal events in most of the cities and towns all over the entire Chicagoland area on this page. While we believe the following information is correct, always confirm events in advance—times and dates can and do change and we are not responsible for errors or omissions.

Addison

Santa at the Addison Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 5th 2014

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Village of Addison
One Friendship Plaza
Addison IL 60101
(630) 543-4100
www.AddisonAdvantage.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join in the festive Addison tree lighting at the village hall—included are horse drawn sleigh rides, Christmas carols by local school children and visits with Santa Claus. The tree lighting ceremony itself will take place at 8 pm.

Algonquin

Santa at Holiday Rock on the Fox in Algonquin
Saturday, December 6th 2014
Time: 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Village of Algonquin
Riverfront Park

Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 658-2700
www.algonquin.org/recreation
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Catch Santa at Algonquin’s annual “Holiday Rock on the Fox. There are plenty of family activities, including holiday music, carolers and much more. Santa will be there for the tree lighting and to listen to the children’s wishes.

Alsip

Light Up the Park with Mrs. Claus in Alsip
Tuesday, November 26th 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Apollo Recreation Center
12521 S. Kostner Avenue
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 389-1003                                                                                                                Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 
www.alsipparks.org/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join Mrs. Claus and the kids from the preschool class to celebrate the annual tree lighting ceremony. After the lighting come inside for carols, cookies and cocoa.

Santa's Landing in Alsip
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 12 Noon - 4 pm
Place: Apollo Recreation Center                                                                                       12521 S. Kostner Avenue                                                                                                        Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 389-1003                                                                                                                  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult  
www.alsipparks.org/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                          Families won't want to miss this—Santa is making a grand entrance in Alsip on a helicopter where he will be spending the afternoon in the Apollo Recreation Center meeting with children. Residents can pick up a free ticket starting at 11:30 am for a visit with Santa. There will be games, refreshments, music and entertainment for everyone.

Antioch

Santa at Antioch’s Christmas Parade

& Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Place: Downtown Antioch to Village Hall
Antioch, IL 60002
(847) 395-2160
www.antioch.il.gov/events.html
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa leads the parade and tree lighting ceremony which begins on Park
Avenue and travels north on Main Street, left on Orchard, left on Toft and left on Lake Street ending at the Village Hall . Santa will be available for visits immediately after the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 pm, at Santa's Enchanted Castle on Toft Street. See Santa Houses listing for complete details. There will be caroling, cookies and hot chocolate outside of the Village Hall.

                                     

    photo curtesy Village of Antioch

Arlington Heights

Santa at the Tree Lighting in Arlington Heights
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Arlington Heights Special Events Commission
Place: North School Park
Eastman Street & Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 368-5000
www.vah.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to Arlington Heights for the Village tree lighting where 80,000 tiny lights will come to life. There will be fantasy toy displays and a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the fountain. Of course Santa will be on hand—there will be music, food and lots of fun for everyone.

Tea with Mrs. Claus in Arlington Heights Just for Adults
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 1:30 pm - 3 pm
Sponsor: Arlington Heights Park District
Place: Arlington Heights Historical Museum
110 West Fremont Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 577-3000 registration required

www.ahpd.org/
Cost: $20
This is your chance to have tea with Mrs. Claus to learn all about her beginnings, how the character evolved, her ups and downs and how she joined Santa Claus in celebrating the joy and love of Christmas. This tea is for adults only and takes place in the Historic Banta House.

Aurora

Santa at Aurora’s Winter Lights Holiday Walk                                          & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Time: 6 pm
City of Aurora
David L. Pierce Center
20 E. Downer Place
Auora, IL 60506
(630) 256-4636
www.aurora-il.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be on hand for Aurora’s tree lighting ceremony which kicks off the holiday season. Enjoy hot cocoa, crafts and refreshments. Be sure to bring a camera and get pictures of Santa with the kids.

Santa at the Holiday Open House in Aurora
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Aurora Public Library
West Branch Library                                                                                                   Multipurpose Room
233 South Constitution Drive
Auora, IL 60508
(630) 264-3600
www.aurorapubliclibrary.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bring the children to the Aurora Public Library’s annual open house featuring Holiday celebrations in many lands. There will be holiday crafts, music, games refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus, so remember and bring your camera.

Barrington

Santa Arrives at Barrington Aglow
Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: 5 pm
Place: Village Center

on South Cook Street
Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 304-3400
www.barrington-il.gov/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa arrives for the tree lighting about five. Activities include the Barrington Holiday Trolley from10:30 am to 6:30 pm, holiday songs, and free hot chocolate and cookies. After the tree lighting Santa will be available for visits from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Bartlett

Santa at the Holiday Bazaar in Bartlett
Saturday, November 9th 2013
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Place: Hanover Township Senior Center
240 South Illinois Route 59
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 483-5600
www.hanover-township.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at the Hanover Township and the Victory Center of Bartlett's annual two day event on Saturday only. He’ll have plenty of time to visit with all the children and to go over their lists of what they hope to receive for Christmas. This event features over forty craft vendors displaying their beautiful handmade items. You’ll also find a wide selection of cakes, cookies, crafts and gift ideas.

Santa at Bartlett Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time:5 pm to 7 pm
Place: Bartlett Park
Oak & North Avenues
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 830-0324
www.bartlettchamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Look for Santa who will be at the annual tree lighting at the gazebo in Bartlett Park at North and Oak Avenues. Caroling begins at 6:30 and the tree lighting is at 7 pm. Santa will be available for visits before the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Bartlett Park Log Cabin from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

         

                                       Photo courtesy Bartlett Chamber of Commerce

Santa at Good Shepherd’s “Cookie Walk & Craft Show" in Bartlett
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Place: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
751 W. Army Trail Road
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 830-3003
www.gsbartlett.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The annual Cookie Walk and Craft Show is a place to find many different kinds of holiday cookies a plus over thirty crafters and vendors are selling a wide variety of handmade gods. Santa Claus will be there for pictures and to check the kids lists to see what they would like for Christmas.

Batavia

Santa at Batavia’s Celebration of Lights Festival
Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Time: 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Place: Batavia Riverwalk - Houston St. and Island Ave.
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 761-3528
www.downtownbatavia.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Your whole family is invited to take part in the Celebration of Lights Festival. The event will fun for the kids, with a community sing-a-long, roasted chestnuts, the tree lighting ceremony, free hay rides, a walk through Christmas Tree Lane and of course, a visit with Santa who arrives at 6 pm. At 6:15 pm Santa is meeting with the kids at the Peg Bond Center warming house where he will have treats for children ten and under.

Beecher

Santa at Beecher’s Festival of Lights Parade
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time 6:30 pm
Place: Downtown - on Penfield Street)

Beecher, IL 60401

(708) 946-2261

www.beecherchamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The annual Festival of Lights Parade kick's off the Beecher holiday season—and of course you’ll find Santa there. Refreshments provided afterward at Firemen's Park.

Belvidere

Santa at Belvidere’s Hometown Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 10 am parade
Santa visits: after parade at the
Community Building about 10:45 am
Parade: MadisonStreet, then down State Street to
Community Building
111 W. First Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
(815) 547-5711
www.belviderepark.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
You’ll find Santa Claus coming through town on a float for Belvidere’s Hometown Christmas Parade. After the parade be sure to bring the kids to the Community Center. They can tell Santa what they hope to receive, and get a picture with the bearded one for $2 each—benefits the Northlands Association for Special Recreation. Refreshments will be served.

Bensenville

Santa at Bensenville’s Holiday Magic
Sunday, December 15th 2013

Time : 2 pm to 6 pm
Village of Bensenville
Bensenville Town Center
Town Center Park
(at the corner of Green and Center Streets)
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 766-8888
www.bensenville.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bensenville’s Holiday Magic is an extravaganza that will not only have Santa entertaining and having pictures with the children at the Towne Center but there will also be carriage rides, carolers, ice skaters, train rides, reindeer and more followed by the dramatic village tree lighting at 5:30 pm.

Berwyn

Santa at Deck the Depot - The Festival of Lights in Berwyn
Saturday, December 13th 2014

Time: 5 pm - 9 pm
Sponsor: Berwyn Depot District
Place: Windsor and Stanley Avenues

between Harlem and East Avenues
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 788-8100

email: info@berwyn.net
whyberwyn.com/event/deck-the-depot-festival-of-lights/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Festival of Lights offers families all kinds of great holiday activities from Santa Claus visits, caroling, strolling performers, horse drawn sleigh rides, free trolley rides, live reindeer, a petting zoo, special sales, free refreshments and much more.

Santa’s Workshop in Berwyn
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Time: 11 am - 1 pm
Sponsor: North Berwyn Park District
Place: 1619 Wesley Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 749-4900
www.nbpd4fun.org/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Hey kids, there will be holiday crafts, Christmas cookie decorating, pictures with the big guy in the red suit and plenty of fun for everyone at Santa’s Workshop in Berwyn.

Bloomingdale

Santa at the Bloomingdale Annual                                                     Open House & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Time: 6:45 Tree Lighting;  7 pm Open House
Bloomingdale Public Library
101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 924-2720
www.mybpl.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Get ready to celebrate in Bloomingdale—Santa will will show up on a fire engine, there will be plenty of holiday music, crafts, refreshments and lots of other surprises.

Santa at the Booomingdale Winter Carnival
Friday, December 13th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Place: Johnson Recreation Center
172 S. Circle Avenue
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 529-3650
www.bloomingdaleparks.org
Cost: Children’s wristbands are $5 purchased before December 13th or $10 the evening of the event. Adults are free
Bring the kids and the entire family to Bloomingdales’s Winter Carnival where you’ll find live reindeer, a mini train around a delightful light display, horse drawn sleigh rides through Circle Park, live entertainers, holiday cookie decorating, your favorite holiday tunes and of course Santa Claus.

                                 

                                      Photo curtesy Bloomingdale Park District

Blue Island

Santa at Blue Island’s Christmas Light Parade
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Western Avenue between Prairie and Grove Streets
Blue, Island, IL 60406
(708) 388-5735
www.blueisland.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to Blue Island’s Parade, and watch as floats bands, cars horses and of course Santa Claus come down Western Avenue in Uptown Blue Island. After the parade there will be the lighting of the trees, refreshments and a cookie sale in Central Park at York and Western.

Santa is Flying into Blue Island
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 11 am
Place: Memorial Park
12804 Highland Avenue
Blue, Island, IL 60406
(708) 388-5735
blueislandparks.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Be sure to be in Blue Island when Santa arrives on a helicopter. The reindeer will be back at the North Pole resting up for the big night. The big guy will stick around for pictures and to hear the kids wishes.

Bolingbrook


Santa at Bolingbrook’s Tree Lighting

& Symphony in Lights
Saturday, November 16th 2013

Time: 3 pm & throughout the afternoon

with the tree lighting at sundown
Place: The Promenade

631 East Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 226-8400
www.bolingbrook.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The tree lighting and Symphony in Lights Bolingbrook event includes visits with Santa in his tent on Hemingway Trail, hot chocolate and cookies and crafts for the kids, plus ice sculptures and horse and carriage rides. There also will be cookie decorating, costumed characters, a living nativity play and more.

Bradley

Santa at Christmas Fantasy Parade and Tree Lighting in Bradley
Friday December 5th 2014

Time: 6:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Bradley
& Bradley-Bourbonnais Chamber of Commerce
Parade route: Broadway Street
Bradley, IL 60915
(815) 936-5100
www.bradleyil.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Every year in early December Bradley has a Christmas Fantasy Parade. Santa will be there bigger than life and ready to visit with the kids. You'll also find marching bands, colorful floats and plenty of excitement. There will be music before the parade, carolers, vendors, games, visits with Santa and the lighting of the village Christmas tree next to the village hall at the parade’s conclusion.

Brookfield

Santa at Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo Saturdays & Sundays             December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 20th & 21st 2014
Times: 4 pm to 9 pm
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513                                                                                                       Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways.
(708) 688-8000
http://www.czs.org/czs/events
Cost: Regular Zoo admission and parking prices apply for Holiday Magic     Brookfield Zoo is lit up in a blaze of close to a million beautiful lights during the Holiday Magic weekends when Santa and Mrs. Claus can be found there visiting with children. Besides the old guy, who will be at Candy Cane Corner, just some of the things to see and do include ice carving demonstrations, live musical performances, the Elf Express mini train, storytellers, costumed characters and magicians. Holiday Magic includes over one-hundred gigantic light displays—and remember you’ll be at the zoo so don’t forget to look for some of your favorite animals! Many of the animal exhibits remain open during Holiday Magic. On weekends in December there are Breakfasts with Santa at at the Brookfield Zoo for details click on the link above. Please note Santa will not be at Holiday Magic on weekends after Christmas, he is there through Sunday, December 21st. Santa at Holiday Magic is a TOP 10 SANTA EVENT IN CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

Burbank

Santa at the Burbank Winterfest
Saturday December 14th 2013

Time: Noon - 3 pm
Place: Fusion Fitness Center RecPlex
6100 West 85th Street
Burbank, IL 60459
For information (708) 599-2070
www.burbankparkdistrict.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Winterfest in Burbank is a day the family won’t want to miss. Santa will be there for pictures and visits, there will be horse drawn sleigh rides, holiday music, face painting, a petting zoo, games, a magic show, holiday singing and refreshments.

                       Photo courtesy Burbank Park District

Burr Ridge

Santa at the Jingle Mingle & Tree Lighting in Burr Ridge
Saturday November 15th 2014

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Village of Burr Ridge
Place: Village Green
Burr Ridge Village Center                                                                                               & Downtown Burr Ridge
801 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 654-8181
www.burr-ridge.gov
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This annual event is an evening of fun with Santa’s arrival and the Jingle Mingle parade down Village Center Drive. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities including, a holiday train, face and ornament painting, refreshments and the tree lighting ceremony at the Village Green.

