Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa

A photo op with Santa is a must-do every holiday season! Take advantage of the lowest price tag possible at these FREE visits with Santa for 2020. Make sure to click the links provided, as some require advanced registration, and all are offering additional safety guidelines this year. Bring your camera just in case, as some locations allow you to take your own photos. These free visits with Santa will leave you smiling with holiday cheer!

2020 Free Photos with Santa in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Events Spanning the Season

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro (Bolingbrook)
Now through December 24, 2020
Make a reservation online for a free photo with Santa and a to-go craft kit that celebrate the season.

Lincoln Park ZooLights (Chicago)
November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2021 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tickets are available online for $5 with 5 free nights available. Santa will be socially distanced and available for pictures through December 23, 2020.

Special Events

Santa’s House (St. Charles)
November 28, 2020 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Stop by the East 1st Street Plaza for a socially distant photo opportunity.

Stroll to the North Pole (Lemont)
December 4, 2020 | 4:30pm – 9:30pm
Stroll through the centennial trail, and stop for a picture with Santa. Participants must register in advance.

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Operation Santa Clause (Bartlett)
December 4, 2020 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Bartlett Lions Club hosts this annual event at the Log Cabin.

Tree Lighting and Santa Visit (Willow Springs)
December 4, 2020 | 5:30pm
Must register in advance if you want Santa’s gift. Open to Willow Springs residents only.

Santa & His Reindeer Visit Blackhawk Park! (Indian Head Park)
December 20, 2020 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Visit with Santa and his reindeer at this photo opportunity.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus at Burr Ridge Village Center
December 20, 2020 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be walking through the Burr Ridge Village Center. Don’t forget your camera!

Free Santa Photos Not Running in 2020

For the safety of Santa, his elves, and your little elves, many organizations are not running their 2020 photo opportunities. Check back in 2021 for all the family-friendly fun they have in store.

  • Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows (Forest Park)
  • Holiday Lights at Lilacia Park (Lombard)
  • Christmas on the Farm (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
  • Once Upon a Christmas ( The Museums at Lisle Station Park)
  • Holiday Walk (La Grange)
  • Joyful Traditions Family Fun Festival (Villa Park)
  • Visit with Santa (Downtown Downers Grove)
  • Stories with Santa (River Forest Public Library)
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Looking for more chances to catch Santa? Check out our list for where to see Santa in the near western suburbs. It includes in-person and virtual visits! Also, for your four-legged friends, we’ve also sniffed out where to get pet photos with Santa.

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

1 Comment on "Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa"

  1. Cantigny Park (Wheaton) will have free photos with Santa this Saturday, Dec 3, at Celebrate the Season. Hours are 4 to 7 pm. The festival is free; parking is $5 per car. Mistletoe Market is also this Saturday, from 1 to 7 pm.

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