One of the biggest things going in Barrington this weekend, aside from turkey cooking and holiday shopping, is the chance to catch up with the big man in red. Yes, Santa has returned to Barrington and kids, once again, have that rare opportunity to get a little face time with old St. Nick.
Santa and Mrs. Claus have lined up their holiday visiting hours in three Barrington area locations, starting this weekend, and I’ve got the hours so you won’t miss him before he “Ho Ho Ho’s” right on back to the North Pole…
South Barrington Arboretum
If you want to catch Santa in the Barrington area this weekend, you’ll only find him in South Barrington. The Arboretum of South Barrington will be welcoming him back, but in a new spot this year. iPic movie Theaters is hosting Santa visits every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm through December 18th. He’ll also be there from noon until 4 p.m. for the Black Friday shopping rush this week. You’ll find Santa in be in the iPic Theater lobby, where they’ll be playing children’s holiday music and videos on their flat screens while serving free hot cocoa and cookies. There is no charge to visit Santa in South Barrington, but you will have to bring your own camera if you’d like to snap a few photos. There will also be a table set up for families to write holiday messages on cards which will iPic will send to our troops overseas. So this Santa visit will be a special treat that comes with a festive way to teach kids that gifts and giving aren’t just about toys and wrapping paper. You’ll find the Arboretum of South Barrington at 100 West Higgins Road and here is Santa’s schedule:
- November 25 – noon to 4 p.m.
- November 26 through December 18 – every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Ice House Mall
Santa returns to Barrington’s Ice House Mall at 11 a.m. this Saturday, December 3rd. Mrs. Claus will also be there for his big arrival and will sit down to read to kids for a holiday story hour from 11 until noon. They will also be serving milk and cookies for Santa’s return on Saturday, which officially kicks off with a special Grand Welcome celebration at 2:30 p.m. He’ll be on hand for free visits and photo opportunities through December 23rd and here are his holiday hours at the Ice House Mall. You’ll find the Ice House Mall at 200 Applebee Street in Barrington and here are Santa’s visiting hours:
- December 3rd – 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- December 4th, 10th and 11th – noon to 3 p.m.
- December 10th – Breakfast with Santa at the 111 Grille – 9 a.m. to noon
Call 847-382-5020 for reservations.
- December 16 through December 23 – every day from noon to 4 p.m.
- December 24, Christmas Eve – 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- December 17 – Mrs. Claus Story Hour at Barnes & Noble – 11 a.m. to noon