Santa, Skating, Shopping & Gifts with Purchase at The Arboretum of South Barrington

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The 2019 holiday season is in full swing at The Arboretum of South Barrington after their annual holiday festival, tree lighting and ice rink opening this weekend.

If you missed Saturday’s event, there are still so many fun reasons to come out to The Arb in the coming weeks. Want to plan a visit around an upcoming winter event? Here’s what’s happening, when and where…

Wickstrom Lincoln Ice Rink at The Arb

Lace’em up and let’s hit the rink! Ice skating at The Arboretum of South Barrington sponsored by Wickstrom Lincoln officially kicks off on November 9th and will run through January 20th! Join them for a season of thrills and occasional spills with plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy! The Arb’s ice rink is located behind Ruth’s Chris and next to Potbelly and Mago Grill & Cantina.

The price of admission is $12 with skate rental, $8 without skate rental and $8 for children under age 3. The ice rink phone number is 936-320-5088

Ice Rink Hours:

  • Monday – Thursdays: 4 pm – 9 pm
  • Fridays: 4 pm – 10 pm
  • Saturdays: 11 am – 10 pm
  • Sundays: 11 am – 8 pm
  • School Break Weekdays: 11 am – 10 pm

*Ice rink hours are subject to change based on extreme weather conditions.

Black Friday Gift with Purchase

Shop The Arboretum of South Barrington Black Friday Weekend and get rewarded! Spend $300 at any store, restaurant or entertainment venue, or combination of all, 11/29/2019 – 12/01/2019 and bring your same day receipts back to the Management office, to redeem your fabulous experience gift valued at over $100.

Your gifts include:

  • 1 voucher (good for 2 tickets) to see Beauty & The Beast at Paramount Theatre
  • Arboretum goodies!
  • more to come

Also on Black Friday, be sure to visit The Arboretum Management Office. The first 25 people who pop by the office will receive a gift card to Calibre Coffee and a gift card to Potbelly to use while they shop on Black Friday! Recipients will also get coupons and goodies from our retailers and restaurants. Black Friday is November 29th. The Arboretum management Office opens at 10 a.m. Be sure to shop early because The Arb’s Gift with Purchase is only available while supplies last!

Santa at The Arboretum of South Barrington

Santa at The Arb starts November 30th! We know you have been on Santa’s nice list, so come on down to The Arb and let Santa know what’s on your wish list this year! The Santa house this year is located in The Arb’s Live 360 Community room between Georgio’s Pizzeria & Cooper’s Hawk. Visits with Santa are free. Santa photo packages will be available for purchase at the event.

Santa’s 2019 Visiting Hours:

  • November 30 | 10 am – 8 pm
  • December 1-22 | Sundays 11 am – 6 pm
  • December 6-14 | Fridays 12 pm – 8 pm & Saturdays 10 am-8 pm
  • December 16-23 | Daily 10 am-8 pm
  • December 24 | 10 am- 5 pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

Santa House is sponsored by Crème de la Crème, an Early learning Center of excellence providing care for children 6 weeks old to 12 years old for over 30 years.

Soothing Santa | Sundays, December 1 & December 8
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Live 360º Community Room

This ​soothing​ ​and sensory-friendly event allows ​children​ ​with​ ​all spectrums of special​ ​needs​ ​and their families to experience a time-honored tradition with Santa in a comforting environment outside the center’s public hours. These special visits with Santa are free.

Space is limited and families must register in advance. Please visit for more information and to register. Santa photo packages will be available for purchase at the event.

Pet Photos with Santa | Fridays, December 12 – 20
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Bring your furry family members to take photos with Santa during this purrr-fect evening just for your four-legged friends. Festive, holiday-themed pet costumes are encouraged but not required.

Story Time with Santa | Saturday, December 14
Time: 10 a.m.

Come out to enjoy a free story time morning with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Enjoy holiday stories, cookies and a meet & greet with Santa!

Pizza with Santa at Georgio’s Pizzeria & Pub

Have pizza with Santa while supporting Let It Be Us, an organization changing the landscape of foster care and adoption in Illinois. Time slots available at 11 am, 4:30 pm & 6 pm. This RSVP only event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3rd.

RSVP by calling The Management office at (847) 426.6200*. Event cost is $7 per child and $7 per adult-MAX 2 ADULTS ALLOWED PER CHILD. CASH ONLY payment due at event check-in.

*RSVPs are NOT to be made through voicemail or Georgio’s. They will return your call in order to confirm RSVP.

Let It Be Us’ parent recruitment and matching platforms have enabled them to develop a registry of over 1,000 waiting parents, 45% of whom are licensed and 55% of whom want to become licensed. Learn more about Let It Be Us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, at

The Arboretum of South Barrington is an open-air center named for the lush trees and gardens of its landscape and for the large tree farm that formerly stood on the site. An upscale mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues including iPic Theaters, L.L.Bean’s first Midwest outdoor gear and apparel store and the incomparable Pinstripes Bowling/Bocce/Bistro. Located at 100 West Higgins Road in South Barrington, “The Arb’s” stores include Arhaus Furniture, Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge, Chico’s, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, LOFT, Victoria’s Secret, DSW, Panera Bread, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and more. Plan your next visit at

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