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Santa Sightings


• Santa's Arrival – 6 to 7:30 p.m.; also 10 a.m to 9 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays to Dec. 23; and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 24,  Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive, Joliet. Call 815-439-1000..

Dec. 18

• An Evening With Santa – 6:30 to 8 p.m., C.W. Avery Family YMCA, 15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield. Games, hot chocolate with fixin’s, Y Dance Ensemble performance, photos with Santa Claus. For information, visit or contact your local YMCA branch at (815) SAY-YMCA.

Dec. 19

• Visit Santa at His House – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Illinois Avenue at Liberty Street. Morris. Free. Visit

• Ho Ho Ho!! Here Comes Santa! – 1 to 3 p.m., Mokena Community Public Library District 11327 W. 195th St, Mokena. Crafts, refreshments, photos. Contact Cathy Palmer at or 708-479-9663.

• Santa and the Timbers’ Elves – 1 to 4 p.m., The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 River Road, Shorewood. Draft horses for hay rides, a petting zoo, live reindeer, caricature artists, children's games, refreshments. Dress for weather; activities outside. For information, call 815-609-0669 or visit

• Holiday Fun – 4 to 8 p.m., Also Dec. 20, Inwood Clubhouse, 3200 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Meet Santa, Rudolph and Frosty. Coloring contests, Cathy's Craft Corner, holiday movies. For information, contact Brian Legan

Dec. 20

• Santa Paws – noon to 3 p.m., Crest Hill Animal Hospital, 1807 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill. Pet photos with Santa for $5, raffles, prizes, kid’s crafts, family activities. Proceeds benefit The Bone Yard Animal Rescue. For information, call 815-729-1155.

• Visit Santa at His House – 1 to 3 p.m., Illinois Avenue at Liberty Street. Morris. Free. Visit

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