Your kids have a list, and they’ve checked it twice. Now it’s time to find the big guy and whisper it in his ear. Lucky for you, we have the ultimate guide to finding the big guy with our Guide to Santa in McHenry county, including a map to help you find Santa near you.
Where to See Santa in McHenry County
As with all our listings, be sure to check the link before heading out. Santa needs breaks just like everyone else. Little McHenry County is not responsible for changes or sold out events.
Daily Santa Visits in McHenry County
Ice House Mall
Every Saturday in December, Noon – 3:00 p.m.
200 Applebee St., Barrington
FREE Photos with Santa are free and a courtesy to our customers. Please bring your camera to take photos with Santa. Donate to our “Meals of Hope” holiday food drive to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank when visiting Santa.
The Arboretum of South Barrington
November 30 – December 24, Hours Vary
The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington
We know you have been on Santa’s nice list so come on down to The Arb and let Santa know what’s on your wish list this year! The Santa House is located in the Live 360 Community Room. Visits with Santa are free photo packages will be available.
Santa’s Christmas Cottage in Fox Lake
30 November – 22 December
Millennium Park, Grand Ave. and Rollins Rd., Fox Lake
FREE Fridays 6:00- 8:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sundays – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Visit with Santa during the Christmas season and have children’s pictures taken at Santa’s Christmas Cottage in Fox Lake.
29 November – 23 December
25 West Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake
FREE Thursday and Friday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Visits are FREE. The memories are PRICELESS! Our relaxed, living room environment provides a comfortable, inviting place for children to sit on Santa’s knee. Bring your camera, and be prepared to SMILE! Children whisper their wishes during their visit with Santa in the comfort of his house at Brink Street Market.
Happy Holiday Railway
Saturdays & Sundays November 23 – December 23
Illinois Railway Museum, Union
Embark on a magical 40-minute train ride through the winter countryside with Santa Claus himself! Enjoy caroling, treats on the train, gifts for the kids, and a holiday lights display. Start a new Christmas tradition this year for your family on the Happy Holiday Railway!
Santa’s Arrival Events in McHenry County
Lighting of the Square
29 November 5:00 p.m.
FREE Santa makes a grand entrance after the lighting ceremony to greet children and pose for cherished pictures at Santa’s Hut in the Park.
Festival of Lights Parade
29 November 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Crystal Lake
FREE Decorated floats, marchers, and music will escort with the guest of honor–SANTA! He (and Mrs. Claus) will arrive at the end of the parade on a sleigh of lights! Watch as Santa throws his magic dust to light the downtown Christmas tree.
Santa’s Grand Welcome!
7 December 11:00 a.m.
Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee Street, Barrington
FREE The event begins with the Rockin’ Roslyn Road Choir’s performance of “Here Comes Santa Claus” and a holiday concert. Children can enjoy Cookies & Milk with Santa from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., bring canned and boxed good donations to the Meals of Hope Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Barrington Food Pantry when visiting.
A Very Merry Huntley
7 December 5:00 p.m.
Huntley Town Square
FREE Santa arrives on a fire truck at 5:00 p.m. to help with the lighting of the lights. He will be in the gazebo afterward for pictures, don’t forget your camera!
Special Events with Santa in McHenry County
Woodstock Christmas Parade & Milk and Cookies with Santa
1 December 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join in welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus as they join our Christmas Parade around the Square. After the Parade, come over to the old fire station behind City Hall and enjoy Cookies and Milk with Santa (and tell him what you want for Christmas!).
Visit with Santa
4 December 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Foxford Hills Golf Club, 6800 Rawson Bridge Rd., Cary
REE Santa will be visiting the Cary Park District to hear your child’s wish list! Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the memory of your child with Santa.
Christmas of Yesteryear
6 December 6:30 p.m.
Stevens Park, Richmond
Visit with Santa in Memorial Hall immediately following tree lighting
Santa Donate & Skate
7 December 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Xtreme Wheels Roller Skating Rink, 691 Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake
Xtreme Wheels is partnering up with Crystal Lake Food Pantry this holiday season to bring you this special $1 event! Admission: ONLY $1 with a canned food donation! There will be Santa pictures, special games planned and Christmas Music playing.
Christmas in Harvard
7 December 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
The Starline Factory, Helm Room, 400 W. Front Street, Harvard
FREE Visit with Santa and take photos before heading to the tree lighting.
Pictures with Santa
7 December 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Tom’s Farm Market, 10215 Algonquin Rd., Huntley
FREE Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to TOM’s. Bring your camera & the kids for some memorable pictures with Santa.
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival
7 December 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove
FREE Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to stories and drink cocoa before heading out to the tree lighting at 5:00 p.m.
Miracle on Main
7 December 5:30 p.m.
The Plaza, Old Town Algonquin
Activities will kick off with the annual tree lighting ceremony at the new plaza in downtown Algonquin located next to Historic Village Hall. Admission to the event is free. Toys for Tots donation bins will be available for new unwrapped toys.
7 December 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Jaycee Park, Cary
FREE Kick off the holiday season and join us for the lighting of the Jaycee Park Holiday Walk! Enjoy holiday trees decorated by friends, neighbors, and groups from all over the community, visit with Santa and his live reindeer, and enjoy ice skating (weather permitting).
Merry Cary Holiday Parade and Festival
8 December 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FREE Event includes visits with Santa, petting zoo, pony rides, sleigh rides, carolers and more.
Storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus
14 December 10:00 a.m.
The Arboretum of South Barrington
FREE Santa and Mrs. Claus are inviting you to The Arboretum of South Barrington for holiday storytime and treats, provided by Small Cakes!
14 December 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Village Hall, 800 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills
FREE Flurry Fest will include a food drive, family crafts, Frozen Characters, and a visit from Santa. This free event is sure to get your family in the holiday spirit!
Photos with Santa & Open Jump
22 December 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Bella’s Bouncies Volo, 31223 N. US Hwy 12, Volo
Open Jump from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. for ONLY $10 per child. Then visit and take pictures with Santa from 3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.
Special Needs Santa Events in McHenry County
Find Santa Near You
Where will you be seeing the big guy this year? Did we miss your favorite? Tell us in the comments!