Pictures With Santa Around McHenry County

There’s nothing quite like the twinkle in the eye when a child sees Santa, whether it’s the first time or the hundredth, whether they are 8 or 80…you know who you are. And who among us still doesn’t have memories, and in many cases, the photos to prove it, of our own visits to Santas village, Santas workshop, Santas house, or just a big red chair in the middle of the mall?

It’s easy to get caught up in all the noise this time of year. There seems to be so much that needs to be done, plans to be made, work to be done before we can even think about enjoying the holiday season.

Be sure to take a moment to just relax and take it all in. We wanted to help make this a moment of memories for you and your little ones, so we pulled together our Pictures with Santa around McHenry County to make things a little easier.

Below, you’ll find our Santa tracker arranged by city to help you with your plans to visit Santa this holiday season. Unlike times of past, many pictures with Santa opportunities are DIY when it comes to the actual photo, so be sure you have your camera.

As always, we recommend checking the respective websites for any changes. While some of these Pictures with Santa events are standalone, others may be combined with holiday parades, tree lightings, or other events, so be sure to factor that into your timing as well as your preparations…especially in dressing for the weather and extended time outdoors this time of year.

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There is an endless array of events during this holiday season. Sadly, finding information about them is not as easy as one might hope…that’s one of the reasons we’ve tried to pull it all together here!

If you are in charge of or connected with an event with the jolly man in the red suit that you feel should be on here, the best thing you can do is to just add it to our free community calendar so that we can add it here as well.

Or, if you know about an event that should be on here, please contact us and with the details (links to websites would be great) so we can get it added.

Chair with Santa hat next to fireplace.
Don’t miss Santa!

2021 Pictures With Santa Claus Guide

We’ve included some of the tree lightings and Christmas Parades that may include Santa. Some of these may have specific visitation and photo activities, while others might be more “in passing,” though still may present some general picture-taking opportunities. Be sure to check the specific events for more details. Also be aware that some of these might require pre-registration.

Algonquin

Miracle On Main

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 5:00pm

Location: 2 S Main Street, Algonquin, IL 60102

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Cary

Visit with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 1st

Start Time: 5:30pm

Location: 6800 S. Rawson Bridge Rd, Cary, IL 60013

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Merry Cary Holiday Parade & Festival 2021

Date: Sunday, December 5th

Start Time: 2:00pm

Location: 111 W Main St, Cary, IL 60013

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Drive Thru Visit with Santa

Date: Sunday, December 12th

Start Time: 10:00am

Location: 1200 Silver Lake Rd, Cary, IL 60013

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Crystal Lake

Festival of Lights Parade

Date: Friday, November 26th

Start Time: 7:00pm

Location: N Williams St & E Crystal Lake Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Santa House Visits

Date: November 27th & 28th, December 2nd – 5th, 9th – 12th, 16th – 19th, 23rd

Start Time: Varies by date

Location: 38 N Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Fox Lake

Santa’s Cottage

Date: Saturday, November 27th

Start Time: 5:00pm

Location: 23 Rollins Rd, Fox Lake, IL 60020

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Fox River Grove

Tree Lighting 2.0

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 2:00pm

Location: 975 Algonquin Rd, Fox River Grove, IL 60021

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Harvard

Christmas In Harvard

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 1:00pm

Location: 300 W Front St, Harvard, IL 60033

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Huntley

A Very Merry Huntley

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 5:00pm

Location: 11700 Main St, Huntley, IL 60142

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Johnsburg

Holiday Magic Parade & Tree Lighting

Date: Saturday, December 11th

Start Time: 5:30pm

Location: 2315 W Church St, Johnsburg, IL 60051

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Lakemoor

Lakemoor’s Operation Santa

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 9:00am

Location: Various

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Lakewood

Cocoa & Cookies with our Cops & Toys for Tots

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 10:00am

Location: 2500 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, Illinois 600

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Marengo

2021 Marengo Christkindlmarket & Tree Lighting Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 4th

Start Time: 6:00pm

Location: 132 E Prairie St, Marengo, IL 60152

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Port Barrington

Annual Village Santa Parade & Party

Date: Sunday, December 19th

Start Time: 1:15pm

Location: 69 S Circle Ave, Port Barrington, IL 60010

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Ringwood

Visit Santa at the Village Hall

Date: Saturday, November 27th

Start Time: 9:00am

Location: 6000 Barnard Mill Rd, Ringwood, IL 60072

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Spring Grove

Holiday Light Display & Drive Thru Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Date: Saturday, December 4th & 11th

Start Time: 5:00pm

Location: 8105 Blivin St, Spring Grove, IL 60081

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Woodstock

Lighting of the Square

Date: Friday, November 26th

Start Time: 7:00pm

Location: Van Buren St & Dean St, Woodstock, IL 60098

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Annual Woodstock Christmas Parade

Date: Sunday, November 28th

Start Time: 2:00pm

Location: Van Buren St & Dean St, Woodstock, IL 60098

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Cookies and Churros with Santa

Date: Sunday, November 28th

Start Time: 3:00pm

Location: 240 N Throop St, Woodstock, IL 60098

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As always, all events are subject to change. Please be sure to check the event pages for the specific event for current information.

President and Founder of Identity Developments, LLC, the parent company of the McHenry Life website. My hope for McHenry Life is to create a resource and destination for the residents and businesses of McHenry County alike. A place where residents can discover new places to explore, fun events and ways to spend time, and then share those experiences with others. A place where businesses can connect with existing and potential customers, and not simply market their businesses, but share their own unique stories.

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