Carol Stream


Santa at the Carol Stream Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, November 29th 2013

Time: 6 pm

Place: Carol Stream Town Center
Village of Carol Stream
500 North Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 665-7050

www.carolstream.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This is where you’ll want to be when the holiday season begins in Carol Stream. Santa will ride in on a fire truck to see all the kids, there will be carols, hay rides, snacks, hot chocolate and a good time for all.

Cary

Santa at Merry Cary Holiday Parade and Festival
Sunday, December 7th 2014

Time: 12 pm to 3:30 pm
Sponsor: Cary Grove Chamber of Commerce
Place: Downtown Cary
Parade begins at 1 pm at Briargate School and goes down West Main Street
Cary, IL 60013
For information: (847) 639-2800
carygrovechamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
You’ll find just about every holiday event and more at the Merry Cary Holiday Parade and Festival. After the spectacular parade, there are children activities, visits with Santa Claus, horse drawn sleigh rides, food, and music.

                            

                                     Photo courtesy Cary Grove Area Chamber

Santa at the Tree Lighting and Holiday Walk in Cary
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Cary
Place: Jaycee Park
Cary, IL 60013
For information: (847) 639-6100
carypark.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Start your holiday season with the Cary tree lighting. First have a great a visit with Santa Claus, see his live reindeer, go ice skating—weather permitting and then have some refreshments.

Channahon

Santa at Trim Our Tree in Channahon
Tuesday, December 3rd 2013
Time: 4 pm - 6 pm
Sponsor: Channahon Park District
Place: Arrowhead Community Center
24856 West Eames Street
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 467-7275
www.channahonpark.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                            There is a charge for pictures with Santa: $7 Residents; $10 non-residents Come to our tree decorating party, enjoy Christmas music, hot chocolate and cookies. This is your chance to tell Santa what you would like to find under your tree and to get your picture with the big guy.

Santa’s Skating Party in Channahon
Sunday, December 8th 2013

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Sponsor: Channahon Park District
Place: Skateland Recreation Center
25334 West Eames Street                                                                                        Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 467-7275
www.channahonpark.org
Cost: $6 Residents - if pre-registered; $7 non-residents - if pre-registered;
$8 at the door
Note: one non-skating adult admitted free per child, skate rental is included.
Come and meet with Santa Claus and his elves where there will be skating, games, treats for the children plus plenty of fun and some surprises as well.

The “Santa Fly-In” to Channahon
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 9:45 am to 12 pm—Santa lands at 10 am sharp
M & M Bank
Merchants and Manufacturers Bank
25140 West Channon Drive
Route 6 - two miles West of I-55
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 729-4040
www.m-mbank.com/about-us/community-involvement
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This is the sixteenth year that M & M Bank has had the Santa Fly-In in Channahon. Santa is coming to see the kids and everyone no matter what their age. Be sure to get pictures with old ho ho ho—and to enjoy some great refreshments.

Chicago

Santa at Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
Saturday November 2nd 2013
Time: 12 noon Sponsor: Macy’s on State Street
111 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 781-1000
www.visitmacyschicago.com/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Great Tree Lighting Ceremony has been going on for 106 years now. It all started with Marshall Field's and the tradition continues with Macy’s. Join the celebration in the Walnut Room on the 7th floor. At 1pm the holiday fun continues on the 5th floor in the kids’ department with face painting, balloon twisting and Santa. Check the Santa at Area Malls page for Days and hours for visiting Santa at Macy’s on State Street.

Pajama Party with Santa
Tuesday, November 19th & 26th                                                               Tuesday, December 3rd, 10th, & 17th 2013

Time: starting at 6 pm
Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue at the Santa set
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 440-3166                                                       www.shopwatertower.com/events/pajama-party-with-santa
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come in to Water Tower Place on Tuesdays starting November 19th for a Pajama Party with Santa. Bring a blanket or stuffed animal and capture this magical moment of your child with Santa.

Santa at Chicago's Holiday Tree Lighting
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Time: at: 4:30 pm
Sponsor: City of Chicago Office of Tourism
Place: Daley Plaza
(Between Washington, Clark & Dearborn Streets.)
50 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3370                                                                   www.choosechicago.com/event/Tree-Lighting-Ceremony/19987/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
For over a hundred years Chicago has had a Tree Lighting Ceremony. The city attracts people from all over who come downtown for the spectacular lighting of the renowned Christmas tree in Daley Plaza. You’ll find Santa, the mayor, celebrities and great activities to officially get the the holiday season into high gear. The festivities include live Christmas music, the world famous Christkindlmarket and of course the Santa House. Santa sets up shop in his house in Daley Plaza after the tree lighting ceremony on November 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Also see the Santa Houses listing for the days and times Santa will be there during the holiday season.

 



Photo credit: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events


Santa at The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival
Presented by Harris on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Time: 11 am - 10 pm
Place: Oak Street, Wacker Drive & Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60505
(312) 642-3570
www.themagnificentmile.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Magnificent Mile on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue is a world renowned mile of shopping, hotels, dining, culture and entertainment. Every year in November “The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival®” presented by The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association is one of the premier holiday events in the Chicago area.
Schedule of Events 2013: 11 am - 4 pm Harris Stage, Pioneer Court, 401 North Michigan Avenue - Top musical artists will be performing all day. 5:30 pm - 7 pm From Oak Street to Wacker Drive - Procession down Michigan Avenue when the street comes to life, marching bands, colorful floats and Santa Claus in all his glory. 6:55 pm - The Allstate Fireworks Spectacular over the Chicago River. 7 pm to 10 pm.

Extended shopping hours at many of the Magnificant Mile stores. When more than a million lights go on on the trees on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago you know the Holiday season is officially under way. While there are so many competing festive happenings to experience all day, don’t forget to take the children to see Santa Claus at his booth in Pioneer Court. You can also catch him meeting with the little ones way up in the John Hancock Observatory. Santa at The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is a TOP 10 SANTA EVENT IN CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

Santa at McDonalds® Thanksgiving Parade
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Time: 8 am - 11 am
Place: State Street
Sponsor: Chicago Festival Association
1507 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 235-2217
www.chicagofestivals.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade is a grand Chicago tradition that dates all the way back to 1934. There will be beautifully decorated floats, some of the nations premier marching bands, gigantic balloons, dance troupes, expert equestrian units, a profusion of entertainers and of course Santa Claus, in all his magnificent holiday finery coming down State Street. Santa at the McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade is a

TOP 10 SANTA EVENT IN CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

                                     

                                                Santa at McDonalds® Thanksgiving Parade

                                               Photo courtesy Chicago Festival Association

Mrs. Claus—A Holiday Musical in Chicago
Thursday, December 5th through Monday, December 23rd 2013

Times:December 5 through December 23, 2013
Performances at: 10:30am weekdays, with an additional performance at 12:00pm on select Weekdays. Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 22 at 1:00pm
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655                                                                                                                   box office (773) 205-9600
www.chicagokidscompany.com
Cost: Call the box office or check online for ticket prices
Mrs. Claus—This big colorful Holiday Musical will get you in the spirit of the season with this favorite classic. Follow the elves as they try and find the list that is missing in time for Christmas. Is it possible for Mrs. Claus to save the day?

                             

                                   Photo courtesy Chicago Kids Company

 
 

Holiday Kick Off Party with Santa
Saturday, November 30th 2013

Time: 11 am to 1 pm
The Signature Room at the 95th
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60611
(312) 280-0472
www.signatureroom.com/Upcoming-Events/
Cost: Adults $32, Children $15,includes tax & gratuity

Tickets are available November 1st - call (312) 280-0465 This event is sold out
Help Santa kick off the Holiday Season at the Signature Room at the 95th with Brian Peck of the Mix 101.9FM and Rewind 100.3FM at an afternoon reception. Kids get to decorate holiday cookies with one of the elves and to write out their holiday wish list, plus they get to have pictures taken with the big guy in the red suit.

“Santa in the Sky” at the John Hancock Center
Saturday, November 30th, December 7th, 14th & 21st
Sunday, December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd                                                 Tuesday, December 24th 2013

Times: All Days 10 am to 2 pm
John Hancock Observatory
875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60611
(312) 654-5019                                                                                              www.jhochicago.com
Cost: Adults $18, Children 3-11 $12, Children under 3 free
At almost 1,000 feet over the city the John Hancock Observatory has one of the most spectacular views of Chicago, the surrounding area and Lake Michigan. During November and December, you’ll find the old man with the white beard and Mrs. Claus as well, at their Hancock perch high above the clouds. You’ll also find one of the best model railroad exhibits imaginable. Included in the display is a magical village decked out with beautifully decorated trees, snow covered mountains and numerous trains winding throughout. “Santa in the Sky” is a TOP 10 SANTA EVENT IN CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

Santa at Sprinkles & Cupcakes
Saturday December 7th & 14th 2013

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sponsor: Sprinkles & Cupcakes
50 E. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-1600
www.sprinkles.com/cupcake-bakery-locations/chicago/bakery
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Mom and dad, be sure to bring the kids to Sprinkles & Cupcakes, get your holiday treats for the family and meet Santa Claus. The old guy in the red suit, will be waiting out front to hear what the children hope to find under the tree on the big day.

                                                    Santa at Sprinkles & Cupcakes

Santa at the Holiday Party at Skinner Park                                                         Saturday, December 7th 2013                                                                                  Sponsor: Chicago Park District
Event at: Skinner Park
Whitney Young Gym
211 South Loomis                                                                                                             Chicago, IL 60607                                                                                                                         www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
For information (773) 685-3316
Time: 10am to 1pm                                                                                                                     For children at least 3 but less than 13
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                                          Join Santa at Skinner Park for games, music and more. Remember to bring a camera.

Santa at Holiday Fun at Jefferson Park                                                         Sunday, December 8th 2013                                                                                  Sponsor: Chicago Park District
Event at: Jefferson Memorial Park
4822 North Long Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
For information (773) 685-3316
Time: 11am to 2 pm                                                                                                                     For children of all ages
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                                          Join Santa at Mt. Jefferson Park for holiday games, an art project and more. Remember to bring a camera.   

Santa at Little Beans Café

Friday, December 20th 2013
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm
Sponsor: Little Beans Café
1809 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Cost: T/B/A
www.littlebeanscafe.com
Bring the children in for plenty of holiday fun, treats and pictures with Santa Claus. There will be time for the kids to let the old guy know what they hope to find under the tree, plus Santa will read a story and there will be holiday songs.

                                                     Santa at Little Beans Cafe

Roller Skate with with Santa at Margate Park in Chicago
Friday, December 20th 2013

Sponsor: Chicago Park District
Event at: Margate Park
4921 North Marine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
For information (312) 742-7522
Note: A limited supply of skate sizes are available
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: $5 per person
The kids will love this popular annual family event. They get to roller skate with Santa and enjoy food, drinks and candy. Be sure to bring a camera to get pictures.

Santa at Mt. Greenwood's Christmas Party                                                      Friday, December 20th 2013                                                                                      Sponsor: Chicago Park District
Event at: Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 West 111th Street
Chicago, IL 60655
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
For information (312) 747-6564
Note: A limited supply of skate sizes are available
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm                                                                                                                       For children at least 3 but under 6
Cost: $12 per person                                                                                                                   Join Santa at Mt. Greenwood Park for holiday crafts, games, songs. Remember to bring a camera.   

Santa at Welcome Yule! in Chicago                                                           Saturday, December 14th & 21st                                                                 Sunday December 15th & 22nd                                                                   Friday, December 20th                                                                                Monday December 23rd 2013
Times: Check with the CSO Box Office                                                                           Sponsor: Chicago Symphony Orchestra                                                                   Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center                                                                       220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 6060                                                                                                                           http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=5837
(312) 294-3000                                                                                                                            Cost: Check with the CSO Box Office for ticket prices & availability
For almost 20 years, Welcome Yule! has been a wonderful way to get the children and the entire family in the Christmas spirit. This lively program always comes up with new arrangements, uplifting carols, stirring music along with plenty of holiday favorites. One of the best-loved features of these concerts is joining in the sing-alongs and the high spirited fun that takes hold of the audience. Of course Santa and Mrs. Claus are part of the joyous merriment. Santa at Welcome Yule! is a TOP 10 SANTA EVENT IN CHICAGOLAND AND NORTHERN ILLINOIS.

        

                               © Todd Rosenberg Photography/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Heights

Santa Claus Comes to Chicago Heights
Wednesday, December 4th 2013

Time: 6:15 pm
Sponsor: Chicago Heights Police & Fire Department
Place: Chicago Heights Municipal Building

1601 Chicago Road

Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 756-5300

www.chicagoheights.net/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The children are waiting with anticipation and then a fire truck appears with lights flashing and its siren blaring—and thats the way Santa will arrive. There will be holiday carols, refreshments and fun for all.

Clarendon Hills

Santa at the Clarendon Hills Tree Lighting and Christmas Walk
Friday, December 6th, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm - Tree Lighting

7 pm Christmas Walk
Sponsors: Clarendon Hills Park District
and the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce
315 Chicago Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Place: Village Hall and The Ken Sloan Triangle
in the center of the town

(630) 323-2626
www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join the tree lighting and the Christmas Walk in Clarendon Hills when the whole town waits for Santa to arrive for photos at this festive holiday event. There will be refreshments at the Village Hall, carolers, horse drawn carriage rides and many other activities.

Country Club Hills


Santa at Holiday in the Hills
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Sponsor: Country Club Hills
4200 West Main Street
Country Club Hills, IL 60478
Place: City Hall
(708) 798-2616
www.countryclubhills.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Holiday in the Hills is a day of fun for the families in Country Club Hills. There will be Christmas crafts, holiday songs, photos with Santa ($1 each) and a chance to meet the old guy and to let him know what you hope to receive

Crete


Santa at Crete Country Christmas
Friday, December 5th
Saturday December 6th
Sunday December 7th, 2014

Times: T/B/A
Sponsor: Crete Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 263
Crete, IL 60417
(708) 672-9216
www.cretechamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The little town of Crete knows how to kick off the Christmas season in a magical way. Their holiday event always takes place the first weekend of December and includes lots of free things to do and plenty of activities for everyone in the family. Of course you’ll find Santa Claus, he’s a big part of the festivities and the kids are sure to want to get their picture with him. The town turns into a winter wonderland, there are free trolley rides, a live Nativity scene at Zion Lutheran Church, horse drawn carriages, a craft show and bake sale, real reindeer, a Christmas 5K run, a Reindog Parade and much much more. On Saturday evening, the Crete Country Christmas Parade of Lights, a spectacular show, with a dazzling display of lights comes blazing through town.

