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Stories with Santa
and Mrs. Claus

Every child loves a story, especially Christmas stories which stimulate their imagination and keeps alive the wonderful thoughts of the coming holiday season, leading up to the big day—Christmas! This is that special time of the year for children and stories help add to the magic of the season. They enjoy listening to everything from the great classics including Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” to newer stories such as the Dr. Seuss tale, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” to the famous Chris Van Allsburg book, “The Polar Express” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz”. Very few people remember “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was first a story written by Robert L. May, right here in Chicago for Montgomery Ward in 1939—ten years before the song came out. And of course, who can forget everyones all-time favorite, Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”.

Listed are events in the Chicago area that have Stories with Santa and Mrs. Claus or in some cases just Stories with Mrs. Claus. These are places where kids can enjoy the books they love the most.



                                                Story Time with Santa is a favorite for children
                                                       Photo © Mitchell Studios Wauconda, IL


Holiday Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Claus and Santa
Tuesday, December 13th and Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Sponsor: Barrington Park District
Event at: Fitness & RecCenter

Barrington Room B
235 Lions Drive
Barrington, IL 60010

For information: (847) 304-5291

Pre-registration required
Times: Tuesday 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm and 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm                              Wednesday  5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Cost: $13 residents - $15 non-residents, parents are free
For children ages 1–7 with parent
The little ones can wear their pajamas and enjoy a night they won’t soon forget. Mrs. Claus will be reading some of your favorite Christmas stories. There will be Christmas songs and milk and cookies—don’t be too surprised if old Santa Claus shows up with a little present. Remember to bring a camera.


                             Mrs. Claus in Barrington - photo courtesy Barrington Park District


Tea with Mrs. Claus at The Peninsula Chicago
Saturday, December 3rd, 10th & 17th                                                         Sunday, December 4th, 11th & 18th, 2016
Event at: The Peninsula
108 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
For additional information or reservations: (312) 573-6620
Times: 11 am am to1 pm
Cost: $75 adults and children.
Our young guests will delight in a magical event created just for them. The fun begins with Mrs. Claus’ Christmas storytelling, cookie decorating and an irresistible menu just for children, plus a special appearance from Santa Claus. Adults can enjoy a Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Bedtime Stories with Santa at Rutherford Sayer Park
Friday, December 19th, 2014

Sponsor: Chicago Park District
Event at: Rutherford Sayer Park
6871 West Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60635
For information: (312) 7744-5368
Times: 6 pm - 7 pm                             
Cost: $5 per child                                     
For children less than age 10
Bring your jammies and a blanket to Sayre Park to hear stories from Santa. Enjoy milk and cookies with Santa and his elves. Don’t forget your camera.

Crystal Lake

Christmas Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Claus

Tuesday, December 6th & 13th

Friday, December 9th & 16th, 2016

Sponsor: Crystal Lake Park District
Event at: The Rotary Building
431 Walkup Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
reservations required
For information: (815) 459-0680, ext 218
Times: 6 pm to 7pm and 7:15pm to 8:15pm all 4 evenings
Cost: $15 residents - $20 non-residents
Note: For children ages 2-7 only. Children must be at least two years old.
Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket and stuffed animal for a night of Christmas songs and stories with Mrs. Claus. Refreshments will be served.                                                

Stories with Mrs. Claus at the Crystal Lake Public Library
Sunday December 4th, Monday December 5th 
& Tuesday                         December 6th, 2016
Sponsor: Crystal Lake Public Library
Event at: 126 W. Paddock Street

Ames ii Room
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
For information: (815) 459-1687
Registration required

For children 18 months up to 6 years old
Times: December 4th, 2pm; December 5th & 6th, 4:30 & 7 pm
Come to the library and meet Mrs. Claus who will be reading Christmas stories and enjoy a holiday party. There will be songs and treats for everyone Note: this event is available for Crystal Lake Public Library card holders only..

Elk Grove Village

Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Elk Grove Village
Tuesday, December 6th 2016

Sponsor: Elk Grove Park District
Event at: Garden Terrace Room
1000 Wellington Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
reservations required
(847) 437-9494
Time: 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $5 child; $3 adult, if purchased in advance

Note: tickets at the door are $2 more per person
An exciting evening has been put together by the Elk Grove Park District. Mrs. Claus will be reading some of her favorite holiday stories, all the children get to make a craft and have some hot chocolate and everyone gets to talk to and have a picture with Santa Claus.


A Story & Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus
at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Sponsor: Chicago Botanic Garden
Event at: 1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
reservations required
To book: (847) 835-5440 or book online
Times: 11 am and 1 pm
Cost: $17 non-members - $15 Botanic Garden members; children 2 & under free
It might be cold out but the hot chocolate should warm you up while you have a great time, and some treats and listen to a story read by Mrs. Claus. Ticket prices include access to Wonderland Express.

        Mrs. Claus at the Chicago Botanic Garden



Santa at Holiday Fun at the Joliet Public Library
Friday, November 25th 2016

Sponsor: Joliet Public Library
150 North Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
For information: (815) 740-2660

Times: 12noon, 2pm and 4pm                                                                              

The Library’s activities include some holiday classic stories and having a snack  and a picture taken with Santa before the “Light Up the Holidays” parade. Remember to bring a camera.

