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

Hours:

  • 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.

Deals

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.

Santa at Beef a Roo on Riverside

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm

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

Cost: Free

See Santa and take pictures with him.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2362588167327058/

Stroll on State

When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 2 pm – 9 pm

Where: Downtown Rockford

Cost: Free

Kids can visit Santa in Santaland and get a picture with him.

More information about Stroll on State here.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

When: Monday, November 25, 2019 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

Midland Bank Santa Tour

When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 1 – 5 pm

Where: Midland Bank East State Branch
6838 E. State St., Rockford, IL

Cost: Free

Stop by the East State Midland States Bank location to get your photo taken with Santa.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/969036786790703/

Santa at the Advia Credit Union

When: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 3 – 5 pm

Where: Advia Credit Union
769 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, IL

Cost: Free

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/269940327055594/

Photos with Santa at K&W Greenery

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10 am – 2 pm

Where: K&W Greenery
1328 E US Highway 14, Janesville, WI

Cost: $20 per portrait

Bring your family and pets for a Santa photo that benefits the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504972780087122/

Photos with Santa at Unique Boutique

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Unique Boutique
508 S. State St., Belvidere, IL

Cost: Free

Get a free photo with Santa and 1-2 digital images.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/565870137573020/

Santa at Dairyhaus during Rockton Christmas Walk

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 12 pm – 4 pm

Where: Dairyhaus
113 E. Main St., Rockton, IL

Cost: Free

Take a picture with Santa at Dairyhaus during Rockton’s Christmas Walk.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/RocktonChristmasWalk/

Stories with Santa

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10 am – 2 pm

Where: Hedberg Public Library
316 S Main St., Janesville, WI

Cost: Free

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus and hear Santa read The Night Before Christmas. Photo ops and activities will follow.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2336667743259473/

Come See Santa at Beef a Roo

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 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/

Davis Junction Holiday Celebration

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4 pm – 7 pm

Where: Davis Junction Fire Station
106 N. Maple St., Davis Junction, IL

Cost: Free

See Santa and enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, crafts, refreshments, visits with Santa, and more.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/415224012492939

Donuts & Photos with Santa

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 9 – 11 am

Where: Kids Spot
9461 N 2nd Street, Roscoe, IL 61073

Cost: $20 per kid, $3 per parents

Head to Kids Spot for a visit with Santa, photos, donuts, open gyms, and to write a letter to Santa! Get tickets here.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2530955287033682

Come See Santa at Beef a Roo

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm

Where: Beef a Roo
6593 Lexus Dr., Rockford, IL

Cost: Free

Take a picture with Santa and get a holiday treat.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/383562135672284/

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/

Santa is Coming to Hidden Treasures

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

Where: Hidden Treasures
6329 N 2nd St., Loves Park, IL

Cost: Free

Bring your camera to get a free photo with Santa.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/585677462173292/

Santa is Mr. C’s Restaurant

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 4 – 5:30 pm

Where: Mr. C’s Restaurant
4309 W. State St., Rockford, IL

Cost: One canned or nonperishable good or unopened toy

Bring your camera or phone to get a free photo with Santa.

Meet Santa at Rasmussen College

When: Wednesday, December 11 from 4 – 6 pm

Where: Rasmussen College
6000 E. State St., Rockford, IL

Cost: Free

Write a letter to Santa, play games, watch The Polar Express, take pictures with Santa and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/783054215448780/

Midland Bank Santa Tour

When: Friday, December 13, 2019 from 3 – 5 pm

Where: Midland Bank Cherry Valley Branch
1972 Pawlisch Dr., Rockford, IL

Cost: Free

Stop by the Cherry Valley Midland States Bank location to get your photo taken with Santa.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/586856182053056/

Janesville Mall Cookies with Santa

When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 10 am – 12 pm

Where: Janesville Mall
2500 Milton Ave., Janesville, WI

Cost: Free

Santa will read a few stories to children beginning at 10 am in Center Court. A check-in table will be located in Center Court beginning at 9 a.m. Please register that you have arrived. Other activities after storytime include: cookie decorating, coloring station, face painter, balloon artist, and more. After storytime, Santa will be near Dick’s Sporting Goods and available for photos. Kids must be 12 years or younger and accompanied by an adult at this event. You must register here to participate.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/415833402425178/

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/

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

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

Where: Gustafson’s Furniture
6651 E. State St., Rockford, IL

Cost: Free

Stop by Gustafson’s for a cookie and cocoa, while supplies last, and one free photo with Santa.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/545730079338859/

Visit with Santa at Michelle’s Pet Center

When: Sunday, December 22 from 1 – 3 pm

Where: Michelle’s Pet Center
5512 Elevator Rd., Roscoe, IL

Cost: Free

Join us for a fun free holiday event! Cookies, crafts, pictures with Santa! With parent approval Santa will be handing out a free fish. 

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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