Crystal Lake

Santa at Festival of Lights Parade
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 7:00 pm
Sponsor: Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street
25 W. Crystal Lake Avenue
Place: Through downtown Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 479- 0835
www.downtowncl.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Get into the spirit of the season and join in Santa’s arrival in Crystal Lake where he arrives in grand style for the night time parade and travels through downtown in spectacular fashion. You’ll see more than sixty different parade entries including decorated floats, holiday marchers and plenty of music. After the parade Santa will light the downtown tree. Children can then visit with him in his House in Brink Street Market—see separate Santa Houses listing for details.

           

                        The Festival of Lights Parade - Photo courtesy Downtown Crystal Lake

Santa’s Workshop in Crystal Lake
Sunday, December 8th 2013

Time: 2 pm - 4pm                                                                                                               Sponsor: Crystal Lake Park District
Place: Park Place
406 West Woodstock Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
www.crystallakeparks.org
reservations required
For information: (815) 459-0680
Cost: $5 per child
Santa’s Workshop will really get the kids into the holiday spirit. There will be cookie decorating, children can make there own Christmas stocking or ornament and enjoy snacks and cocoa. Old Santa will be there to find out what the little ones would like to find under the tree on the big day.

Darien

Santa at Children’s Holiday Party
Sunday, December 15th 2013

Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Sponsor: Village of Willowbrook
Parks and Recreation Department
Hinsdale South High School
7401 S. Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561

While this is a free event RSVP is required
(630) 323-8215
www.willowbrookil.org

Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This party which is now celebrating its 36th year, features holiday music, crafts, refreshments, entertainment and time for the boys and girls to tell Santa Claus what they would like for Christmas. Be sure to bring a camera to get your holiday pictures. While this party is in Darien, it is for Willowbrook residents and Willowbrook family members only.

Deer Park

Santa Visits at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
Saturday December 7th, 14th & 21st 2013
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Deer Park Town Center
21540 West Field Parkway
Deer Park, IL 60010
(847) 438-8300                                                                                                                     https://www.facebook.com/brilliantskytoysdeerpark.il?ref=ts                                        Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
On three special Saturday's in December you can meet with Santa at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books and tell him what you hope to find under the Christmas tree. Don't forget to bring a camera.

DeKalb

Santa Comes to DeKalb
Thursday, December 5th 2013

Time: 7 pm
City of DeKalb
Egyptian Theatre
135 North Second Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
(847) 658-2700
www.cityofdekalb.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Meet Santa when he comes to DeKalb. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, holiday music and caroling at 6 pm at the Egyptian Theatre when they light up the downtown. Stay and meet with Santa at 7 pm his house in Van Buer Plaza.

Des Plaines

Santa at the Des Plaines Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Sponsor: City of Des Plaines
Place: Metropolitan Square

647 Metropolitan Way

between Lee Street and Pearson Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60515
(847) 391-5300
www.desplaines.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will arrive in Metropolitan Square in grand style on a fire engine when Des Plaines lights up their holiday tree. There will be free entertainment, music and time for pictures with Santa. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served along with cookies and roasted chestnuts.

Santa at Winter Wonderland in Des Plaines
Saturday, December 6th

Sunday December 7th 2014
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Sponsors: Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, Des Plaines Park District

& the Frisbie Senior Center
Place: Frisbie Senior Center
52 East Northwest Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 391-5700
www.desplainesparks.org/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join in the family fun at the annual Des Plaines Holiday Festival. Santa will be there for free pictures with the kids, there will be arts and crafts, ice carving demonstrations, hot roasted chestnuts, Siberian Huskies, winter games plus holiday entertainment, music and plenty of food.

Downers Grove

Santa at Downer Grove’s
Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 4:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Downers Grove
Place: Main Street Train Station
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 434-5571
www.events.downers.us/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
First there is a great Santa parade through the streets of downtown Downer Grove to the tree lighting ceremony. Then there will be music, refreshments and old Santa to greet everyone after the tree lighting ceremony.

Santa at A Holly Jolly Christmas
Saturday, December 7th                                                                             Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Times: Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm Sunday, 1:30 pm
Sponsor: West Towns Chorus
Tivoli Theater 5021 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515                                                    http://westtowns.org/calendar.cfm

To order tickets call 630-201-5544

Or to purchase online

Cost: $23, $25 & $27 plus service & handling fee
Enjoy an evening of old fashioned Christmas music and harmony at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Downers Grove. In addition to the West Towns Chorus there will be special guests and much more. Of course Santa Claus will be at this great family event.

       

                                                 Poster courtesy West Town Chorus

East Dundee

Santa at the East Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm
Sponsor: Village of East Dundee
Place: The Depot
319 River Street
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-2956
www.dickensindundee.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
 Join the village officials for the tree lighting and an early visit from Santa Claus.

Elburn

Santa at the Elburn Stroll and Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 29th 2014

Time: 5 pm - 8 pm
Sponsor: Elburn Chamber of Commerce
Place: American Legion - 112 N. Main Street
Elburn, IL 60119
(630) 365-2295
www.elburn.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There’s plenty of fun for the kids and the whole family at the Elburn Stroll and Tree Lighting. There will be a choral concert at different Elburn locations, Santa train ride, plus many other activities and the tree lighting at 5 pm. Be sure to go to the Town & Country Public Library for cookies and hot cocoa and time to talk with Santa Claus.

                                

                                          Photo courtesy Elburn Chamber of Commerce

Elgin

Santa at Home Depot’s
Kids Workshop in Elgin
Friday, November 29th 2013

Time: 9 am - 12 pm
955 North Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 622-9441
www.homedepot.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be stopping by Home Depot early this year to find out what the little ones would like to find under the tree. Featured is a craft workshop where the elves will show the kids how to make a picture frame for all those holiday photos.

                                         Santa at Home Depot's Kids Workshop in Elgin

 

Santa at the Elgin Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 5 pm - 7 pm
Civic Center Plaza

150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120
(Downtown Elgin)
(847) 531-7056
www.cityofelgin.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa doesn’t come in on a sled, no it’s a fire truck Elgin’s annual lighting the huge tree. There will be a jazz band playing holiday music starting at 3:30 pm, plenty of things for the kids to do, as well as visits with the big old guy in the red suit.

Elk Grove Village

Santa at Elk Grove Village's
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 26th 2014

Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Town Center Village Green

901 Wellington Avenue

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 357-4030
www.elkgrove.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa helps usher in the holiday season in Elk Grove Village when he and the mayor flip the switch and more than a quarter of a million lights on the village buildings come to life. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served—local high school bands and choirs provide music and the evening finale is a blazing fireworks display.

Santa at Jumps n Jiggies in Elk Grove Village
Friday, December 13th 2013

Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Place: 1000 Wellington Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 437-9494
www.elkgrove.com
Cost: $5 child; $3 adult, if purchased in advance
Note: tickets at the door are $2 more per person
An exciting morning has been put together with Santa and his elves. Santa will be reading one of his favorite holiday stories, the children will have the opportunity to make a craft, enjoy snacks and listen to a holiday story. Everyone gets to talk to and have a picture with Santa Claus. The children will have plenty of fun at this great indoor playground with the Carousel.

Santa at Bertholds Flower Barn Holiday Open House
Saturday December 7th, 2013

Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Berthold’s Flower Barn
434 East Devon Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 439-2650
www.bertholdsflowerbarn.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bertholds has an exciting event for the family at their “Holiday Open House”. There will be real reindeer, plenty of time to talk with Santa and get pictures. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served and there will be special sales.

Elmhurst

Santa at the Elmhurst City Centre Tree Lighting
Friday, November 29th, 2013

Time: 5 pm - 7 pm Santa arrives at 6 pm
Police Plaza
2 City Centre
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 993-1600

www.elmhurstcitycentre.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This event features live jazz & holiday music from 5 to 6 pm, then Santa arrives to light the tree. Everyone can enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies. The kids will love the free Hometown Holiday Express Train ride.

Santa at the Old Fashioned
Tree Lighting in Elmhurst
Thursday, December 4th 2014

Time: 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Wilder Park
175 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 993-8901
www.epd.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The little ones who come early can visit with Santa Claus before the tree lighting ceremony and enjoy live reindeer, holiday music and goodies. Then, the event everyone is waiting for—the beautiful tree located in in the middle of Wilder Park is lit.

Santa at Courts Plus Family Holiday Party in Elmhurst
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Times: 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Courts Plus
186 S. West Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 833-5064
www.courts-plus.com
Cost: $5 Courts Plus members; $15 non-members                                                     Courts Plus is a community facility owned and operated by the Elmhurst Park District. Celebrate with the family at Courts Plus holiday party. There will be entertainment, snacks, crafts and of course a chance to visit with old Santa.

Sing-a-Long with Santa in Elmhurst
Saturday, December 14th & 21st, 2013

Times: Both Days 2 pm to 4 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm
Fitz’s Spare Keys
119 N. York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 379-5007

www.elmhurstcitycentre.com

Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT  Note-Normal food and beverage prices apply
Come to one of Elmhurst’s legendary places, known for great food and fun and join in the singing of Christmas classics with old Santa Claus himself.

                            

                                 Mrs. Claus & Santa at Sing-a-Long with Santa                                             

Santa at the Winter Solstice at the Elmhurst Art Museum
Friday, December 20th, 2013

Time: 9 am - 12 pm
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 834-0202
www.elmhurstartmuseum.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Children can visit Santa that one last time before Christmas at the Winter Solstice. There will be food, holiday music, hot chocolate and treats for the kids.

Evanston

Santa at the Evanston Holiday Bash

& Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday November 22nd 2013

Time: 4 pm to 9 pm - the tree lighting is at 5:30 pm
Place: Downtown Evanston & Fountain Square
Davis Street at Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-6319
www.evanstondowntown.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Here comes Santa Claus riding into Evanston not on his sled, but on a big fire engine. The mayor and Santa get the holiday season rolling with the tree lighting of the truly impressive 50-foot tree in Fountain Square. There will be plenty of holiday music, crafts for the kids, hot chocolate & cookies and free trolley rides. Visits with Santa are from 6:30 to 9 pm at Bennison's Bakery at 1000 Davis Street.

               

                     Evanston Tree Lighting Ceremony - Photo courtesy Evanston Downtown

Santa at 'An Evanston Symphony Christmas'                                              Sunday December 8th 2013
Time: 3 pm                                                                                                                        Sponsor: Evanston Symphony Orchestra                                                                             Evanston Township High School                                                                                      1600 Dodge                                                                                                                      Evanston IL 60201                                                                                                                  http://www.evanstonsymphony.org/                                                                                    (847) 864-8804 for questions & to order tickets                                                             Cost: Check with the Evanston Symphony for ticket prices & availability
For one of the top holiday events in Evanston you won’t want to miss ’An Evanston Symphony Christmas’. This exciting evening includes the Evanston Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, plus the North Shore Choral Society, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Evanston Children's Choir, ETHS Concert Choir & A Capella Singers. In addition there is an Audience Sing-a-Long and Handel's Hallelujah Chorus—the kids are sure to  love the visit from Santa and his elves. 

             

Photo credit Laura Bennett - Strike2Photography

                                                                 

Evergreen Park

Santa at the Evergreen Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
& A Dicken’s Christmas

Saturday, December 7th 2013
Time: 2 pm - 7 pm

Lighting ceremony 6 pm Klein Park 97th & Homan
Other events: Fountain Square
95th Street - Western to Pulaski
& Klein Park - 97th & Holman
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 422-1551
www.evergreenpark-ill.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Evergreen Park is another town that knows how to celebrate the holiday season in grand style. There will be face painting, sleigh rides, free trollys around downdown, as well as strolling carolers and real live reindeer. You can vist Santa Claus at Community Center where he will be ready for the little ones who will enjoy cocoa and cookies and holiday music.

Flossmoor

Santa at Flossmoor Winterfest & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Times: 2 pm Winterfest -Tree Lighting 5:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Flossmoor
Place: Flossmoor Public Library                                                                                       1000 Sterling Avenue & downtown Flossmoor
Flossmoor, IL 60422
flossmoor.org
(708) 798-2300
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There will be story time at the library and then Santa arrives at 2 pm for pictures with Santa and the holiday party. Enjoy seasonal songs, hot chocolate, free trolley rides, the gingerbread village and a great time for everyone. At 5:30 pm the mayor—with Santa looking on, will turn on the lights of the tree at the Flossmoor Public Library.

Forest Park


Santa at the Forest Park Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6th 2013

Times: 6 pm to 9 pm
Sponsor: The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce
Place: Madison Street between Des Plaines & Harlem
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
(708) 366-2543
www.exploreforestpark.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa arrives on a fire truck at 6 pm for the tree lighting—there will be horse drawn sleigh rides, a marshmallow roast, a face painter, special sales, treats, and of course Santa Claus and his real reindeer. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get pictures with jolly old Saint Nick at the Forest Park National Bank so be sure to bring a camera.

Fox Lake

Santa at the Fox Lake Tree
Lighting & Holiday Parade
Friday, November 28th &

Saturday, November 29th 2014
Times: Friday 6:30 pm; Saturday,11 am to 1 pm
Sponsor: Village of Fox Lake
Place: Tree Lighting - Millennium Park at 7 pm
Parade starts at Grant Community High School Saturday at 11 am,
goes down Grand Avenue, left onto Rollins Road and
into Town Center Plaza.
(847) 587-2151
www.foxlake.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Be sure to see Santa in Fox Lake at the tree lighting on Friday  and the Christmas Parade on Saturday. The children's party is after the parade at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Drive, Fox Lake.

