Santa Claus really is coming to town! Kidlist has you ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. These range from tree-lighting ceremonies to full-fledged meals with the jolly old man himself.
Where to See Santa in Chicago’s Western Suburbs 2017
Please note that many of the events listed require pre-registration, so be sure to click on each link for additional information, including any fees.
Events Spanning the Season
Santa at Oak Brook Center (Oak Brook)
November 10–December 24 | Mondays–Saturdays 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sundays 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Make a date to give your wishes to Santa! (Reservations are not required, but encouraged). Click here to read our review.
Santa HQ (Rosemont)
Now through December 24 | Mondays–Thursdays 11 am – 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am – 9 pm, Sundays 10 am – 7 pm
Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018
The new Santa HQ will invite families to experience the wonder of Santa’s workshop in the digital and social media age. Click here to read our review.
SantaLand (Macy’s Chicago)
Now through December 24 | During store hours
Macy’s SantaLand (which many know as Cozy Cloud from the Marshall Field days) is on the 5th floor of Macy’s on State Street. The store advises that right after opening is the best time of day to visit.
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights (Chicago)
November 24–January 1, 2018 | 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come visit Zoo Lights for the many special events featuring Santa, ice sculptures and 3D displays.
Visits with Santa (Downers Grove)
November 25–26, December 2–3, 9–10, and 16–17 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Santa’s little house sits at the corner of Main Street and Curtiss Street. Bring your camera!
Winter Wonderfest (Navy Pier Chicago)
December 1, 2017–January 7, 2018 | Opens at 10:00 am; closing time varies
Navy Pier’s annual indoor winter carnival returns with lots of family fun.
Santa House (Naperville)
December 1–December 23 | Exact times vary each day
Naperville Riverwalk, Jackson Avenue and Webster Street, Naperville
Take a magical trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Admission is free. Photos can be purchased for $8 each or two for $15. Visits with Santa during the public nights are on a first come, first served basis. Special nights also are available for families with special needs, families with pets and military and first responders. Beginning in November, reservations are taken in advance online for the special nights, but there are a limited number of spots available. For days and times of operation, please visit: http://www.napervilleparks.org/santahouse
Holiday Magic (Brookfield Zoo)
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and December 26-31 | Open 10 am – 9pm, festivities begin at 4 pm
Brookfield is transformed with more than a million LED holiday lights, as well as ice carvers, animal shows, and more.
American Girl Welcome Santa (Chicago)
Sundays in December | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Cap off a visit to the American Girl Store at Water Tower Place with a special meal and meeting Santa, complete with photos.
Thursday, November 16
Holiday Tree Lighting (Elmhurst)
Thursday, November 16 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Come join the first tree lighting ceremony in Elmhurst! Santa will arrive on a fire truck.
Saturday, November 17
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (Chicago)
Saturday, November 17 and 18 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A grand tree lighting parade down Michigan Avenue, marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
Jingle Mingle (Burr Ridge)
Saturday, November 17 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Live performances, tree lighting ceremony and parade among other holiday activities.
Monday, November 19
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at Bolingbrook Golf Club (Bolingbrook)
Monday, November 19 | 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Christmas shopping, photos with Santa, facepainting, raffles, and door prizes for the first 50 guests.
Friday, November 24
Gingerbread Festival (Downers Grove)
Friday, November 24 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Storytime begins in the library, followed by a tree lighting procession with Santa.
Holiday Walk (Glen Ellyn)
Friday, November 24 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Fire Department lifts Santa Claus to the top of the Christmas tree so he can turn on the lights. Then, Santa heads back to the Fire Department, where kids can sit on his lap and get a candy cane.
Saturday, November 25
Santa’s Craft Corner (Cosley Zoo Wheaton)
Saturday, November 25 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visit Santa at the zoo, make crafts, enjoy refreshments, and see the animals.
Santa on the Green (Oak Lawn)
Saturday, November 25 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and an elf on stilts will all be there to celebrate. A trolley will carry families from the Village Green, where carolers will sing, to the Oak Lawn train station, which will be set up with a Shop Oak Lawn Kick Off Party.
Sunday, November 26
Breakfast with Santa (Maggiano’s Oak Brook)
Sunday, November 26 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Maggiano’s special breakfast buffet includes a visit with Santa and the “Candy Bar” full of treats.
