Where families can find Santa this holiday season
From parade floats to pancake breakfasts, professional pics and more, we know where kids can find Santa this Christmas
Santa Claus is coming to Champaign-Urbana! We have rounded up a list of all the local places where your child can see him and ensure their spot on the nice list this year. So gather your cameras and have your child check their wish list before visiting the jolly man before he makes his trip back to the North Pole.
Whether Santa is arriving by fire truck, hanging out in a mall, or making a day of it in a cozy local library, we’ve got the scoop for where to get your Champaign-Urbana area Santa pics taken this holiday season (and if you want your pet’s photo taken with Santa, we have a post for that too!)
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First things first: we know Santa is EVERYWHERE this holiday season. Be sure to look at our calendar for many events such as Santa breakfasts, parades, and other places where Santa might show up. Always have your camera (or smartphone if you have one) charged and ready!
This list contains events where we are pretty sure Santa will be camera-ready and waiting for your little elves, and contains FREE or low-cost events *without* registration. Some may be free; some may be by donations. Some may take photos; most are BYOC (aka bring your own camera). BE PREPARED!
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Downtown Mansfield, Time: All Day
Mansfield Winterfest has been cancelled for 2020.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Downtown Farmer City, Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One of the largest Christmas parades in central Illinois with marching bands, holiday floats, Shriners, antique cars and tractors, and much more! This year's theme is "The Polar Express on Parade".
Santa Arrives at Marketplace Mall: Santa comes to Champaign-Urbana on Saturday, Nov. 16 and will be in town through Dec. 24. Santa has made his way from the North Pole and is ready to greet children of all ages. Special deals available if purchased in advance, and reservations can be made. Reservations and photo packages are NOT required to visit with Santa, but payment is required to get a photo.
Lincoln Square Mall: Visit Santa at Lincoln Square Mall! You can do photos on your own with a donation or purchase an available package. Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21.
Want more info on Champaign-Urbana holiday fun for your family? First, visit our GIGANTIC HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE. And, sign up for our Ho Ho Holidays email newsletter, and you’ll get 24 days of holiday info in your inbox, starting Dec. 1.