7 Places to Meet and Greet Santa in Chicago

12/9/2016 8:21:48 AM
Santa In Chicago - KidTrail Pick
Meet and Greet with Santa
With Christmas around the corner, you don't want to miss the opportunity to take pictures with Santa.  Whether you want professional shots or take your own, there is something here for everyone. Make holiday memories with priceless photo opportunities with Santa. If you are interested in breakfasts with Santa, look for that list in KidTrail picks.  This list is for meeting and taking pics with Santa only. Take a look below and let us know in the comments section below what you think of these places.

Santa Claus House at Millennium Park

What: Santa’s Midwest headquarters will open to children of all ages. They can inquire whether they have made his “nice” list, make gift requests and take photos. There is no charge to visit Santa, but you must take your own photos with your camera or smartphone.

Saturdays & Sundays, November 26 - December 18, 2016 from 12 PM to 6 PM

Free to take pictures with Santa

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chase Promenade (northeast corner)
Chicago, IL 60601

12 Days of Santa

What: Visit the 12 Days of Santa indoor holiday celebration at The Shops at Roosevelt Collection for free, fun, family-friendly events and activities! Joyous visits with old St. Nick will take place December 1st through December 18th on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-7 pm. 12 Days of Santa will feature free photos with your favorite North Pole resident along with a magnificent interactive Santa’s Village display with twinkling lights and holiday scenes.
Families are welcome to engage in a variety of creative, holiday-themed arts and crafts projects including making Christmas tree ornaments, coloring, spin-art, and creating decorative picture frames

When: December 1st through December 18th on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 pm-7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-7 pm.

Cost: Free

Roosevelt Collection
150 W. Roosevelt Rd

Bowling with Santa

What: Join us for some holiday fun at KINGS and bowl with Santa! Tickets include: Bowling with Santa (2 Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental), Picture with Santa, Complimentary Hot Chocolate, Cookies & Coffee

When: Sunday, Dec 18, 2016 from 11 AM to 2 PM

Cost: Tickets to the event are $20 adults/ $10 kids and can be purchased on the day of event. 100% of proceeds go to the Ferrer Foundation!

Kings Bowl at New City
1500 N Clybourn Ave, C3
Chicago, IL 

Santa at Lincoln Park Zoo

What: Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds. At Zoo Lights, find Santa indoors at the Primate House.

When: November 25 – December 23, 2016 during Zoo Lights.  Santa can be found indoors at the Primate House from 4:30 PM to 9 PM.

Cost:  Free to take pictures with Santa with your own camera.  Or buy their professional pictures.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Santa at Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

What: Winter WonderFest is a must see holiday event at Chicago’s Navy Pier.  At Winter WonderFest, you will find thrills without the chills, featuring 170,000 square feet of Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating and more than 24 rides including an indoor ferris wheel, attractions and so much more. While here, enjoy pictures with Santa!

When: Santa will be at Navy Pier from December 2 – December 24, 2016 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Cost: Buy their professional shots.  Or, bring your own camera to take pictures of Santa and your kiddo.

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Santa at Macy’s on State Street

What: Come meet Santa Claus on the 5th Floor kids department.  Santa will be there to take pictures with your little ones to hear their wishes.

November 12 – December 24, 2016, during Macy’s store hours. Please check website for details.

Cost: Photo packages range in price from $17.99 to $49.99

111 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Santa at 900 North Michigan Shops

900 North Michigan Shops is thrilled to bring back the magic of the holiday season with the return of its naturally bearded Santa, sitting on a throne amongst custom holiday decor and a one-of-a-kind 50 ft tree glowing in the background. 

November 19 to December 24, 2016.
Monday – Friday: Noon-6pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm 

Photos with Santa are available for purchase.

900 Shops
900 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Santa at Water Tower Place

What: Take a break from shopping and take your kiddos to meet Santa on level 7 near Harry Caray's. Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. Plus, save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering a package online. Visit before December 9 to save an extra $5.
Receive a coupon for $30 to spend towards Tiny Prints. Visit the Santa photo checkout area for details. 

Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa.                                                                       
Now – Dec 24, 2016.
Regular Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Cost: Purchase professional photos of your kiddo with Santa. Photo purchases are not required to visit Santa.

Water Tower Place                                       835 North Michigan Avenue
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Skate With Santa at Maggie Daley

What: Enjoy skating in the heart of Chicago at Maggie Daley Ice Rink with the city skyline as your backdrop.  Make it more special for the kiddos by skating with Santa!  How fun is that!  Make sure to bring a camera for pictures with Santa!

Saturday, Dec 17, 2016, 10 AM – 12 PM

Cost: $10 

Maggie Daley Park Ice Rink
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601



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