Santa making a home visit
Santa home visits are nothing new, the Jolly Old Elf has been visiting people in their homes for as long as long as he has been around. What is new is that village and town recreation departments and park districts have started to pick up on this trend.
The Chicago area organizations listed below are now booking Santa visits to homes in their cities and towns. The average home stay is ten or fifteen minutes, about enough time for Santa Claus to quickly listen to what the children would like for Christmas, have a few pictures taken, and then be on his merry way.
The visits run about $25 to $35 per household with some more, and others less. You almost never get an exact arrival time, so you should plan on being home for a few hours that day or evening. Most visits take place between five and eight o’clock. Usually Santa will give you a call before he knock’s on your door.
Knowing that they are actually going to meet with Santa in their home, is a great way to keep the kids on their best behavior on the days leading up to Christmas and is something most children will never be able to forget.
Santa Visits Home in Burbank
Friday, December 20th, 2019
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Sponsor: Burbank Park District
8050 S. Newcastle
Burbank, IL 60459
For additional information: (708) 599-2070
Limited to: Burbank Residents only
Registration required - registration ends Fri. Dec. 8th
What are the kids going to think when Santa shows up at the house early? Each visit will last about twenty to thirty minutes and the little ones will receive a small gift to whet their appetite for what’s coming on the big day. This event is limited to 12 children per household maximum.
Santa Visits to Homes in Evergreen Park
Monday, December 2nd, through Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Time: Between 5pm and 9pm
Sponsor: Evergreen Park Recreation Department
3450 West 97th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
For additional information or to schedule an appointment: (708) 229-3373
Limited to: Evergreen Park Residents only
Registration required - beginning November 18th
Cost: Minimum $5 donation to Santa Claus
Santa will be visiting homes in Evergreen Park for most of December. The visits will only be for twenty minutes, enough time to take some pictures and to let kids tell him what they would like on Christmas.
Santa Visits to Homes in Glen Ellyn
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Sponsor: Glen Ellyn Park District
185 Spring Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
For additional information: (630) 858-2462
Limited to: Glen Ellyn Residents only
Cost: $25 first child—additional children $12 each
Santa will be available to drop by your home in Glen Ellyn for a few moments. He will be there between 5:30 and 8 pm, so be sure to be home. Have your camera and the kids ready because his visit will be short and sweet! Children on Santa’s list will receive a special gift. Note: This event is sold out.
Santa Visits to Homes in Grayslake
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Time: 10am to 12noon
Sponsor: Grayslake Park District
240 Commerce Drive
Grayslake, IL 60030
For additional information: (847) 223-7529
Limited to: Grayslake Residents only
Pre-registration required - deadline December 7th
Cost: $15 first child—additional children $8 each
Santa can come to your home where he will drop off a gift for the kids. The way the program works is you purchase the gift, the Park District wraps it and Santa Claus delivers it. Your gift or gifts must be dropped off at the Park District Recreation Center by December 11th, before 3 pm. Santa’s visit will be a quick one, so have your camera ready when he arrives. You will be notified by email of the approximate time Santa will arrive.
Santa Visits to Homes in La Grange
Tuesday, December 10th & Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 Times: 5pm - 8:30pm Tue. & Wed.
Sponsor: Park District of La Grange
536 East Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
For additional information: (708) 352-1762
Limited to: La Grange & Countryside Residents only
Registration required - deadline December 3rd
Cost: $43 per family 4 or fewer children
This will be a day for the kids to remember—when they meet Santa face to face at home! The visits only last ten minutes or so, enough time for some photos and to learn what the children would like when he comes again on Christmas. Times are not guaranteed.
La Grange Park
Santa Visits to Homes in La Grange Park
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
Times: Starting after 5pm
Sponsor: Community Park District of LaGrange Park
1501 Barnsdale Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
For additional information: (708) 354-4580
Limited to: La Grange Park Residents only
Cost: $20 per family
Here’s a program that is available for a select number of families in La Grange Park. Santa will be coming by for about ten minutes to visit with the kids, take pictures, etc. Be ready for the old guy when he shows up at the door!
Photo courtesy Community Park District of LaGrange Park
Santa Visits to Homes in Lake Forest
Saturday, December 14th & Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
Time: December 8th - 12pm to 4pm
December 24th - 9am to 12pm
Sponsor: Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Dept. 400 Hastings Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
For additional information and complete details call the Program Manager: (847) 810-3940
Limited to: Lake Forest Residents only
Cost: Vary per session - check with the Park & Recreation for cost.
This is your chance to have Santa visit the kids right in your own home on two special days in December. Imagine the reaction when Santa arrives at your house.
Santa is Coming to Homes in Lockport Township Friday, December 13th & 20th & Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Times: varies by day - check with Park District
Sponsor: Lockport Township Park District
1911 South Lawrence Avenue
Lockport, IL 60441
For additional information: (815) 838-1183
Limited to: Lockport Township Park District Residents only
Cost: $90 - up to 10 children
The kids are getting excited Christmas is coming soon and then who shows up? Santa Claus! He will stay about twenty minutes hand out candy canes and pose for pictures with up to ten children.
Mount Prospect & Prospect Heights
Santa Visits to Homes in Mt. Prospect & Prospect Heights Saturday, December 21st, 2019 Times: 10 am to 1 pm Sponsor: River Trails Park District 1500 East Euclid Avenue Mount Prospect, IL 60056 https://www.rtpd.org Registration required - Limited to: River Trails Park District residents Cost: $16 1st child, $10 each additional child Santa will be arriving from the North Pole with a stocking full of goodies for each child and staying for a few minutes. No guarantees on time requests, but we will try and accommodate you.
Santa Visits your Home in Schaumburg
Tuesday, December 10th
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Time 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
Sponsor: Schaumburg Park District
235 East Beech Drive
Schaumburg IL 60193
For additional information: (847) 490-7020
Limited to: Schaumburg residents
Here’s a way to really surprise everyone in the family, have Santa come to your house for a five minute visit. Be ready with the camera, and have the kids waiting with their lists. Santa will have a special surprise for the kids.
Photo courtesy Schaumburg Park District
Santa Visits to Homes in Winfield
Saturday, December 14h, 2019
Times: 10am to 12pm
Sponsor: Winfield Park District
Charles R. Beggs Activity Center
0N020 County Farm Road
Winfield, IL 60190
Limited to: Winfield Park District & City of Winfield residents residents only
Cost: $15 residents; $20 non-residents
Santa is coming down from the North Pole and will be delivering stockings filled with goodies to the children in Winfield homes. The stop will be a quick one, so be ready for the big guy in the red suit.
Photo courtesy Winfield Park District