Frankfort

Santa at Frankfort Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 4th 2014

Time 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: Breidert Green
Oak and Kansas Streets
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-2177 ext. 243
www.villageoffrankfort.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bring the whole family to the annual tree lighting ceremony, enjoy refreshments and a visit with both Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Geneva

Santa at the Geneva Christmas Walk
Friday, December 5th 2014
Time: 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Place: Downtown Geneva Outside of the old courthouse
South Third Street between James & Campbell
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-6060                                                                                                                     Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                       www.genevachamber.com/sponsorship_christmaswalk.htm
Geneva celebrates its ethnic roots and the beginning of the holiday season with its annual Christmas walk. The festivities get started at 6 pm with the arrival of Santa Lucia, the traditional Swedish symbol of the season in a horse-drawn antique carriage along with her attendants. They are joined by Santa Claus and the mayor for the lighting of the great tree on the courthouse lawn. The evening includes chestnut roasting, Swedish cookies, candy canes, hot cider and holiday songs. About 6:30 pm Santa heads for his Gingerbread House—see Santa Houses—on James and Third Streets which he officially opens for the season.

                        

                                           Santa at the Geneva Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday with Santa in Geneva
Saturday, December 13th 2014

Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Place: Peck Farm Park
4038 Kaneville Road                                                                                                       Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-4542                                                                                                                              Pre-registration is recommended
www.genevaparks.org
Cost: $5 per person
This is a day you won’t want to miss. Our bilingual Santa will be at Peck Farm Park with his elves. There will be a holiday craft, hot chocolate plus plenty of fun by the fire and surprises for everyone.

Christmas Meet & Greet with Ozzie & Santa
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Time 9 pm - 12 pm
Place: Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Upper Deck Level
Kane County Cougars

One Cougar Trail
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-8811
www.kccougars.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT - There is a nominal charge to participate in ornament making & cookie decorating.
The kids are sure to want to meet and get pictures with Ozzie T. Cougar and of course Santa. Fans who bring a good used coat or sweatshirt will receive undated ticket vouchers.

        Ozzie & Santa - Photo courtesy Kane County Cougars

 

Genoa

Santa at Genoa’s Jingle Bell Parade & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm
Place: The parade is on Main Street downtown Genoa
The tree lighting is outside of
Citizens First National Bank
327 West Main Street
Genoa, IL 60135
(815) 784-6961
www.genoa-il.com/city/chamber_commerce.html
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Celebrate the Season is a big event in a small town. From 5 pm to 7 pm there will be holiday crafts, kids games, and free carriage rides, while there will be classic stories and Christmas Carols at the library. Santa will be seeing children in his house on Main Street for pictures after the parade.

Glencoe

Santa Arrives in Glencoe for Light the Lights
Friday, November 29th 2013

Time: 5 pm
675 Village Court
Glencoe, IL 60022
Place: Glencoe Village Hall
(Park and Vernon)
(847) 835-4111
www.goglencoe.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Hey, that’s not a sleigh, you’re right—the old guy will be arriving in Glencoe on a fire truck where he has come for the tree lighting. A number of local businesses have provided refreshments and there will be holiday music as well. Next the switch is thrown and the lights go on.

Glendale Heights

Santa at Glendale Heights Winter Wonderland
Light Parade and Tree Lighting
Monday, November 24th 2014

Time: 6 pm - the parade begins, with the tree lighting at 7 pm
Place: The parade starts at Camera Park and proceeds to the Village Hall
Village of Glendale Heights
300 Civic Center Plaza
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
(630) 909-5302
www.glendaleheights.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa Claus will be in the parade to the Village Hall where he where he will be the guest of honor at the Glendale Heights tree lighting ceremony. There will be performances by chorus groups and refreshments will be served at the Village Hall after the ceremony.

Glen Ellyn

Santa at Holiday Walk
& Tree Lighting in Glen Ellyn
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 5pm - 9pm
Note: at 6 pm Santa will light the tree at Main Street and Crescent Boulevard
Sponsor: Glen Ellyn Chamber & Glen Ellyn Public Library
Place: Downtown Glen Ellyn
(630) 790-6747 Library
www.glenellynchamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Prior to Santa’s arrival downtown, from 1 pm until 5 pm the Library will host Christmas music by a chorale group, holiday crafts, story telling and refreshments. Until 9 pm there will be music, refreshments, holiday characters and ice sculptures in the downtown area. At 6 pm Santa will be on hand to help light up the Glen Ellyn Christmas Tree on Main Street. The big fellow will then travel to Glen Ellyn's Fire Station #1 at Main & Pennsylvania Ave. to meet the kids until 8:30 pm.

                          

                         Glen Ellyn Tree Lighting - Photo courtesy Glen Ellyn Chamber

Glenview

Santa at Holiday Merriment at the Glen Town Center
Saturday, December 21st 2013

Time: 5 pm - 9 pm
Sponsor: Glen Town Center
Place: Tower Drive
Glenview, IL 60028
(847) 724-2025
www.theglentowncenter.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Holiday Merriment is an evening of fun and excitement all over Glen Town Center. There will be visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers, sleigh rides, live reindeer special promotions from retailers and restaurants and more. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Grayslake

Santa at the Annual Grayslake
Tree Lighting Festival
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Place: Center Avenue & Whitney Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 223-6888
www.grayslakechamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There’s Santa Claus, beautiful holiday lights and music—cookies, candy, hot chocolate, sleigh rides and more at the Grayslake tree lighting ceremony. After the lighting children will be able to find Santa at the Oasis Youth Center at 6 pm,151 Hawley St.

Hainesville

Santa at the Hainesville Holiday Mixer
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time: 2 pm - 5 pm
contact: The Village of Hainesville
100 N. Hainesville Road
Hainesville, IL 60030
(847) 223-2032
http://hainesville.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come early and see Santa in the afternoon before the tree is lit at 5 pm at the Village Hall. There will be music, candy, cookies, juice, hot chocolate and coffee for everyone.

Hanover Park


Santa at the Tree Lighting in Hanover Park
Friday, December 5th 2014

Time: 6 pm
Village of Hanover Park
Village Hall
2121 Lake Street
Hanover Park IL 60133
(630) 823-5600
www.hanoverparkillinois.org

Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This annual festive event is held at the Village Hall in Hanover Park. You’ll find entertainment, refreshments and of course Old St. Nick himself who flips the switch to light up the Village tree.

               

             Tree Lighting Ceremony Hanover Park - Photo courtesy Village of Hanover Park

 

Harvard

Santa at Christmas in Harvard
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Contact: Village of Harvard
Throughout the Downtown area
Harvard IL 60033
(815) 943-6468
www.cityofharvard.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
On Saturday Harvard celebrates the season with a parade, live holiday entertainment, and a craft show. It wouldn’t be “Christmas in Harvard” without pictures with Santa and story time with Mrs. Claus.

Hawthorne Woods

Santa at Hawthorne Woods Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6th, 2013

Time: 6 pm
contact: Hawthorn Woods Village Hall Barn
2 Lagoon Drive
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
(847) 540-5228
www.vhw.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Hawthorn Woods kicks off the season with their tree lighting next to he Village Hall with refreshments, Christmas music, a craft's table and of course a visit from “you know who”!

Hickory Hills

Kris Kringle Kraft Night in Hickory Hills
Friday, December 13th, 2013

Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Hickory Hills Park District
Kruger Park Recreation Center
9100 S. 88th Avenue

Hickory Hills, IL 60457
(708) 598-1233                                                                                                                              For 5 to 11 year's of age
www.hhparkdistrict.org
Cost: $17 residents; $19 non-residents
Get your pictures with Santa Claus, enjoy Christmas cookies, make a holiday wreath watch a special holiday movie and have a festive evening.

Highland Park

Santa at the Highland Park Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 23rd 2013

Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
Place: Port Clinton Square
Central Avenue - downtown Highland Park,
between First Street & Second Street
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 926-1030
www.cityhpil.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa comes in for the Holiday Lighting festivities in Highland Park on a fire truck, led by the Highland Park High School Marching Band. Events include the parade, carolers, refreshments, plenty of holiday entertainment and music, topped off by the tree lighting.

Hinsdale

Santa at the Annual Christmas Walk in Hinsdale
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 4 pm to 8 pm

Tree lighting: 5 pm Village Hall

Place: Events are in downtown Hinsdale on Chicago Avenue

& Washington Street and in Burlington Park
Burlington Park - southwest corner of Garfield & Chicago
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 323-3952
hinsdalechamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be arriving in style for the tree lighting on a fire truck. You will also enjoy holiday singers and other entertainment and there will be plenty of holiday specials from local merchants. After the tree lighting ceremony, go across the street to Burlington Park where you'll find Santa in the Hinsdale Santa House and “Cookie” the Gingerbread man in the Gingerbread Cookie Tent.

    

Photo Courtesy Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce

 

Hoffman Estates

Santa at the Hoffman Estates Friendship Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, November 23rd 2013

Time: 5 pm
Place: Hoffman Estates Village Hall
1900 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates IL 60169
(847) 882-9100
www.hoffmanestates.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join in this festive occasion where you will find Santa Claus, entertainment, refreshments and an evening everyone will enjoy.

Homer Glen


Santa at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Homer Glen
Monday, December 2nd 2013

Time: 7 pm
Place: Homer Junior High School
15711 South Bell Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-0632
www.homerglenil.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Help kick off for Holiday celebration in Homer Glen at the annual tree lighting. Santa will be there for picture taking, enjoy holiday carols, candy canes and hot chocolate when the village tree comes ablaze with lights.

Homewood

Santa at Holiday Lights in Homewood
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 5 pm - 9 pm
contact: Village of Homewood
Place: Irwin Park Gazebo and in downtown Homewood
(Hickory Road , Dixie Highway to Martin)
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 957-0300 - tree lighting or (708) 798-3000 - Holiday Lights in Homewood
www.homesweethomewood/holidaylight.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There will be Christmas carols, and cocoa for families waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus at 7 pm on a fire engine to turn on the lights of the village Christmas tree. After the tree iighting Santa wil visit with children two blocks west at Independence Park on Hickory Road where there will be food and other holiday events.

                                            Mrs. Claus & Santa at Holiday Lights in Homewood

Huntley

Santa at the Huntley Holiday Lights Parade
& Christmas on the Square

Saturday, December 7th 2013
Times: Parade 3:30 pm Tree Lighting 4:30 pm
contact: Village of Huntley
Place: The parade begins at Ol’ Timers Park on Church St. to Main St. & then to Woodstock St., right on Coral where it ends at the gazebo on the Square.
Historic Town Square
Huntley, IL 60142
(847) 515-5262
www.huntley.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bring the whole family and watch the parade and then see Santa at the village tree lighting where you can get free pictures of the kids with the big guy in the red suit. There will be hot cocoa, the festivities include carolers, kids crafts, visits with Mrs. Claus in the old Village Hall and much more.

   

Photo of Christmas on the Square courtesy Village of Huntley

Remembrance Tree Ceremony with Santa in Huntley

Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 9:30 am
contact: Heritage Woods of Huntley
Place: 12450 Regency Parkway
Huntley, IL 60142
(847) 669-5185  Call Amanda Arnier by December 3rd if you would like to place an ornament on the tree.
www.bma-mgmt.com/heritagewoodshuntley
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT

This is an annual event where family members and loved ones are remembered. Names are read and personalized ornaments can be viewed on the Remembrance Tree at Heritage Woods of Huntley. After the ceremony a special visitor will be there to meet with the children and families.


Ornament Making with Santa in Huntley
Friday, December 13th 2013

Time: 6 pm to 7 pm
contact: Huntley Park District
Place: REC Center Cafeteria
12015 Mill Street
Huntley, IL 60142
(847) 669-3180
www.huntleyparks.org
Cost: $15 residents; $20 non-residents

For children ages two and up with their parents
Kids—make an ornament for your tree and then visit with Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas. Parents, remember to bring your camera.

Inverness

Hometown Holiday in Inverness
Friday December 6th 2013

Time: 5 pm
Inverness Park District
North Park
300 North Highland Road
Inverness, IL 60067
(847) 934-8867
www.invernessparkdistrict.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join the party at this annual village celebration. Santa will arrive on a fire truck and visit with the children. Cookies and other refreshments will be served.

Island Lake

Santa at Island Lake’s Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 23rd
& Sunday November 24th 2013

Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Place: Island Lake Village Hall
contact: Village of Island Lake
3720 Greenleaf Avenue
Island Lake, IL 60042
(847) 526-4851
www.villageofislandlake.com
Cost: $1
Crafters will be selling handcrafted items, food, refreshments and there will be a bake sale. Santa will be there to see the kids both days from noon to 4 pm while the Faire will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. Remember to bring a camera.

Itasca

Santa at the Itasca Library
Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Time 5:30 pm- 8 pm
Itasca Community Library
500 W. Irving Park Road
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 773-1699
www.itascalibrary.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
You’ll find Santa at the library to meet with the children, have pictures taken, and find out what they would like for Christmas. There will be a holiday craft, carolers, entertainment and refreshments. It would be appreciated if people attending could bring donations for the local food pantry.

                   

                                         Photo courtesy Itasca Community Library

Joliet

Santa at Light Up the Holidays Festival & Parade
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 10 am - 7 pm
Various areas downtown Joliet
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 774-6066
www.jolietdowntown.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The day kicks off with crafts for the kids at the Joliet Area Historic Museum, the Library will have "Storytime with Santa", and there will be “Brunch with Santa” at the Renaissance Center and the Teddy Bear Tea with Santa at the Rialto Square Theatre. At five o’clock there is Joliet Christmas Tree lighting in Van Buren Plaza, followed by the Holiday Parade at 5:30 pm with a lot of bright lights, holiday floats, marching bands and fireworks.  Additional events are listed below.

