The Arboretum of South Barrington has a HUGE announcement this holiday season. For the first time ever, they’ll be hosting Santa visits with children ALL SEASON LONG, starting with his grand entrance during the Arboretum’s annual Holiday Festival & celebration coming up on November 11th!
Presented by Mooney Lyons Financial Services for the second year in a row, The Arb’s Holiday Festival is a day of fun family activities. At 11 a.m. sharp, they’ll be welcoming Santa on a fire truck with a parade around the mall, Santa story time and the official season opening of the Arboretum on Ice outdoor skating rink. SURPRISE… This year Santa will be at The Arboretum of South Barrington all season long to take pictures with families. You’ll find him at his holiday home all season between LOFT and Sur La Table. CLICK HERE for the 2017 Pictures with Santa schedule.
By the way, Santa will be reading a story from the fire truck after his arrival and before the photos begin. The first 50 families in line at the end of Santa’s parade route will receive a free 5’x7′ picture with St. Nick! Santa photos are presented by Sweet Baby Rays Catering.
Be the first to skate this year at Arboretum on Ice, the Arboretum of South Barrington’s 7,200 square foot real ice skating rink. During this year’s Holiday Festival, you can glide on the ice with the Grinch, skate with Olaf, and enjoy tunes from the 1970’s during the Disco Skate session in the evening.
You don’t want to miss the musical light show at 5:30 p.m. as they bring to life the Arboretum’s magnificent 36ft. Holiday Tree. The Holiday Festival line-up includes the following schedule of activities. Please check ShopTheArb.com before the event for additional event updates…
- 11 a.m.
Santa’s Arrival Parade and Story Time. Story time will take place at the end of the parade near the Holiday Tree near iPic Theaters
- 11 a.m.
Arboretum on Ice opens for the 2017-2018 Skating Season. Sharpen your skates!
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rock out with Star 105.5FM at Arboretum on Ice, enjoy music and giveaways
- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FREE FACE PAINTING at Arboretum on Ice
- 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Skate with Olaf
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Skate with the Grinch
- 5:30 p.m.
Animated Tree Lighting Show – iPic Plaza near Arboretum on Ice (arrive early to ensure your spot for the light show, space on the plaza fills fast!)
- 6 p.m to 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Dance Performance Compliments of HOTT Productions NFP Dance Company
- 7 p.m. to – 8 p.m.
Disco Skate – Presented by Mooney Lyons Financial Services: Skate to music from the 70’s, skate monitors will be dressed in Disco gear and event guests are encouraged to also come dressed in Disco Gear! Free glow sticks will be provided for all skaters. All guests are encouraged to come dressed in Disco gear, because, why not?
- 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Open skate at Arboretum on Ice
While your at The Arboretum of South Barrington Holiday Fest, be sure to visit the sponsor’s booth. Mooney Lyons Financial Services will be offering free goodies and holiday crafts for the kids!
The Arboretum of South Barrington is an upscale mix of more than seventy shops, restaurants and entertainment venues including iPic Theaters, L.L.Bean and HomeGoods. Additional retailers include Victoria’s Secret, White House | Black Market, francesca’s, DSW, Crazy 8 and more. Restaurants include Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub, Panera Bread and Noodles & Company. The open-air center is named for the lush treescapes and gardens of its landscape, and for the large tree farm that formerly stood on the site. For a listing of Arboretum shops, events and offers, visit ShopTheArb.com.