Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2020

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Santa Claus is coming to town! Enjoy the festivities of the season and visit Santa at these local spots. Taking a picture with Santa is always a tradition for our family. I think I love the outtakes even more than the perfect pose! This year, venues are coming up with creative ways to carry on those traditions. We have categorized the events into in-person and virtual! Remember to check events for registration information and details!

Where to See Santa in Chicago’s Western Suburbs and at Home!

Please note that many of these events require pre-registration. Be sure to click on each link for additional information, including any fees.

Santa Events Spanning the Season

Abbey Farms Winter Cheer & Christmas Joy (Aurora)
December 6, 13 & 20 | 8:30am – 9:30am
Tickets required to reserve your picnic table. Santa visits every table.

Santa House on the Riverwalk (Naperville)
2020 dates, times, and info coming soon.

Santa at Bass Pro Shop (Bolingbrook)
Now through December 24, 2020 | See the schedule for activity times
Santa will be behind an acrylic barrier. Free reservations required.

Lincoln Park ZooLights (Chicago)
November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021 , 4–10 pm
Tickets are available online for $5 with 5 free nights available. Santa will be socially distanced and available for pictures through December 23, 2020.

Santa’s Village Santa for You (Comes to Your House)
Personal visit with Santa.

Photos with Santa at Oakbrook Center
November 20 – December 25, 2020
Meet on the lawn for your Santa pictures. Reservations and face coverings are required.

Contactless Photos with Santa at Fashion Outlets (Rosemont)
November 20 – December 24, 2020
Reservations are recommended, but not required.

Contactless Photos with Santa at Yorktown Center (Lombard)
November 24 – December 24, 2020
Kids and/or families will be positioned six feet in front of Santa for all photos and masks are required.

Local Santa Events in November

Siegel’s Farm (Lockport)
Dates to be announced.
Siegel’s Farm has already had a visit from Santa, but they may schedule individual events, so check their website. Tickets available online.

Prestige Nursery (Barlett)
November 14 & 15, 2020 | 10:00am – 2:30pm
Santa will be socially distanced visiting the rustic barn for a no-contact photo opportunity.

Local Santa Events in December

Santa’s Dinner Dash (St. Charles)
December 4, 2020 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Advance registration required. Pizza and salad pick up while seeing Santa.

Sundaes with Santa (Villa Park)
December 4, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Build your own sundae, complete a craft, and see Santa. Advance registration is required.

Donuts with Santa (Glen Ellyn)
December 5, 2020 | 8:00am – 9:00am, 9:30am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 12:00pm
Treats, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa. Advance registration required.

Snapshots with Santa (Batavia)
December 5, 2020 | 8:00am – 12:00pm
Socially-distant visit and photo with Santa at the Batavia Depot Museum caboose. Register for your 30-minute session.

Breakfast with Santa (Warrenville)
December 5, 2020 | 8:30am – 10:30am
Breakfast, crafts, entertainment and a visit from Santa. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Holly Jolly Home Visit (Bloomingdale Residents Only)
December 5-6, 2020 | 8:30am – 6:00pm
Register in advance.

Social Distancing Pictures with Santa (Hinsdale)
December 5 – 6, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Must register in advance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus for a picture at Burlington Park.

Socially Distant Photos with Santa (Western Springs)
December 5 – 6, 2020 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Reservations are required.

Drive-Thru Santa & Christmas Wonderland (Joliet)
December 5, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Event is sold out, but check back for additional times or waitlist opportunities.

Breakfast with Santa (La Grange)
December 6, 2020 | 8:30am – 10:00am
Breakfast and pictures with Santa at the rec center. Advance registration is required.

Visits with Santa (Oak Park)
December 6, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Mrs. Claus, Santa and a host of “elves” await your arrival with music and fun to lift your spirits. Register for your 1-hour session.

Woodland Santa’s Outdoor Adventure (Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles)
December 6, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Santa and his husky dog will meet you during your hiking adventure in the woods. Advance registration required.

Socially Distance Photos with Santa (La Grange Park)
December 7, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Santa will be stopping by the Community Park District for socially distancing visits. Registration required.

Sensory Sensitive Treats with Santa (Oak Park)
December 9, 2020 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Register in advance for your 1-hour session.

Santa Special Deliveries (Carol Stream Residents Only)
December 10, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Event full, but add your family to the waitlist!

Pictures with Santa (Wheaton)
December 11, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Don’t forget your wish list when you take your picture with Santa at the community center. Register in advance.

Pizza and PJ’s with Santa (Warrenville)
December 11, 2020 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Dress in your jammies for a pizza party with Santa. All parents and children must register.

Santa Special Deliveries (Carol Stream Residents Only)
December 11, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Event full, but add your family to the waitlist!

Santa Drive-Thru (Burr Ridge)
December 11, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration required.

Brunch with Santa (Oakbrook Terrace)
December 12, 2020 | 10:00am – 11:30am
Games, crafts, giveaways in the fitness center gym while seeing Santa. Must register in advance

Santa’s Farm Fest (Countryside)
December 12, 2020 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Private Christmas-themed farm tour. Registration required.

Cookies with Santa (Oakbrook Terrace)
December 12, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
An afternoon cookie decorating party with Santa! Must register in advance.

Santa’s Dinner Dash (St. Charles)
December 12, 2020 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Pizza and salad delivered from Santa. Advance registration required.

Visits with Santa (Oak Park)
December 13, 2020 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Register for your 1-hour session with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the mansion.

Santa Visits (La Grange Residents Only)
December 15, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Santa Visits (La Grange Residents Only)
December 17, 2020 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Breakfast with Santa (Glendale Heights)
December 19, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:30am
Share pancakes and coffee with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at this year’s Breakfast with Santa at the festively decorated Glendale Lakes Golf Club.

Porch Visits with Santa (Villa Park Residents Only)
December 19, 2020 | 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Register in advance.

Santa on the Stoop (Glen Ellyn Residents Only)
December 20, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Virtual Santa Visits

SantaLand (Macy’s Chicago)
November 27 – December 24, 2020
Macy’s SantaLand is reimagined for 2020 to make it all virtual. Games, videos, elves, and a Santa selfie at the end.

Virtual Santa Visit (Oakbrook, Virtual)
November 14, 2020 – January 7, 2021
Live virtual visit with optional storytime.

Virtual Visit with Santa Claus (Virtual)
Now – December 31, 2020
Each visit with a Santa Claus online video session starts with up to 10 minutes of chat time. Be prepared to sing a Christmas song with Santa.

Jingle Ring (Virtual)
Now – December 24, 2020
JingleRing personalizes your call based on your family profile for ethnicity and language.

Phone Calls from Santa (Westmont)
December 8, 2020 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Must register before December 7.

Santa on the Line (Oswego)
December 16, 2020 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Must register in advance.

Breakfast and Santa (Lombard Pick Up/Santa is Virtual)
December 19, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Santa virtual visits via the “Elf line” communications satellite video phone to the North Pole. Breakfast will be available for pick-up in Lombard. Registration is required.

Santa Claus is Coming to You (St. Charles, Virtual)
December 19, 2020 | times vary
Virtual visit with Santa. Register in advance.

Virtual Bedtime Story with Santa (Oak Park, Virtual)
December 22, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Santa tells a bedtime story in this virtual event. Register in advance.

Storytime with Santa (St. Charles, Virtual)
December 23, 2020 | 7:00pm

Want to enjoy more activities with St. Nick? Check out the polar express, holiday express, and Santa trolleys. So keep your eyes out for all the Santa sightings to come!

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