Where to See Santa in Chicagoland

For kids wondering if Santa is coming to town this year, Christmas is not canceled. They can still have some special one-on-one time with jolly old St. Nick at a safe distance. We gathered a list of Santa experiences that the entire family will love.

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Virtual

Virtual Santa Visit with Neiman Marcus

When: Nov. 27-Dec. 24

Yes, you can Zoom with Santa this holiday season. Neiman Marcus is setting up the virtual appointments with a charity in mind. Once you book your time with Santa, you’ll get a link to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of America. It seems like a great way to give back as a family!

A Virtual Visit from the Clauses

When: Through Dec. 31

Chat with both Santa and Mrs. Claus in a personalized video call. The calls range from 5 to 30 minutes depending on the package you select. Parents will have a chance to work with Santa to add some more magic to the call.

Dreezy Claus

When: Daily

Known as Chicago’s Black Santa, you can book a virtual visit with Dreezy Claus for up to 15 minutes. Kids can chat on Streamyard or Zoom to talk about what they want for Christmas or more. 

Macy’s Santaland

When: Through Dec. 24

Kids of all ages travel virtually through Macy’s Santaland at Herald Square in New York City. Meet St. Nick himself via an interactive pre-recorded video that will bring the wonder of the season to life. And before it’s all over, kids will be able to take an interactive selfie with Santa Claus for a special keepsake.

In Person

Photos with Santa at Fashion Outlets of Chicago

When: Dec. 3-6, Dec. 8-23, Dec. 24

Where: 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago brings a contactless Santa experience this year. Santa and his visitors will be wearing masks while keeping a safe distance from each other. The photo area will be clean between guest visits as well. A variety of photo packages are available for the experience including a mailbox to drop off your letters to Santa. 

Holly Jolly Drive-In

When: Dec. 4-6, 9-13, 16-24

Where: 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago

Guests will experience a holiday-style movie experience, enhanced with twinkling decor and appearances by The Grinch, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and many other favorite characters. Watch Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and other family classics during the 1.5-hour, family-friendly experience. 

Miracle on West Madison

When: Dec. 4-5, 9-13, 16-20, 23-24

Where: 645 W. Madison St., Chicago

Guests will experience a holiday-style movie experience, enhanced with twinkling decor and appearances by The Grinch, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer and many other favorite characters. Watch Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and other family classics during the 1.5-hour, family-friendly experience.

Santa at ZooLights

When: Through Dec. 23

Cost: Included in general admission

If you’re attending Lincoln Park Zoo’s holiday light display before Christmas, you might have a chance to see Santa. Socially-distanced photos with Santa are available under their festive activities. You can take photos with him from 4:30-9:30 p.m. until he heads back to the North Pole.


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