Looking to take your kids to see Santa, take a photo, and tell him their Christmas lists? You can find Santa at a variety of places in the Stateline starting as soon as the second week of November!

CherryVale Mall

Santa in Center Court

When: Friday, November 8, 2019 – December 24, 2019


  • Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
  • Christmas Eve: 8 am – 5 pm

Special Hours:

  • Sunday, December 22 from 11 am – 8 pm
  • Monday, December 23 from 9 am – 10 pm
  • Tuesday, December 24 from 8 am – 5 pm

Please note that Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 1 pm to 2 pm and 5 pm to 6 pm on Monday through Saturday, and from 2 pm to 3 pm on Sunday.

Santa’s Arrival on Friday, November 8th

Welcome Santa back to Rockford on Friday, November 8th from 5:30 – 7 pm. The party begins at 5:30 pm with live music from The Salvation Army Band. Santa will arrive at 6:10 pm.

Photo Packages

CherryVale offers a variety of photo packages ranging from $33 – $43.


You can book a FastPass to order your photo package, reserve a time slot, and skip the line to see Santa.

Special Events

Pet Nights
Bring your pet to meet Santa on Mondays from 6 pm – 9 pm. This includes November 11, 18, 25 and December 2, 9, 16. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Santa Cares: Sensory Friendly Santa Experience

Sunday, December 8th from 9 am – 11 am. One ticket per family. RSVP here.

Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private holiday photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours in a calming environment. 

Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase during the event.

Event will be held at Santa’s home in Center Court at CherryVale Mall. Visitors should enter the mall through JCPenney – the store will open early for the event at 9am.

Character Appearances

November 14, 21 and December 5, 9 and 19

Characters will lead kids into sing-a-longs and stories. There will be face painting, balloon twisting, and crafts. The meet and greet lines will close at 7:30 pm. All activities are free while time and supplies last.

Character schedule:

  • November 14 – The Snow Sisters and Friends from 6 pm – 8 pm by Santa in Center Court.
  • November 21 – Holiday Island Party with Polynesian Princess from 6 pm – 8 pm by Santa in Center Court.
  • December 5 – Beauty and Her Best Friend from 6 pm – 8 pm at The Pottery Lounge in the upper level, east end. This includes a free painting craft for the first 125 kids (17 and under).
  • December 9 – Superhero Pet Party with Spider Guy and more superheroes from 6 pm – 8 pm by Santa in Center Court.
  • December 19 – Classic Holiday Party with Holiday Mouses and the Green Grouch from 6 pm – 8 pm by Santa in Center Court.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

When: Monday, November 25 from 6 – 7 pm
Friday, December 13 from 6 – 7 pm

Where: Williams Tree Farm
4661 Yale Bridge Rd., Rockton, IL

Cost: Free

Mrs. Claus will read stories by the fire. Milk and cookies are available for purchase.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/543899549738944

Come See Santa at Beef a Roo

When: Saturday, December 7 from 11 am – 1 pm

Where: Beef a Roo
6380 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL

Cost: Free

Take a picture with Santa and get a holiday treat.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/449120782481191/

Santa Visits the Museum

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2- 4 pm

Where: Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum
5151 Orth Rd #A1, Poplar Grove, IL

Cost: Free

Santa will greet children of all ages and take their requests. Parents won’t want to miss this chance for a great picture of their little ones (and some bigger ones) and Santa. We will be entertained by the Belvidere North Choraliers with a variety of Holiday music. There will be cookies and hot beverages.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/534432233988967/

Here Comes Santa Claus Meet and Greet

When: Saturday, December 21 at 10 am – 1 pm

Where: Once Upon a Dream Royal Team Room
415 N. Church St., Rockford, IL

Cost: $7 per child in advance, adults are free, kids 1 and under are free.
$10 at the door

Meet Santa Claus, tell him what you want for Christmas, and get a photo taken. There will be storytime and themed activities. This is an open house style event. Get tickets here.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1407050546108832/

We’ll update this post as we find more places Santa is visiting. If we missed an event, let us know! Email hello@statelinekids.com.

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