                                 

                                            Photo courtesy Downtown Joliet

Justice

Santa's Workshop in Justice
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Time: 1 pm - 3 pm
Community Center
7747 South Oak Grove Avenue
Justice, IL 60458
For information (708) 458-1370
http://justiceparkdistrict.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Be sure to come to Santa's Workshop at the Community Center where the kids can get their pictures with Santa Claus. Be an elf for a day and enjoy enjoy holiday crafts.

                        

                                        Photo courtesy Justice Park District

Kirkland


Santa at Christmas in Kirkland
Saturday, December 14 2013

Time: 9 am - 11 am
Alpine Bank 306 West Main Street
Kirkland, IL 60146

(815) 522-6179

villageofkirkland.com/chamber
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be at the Alpine Bank to visit with area kids when the Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Christmas in Kirkland event. Refreshments will be available and there will be holiday music and free horse drawn wagon rides. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Lake Forest

Santa Arrives in Lake Forest
Friday, November 29th 2013

Time: 3:30 - 5 pmpm

Market Square
contact: The City of Lake Forest
220 E. Deerpath
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 810-3675
www.cityoflakeforest.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa Claus will be waiting for the children at Lake Forest s’ annual Christmas tree lighting where there will be caroling, hot chocolate, cider and other holiday goodies.

Santa at “A Family Christmas Celebration”
Sunday, December 22nd 2013

Time: 4 PM
Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-6060
www.gortoncenter.org
Cost: $15 for patrons of all ages
Gorton Center and the North Suburban Symphony invite you to celebrate Christmastime at Gorton. Cozy up with family and friends and enjoy beautiful Christmas music from the North Suburban Symphony. This is a holiday event you don’t want to miss—Santa will be joining us! All are welcome—bring your best caroling voices and a festive smile to get in the holiday spirit with the entire community, because creating lasting memories with people you love really is the Reason for the Season!

Lake in the Hills

Santa Rides in & Festival of the
Trees in Lake in the Hills
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
contact: Lake in the Hills Park & Recreation Dept.
Event at: Lake in the Hills Village Hall
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
(847) 960-7460
www.lith.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa Claus will come riding into Lake in the Hills on a fire truck for the lighting of the Festival of Trees. Then have the kids join him for a snack and pictures while they tell him what they would like to receive for Christmas.

         Photo courtesy Village of Lake in the Hills

Lake Villa

Santa at Lake Villa’s Tree
Lighting & Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 29th 2014

Time: Time: 5 pm
Place: Parade starts at Palombi School on McKinley, Tree lighting: Lehmann Park,
contact: Village of Lake Villa
65 Cedar Avenue
Lake Villa, IL 60046
(847) 356-6100
www.lake-villa.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Lake Villa welcomes the holiday season with their annual Christmas parade with Santa waving to the crowd as he rides through town. The festivities conclude with the tree lighting in Lehmann Park, followed by the children's party with refreshments and entertainment at the train station.

Lake Zurich


Santa at Lake Zurich’s Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 30th 2013

Time: 4 pm
Place: Paulus Park
200 South Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
contact: Village of Lake Zurich
(847) 438-5146
www.volz.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be waiting for the kids in Lake Zurich at Paulus Park where the tree lighting ceremony will be held. There will be Christmas songs, cookies and hot cocoa for all.

An Evening with Santa in Lake Zurich
Monday, December 9th 2013

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Place: The Barn Paulus Park
200 South Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Registration required
(847) 438-5146
www.volz.org
Cost: $4 for adults, $6 for children
Lake Zurich has a memorable evening for children with Santa. There will be time to tell the man in the red suit what they would like, to enjoy ice cream, make holiday crafts and then there will be a surprise from old Santa.

Lansing

Santa and Mrs. Claus at Lansing’s Taste of the Holidays

and Tree Lighting
Friday, November 29th 2013

Time: 5 pm
Sponsor: Village of Lansing
18200 Chicago
Lansing, IL 60438
(708) 895-7200
www.lansingsanta.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at Randolph and Henry Streets for the festivities in a fire truck. From there they will greet children as they head down Henry to the Christmas tree in Park Plaza, where they will help the Mayor with the lighting ceremony. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, there will be Christmas carols and then they will officially open the Lansing Santa House. The Lansing Chamber hosts the Taste of the Holidays which will be held at the American Legion, 18255 Grant Street where there will be a craft table for the children.

                 

                                        Photo courtesy Lansing Chamber of Commerce

Libertyville

Santa at Holiday on the Square in Libertyville
Friday November 28th 2014

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cook Memorial Park

downtown Libertyville
Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 918-7275
www.libertyville.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come for the tree lighting, Christmas music, singing and a visit from Santa Claus. Libertyville’s annual tree lighting is always the day after Thanksgiving and is a wonderful holiday event for the entire family with treats for all.

Santa at Dickens of a Holiday in Libertyville
Saturday December 6th & 13th 2014

Times: 10 am - 3 pm
Cook Memorial Park
downtown Libertyville
Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 680-0336
www.mainstreetlibertyville.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Cook Park for two Saturdays in December. This is your chance to get great holiday photos of the kids. In addition, you can do your shopping and enjoy the many festive events in historic downtown Libertyville.

Santa at the Jaycees Red Carpet Christmas in Libertyville
Sunday December 8th 2013

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Libertyville Civic Center
135 West Church Street
Libertyville, IL 60048
www.meetup.com/GLMVJaycees/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
You won’t want to miss Red Carpet to Christmas an annual event hosted by the GLMC Jaycees. You’ll receive a free Red Carpet Photo with Santa if you bring a new, unwrapped toy. This charity toy drive benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. There are complimentary refreshments and a holiday craft as long as the supply lasts.

                                     

                                            Santa Photo courtesy GLMC Jaycees

Lindenhurst

Santa at Lindenhurst’s Tree Lighting
Saturday December 6th 2014

Time: 4:30 - 6 pm
Place: Park District Community Center Gym
2200 E. Grass Lake Road
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
contact: Lindenhurst Park District
(847) 356-6011
www.lindenhurstparks.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The fire department escorts Santa into town for the lighting in Lindenhurst where he will help set the tree aglow. There will be activities for the kids, live entertainment cookies, juice and plenty of time to get pictures with old Santa.

Lisle

Santa at Once Upon a Christmas in Lisle
Saturday December 6th                                                                              Sunday December 7th 2014

Times: Saturday 3 pm - 8 pm Tree lighting is at 6 pm                                                 Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm
Sponsor: Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce
Parade: 3 pm - Downtown Lisle south on Main street & east to Burlington Avenue to the Village Hall

Tree lighting: 6 pm Lisle Village Hall
925 Burlington Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 964-0052
http://lislechamber.chambermaster.com

Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Events include the Santa parade through downtown Lisle; hay rides in downtown; blacksmithing demonstrations and live holiday entertainment both days. On Saturday there is the tree lighting ceremony with cookies, caroling and of course Santa Claus. Be sure to see Santa and the live reindeer on Sunday.

Santa at the Candy Cane Hunt in Lisle
Saturday December 13th 2014

Time: 10 am - 11 am
Sponsor: Lisle Park District
Community Park Bandshell                                                                                               1825 Short Street
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 969-0992
www.lisleparkdistrict.org
Registration required
For children ages 8 and under                                                                                          Cost: Residents: $5; non-residents: $8
This is a day the kids won’t want to miss, the candy can hunt in Community Park. There are some special prizes and fun for everyone. Don”t tell the kids but they shouldn't be surprised if a special visitor with a white beard and a red suit stops by.

                                        

                                                              Photo courtesy Lisle Park District

 

Lockport

Santa at Christmas in the Square in Lockport
Saturday, November 30th 2013

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Lockport
Central Square
222 E. Ninth St.
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-0549
www.lockportpolice.com/parade.htm
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to Lockport and meet Santa Claus who has come down from the North Pole with his reindeer. He has something for each child and then stay for the tree lighting at 4:30 pm.

Lombard

Santa at the Jinglebell Jubilee
and Tree Lighting in Lombard
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 3 pm - 8 pm Various Locations
Tree Lighting 5:15 - St. Charles Road and Main Street
Village of Lombard and
Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 627-5040
www.lombardchamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Lombard doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone when it comes to having great Holiday events. Their “Jingle Bell Jubilee” is a terrific day of fun filled activities for the entire family. The downtown cookie walk begins at three, along with free carriage rides and plenty of caroling and holiday music. Santa will show up on a fire truck to help with the official tree lighting at 5:30. Then head over to Lilacia Park to Santa's house, where children can meet with the old guy one on one, see the trees in the park being lighted, enjoy refreshments and other activities. Next, stop is the Lombard Library where there will be more music, more, cookies and plenty of things for the kids to do. Another favorite is the “Ghosts of Christmas Past” tour at the Victorian Cottage Museum from 6:30 until 8:30 pm.

Long Grove

Santa at Downtown Long Grove
Saturday, November 23rd & 30th, December 7th, 14th & 21st                      Sunday, November 24th, December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd 2013

Time :1 pm - 3 pm                                                                                                           Long Grove Historic Village
Long Grove, IL 60047
(847) 634-0888
www.longgroveonline.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be in town, wandering the streets of Downtown Long Grove to take pictures and ask all the good girls and boys what’s on the top of their Christmas list this year.

Manhattan

Santa at Christmas on State Street
Saturday, December 7th 2013

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Manhattan Park District Program
397 State Street
Manhattan, IL 60442
(815) 478-3324
www.manhattanparkdistrict.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT

A great afternoon has been planned for the annual "Christmas on State Street". There is a gingerbread house contest, live reindeer and more. You'll find Santa at the parade of lights, Christmas tree lighting and at "Santa Takes Manhattan"—go to the Santa Pictures page for complete details of Santa Takes Manhatten.

Marengo

Santa at Marengo's Christmas Procession and Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Fire Department
120 E. Prairie Street
Marengo, IL 60152
(815) 568-8440
www.cityofmarengo.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Christmas season begins in Marengo when Santa comes to town on a firetruck. He will be there to greet the children and help with the tree lighting. There will be treats for all at this festive event.

                  

                                          Photo courtesy Marengo Main Street Inc.

McHenry

Santa at McHenry's Downtown Christmas Walk, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Toys for Tots Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 15th & Sunday November 16th 2014

Saturday - 4 pm (Tree lighting

Veterans Memorial Park Gazebo - 1450 N. Court Street

Saturday - 1 pm (Toys for Tots Parade - Riverside Drive,
Green Street, Main Street and Route 120)
City of McHenry
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 363-2100
www.ci.mchenry.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
You’ll find Santa Claus and over three hundred motorcycles plus floats in the annual Toys for Tots Parade which provides toys to needy children in the area. Following the parade Santa will be taking kid’s requests at the gazebo in Veterans Memorial Park. On both Saturday and Sunday, throughout the day in the downtown area there will be horse drawn hay rides for the children, trolleys for shoppers and other things for families to do. Saturday concludes with the tree lighting at Veterans Memorial Park.

Mokena

Santa at Mokena Christmas Fest
& Parade of Lights
Saturday November 22nd 2014

Time: 11 am - 6 pm
Sponsor: Mokena Chamber of Commerce
19820 Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 479-2468
www.mokena.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Mokena's Christmas Fest has many different events where you can run into Santa. There is the Parade of Lights down Front Street and the tree lighting at the corner of Front and Mokena. There is also Lunch with Santa and his workshop at the Mokena Elementary School.

       

       Santa and Mrs. Claus at Christmas Fest - Photo courtesy Mokena Chamber of Commerce

Momence

Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 13th Annual

Christmas Gathering in Momence
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Storytelling with Mrs. Claus: 12 noon to 2 pm
Santa in his workshop: 1 pm to 8 pm

Tree lighting at 5:30 pm
Downtown Momence
Sponsor: Main Street Momence
103 N. Dixie Highway 
Momence, IL 60954
(815) 472-3861
www.mainstreetmomence.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT 
Every year Momence has an “Annual Christmas Gathering”, an all day event in the historic downtown area. There are plenty of things happening to keep the entire family busy, including Santa Claus, and Mrs. Claus who will be reading some of the classic holiday stories. Other activities include a holiday art and craft fair, the community tree lighting, ornament making and face painting for the kids, horse drawn carriage rides, camel and donkey rides, plus a living Nativity.

                                  

                            Photo courtesy Main Street Street Momence

Montgomery

Santa at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Montgomery
Sunday, December 7th 2014

Time: 5 pm to 6:30 pm
contact: Village of Montgomery
Place: Village Hall
200 N. River River Street
(815) 896-8080
www.ci.montgomery.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be riding in on a fire engine for Montgomery ‘s annual tree lighting ceremony. There will be fireworks, holiday music, Santa arriving on a fire truck and afterward visits with Santa in his house and refreshments for everyone.

      Santa at the Montgomery Tree Lighting

Morris

Santa at Home for the Holidays in Morris
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Times: Friday 12 Noon to 8 pm
Sponsor: Morris Downtown Development
Place: The parade goes down Liberty Street from Chapin Park to the Courthouse Lawn Other events are throughout downtown Morris
(815) 941-0245
www.downtownmorris.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Morris is another town that really knows how to put on a Christmas celebration. Home for the Holidays gets going on Friday with the Festival of Trees and the Christmas House Walk and Tea. There are free trolley rides, retailers open house, lantern making for the kids, and the Annual Lighted Holiday Parade at 5 pm, when Santa arrives in Morris. On Saturday there is the Breakfast with Santa, the free Children’s Theater, and Santa and his reindeer on the Courthouse lawn from 10 am until 12 noon. You’ll find Santa at his House in Morris on Friday evening, November 28th and again on Sunday afternoon, November 30th and in December on Saturday’s and Sunday’s through December 21st.

                    

                                            Photo courtesy Morris Downtown Development

Mundelein

Santa at the Mundelein Tree
Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
at Kracklauer Park Gazebo
Seymour Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 949-3200
www.mundeleinmainstreet.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Mundelein does the tree lighting in grand style with Santa Claus, cookies, hot chocolate, and musical entertainment and fireworks. After the tree lighting ceremony, Santa leaves to open Mundelein MainStreet's Santa's Cottage.

