Take a Seat in Santa’s Living Room – Santa Houses in McHenry County

Santa has a special place in McHenry County (several actually) where he can put his feet up and take in the smiling faces of children. Join Santa in his comfy home at one of these Santa Houses and Cottages around McHenry County. Skip the malls and plan a truly personal and memorable experience this Christmas.

Santa Houses in McHenry County

Most of the time, Santa Houses are free; however, there usually is no photographer so you need to take your own pictures. Make sure you bundle up and bring some hot chocolate to these locations, as you may need to wait outside in the cold before you get your turn in the house.

As with everything, be sure to check all listings on the day of before heading out. Santa needs breaks just like everyone else.

Santa in his Hut
Open daily December 8 – 23, weekends: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and weekdays, 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Woodstock Square, Woodstock
FREE Woodstock Square will be a filled with thousands of twinkling lights and free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available on weekends. The Santa Hut is free, but a canned food donation is recommended. No photographers are at the Santa Hut, so be prepared to take your own pictures.

Santa House in Crystal Lake
Open November 23 – December 23, Thursday and Fridays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
FREE Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street, Crystal Lake
Children whisper their wishes during their visit with Santa in the comfort of his house at Brink Street Market. Visits are free but bring your camera.

Santa’s Christmas Cottage in Fox Lake
25 November – 23 December

Millennium Park, 6 Rollins Rd., Fox Lake
FREE {Fox Lake} November 25 – December 23, hours vary, see link for days and times. Visit with Santa during the Christmas season and have children’s pictures taken at Santa’s Christmas Cottage in Fox Lake.For Questions- please call (224) 225-1404


Santa Houses that are Worth the Trip:

Santas Workshop at Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
Open November 24 – December 31
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, 8425 State Road 38., Caledonia, WI
Car (up to 8 people) $20
Drive through the Carnival of Lights afterward, on select nights, Santa will be available for visits in his workshop. Kids are invited to sit on his lap and have their photos taken. Photos with Santa are $8 each. Santa’s Workshop is open every day. Santa is at the workshop and available for photos every Wednesday 6:00-8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30-9:30 p.m. on November 24th and between December 5th and 22rd. Visit Santa’s workshop to learn more.
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Santa Houses Near Me
Which house will you be seeing St. Nick at this year?

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