The 2018 Hot Spots to See Santa in the Southwest Suburbs

It was a long trip from the North Pole, but Santa’s officially landed his sleigh in Chicago’s southwest suburbs! Children love to tell Santa that they have been a good boy or girl all year long (and read him some items from their wish list). Meanwhile, parents get to cherish those sweet photos with Santa (or the hilarious ones with toddlers who aren’t quite convinced). Check the list below for all the hot spots where you can catch St. Nick himself this holiday season.

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Where to See Santa in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

Shopping Centers with Santa Claus

Orland Square Mall (Orland Park)
November 9, 2018 through December 24, 2018
Santa will be on the lower level near Sears.

Chicago Ridge Mall (Chicago Ridge)
November 10, 2018 through December 24, 2018
Get a photo with Santa and share your wish list.

Louis Joliet Mall (Joliet)
November 10, 2018 through December 24, 2018
Photos and visits with Santa at the mall.

Bass Pro Shop (Bolingbrook)
November 10, 2018 through December 24, 2018
Visit the wonderland and take a FREE photo with Santa.

Events with Santa Claus

Tree Lighting Ceremony (Bolingbrook)
November 10, 2018 | 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Watch the tree be lit, and then visit with Santa in the tent.

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 20-22

Pictures with Santa (Mokena)
November 18, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Take a photo with Santa and his elf for $8. A 5×7 print will be provided.

Christmas Fest (Mokena)
November 18, 2018 | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Children’s workshop, lunch & pictures with Santa, magician, lighted parade and family dance.

The Heart of Christmas (Plainfield)
November 24, 2018 | 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Pictures with Santa, sleigh rides, crafts, dance performances, writing letters to Santa, and a crèche lighting.

Mayors Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony (Orland Park)
November 25, 2018 | 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sleigh rides, make & take crafts, face painting, and live entertainment in the afternoon. Santa visit and tree lighting in the evening.

Christmas in the Square (Lockport)
November 25, 2018 | 1:00 pm4:30 pm
Visit Santa and his workshop. Santa will have a special gift for each child. Children’s crafts, special treats and entertainment.

Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony (Orland Park)
November 25, 2018 | 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sleigh rides, crafts, activities and a visit from Santa.

Tree Lighting Ceremony (Frankfort)
November 29, 2018 |  6:30 pm7:30 pm
Tree lighting ceremony, visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and cookies.

Santa Comes to Town (Orland Hills)
December 1, 2018 | 10:00 am
Santa will arrive by helicopter and greet residents as he carriages down the street. Hot chocolate, cookies, and music will add to the fun.

2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Tinley Toyland Parade (Tinley Park)
December 1, 2018 | 11:45 am – 5:00 pm
Parade culminating with Santa visiting the Oak Park Avenue Train Station.

Holiday Hometown Event (Lemont)
December 1, 2018 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shopping, children’s activities, tree lighting, and a visit with Santa.

Winter Wonderland (South Holland)
December 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm
Visit with Santa, live reindeer, elves, holiday trolley, and more.

Santa’s Pit Stop (Orland Park)
December 8, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring your camera to snap a free picture with Santa at the Sportsplex.

Waddles Winter Wonderland (Palos Heights)
December 8, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holiday games, cookie making, entertainment, and Santa.

Santa Photos and Workshop (Frankfort)
December 8, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Register to play game, decorate cookies, and visit with Santa.

Visit with Santa (Crestwood)
December 8, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, games, train ride, bounce houses, and write letters to Santa.

Village Tree Lighting and Holiday Market (Palos Park)
December 15, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Santa arrives at 6:30 pm.

Swimming with Santa (Bolingbrook)
December 22, 2018 | 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Treats, holiday decorations, games, and activities while Santa is in the pool.

Pumpkin Patches with Apple Picking Near Chicago

Want more time with Santa? Check out our list of Where to Eat with Santa in the southwest suburbs! Or, drive a little further to see Santa in the west suburbs.


About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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