Santa at the Fort Hill Heritage Museum Open House
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Fort Hill Heritage Museum
601 East Noel Drive
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 566-7743
www.mundeleinparks.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Every year the Fort Hill Heritage Museum has an open house with Santa. The Museum is gaily decorated for the season and the children receive gifts and treats and a picture with the big guy in the red suit.

Naperville

Santa at the Naperville Little Friends                                                         Holiday Parade of Lights
Sunday, December 1st 2013

Time: Begins at 4:30 pm
Place: Downtown Naperville - Parade starts at Centennial Beach
Naperville, IL 60565
(630) 544-3372
www.downtownnaperville.com/events.php
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Naperville gets the holiday spirit revved up with the Little Friends Holiday Parade. Featured are over thirty-five marching units and bands as well as Santa Claus, which is immediately followed by the Grand Illumination of downtown Naperville where Santa will hit the switch which will illuminate the downtown area in over three hundred thousand brightly colored Christmas lights. You’ll enjoy the official tree lighting at the Main Street Promenade, live reindeer, holiday characters and numerous musical groups as well as free trolleys throughout downtown Naperville. Starting Saturday, December 6tht, children will be able visit with Santa at the Santa House in Naperville at the Riverwalk.

Skate with Santa in Naperville
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Time: 10:30 am - 12 noon
Place: Rocket Ice Arena
180 Canterbury Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 848-5000                                                                                                                            For children age two and up Registration required
www.napervilleparks.org
Cost: $11 residents; $17 non-residents
Santa will be skating with Naperville kids in Bolingbrooke at the Rocket Ice Arena. Enjoy private ice time, hot chocolate and a cookie plus the chance to be with Santa. Skate rental is included in the fee.

Santa at the Winter Wonderland Party at the Y
Friday, December 20th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Place: Fry YMCA
31W290 Schoger Drive
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 585-5100
http://chicagoymca.ebookview.net
Cost: $5 YMCA Member child; $7 Community Participant child - Parents are free
The Y has created a Winter Wonderland where the kids get to decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, enjoy reindeer games and of course get their picture taken with old Santa.

North Aurora


Santa at the Holiday Open House in North Aurora
Sunday, December 1st 2013

Time: 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Place: Messenger Public Library
113 Oak Street
North Aurora, IL 60542
(630) 896-0240
www.northaurora.lib.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bring the kids in for a great afternoon of holiday music, refreshments and the opportunity to get pictures with Santa Claus.

North Chicago

Santa at the North Chicago Annual Tree Lighting
Monday, December 9th 2013

Time: 6 pm
Place: North Chicago City Hall
1850 Lewis Avenue
Norh Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 596-8643
www.northchicago.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
You can be sure Santa will be at North Chicago’s tree lighting ceremony where the festivities will feature holiday music and light refreshments as well as pictures with the old bearded fellow.

        Santa at the North Chicago Tree Lighting

Northfield

Santa at Northfield’s Holiday Winter Fest
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Place: Northfield Community Center
401 Wagner Road
Northfield, IL 60093
www.northfieldparkdistrict.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Northfield has put together a day of holiday fun for the kids. There will be crafts, cookie making, games and a chance to visit with and have pictures with Santa. Be sure to have your camera. This event is for children two to eight.

Northlake

Santa at Northlake’s Winter Fest
Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Grant Park Recreation Center

44 W. Golfview Drive
Northlake, IL 60164
www.veteransparkdistrict.org
(708) 343-5270
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family at the Northlake Winter Fest. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for pictures with the kids and listen to what they want and hope to receive. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, games, prizes, lots of crafts, bingo for the family, lunch and a lot more.

Oakbrook

Santa at “Christmas At The Mill”
Saturday, November 16th
Sunday, November 17th 2013

Time: 10 am to 4 pm                                                                                                             Santa will be there from 11 am to 1 pm
Graue Mill and Museum
3800 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 920-9720
www.grauemill.org
Email info@grauemill.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
“Christmas At The Mill” is a two day fine artisan boutique that features unique handcrafted gifts created by local artisans. Strolling carolers add to the holiday fun and you’ll want to get pictures of the children with Santa, who will be around both afternoons.

                           

                                                 Photo courtesy Graue Mill and Museum

Oakbrook Terrace

Santa at the Oakbrook Terrace Tree Lighting
and Children’s Holiday Party
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm Tree Lighting: Fik Point
(Patton Avenue and 16th Street)
City of Oakbrook Terrace
Children’s Holiday Party at:
Stella May Swartz Elementary School
17W160 16th Street
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 941-8300
pre-registration for children’s party required
www.oakbrookterrace.net
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Guess what—Santa is going to arrive for the tree lighting on a fire truck! After the tree lighting, music and other festivities, take the kids over to Swartz Elementary—if you have pre-registered. They will be able to visit with Santa Claus, get a stocking filled with treats and enjoy refreshments. Note: The free Holiday Party is for children that live in Oakbrook Terrace. Oakbrook Terrace residents who have non-resident grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. can attend the party, however there is a fee of $5 per child.

Oak Forest

Santa at the Oak Forest Christmas Parade & Tree Trimming
Saturday, December 13th 2014

Time: 11 am
The parade starts at Bremen High School Tree Lighting is at City Hall
15440 Central Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 687-4050
www.oak-forest.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to help the mayor ring in the holiday season with the tree lighting which will be held as soon as the parade ends. Following the ceremony you’ll find Santa at Fire Station 1 where refreshments will be served.

Oak Lawn

Santa Claus is Coming to Oak Lawn
Saturday, November 30th 2013

Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
on the Village Green

94th and Cook Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 636-4400
www.oaklawn-il.gov
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will lead the Holiday Parade from the Police Department to the Gazebo on a fire truck, where he will be available for picture taking and to hear children's requests. The Hospitality Tent will feature entertainment, Christmas caroling as well as cookies and cocoa. There will be sleigh rides around the Village Green plus a mini Polar Express train for the kids.

                             

                                                   Photo courtesy Village of Oak Lawn

Oak Park

Santa Arrives in Scoville Square Oak Park
Friday, November 29th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm
Scoville Square
137 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
www.hemingwaydistrict.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join the fun when Santa arrives on a fire truck in Scoville Square to light the Christmas tree. Enjoy hot chocolate and goodies and singing holiday favorites at this wonderful family event.

Santa Saturday in Oak Park
Saturday, November 30th 2013

Time: Noon to 3 pm
Scoville Square
137 North Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
www.hemingwaydistrict.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Meet Santa and get your picture—be sure to have a camera. There will be goodie bags for the kids and holiday crafts. Be sure to enter the drawing for free prizes.

  Photo courtesy Hemingway District of OakPark

Olympia Fields

Santa at the Olympia Fields Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 3rd 2013

Time: 5 to 7 pm
Village of Olympia Fields
Sgt. Mean’s Park
20712 South Western Avenue
Olympia Fields, IL 60461 registration required
(708) 503-8002
www.olympia-fields.com
Cost: Tickets are $5 for residents; $7 for non-residents                                               Bring the family for the tree Bring the children to meet Santa, there will be entertainment, food and a good time for everyone.

Orland Hills

Santa Comes To Town
Village of Orland Hills
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time: 10 am
Kelly Park
16675 S. Haven Avenue
Orland Hills, IL 60487
(708) 349-7211
www.orlandhills.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The old guy will be coming in on a helicopter to the sounds of Christmas music. After greeting the kid, Santa will hop into his carriage for the holiday parade through the Village.

Orland Park

Santa at Orland Park’s Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting
Sunday December 1st 2013

Time: 3 to 6 pm
Place: Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
(Outside of the Village Hall)
(708) 403-6140
www.orland-park.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Get into the spirit of the season when Santa comes to Orland Park. Activities include sleigh rides, carolers and other entertainment, crafts, carriage rides, plus snacks and drinks. Remember to bring a camera. The grand finale will be the tree lighting at 5:45 pm in front of the Village Hall.

            Photo courtesy Orland Park Recreation

Oswego


Santa Comes To the Oswego Christmas Walk
Friday, December 5th

Saturday, December 6th

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Times: Friday 5 pm - 9 pm

Saturday 8 am - 9 pm

Sunday 8 am - 7 pm
Events take place throughout downtown Oswego
Friday’s tree lighting will be at 5 pm on Main Street near the old fire station Village of Oswego
Oswego, IL 60543
(630) 554-3618
www.oswegoil.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT

The fun gets started with the tree lighting with Santa and musical entertainment on Friday evening. Next up is the illuminated fire truck parade. Other weekend events include Toyland train rides, the sledding hill strolling carolers and holiday characters, crafts and games for the kids, food vendors and a lot more. Be sure to bring a camera a get the children’s pictures with Santa. Some things you won’t want to miss are the pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning, the annual Cookie Walk plus many other activities throughout the entire weekend.

                Photo courtesy Village of Oswego

 

Palatine

Santa at the Palatine Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday November 23rd 2013

Time: 5 pm
Village of Palatine
Towne Square
150 West Palatine Road
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 358-7500
http://www.palatine.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and the mayor will be lighting the holiday tree in Palatine. There will be holiday music, characters from holiday shows and time for the kids to get their pictures with Santa Claus.

Santa at Wolff’s Flea Market Happy Howlidays
Sunday December 15th 2013

Time: 11 am to 2 pm Note: the market is open 8 am to 4 pm
Place: Wolff’s Flea Market
1775 North Rand Road
Palatine, IL 60074
(847) 524-9590
wolffsflea@aol.com

http://wolffs.com/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT For kids - adults free with a hat or mitten donation
Do your holiday shopping at Wolff’s Flea Market—get the kids pictures with Santa while they visit with the old guy. Santa has a small gift and a candy cane for each child. Don't forget to bring a camera.

Palos Heights

Santa at the Palos Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
City of Palos Heights
Palos Heights Fire Station
123rd St. and S. Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 361-1800
www.paloschamber.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join in the festive Palos Heights tree lighting ceremony at fire station and don’t forget your camera. The kids are sure to want to visit and to get a free picture with Santa Claus. Holiday treats include hot chocolate, cookies and more.

Park Forest

Santa at the Park Forest Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5th 2014

Time: 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Place: Village Green
Cunningham and Main Streets
Park Forest, IL 60466
(708) 283-5605
www.villageofparkforest.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The tree lighting in downtown Park Forest will include carolers, the high school band, plenty of hot chocolate and cookies and of course, Santa Claus who will be there to help do the honors with the ceremony and greet the kids.

Park Ridge

Swim with Santa in Park Ridge
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Place: Community Center Pool
1515 W. Touhy Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 692-3359                                                                                                                          for ages three and up                                                                                                   registration required
www.prparks.org
Cost: $6 residents; $12 non-residents
Santa will be spending the afternoon at the pool with the kids—there will be holiday songs and reindeer games.

Pingree Grove


Santa at the Tree Lighting in Pingree Grove
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Times: 4 pm - 6 pm
Sponsor: Village of Pingree Grove
Centennial Park
Reinking Road
Pingree Grove, IL 60544
(847) 464-5533
www.villageofpingreegrove.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Pingree Grove has a joyous tree lighting ceremony—there is a petting zoo and tractor ride, enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, projects for the kids and Santa’s arrival at 4:30 pm.

Plainfield

Santa at Candlelight Christmas in Plainfield
Saturday, November 30th 2013

Times: 8 am - 9 pm
Sponsor: Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Lockport Street in Downtown Plainfield
24044 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 436-0520
www.plainfieldchamber.com/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Candlelight Christmas in Plainfield is a day filled with holiday activities. You can get the childrens pictures with Santa Claus—there will be carolers, roasted chestnuts, carriage rides and the lighting of the creche at Plymouth Congregational Church.

Santa’s Workshop in Plainfield
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Times: 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Sponsor: Plainfield Park District
Event at: Heritage Center
24023 West Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
For information: (815) 436-8812 Ext. 18

Email:  bartlett@plainfieldparkdistrict.com
www.plainfieldparkdistrict.com
Registration required
For children ages 1 to 6 with a parent
Cost: $12 residents - $18 non-residents
Santa Claus and his elves have a great evening planned that includes crafts, holiday games and snacks. Photos will be taken with Santa and you are welcome to take your own as well.

Prospect Heights

Santa at the Prospect Heights Tree Lighting
Saturday November 30th 2013

Time: 5 pm
Sponsor: Prospect Heights Garden Club
Prospect Heights Police Station
14 E. Camp McDonald Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070
(847) 253-1223
gardencentral.org/illinois/prospectheights
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The annual tree lighting features Christmas carols and other holiday songs, hot chocolate and cookies and what all the children are waiting for, the arrival of Santa Claus!

Richmond

Santa at Christmas of Yesteryear in Richmond
Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th

& Sunday, December 8th 2013

12 noon - 4 pm Saturday
Sponsor: Richmond Spring Grove Chamber

Memorial Hall

Richmond, IL 60071
(815) 678-7742

www.rsgchamber.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Be sure and see Santa at the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:30 pm Friday in Stevens Park. Saturday there will be the Cookie Walk, shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and of course visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Memorial Hall Saturday afternoon. Sunday, the firemen are having a Breakfast with Santa in Richmond, also at Memorial Hall.

Rockford

Santa at Edgebrook’s Tree Lighting
Friday, November 21st, 2014

Times: Tree Lighting 6 pm                                                                                          
Sponsor: Edgebrook Shops
1639 North Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 398-8957 - Darcy Hanson
www.edgebrookshops.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                                     This is a great way to begin your holiday shopping and to see Santa at the annual tree lighting. Enjoy the entertainment and activities.

Santa at the Rockford Holiday Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Times: Tree Lighting 5:30 pm                                                                                           Santa photos 4 pm to 5 pm
Sponsor: Alpine Bank
On the Grounds of Nicholas Conservatory
1354 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 987-8800
www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                                     Join in the Rockford Holiday Tree lighting where there will be free pictures with Santa and his friends, music games and a fun filled afternoon.

