Where to See Santa in the Southwest Suburbs

“Santa! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!” A trip to meet Santa Claus is always a favorite activity among children during the holiday season. 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, while parents get to cherish those hilarious photos of their not quite ready screaming toddler. There are many events all over the southwest suburbs to see the jolly man in red. Check the list below for ideas of where to see Santa Claus!

A child sits on Santa's lap to share her list

Where to See Santa in the Southwest Suburbs

Shopping Centers with Santa Claus

Orland Square Mall (Orland Park)
Now through December 24, 2017
Santa will be on the lower level near Sears.

Chicago Ridge Mall (Chicago Ridge)
Now through December 24, 2017
Get a photo with Santa and share your wish list.

Louis Joliet Mall (Joliet)
Now through December 24, 2017
Photos and visits with Santa at the mall.

Bass Pro Shop (Bolingbrook)
Now through December 24, 2017
Visit the wonderland and take a FREE photo with Santa.

Events with Santa Claus

Christmas Fest (Mokena)
November 18, 2017 | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Children’s workshop, lunch & pictures with Santa, magician, lighted parade and family dance.

Pictures With Santa (Mokena)
November 19, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$8 fee. Santa is making a special appearance at the Park!  A professional photographer will be there to take your child’s picture with an elf.  Appointments recommended. 

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza (Bolingbrook)
November 19, 2017 | 1:00 pm4:30 pm
$10 fee for Santa photos. Christmas shopping, photos with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, facepainting, raffles, and door prizes for the first 50 guests.

Santa on the Green (Oak Lawn)
November 25, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty will make appearances. Bring a camera because the crew will be available for photos.

Christmas in the Square (Lockport)
November 25, 2017 | 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.

Candlelight Christmas (Plainfield)
November 25, 2017 | 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Pictures with Santa, sleigh rides, crafts, dance performances, writing letters to Santa, and a crèche lighting.

Lake Katherine Holiday Tree Lighting (Palos Heights)
November 25, 2017 | 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Crafts, face painting, visiting with Santa, story time, hot chocolate and cookies.

Mayors Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony (Orland Park)
November 26, 2017 | 2:00 pm5:00 pm
Sleigh rides, make & take crafts, face painting, and live entertainment in the afternoon. Santa visit and tree lighting in the evening.

Tree Lighting Ceremony (Frankfort)
November 30, 2017 |  6:30 pm7:30 pm
Tree lighting ceremony, visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and cookies.

Winter Wonderland and Hope for the Holidays (Romeoville)
December 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Admission is one non-perishable food item and activities include children’s entertainment, inflatables, crafts, a picture with Santa (for the first 400 children), and more.

Holiday Lights (Homewood)
December 1, 2017 | 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Warm treats, live reindeer, ice sculpture demonstrations, holiday music, holiday tree lighting and Santa.

Santa Claus is Coming to Alsip (Alsip)
December 2, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Santa will arrive by helicopter and then a Candyland themed party. Tickets required.

Santas Pit Stop (Orland Park)
December 2, 2017 | 9:00 am12:00 pm
Bring your camera to capture a picture of your child’s visit with Santa. No fee or pre-registration necessary.

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting (Oak Forest)
December 2, 2017 | 11:00 am5:00 pm
Parade, tree lighting, refreshments and a visit with Santa in Fire Station 1.

Holidays on Harlem (Palos Heights)
December 2, 2017  6:15 pm – 8 pm and December 3, 2017 5:00 pm8:00 pm
Pictures with Santa at the Fire Station (123rd and Harlem). Bring your camera.

Santa Comes to Orland Hills (Orland Hills)
December 3, 2017 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Watch for Santa‘s arrival to the Village of Orland Hills by helicopter. After Santa arrives, he’ll greet residents while riding through the Village in a Holiday Carriage. Hot chocolate and cookies served.

Kidlist Event! Play Extravaganza featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus (Orland Park)
Saturday, December 9 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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 (Tinley Park)
December 9, 2017 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pictures with Santa, vendor fair, bake sale, balloons, and crafts.

Santa Photos (Midlothian)
December 9, 2017,  10:00 am12:00 pm and December 14, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Free pictures with Santa. If you forget your camera, photos available for $3.

Waddles Winter Wonderland (Palos Heights)
December 9, 2017 | 10:00 am12:00 pm
Ages birth – 12 years. Holiday games, decorating cookies, making holiday decorations and much more. Everyone will get the chance to meet Santa and take a family picture.

Polar Express Trolley (New Lenox)
December 9 & 10, 2017 | 4:00 pm5:00 pm
$17. Board a trolley to the North Pole. Photos with Santa, small craft, hot cocoa and cookies. Must pre-register.

Community Tree Trimming Event + Skate with Santa (Orland Park)
December 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Skate with Santa and enjoy cookies, music, and hot chocolate.

Swimming with Santa at Pelican Harbor (Bolingbrook)
December 16 & 17 , 2017 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Must purchase tickets.

Santa & Mrs. Claus at Fox’s Pizza (Orland Park)
December 23, 2017 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Visit with Santa and tell him your wishes, just two days before Christmas.

Want more time with Santa? Check out our list of Where to Eat with Santa in the southwest 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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