Saturday, December 2
Skating with Santa (Rocket Ice Arena Bolingbrook)
Saturday, December 2 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Skate with Santa, Anna and Elsa. Register with the Naperville Park District for private ice time, photo opportunities with Santa, holiday music and hot chocolate, too.
Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival and Mistletoe Market (Cantigny Park Wheaton)
Saturday, December 2 | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cantigny gets decked out for holiday activities including sleigh rides, live reindeer, carolers and crafts.
Winter Wonderland and Christmas Marketplace (Western Springs)
Saturday, December 2 | 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The WSBA is excited to announce the Western Springs Winter Wonderland and Christmas Marketplace (formerly Christmas Walk). The event will take place on Saturday, December 2nd from 2:00 – 7:00pm featuring food, drinks, live music, shopping, reindeer and Santa!
The Christmas Market will be situated along Hillgrove Avenue. Local vendors will open at 2pm and offer a variety of items to include jewelry, housewares, toys, clothing, accessories and more!
This year Santa will be located at the tower green with visiting hours in our very own Santa House! Santa will arrive via Fire Engine at 2:30pm to help kick-off the event. The official lighting of the Village Christmas Tree will take place at 5pm.
For more information visit www.westernspringsbusiness.com
Tuesday, December 5
Holiday Tree Lighting (Waiola Park La Grange)
Tuesday, December 5 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tree lighting party with holiday entertainment, Santa, and reindeer.
Wednesday, December 6
Holiday Party (Westchester Community House)
Wednesday, December 6 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Santa himself will arrive right on time to light the tree at this party with outdoor rides, entertainment, crafts, storytelling and more.
Friday, December 8
Sundaes with Santa (Villa Park)
Friday, December 8 | 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Build your own sundae and do a holiday craft while Santa visits from the North Pole.
Winter Wonderland (Lombard)
Friday, December 8 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Visit Santa at the York Center Park District, where he’ll take photos and listen to kids’ wishes. There will be two kids’ program performances in addition to games and light refreshments.
Saturday, December 9
Donuts with Santa (ARRCC Community Hall Naperville)
December 9 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Sip hot chocolate, enjoy donuts from DeEtta’s Bakery, and participate in a holiday story told by Santa.
Kidlist Event! Play Extravaganza featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus (Orland Park)
Saturday, December 9 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Dr, Orland Park, IL 60462
Come play with us at one of the biggest indoor play areas in the Chicago area! There will be over 47,000 square feet of fun and at this Kidlist event, and every single attraction is included… a soft play maze, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing, a ropes course with a zip line, go-karts, and a laser maze. A $10 game card is also included with your admission to play arcade games. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there as our special guest so can take your own free photos with them! Sheena Magnesen, a local professional photographer, will also be there to capture all of the fun.
Santa’s Workshop (Berwyn)
Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free holiday crafts, stocking stuffers and photos with Santa.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus (Burr Ridge)
Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Photos with Santa, plus story time and a craft.
Cookies with Mrs. Claus (Lisle)
Saturday, December 9 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sing Christmas carols, drink hot chocolate, decorate cookies and make ornaments with Mrs. Claus.
Sunday, December 10
Stories with Santa (Glen Ellyn)
Sunday, December 10 | 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Stories with Santa, plus live reindeer, at the Glen Ellyn Firehouse downtown.
Saturday, December 16
Home for the Holidays (Oak Park)
Saturday, December 16 | Schedule TBD, check the website
Free horse-drawn sleigh rides, a visit from Santa, and a movie special showing at Lake Theatre. All activities are free.
Skate with Santa (Maggie Daley Park in Chicago)
Saturday, December 16 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Skate with Santa and enjoy the winter wonderland concession area with holiday crafts, a photo area and other activities.
Swimming with Santa (Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook)
Saturday, December 16 | 12:00 pm -4:00 pm
At Pelican Harbor’s party, after you meet Santa, you can swim in the pool with the (melted) snowmen. There will be treats, decorations, and activities, too.
Sunday, December 17
Santa’s Bedtime Stories (Woodridge)
Sunday, December 17 6:00-8:00pm
Kids dress in pajamas and slippers for a treasure hunt through the community center, stories from Santa, milk and cookies, sharing their Christmas wishes, and more.
Want to spend even more time with St. Nick? Check out our round-up of where to eat with Santa in Chicago’s western suburbs, too!