Rockton

Santa at the 29th Annual Rockton Christmas Walk
Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th

& Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Times: see below
Sponsor: Rockton Chamber
of Commerce
330 E. Main Street
Rockton, IL 61072
(815) 624-7625
www.rocktonchristmaswalk.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                                     This three day extravaganza features many different events including Santa Claus, wagon and carriage rides, Christmas entertainment, a lighted Christmas parade, a talent show, and much more. Friday there is the lighting of the Village Green at 5:30 and visits from Santa at 6:30 pm. On Saturday Santa will be at the Dairy House, 113 W. Main Street from noon to 4 pm and the Lighted Christmas Parade is at 6 pm Sunday's events include Candy Cane Craft Fair—11 am to 3 pm—and Santa will again be at the Dairy House from noon to 4 pm.

                                                                         Photo Courtesy Rockton Chamber of Commerce

 

Romeoville

Santa at Winter Wonderland, the Parade of Lights
& Tree Lighting in Romeoville
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Note: at 6:30 pm Santa will light the tree at Main Street and Crescent Boulevard
Sponsor: Romeoville Recreation Department
Place: 900 W. Romeoville Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-6222
www.romeoville.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Romeoville’s Winter Wonderland Festival features both outdoor and indoor events. Outside there will be sleigh rides, cookies and cocoa, ice sculpture, holiday crafts and music and the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30. Inside kids can have their picture taken with Santa Claus or get their face painted, outside they will see real reindeer ice sculptures, take a train ride and more. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Hope for the Holidays care packages.

Roselle

Santa at the Roselle Celebrate the Season and Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm Santa will arrive at 2 pm
Village of Roselle & the Roselle Public Library
Tree Lighting Ceremony
at the library
40 S. Park Street
Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 529-1641 ext. 351
www.roselle.lib.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Go to The Roselle Library for the tree lighting ceremony and musical program and then be sure to see Santa afterward at 2 pm in the library. Refreshments will be served.

Rosemont


Santa Arrives in Rosemont
Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
The Thompson Room
Margaret J. Lange Park
6140 North Scott Street
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 823-6685
www.rosemontparkdistrict.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and his elves will be making a stop in Rosemont again this year. Get your picture with the big guy as well as Rudolph and Frosty and be sure to let him know what you hope to find under the tree.

Round Lake

Santa at Round Lake Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5th, 2014

Time: 6 pm
Round Lake Village Hall
422 North Cedar Road
Round Lake, IL 60073
eroundlake.com
(847) 546-5400
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa kicks off the holiday season in Round Lake at the tree lighting. There will be hot cocoa, cookies and of course visits for the kids with the old guy in the red suit.

Santa at Round Lake Festival of Lights
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Times: 2 pm - 5 pm
Robert W. Rolek Community Center
814 Hart Road Road
Round Lake, IL 60073
www.roundlakeareaparkdistrict.org
(847) 546-8558
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There will be plenty of fun for everyone at the Round Lake Holiday Festival. Events include photos with Santa, sleigh rides, a little elves workshop, entertainment for the kids and a magical journey through the neighborhood of lights.

Round Lake Beach

Santa at Round Lake Beach
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 6:15 pm
Round Lake Beach Village Hall
2007 Civic Center Way
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
(847) 201-9032
www.rlbciviccenter.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The annual tree lighting in Round Lake Beach includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus who arrive on a fire truck at the Round Lake Beach Village Hall. After the tree lighting children can meet with Santa by the fireplace in the Cultural and Civic Center, where will be caroling, hot chocolate and treats for everyone.

Round Lake Park

Santa at Round Lake Park’s Tree Lighting
Saturday December 6th 2014

Time: 3:30 pm - 6 pm
Place: Village of Round Lake Park
203 E. Lake Shore Drive
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
(847) 546-2790
www.roundlakepark.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Round Lake Park has a tree lighting ceremony along with Santa, holiday songs plus cookies, drinks and other snacks.

St. Charles

Santa at the Holiday Home Coming &
Electric Christmas Parade in St. Charles
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th 2014

Times: 4:30 - 6:30 pm, Friday (Tree Lighting - Lincoln Park, Main & 4th Streets))
5:30 pm, Saturday (Electric Christmas Parade - east on Main Street from 5th Street across the Fox River to 4th Avenue)
Sponsor: Downtown St. Charles Partnership
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 513-5386

www.downtownstcharles.org/holidayhomecoming
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
If you’re anywhere near St. Charles on Thanksgiving weekend come and see what they have planned. First up is the “Holiday Homecoming” which begins on Friday evening in Lincoln Park. This will be set in motion with Santa’s grand entrance followed by the “Lighting of the Lights Ceremony”. On both Friday and Saturday, there will be a number free events all day in downtown St. Charles including strolling carolers, children’s activities, horse drawn sleigh rides, band performances and more. Saturday’s “Electric Light Parade” is a night-time Christmas spectacular to remember. All of the eighty or so floats that will be participating, must have either real lights or decorations that will glow in the dark. Of course you’ll find old Santa in the middle of the action. Santa’s House in St. Charles opens for the Holiday Season at noon on Saturday in Lincoln Park—see Santa Houses listing for complete details.

Electric Christmas Parade in St. Charles

 

Woodland Santa’s Holiday Workshop in St. Charles
Saturday, December 15th 2013

Time: 8:30 am - 10 am, Santa arrives at 8:45 am

St. Charles Park District
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Drive
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 513-4347

www.stcparks.org
Cost: Residents $10; Non-residents $15 per child
Hey, here’s something different—Santa arrives pulled by a team of sled dogs. Enjoy a great morning making an ornament, having a snack and getting a picture with the big guy in the red suit.

Schaumburg

Santa at the Schaumburg Tree Lighting
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Prairie Center for the Arts
Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center
101 Schaumburg Court
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(at Schaumburg and Summit Roads)
(847) 923-3605
www.ci.schaumburg.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Bring the kids to the Schaumburg Tree Lighting Ceremony where they get to see Santa ride in on a fire truck and everyone will enjoy Christmas carols, hot cocoa and cookies. After the lighting ceremony Santa will meet the children in the Maggie Atcher Theatre which is located in the Prairie Center for the Arts.

Rockin' Reindeer & 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

in Schaumburg
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Times: 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm
Sponsor: Schaumburg Park District
Place: Community Recreation Center
505 North Springinsguth Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194
For information and tickets: (847) 490-7015
www.parkfun.com
Cost: $10 adults - $8 for children;

$12 adults - $10 for children on the day of the event
The kids will love the performance of these two great holiday shows. When the shows are over there will be holiday activities, visits and pictures with Santa as well as with the other Christmas characters.

Kidgets Santa Celebration at Woodfield Mall
Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Sponsor: Woodfield Mall Kidgets Club
Event at: Woodfield Shopping Center Golf Road at Route 53
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-1537
www.simon.com/mall
For information: (847) 263-7500
Time: 8 am - 10 am
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT - for Kidgets Club members
Kids who are members of Woodfield's Kidgits club will meet with Santa at his home on the Santa set where they can write a letter to the old guy and make reindeer food. Then they join him for a parade to The Children's Place at the mall where there will be ornament making and breakfast snacks.

Schiller Park

Santa’s Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting in Schiller Park
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Village of Schiller Park
Community Center
4501 25th Avenue
Schiller Park, IL 60176
(847) 678-2550 - Sandra Rosario
www.villageofschillerpark.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join in Schiller Park’s festivities at the annual Santa’s Winter Wonderland. Visit Santa and get pictures, there will be face painting, balloon making, the 6:30 pm tree lighting at Clocktower Park and refreshments. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Shorewood

Sunday with Santa Santa in Shorewood                                                    Sunday December 7th 2014
Time: 3 pm
Shorewood Village Hall
One Towne Center Boulevard
Shorewood, IL 60404
(815) 725-2150
www.vil.shorewood.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to the Village Hall for the tree lighting and to see Santa. Be sure to give him your wish list and of course have your picture taken. There will also be a holiday movie, crafts plus goodies for the kids.

Sleepy Hollow


Santa at the Holiday in the Hollow
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Times: 4 pm to 6 pm
contact: Sleepy Hollow Service Club
Place: Sabatino Park
Between Winmoor & Thorobred
Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118
(847) 574-8116
www.sleepy-hollow.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and a lucky individual will be flipping the Santa Switch to light the seven Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Circle of Cheer Christmas trees and the Park flagpole, which kicks off the holiday season. There will be music, hot chocolate, time to get pictures with Santa and plenty of fun for everyone.                                          

 

  

                                            Photo courtesy Sleepy Hollow Service Club

South Barrington

Santa Arrives By Helicopter in South Barrington
Saturday December 6th, 2014

Time: 10:15 am to 12 Noon
Village of South Barrington
South Barrington Community Center
3 Tennis Club Lane
South Barrington, IL 60106
www.sbpd.net/
For information: (847) 381-7515
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa comes in by helicopter, greets everyone and has pictures with the children and then heads for his workshop in the Community Center where the fun continues. Note—pre-registration is required for the workshop event.

South Elgin


Santa at An Almost Winter Day in South Elgin
Saturday November 16th, 2013

Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
Village of South Elgin
Seba Park & Time Plaza
151 Water Street
South Elgin, IL 60177
www.southelgin.com
For information: (847) 622-0003
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
South Elgin has a wonderful day planned for the arrival of Santa. There will be lots of activities in Seba Park for the children including horse drawn sleigh rides, cookie decorating, a petting zoo, a bonfire to keep warm and Polar Express rides for $1 per person at the Fox River Trolley Museum. Santa arrives for the tree lighting at the footprints in Time Plaza at 5:15 pm.

                           

                                    photo curtesy The Village of South Elgin

South Holland


Santa Comes to South Holland
Friday, December 5th, 2014

Village of South Holland
Faith Family Future Center

16931 South Park Avenue

South Holland, IL 60473
(708) 331-7796

Registration required
www.southholland.org
Time: 6 pm Santa visits start at 6:30 pm
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Village tree lighting will be at the Faith Family Future Center where Santa will arrive on a bright red fire truck, Refreshments will be served and each registered child (up to age 12) will receive a small bag of treats from Santa. A photographer isn’t available so remember to have a camera.

                        

                                        Photo courtesy Village of South Holland

 

Spring Valley

Santa at Christmas in the Valley
Saturday, November 9th 2013

City of Spring Valley
Downtown Spring Valley
Spring Valley, IL 61362
(815) 664-4221
www.spring-valley.il.us
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be there mugging it up for the camera and visiting with the kids—other things to do include a petting zoo, pony rides, refreshments, holiday music and more.

The Lighted Santa Parade in Spring Valley
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Downtown Spring Valley
Tree lighting in the Mini-Park
Spring Valley, IL 61362
(815) 664-2753

www.spring-valley.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Everyone wearing a seasonal costume is welcome to participate in the Lighted Santa Parade. After the parade Santa will light the Christmas tree in the Mini-Park. He will be available for visits at Video Vision following the ceremony

                                     

                                          Photo courtesy City of Spring Valley

Streamwood

Santa at Saint Nicholas Night in Streamwood
Monday, December 2nd 2013

Time: 7 pm to 8 pm
Hoosier Grove Museum
700 W. Irving Park Road
Streamwood, IL 60107                                                                                                          630-372-7275
www.streamwoodparkdistrict.org

for children 4 and older

Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Saint Nicholas Night is an event with a long tradition. This evening features a sing-along with a folk musician and don’t be too surprised if old St. Nick himself doesn’t show up. Each child will receive goodie bag.

Santa & Mrs. Claus at Luminaria in Streamwood
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm
Ceremonial Park
Village Hall Complex
301 E. Irving Park Rd.
Streamwood, IL 60107
(630) 837-3800
www.streamwood.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Streamwood kicks off their holiday season with Christmas carols, a tree lighting, refreshments and visits by both Santa and Mrs. Claus.

                                           

Santa at Luminaria in Streamwood

Streator

Santa at Light Up Streator
Saturday, November 29th 2014

Time: T/B/A
City Park.
Streator, IL 61364
(815) 672-2055
www.ci.streator.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Village of Streator comes alive when the holiday lights go on in City Park. Santa will be there, listen to live music and then go to the Weber House at 1503 Baker Street to enjoy a “Family Christmas”.

Sycamore

Walk with Santa in Sycamore

Friday, December 5th 2014

Time: 5: 45 pm

Sponsor: Discover Sycamore

Sycamore Chamber of Commerce
407 W. State St.,
Suite 10
Sycamore, IL 60178
(815) 895-3456
discoversycamore.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Meet Santa as he makes his grand entrance in Sycamore for the annual Walk with Santa and tree lighting . Children walk with Santa and Mrs. Claus down State Street to the Courthouse lawn for this spectacular tree lighting. The festivities begin at the Midwest Museum of Natural History on State Street where there will be holiday stories, crafts as well as cocoa and cookies before Santa arrives. After the parade Santa will meet with the children in his Santa House.

 

                        Photo courtesy Discover Sycamore

 

Thornton

Holiday Open House at the Thornton Historical Society
Sunday, December 8th 2013

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Place: 114 North Hunter Street
Thornton, IL 60476
(708) 877-4454
Reservations required
www.thornton60476.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to the museum, tell Santa what you would like, enjoy caroling and Holiday refreshments. Remember to bring your camera.

Tinley Park

Santa at Tinley Park's Holiday Market and Parade
Friday, December 6th, Saturday, December 7th

and Sunday, December 8th 2013
Times: Friday 6 pm to 9 pm

Saturday 12 pm to 6 pm

Sunday noon to 6 pm
Place: From 175th Street to Zabrocki Plaza
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(Events take place in & around Oak Park Train Station in Tinley Park)
(708) 444-5678
www.tinleypark.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Here comes Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arriving for Tinley’s Toyland Parade the tree lighting ceremony and Holiday Happenings. There will be ice carving, carriage rides, and much more. Children will receive complimentary photos and a gift from Santa who will be inside of the large heated tent. Other activities include the popular holiday market, music and entertainment by local groups. The weekend ends with the festive Parade of Lights which steps off at 5 pm on Sunday evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus making a special appearance.

