Santa Sightings in the Greater Peoria Area

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Santa Claus is comin’ to town!! We’ve made a list of Santa appearances before he heads back to the North Pole. Check out these locations and events for photo ops with Saint Nick.

Note:  Many of the free and candid Santa photo ops are usually BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera). We’ll keep updating this list for Santa photo opportunities as submitted, but for the full listing of holiday experiences in the Greater Peoria Area, check out our Calendar of Events.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

My Dog’s Bakery  {Peoria}  //  November 11, 2023 @ 12 – 3pm, All pets welcome.

TAiLS of a Bookworm  {Pekin}  //  November 12 + 13, 2023 @ 11am – 3pm. Kids, critters + Adults welcome.

Winter Wonderland Vendor Market  {Chillicothe}   //   November 25, 2023  @ 9am – 3pm

Bass Pro Shops  {East Peoria}   //   November 5 – December 24, 2023, Mon-Fri @ 5pm – 8pm, Sat @ 10am-8pm, Sun @ 10am – 5pm

Hoerr Nursery  {Peoria}   //   November 26 + December 3, 2023  @ 11am – 2pm, Pets Welcomed

Northwoods Mall  {Peoria}   //   November 30 – December 24, 2023, Mon-Sat  @ 11am – 7pm, Sun @ 12pm-5pm

Northwoods Mall Pet Photos {Peoria} // December 4, 2023 @ 4-7pm

Family Weekend Program {Princeville} // December 16, 2023 @ 10-11:30am

Snowman Reindeer Farm   {Canton}   //   November 1 – December 26, 2023,  Reservations Only

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie  {Peoria}   //   October 31 – December 24, 2023,  Every Weekend @ 12pm-5pm

EVENTS WITH SANTA APPEARANCES

Christmas in Who-ville  {Chillicothe}   //   November 18, 2023  @ 5pm

136th Santa Claus Parade  {Peoria}   //   Downtown Peoria, November 24, 2023  @ 9:15am

Hometown Holidays Christmas Parade  {Morton}   //   November 25, 2022  @ 5:30pm

Tree Lighting + Holiday Stroll  {Princeville}   //   Steven’s Square,  November 26, 2023  @ 4:30-6:30pm

Christmas on Court  {Pekin}   //   December 2, 2023  @ 4-8pm

Old-Fashioned Christmas Walk   {Canton}   //   December 1, 2023  @ 5-8pm

Kris Kringle Market   {Peoria Heights}   //   Tower Park, December 1, 2023  @ 3-7pm + December 2 @ 10am -3pm

Christmas in the Village   {Peoria}   //  Peoria Riverfront Museum, December 1, 2023  @ 4-8pm + December 2 @ 2am -8pm

Christmas Walk   {Elmwood}   //   December 2, 2023  @ 4-7pm

Santa’s Woodland Workshop  {Chillicothe}   //   Camp Wokanda, December 2, 2023  @ 10:00am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:00pm + December 3 @ 12:30pm-3:00pm

Holiday Luminary Stroll  {Mackinaw}   //  Mackinaw Valley Vineyard,  December 2, 2023  @ 5-8:30pm

A Village Christmas  {Metamora}   //   December 3, 2023 @ 12pm-3pm

Christmas Light Show  {Goodfield}   //  The Barn III, December 19, 2023  @ 6-8pm

Santa in the Greenhouse  {Dunlap}   //   Green View Companies, December 9, 2023  @ 10am – 2pm

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Breakfast with Santa + Mrs. Claus  {Speer}  //   Tanner’s Orchard, November 18, 2023 @ 8:00am, Reservations only

Breakfast With Santa  {Chillicothe}   //   December 2, 2023  @ 9am

Santa Breakfast   {Washington}   //   Five Points Washington, December 2, 2023  @ 9-11am, Ticket required

Breakfast with Santa {Hana City} // Wildlife Prairie Park, Sunday, December 3, 2023 @ 10-12pm. ( purchase tickets in advance)

Polar Express Breakfast with Santa  {Peoria}  //   Peoria Riverfront Museum, December 9, 2023 @ 9am-Noon, Reservations Only

Sensory Friendly Santa Experience  {Peoria}  //   HISRA, December 9, 2023 @ 9am – Noon

Breakfast with Santa + Mrs. Claus  {Pekin}   //   Avanti’s Event Center, December 9, 2023 @ 7:30-11:30am, Reservations Only

Brunch with Santa   {Peoria}   //   Peoria Zoo, December 16, 2023  @ 10:00am – 11:30pm, Reservations Only

Ivy Club Brunch with Santa {Peoria Heights}   //   Ivy Club, December 17th, 2023 @ 9:00am – 1:00pm

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