Storytime with Santa in Joliet
Tuesday, December 13th

Wednesday, December 14th 2016
Sponsor: Joliet Public Library
3395 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60431
For information: (815) 740-2660

For pre-schoolers -registration is not required
Time: Tue., Dec. 13th  6:30 pm to 8 pm                                                                         Wed., Dec. 14th 10am to 11:30am
Come and listen to holiday stories, enjoy cookies and snacks and then it's time for the kids have a chat with Santa and for you to get pictures of them with the old guy. Don't forget to bring a camera.


Story Time and Cookies with Mrs. Claus in Lisle
Saturday, December 10th 2016

Sponsor: Lisle Park District
Lisle Recreation Center
Multipurpose Room 1
1925 Ohio Street
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 964-3410
Registration required
For children ages 3 to 7
Time: Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Cost: Residents: $30; non-residents: $45
The little ones will love this event—Mrs. Claus is going to read the Night Before Christmas, then the kids are going to help her decorate and eat cookies and drink cocoa. They will also make a Christmas ornament to take home and put on the tree and sing Christmas songs.


                                                          Photo courtesy Lisle Park District



Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Yorktown Shopping Center
Tuesday, December 6th, 13th & 20th, 2016

Sponsor: Yorktown Shopping Center
Lower Level Santa set - near the Children's Train
Highland Avenue and Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 629-7330
Time: 10 am
Come and bring the little ones to meet Mrs. Claus who is going to read stories on four Tuesdays during the holiday season. Children will receive a snack.


Snack 'N' Story Time with Santa in Mundelein
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Sponsor: Mundelein Park & Recreation District
Event at: Regent Center
1200 Regent Drive
Mundelein, IL 60060
For information: (847) 566-0650
Pre-registration required
Time: 12 Noon
Cost: $8 residents - $11 non-residents
For children ages 1–8 with parent or supervision
No need to wait in line at a mall—bring the kids in for snacks and a story with Santa. Santa will read one of his favorites, “The Night Before Christmas”. There will be plenty of time to get your holiday photos so remember to bring your camera.


Journey to the North Pole and Visit with Santa
Thursday, December 8th, Friday, December9th, 2016

Sponsor: Plainfield Park District
Event at: Four Seasons Park
22500 Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60435
For information: (815) 436-8812
Registration required
Times: There are 6 one half-hour programs running from 5pm until 6:40pm on Thursday; 9 programs on Friday from 5pm until 7:40pm; 9 programs on Saturday from 5pm until 7:40pm.
Cost: $8 residents - $10 non-residents
Bundle up and join us at Four Seasons Park for a wagon ride to the North Pole! As we head to the North Pole we will sing along to some holiday favorites. Before we begin our journey, each child will receive a silver bell to add additional fun to the ride. When the wagon has reached the North Pole families will have a chance to visit with Santa and his Elf. Snacks and hot chocolate will be served by the campfire while you wait for your journey to begin.


Santa's coming to Town in Shorewood
Thursday, December 15th 2016

Sponsor: Shorewood-Troy Public Library
650 Deerwood Drive
Shorewood, IL 60404
registration required
For information: (815) 725-4368

Time: 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Note: Event is for children ages nine and under
Be sure to bring the children out for a great evening when Santa makes his annual visit to Shorewood. The kids will meet with Santa Claus who will hear what the little ones would like for Christmas. There will be craft making and holiday treats plus time for picture taking, so don’t forget your cameras.

                                                                            Stories with Santa in Shorewood


Stories with Santa at the Stickney-Forest View Library
Thursday, December 20th 2016

Sponsor: Stickney-Forest View Library
6800 West 43rd Street
Stickney, IL 60402
reservations required
For information: (708) 749-1050 ext. 131
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
This is an evening all children are sure to love. There will be craft making and holiday treats, Santa will be listening to what the kids hope to receive. Remember to bring a camera to get those holiday photos


Stories with Mrs. Claus at the McCormick Museum
Saturday, December 3rd 2016

The McCormick Museum
Cantigny Park - Freedom Hall                                                                                      1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
Additional information: (630) 668-5161                                                                         Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
The kids won't want to miss this, Mrs. Claus will be telling classic holiday stories in Freedom Hall in front of a beautifully decorated tree.     


Storytime with Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus in Winfield
Saturday, December 10th 2016

Winfield Public Library
0S291 Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
Additional information: (630) 653-7599
To book: Tickets at circulation desk in Library starting Dec. 1st
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am
Storytime with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Come and listen to wonderful holiday stories read by Mrs. Claus and have your picture taken with Santa Claus.


Santa's Bedtime Stories in Woodridge
Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Sponsor: Woodridge Park District
Event at: Community Center
2600 Center Drive (Hickory-Oak)
Woodridge, IL 60501
reservations required
To book: (630) 353-3300
Age: 1 - 8 years old
Times: 6 pm to 6:45 pm and 7:15 pm to 8 pm

Registration required
Cost: $9 residents $13 non-residents
It’s ok to wear your pajamas,  when you come to Santa’s Bedtime Stories. There will be a candy cane hunt and the kid’s will listen to their favorite Christmas stories, plus there will be a snack of milk and cookies. Every child gets to tell Santa his Christmas wishes and then has a picture taken with the jolly old elf.


                                             Photo courtesy Woodridge Park District


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

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