7 Places to Meet and Greet Santa in Chicago

12/11/2017 9:00:53 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.

Hot Cocoa & Treats with Santa and Miss. Jamie

What: Come sing and dance with Miss Jamie from the Farm, and get your photo taken with Santa himself!!

Tickets are just $10 per Little Farmhand and include:
Miss Jamie's 3pm Holiday on the Farm show!
1 photo per family with SANTA!
A holiday craft to make & take home!
A letter to Santa station and mailbox!
Treats and goodies from the Elves!

Sun, December 17, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST

$10. This tickets does not include buffet and is only good for the 3PM Miss Jamie show and Santa Photo.

Riverview Tavern
1958 West Roscoe Street
Chicago, IL 60657

Skate with Santa at Maggie Daley

What: Enjoy a morning Skate with Santa at Maggie Daley. Bundle up for outdoor event with Santa, holiday crafts and pictures with Santa ages 2-12 years. Please bring your own ice skates or ice skates are available for a rental fee.

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: Free

Maggie Daley Park 
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois 60601 
(312) 552-3000

The Santa Suite at Swissotel

What: Take a peek into Swissotel Chicago’s Santa Suite! Starting on Dec. 2nd, our 41st floor, 5 room Presidential Suite is transformed into a stunningly whimsical display, only suitable for a visit from Mr. Claus. This over-the-top space is decorated in the spirit and magic of the season, complete with twelve Christmas trees, a table set for Santa and his special guests along with snacks and giveaways to spread good cheer. In the spirit of the holidays, visiting the Santa Suite is FREE for both Swissotel guests and the public. 

When: Now to Dec 23, 2017

Cost: Free

Swissotel Chicago
323 East Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

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: Now – December 23, 2017 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 Now – December 24, 2017 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: OPEN NOW! Come meet Old Saint Nick and tell him everything on your wish list. He's only here until the 24th during store hours on the 5th floor, so see him before he leaves on his big journey!

Now – December 24, 2017, during Macy’s store hours. Please check website for details.

Cost: Have your picture taken together and make a memory that will last forever. Photo packages begin at $17.99. 

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 18 to December 24, 2017.
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: Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa, just reserve your time and skip the line! Save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th).
Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa.
Now – Dec 24, 2017

Regular Hours: 
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Special Hours:
12/15 – 12/23 Monday - Friday: 12:00 PM -9:00 PM
12/15 –12/23 Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Christmas Eve: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Break 12:30 PM - 1:30 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 McFetridge

What: Glide on over to McFetridge Sports Center for our annual Skate with Santa. It will be a blast! Be sure to visit the Winter Wonderland Area to decorate your own delicious cookies.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Cost: $5 

McFetridge Sports Center 
3843 N. California Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618 
(773) 478-2609



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