Santa at the Rudolph Dash in Tinley Park
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Times: 6 pm to 7 pm
Place: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 W. 171st Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Reservations required
www.tinleyparkdistrict.org
Cost: $15 for each child - for ages 4 to 9
Rudolph has to get himself in shape so he can help Santa make his rounds on Christmas Eve. The kids will wear a lighted red nose during the fitness games and activities. Old Rudy will be handing out awards as the kids cross the finish line. Then he leads everyone to Santa to enjoys crafts, hot cocoa and cookies. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Santa at the Senior Drop-In Holiday Party in Tinley Park
Tuesday, December 17th 2013

Times: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Place: Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center
8125 W. 171st Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 444-5678 for information

Reservations required
www.tinleyparkdistrict.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT for Drop-In Members
$4.50 for Non-members
For adults 55 and over
Now it’s the seniors turn to meet Santa Claus. This holiday happening features a great meal, good cheer, time to meet with friends and of course a visit from the old guy.

Vernon Hills

Santa at Vernon Hills Tree Lighting
Saturday November 30th 2013

Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Place: Vernon Hills Golf Course
291 Evergreen Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 367-3700
www.vernonhills.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Hey kids, be sure to come out for the Vernon Hills tree lighting where you’ll find Santa and the mayor flipping the light switch. There will be cider, hot chocolate and cookies for all.

Open House with Santa
Friday December 13th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm - 9 pm
Place: Cuneo Mansion & Gardens
1350 North Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 362-3042                                         www.luc.edu/cuneo/lectures/openhousewithsanta/
Cost: $5 per person, children under 3 are free + light show entrance fee
Festivities include a visit with Santa in the Great Hall, crafts for children, door prizes, hot chocolate and cookies plus a self-guided tour of the mansion. Please bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots.

                                       

Photography by www.jonathansportraits.com

Villa Park

Santa at Villa Park’s Joyful Traditions
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Ruggard Gazebo
Ardmore and Park Blvd.
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 941-9133
www.villaparkchamber.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be front and center at Joyful Traditions in Villa Park where he arrives on an antique fire truck. Join in for the lighting of the trees on the Prairie Path and an afternoon of fun. The kids are sure to want to take a horse drawn sleigh ride, enjoy food samples, cocoa and coffee, a trolly ride to the Historical Museum and have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.

                                

                                       Photo courtesy Villa Park Chamber of Commerce

Volo

Santa at Volo’s Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 30th                                                                Sunday, December 1st 2013

Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Sponsor: Volo Antique Mall
27640 Volo Village Road
Volo, IL 60073
(815) 344-6062
www.voloshopping.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be at Volo's Holiday Open House on both days, bring the kids—refreshments will be served and there will be mall wide sales and gift card drawings.

Warrenville

Santa at Warrenville Holly Days
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Sponsors: Warrenville Park District &

Warrenville Chamber of Commerce

Event at: Corner of Warren & Tracy Place
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 393-9427
www.warrenville.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Enjoy a warm-up by a fire pit, free horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate, cookies, and of course, a visit with Santa. School dance troops, singers, and bands entertain attendees during the event. Warrenville turns on its holiday tree on this special night.

Wauconda

Santa at Wauconda’s Tree Lighting
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm
Sponsor: Wauconda Park District
Place: Wauconda Community Center
600 N. Main street
Wauconda, IL 60084
(847) 526-3610
www.waucondaparks.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Here comes Santa and he’s arriving on a fire truck for Wauconda’s tree lighting ceremony. Later there will be crafts, games, refreshments, goody bags and pictures with the old guy and Mrs. Claus at the community center. Remember to bring your camera.

               

Photo Courtesy Wauconda Park District

Santa at the Wauconda Holiday Walk
Saturday December 6th 2014

Time: 2 pm to 6 pm
Sponsors:The Village of Wauconda

& The Rotary Club of Wauconda
Place: Main Street Wauconda
Wauconda, IL 60084
(847) 526-9600
http://wauconda-il.gov

Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Hey you’ll find Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus too at the Holiday Walk on Main Street. There are crafts for the kids, contests, horse drawn carriage rides and plenty of fun for everyone. Don’t miss the Holiday Walk.

                 

                                             Photo Courtesy Village of Wauconda

Westchester

Santa at Westchester’s Holiday Party
and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday December 4th
and Thursday, December 5th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm both days

Sponsor: Westchester Park District
Place: Westchester Community Center
10201 Bond Street
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 865-8200
www.wpdparks.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The Holiday Party and Tree Lighting is a two day annual event in Westchester. Santa helps out with the tree lighting and then goes into the Community center where he and Mrs. Claus meet with the children. They will be back the next night to see the boys and girls once again. There will be a lot going on around Westchester during the fest, including musical entertainment, rides, storytelling and holiday treats.

                       

Santa at Westchester's Holiday Party

 

West Chicago

Santa at Frosty Fest in West Chicago
Saturday, December 6th 2014

Time: 4 pm - 7 pm
Downtown West Chicago on Main Street
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 231-9474
www.we-goparks.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa and Mrs. Claus both show up for the Frosty Fest which bring a lot of excitement to West Chicago. There’s the Frost Parade, the city tree lighting, reindeer games, carolers, crafts, popcorn and hot chocolate, games, prizes and plenty of fun for everyone.

                        

                           Santa arriving at Frost Fest courtesy West Chicago Park District

 

West Dundee

Santa at the West Dundee Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm tree lighting at 7 pm
Sponsor: Village of West Dundee
Place: West Dundee Village Hall
102 South 2nd Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-2956
www.dickensindundee.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be at the Village Hall before the tree lighting ceremony and will be visiting with the children again afterwards. There will be holiday music, hot cocoa and treats for the kids.

Santa at the Spirit of Christmas Parade
& Santa’s Workshop & Petting Zoo

Saturday, December 7th 2013
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Sponsors: Villages of East & West Dundee
Place: Parade from 2nd St. in West Dundee Main Street (Route 72) West Dundee to River St. in East Dundee
Santa's Workshop & Zoo
Grafelman Park
West Main Street & North 8th Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-2956
www.dickensindundee.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to this outstanding holiday parade where you’ll see classic floats and Santa in all his seasonal finery. After the parade be sure to take the kids to Grafelman Park where they can visit with the old guy and his furry friends, make a craft and have some tasty treats and hot chocolate.

Westmont

Santa at Westmont Holly Day's Opening Ceremony
Saturday, November 29th 2014

Time : 3:45 pm - 8 pm
Village of Westmont
Downtown Westmont
& Westmont Centre Lawn
75 E. Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-5252
www.wpd4fun.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa, his reindeer and elves will be there for the parade and official lighting of the Holly Days Tree in Center Plaza after the parade. Santa's reindeer and elves will be on the Westmont Center lawn before the parade kicks off. The jolly old man will have plenty of time to see the kids at the Westmont Center before and after the parade and tree lighting, where he will be waiting for the kids with treats.

Santa at Westmont's Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 14th 2013

Times: 5 pm - 8 pm
Westmont Park District
Administration Building
Veterans Memorial Park
55 E. Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-5252
www.wpd4fun.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
A great Saturday evening is planned for the children in Westmont where Santa and his elves will be waiting to meet them in his workshop. Then, you'll meet some dog sledders and their huskies and take the Trackless Train and ride around the park. Enjoy some hot cocoa, a bonfire and lots of outdoor fun.

Wheaton

Santa at Dickens of a Christmas Celebration                                              Tree Lighting Ceremony & Lighted Holiday Parade
Friday, November 28th 2014

Time: 6 pm
Downtown Wheaton
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 682-0633
www.downtownwheaton.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Wheaton’s holiday celebration runs for almost a month from November 28th through much of December. The season gets in full swing the day after Thanksgiving when things get going with the tree lighting ceremony at Martin Plaza at 5:45 pm and the lighted parade with lighted floats at 6 pm through downtown Wheaton. Other activities include the Lions Club Reindeer Run, the Holiday Stroll and visits with Santa at his Playhouse, in Wheaton starting Saturday, November 29th—see Santa Houses listing. for details.

 

        Santa in the Lighted Holiday Parade - Photo Courtesy Downtown Wheaton

Santa at Celebrate the Season                                                           Holiday Festival at Cantigny Park
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 4 pm to 7 pm
The McCormick Museum
Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161
www.cantigny.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Join in the Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival at Cantigny Park where the mansion will be decked out for the holidays with a number of stunning trees and other decorations. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there for visits with children. In addition Mrs. Claus will be reading Christmas favorites in Freedom Hall. Attractions include the tree lighting ceremony, carolers, live reindeer, ice carving demonstrations, and holiday crafts. There will also be face painting and sleigh rides for $1 per person. Regular parking rates apply.

                                   

                                Santa at Cantigny - Photo Courtesy McCormick Museum

 

Wheeling

Santa at ‘Lighting of the Lights’ in Wheeling
Sunday, November 24th 2013

Time: 6 pm - 7:15 pm
Village of Wheeling
Friendship Park
(Corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Dundee Road)
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 459-2600
www.vi.wheeling.il.us/Community/SpecialEvents
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
The evening kicks off with holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies and more music under the gazebo, followed by the Lighting of the Lights countdown. After the lights are lit, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive and they be on hand to visit with the children.

Willowbrook

Santa at A Dicken's Christmas                                                                and the Willowbrook Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 4 to 8pm - tree lighting: 6:30 pm
Sponsor: Village of Willowbrook
Event at: Willowbrook Village Towncenter
Route 83 & Plainfield Roads
(Directly behind Starbuck’s along Route 83)
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 323-8215
www.willowbrookil.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Start he Holiday Season with an event that is bound to become a Village tradition. There will be wagon rides, real reindeer, entertainment, refreshments and of course Santa Claus at the tree lighting.

Santa at the Willowbrook Children’s Holiday Party
Sunday, December 15th 2013

Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Sponsor: Willowbrook Park District
Event at: Hinsdale South High School Cafeteria
7401 Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 323-8215
While this is a free event, please RSVP by November 30th
www.willowbrookil.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
This holiday party is a long standing Willowbrook event. There will be entertainment, crafts, music and visits with Santa. The party is open to residents and their immediate relatives. Children are asked to bring non-perishable food items for needy area families.

Wilmette

Santa at Wilmette's Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade
Friday, November 22nd                                                                    
Saturday, November 23rd 2013
Times: Tree lighting - 7 pm on Friday 22nd

Parade - 10:30 am - 1 pm Saturday 23rd
Sponsor: Wilmette Chamber of Commerce
1150 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-3800
www.wilmettechamber.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Wilmette kicks off the holiday season with its tree lighting on Friday evening. Saturday morning is the annual holiday parade featuring bands, floats and many other attractions. After the parade enjoy holiday music and horse drawn carriage rides. Santa will be available for photos with the children at the Village Hall.

                      

                        Wilmette's Santa - Photo Courtesy Wilmette Chamber of Commerce

 Wonder Lake

Santa at Winter Wonder Walk
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Wonder Lake, IL
(815) 728-0682

www.wonderlake.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Come to downtown Wonder Lake for the annual Wonder Walk where you can ride in a horse drawn carriage, enjoy holiday treats and best of all visit with and have pictures with Santa.

   

                        Santa and Tiny - Photo Courtesy Wonder Lake Chamber

Wood Dale

Santa at Wood Dale's Holly-Day
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 7th 2013

Time: 2 pm - 5 pm
City Hall
404 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL 60191
(630) 766-4900
www.wooddale.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa comes to Wood Dale’s City Hall for an afternoon of fun for the kids. There will be wagon rides, Christmas crafts, holiday music, visits and pictures with Santa and a great ending to a great day with the lighting of the city tree and fireworks.

Woodstock

Santa at the Lighting of the Square in Woodstock
& the Woodstock Holiday Parade
Friday, November 29th &
Sunday, December 1st 2013

Times: 6:30 pm Friday - Lighting in the Square
& 2 pm Sunday - Woodstock Holiday Parade
Place: The Village Square
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338-5300
www.woodstock-il.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving at seven in the evening, Santa is on hand when the lights are turned on in the historic Square in Woodstock—suddenly all of the downtown trees and buildings are ablaze with colorful Christmas lights. Activities—which will go on all day will include caroling, street musicians and carriage rides and treats for the children. The Holiday Parade around the Square is a grand event on Sunday afternoon, which officially welcomes Santa to Woodstock. After the parade kids can meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Dial-a-Ride Garage, behind City Hall for milk and cookies. This is the perfect time for the little ones to discuss what they would like for Christmas.

               

                                  Santa at the Lighting of the Square in Woodstock

 

Worth

Santa at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Worth
Friday, December 6th 2013

Time: 6:30 pm
contact: Worth Park District
Event at: Veterans Memorial Park

111th Street & Harlem

Worth, IL 60482
(708) 448-7080
www.worthparkdistrict.org
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa will be in Worth for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Afterwards you’ll find him at the American Legion, at 11001 Depot Street in Worth, where he will be meeting with the kids.

Yorkville

Show Santa Your Best Costume
Saturday, October 26th 2013

Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Yorkville Chamber of Commerce
26 West Countryside Parkway
Yorkville IL 60560
(630) 200-3614
www.fontanezphotography.com
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
Santa wants to see the kids dressed up—so surprise him in your best Halloween costume, he will help judge this contest. Take part in the 4th Annual Costume Contest sponsored by Fontanez Photography and your child could win a free child photo session—with Santa even. There will be gift Certificates for treats and treasures and much more!

Santa at Holiday Under the Stars
Saturday, November 22nd 2014

Times: 1 pm - 7 pm
Downtown Yorkville
and Riverfront Park
Route 47 and Main Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 553-8564
www.yorkville.il.us
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT
There’s a lot going on at this annual event—Santa will be on hand to talk to the kids, other events include the holiday parade at 6 pm, tree lighting at 6:45 pm, carriage rides, holiday music, the Kris Kringle Market, food and drinks, trolley rides and the fireworks at 7 pm.

 

Please note—all of the above events are subject to change without notice

 

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