I still can't believe we're only a few weeks away from Christmas. My shopping isn't done, my tree keeps being attacked by Go-2-baby and I'm not as much in the spirit as I'd like to be. One of the things that may cheer me up is taking Go-2-baby to take a picture with Santa Claus. I stopped by Santa at North Riverside mall on her birthday but I didn't feel she was dressed for the occasion. Today, I decided to look online to see where else I can take her to see Santa this year. I found some pretty cool places Santa will be this year around the Chicagoland area. I may as well share them with you all.
John Hancock Observatory
Open Weekends: November 17th through December 23rd -1 pm to 5 pm. This year weekend visits include a FREE family photo with Santa and a FREE kids pass to the SHEDD AQUARIUM.
Admission: Tickets are $17.50 for adults; $11.50 children ages three to 11; children under 4 free.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Santa Days and Hours: 2012
• Friday, December 7th to Sunday, December 9th: 5 pm to 9 pm
• Friday, December 14th though Friday, December 16th: 5 pm to 9 pm
• Friday, December 21st though Friday, December 23rd: 5 pm to 9 pm
Note—while Santa won’t be there after December 23rd ZooLights festivities runs nightly from Dec. 14th through January 1st until 9 pm.
(closed December 24th & 25th)
Admission: FREE SANTA EVENT - admission to the Lincoln Park Zoo is always free, including visits with Santa, photos are available for purchase or you can take your own pictures.
Riverwalk in Naperville
Fridays December 14th & 21st - 4 p.m. - 8 pm
Saturday December 15th & 22nd - Noon - 6 pm
Sundays December 9th, 16th & 23rd - Noon - 6 pm
Wednesday December 19th, 4 pm - 8 pm
Thursday December 20th - 4 pm - 8 pm
Admission: FREE SANTA EVENT- Photos are available for purchase in the Santa House for $8 or two for $15, cash or check only or you can take your own pictures.
Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th,15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd 4 pm to 9 pm
Please note Santa will not be at Holiday Magic on weekends after Christmas, he is there through Sunday, December 23rd.
Admission: Admission to Holiday Magic is $13.50 for adults and $9.50 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Holiday Magic is free for Zoo members. Parking is $9. Photos are available for purchase or you can take your own pictures.
Daley Plaza (Santa House and Chris Kindlmarket)
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 23rd through December 23rd
11 am - 8 pm—Santa takes a break from 3 pm to 4 pm on these days only
Monday - December 24th Christmas Eve - 11 am - 4 pm
You may have already seen Santa on the CTA Christmas train this year, I know I have and it was pretty exciting. Too bad Go-2-baby wasn't with me at the time.
Santa will also be at most if not all of the major shopping malls in the Chicagoland area through December 24. Some retailers may have separate in-store events where Santa will make appearances. If you know of any other places to spot Santa this year, please feel free to share them in the comments section.