Phone Calls and Letters from Santa for Kids
Make Champaign-Urbana Christmas memories with a phone call from Santa or a letter from the North Pole.
Christmas is coming — are you in the holiday spirit yet?
Before you deck those halls, why not arrange a phone call from the jolly old elf himself!
If your child would enjoy getting a personal phone call from Santa Claus or a letter in the mail from the North Pole, check out the opportunities a few local organizations are offering this holiday season.
Calls from Santa
For more than 20 years, the Champaign Park District has been offering free calls from Santa to Champaign-Urbana children.
This year, calls will be made on Thursday, Dec. 12 between 6-8 p.m. The deadline to register for the free call is Dec. 10 by 5 p.m. Registration forms will be available starting Monday, Nov. 19, at any Champaign Park District facility or online.
Letters from Santa
If your child would prefer to receive a letter from Santa instead, the Savoy Recreation Center is mailing personalized letters from Santa Claus. Parents can call (217) 359-3550, or stop by the Savoy Recreation Center and fill out a form by Dec. 7. Only 50 letters will be sent out, and it is first come, first served. Letters will be mailed out no later than Dec. 14. Please call for fee information.
The Mahomet Recreation Department is also mailing out personalized letters from Santa. Both a registration form and informational form must be filled out in person or online. The deadline to register for a personalized letter is Nov. 26.
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Dial a Carol
Typically the week of finals at the University of Illinois, Dial-a-Carol has been an annual tradition since 1960. This year it will start on Dec. 12 and go through Dec. 18. Note: it’s not Santa, but volunteers who sing Christmas carols on demand.
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