Santa at the Pier!

Santa Claus is coming to town! And not just any town, but the Windy City!

And where is his first stop? Chicago’s winter lakefront playground, Navy Pier!

Every year, Santa Claus stops by our fabulous holiday party, Winter WonderFest. And he’s not just here for one day! Santa may be a busy guy, but he always clears his schedule and visits with everyone here at the Pier for three entire weeks!

So when will Santa be making his big debut this year?

We’ve been keeping an eye on our Santa radar all holiday season long and just got word from none other than Mrs. Claus herself that Santa is currently somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean and after one more pit stop (he needs dinner to keep that famous belly in tip-top shape) will officially arrive in Chicago tomorrow!

Once Santa gets to the city, he’ll drop the reindeers off at a secret, undisclosed location for some well-needed R&R and head to Navy Pier by Shoreline Sightseeing boat!

If you want to see Santa’s annual entrance, which we hear will be bigger than ever this year with a massive pyrotechnic display, come join us at 5 p.m. tomorrow (December 1) on the Grand Staircase outdoors near the Ferris wheel.

Because Santa will be all tired out from his long journey from the North Pole, we’re giving him the night off. But he’ll back at the Pier the following day to start off his three-week visiting stint.

Also, before he officially arrives at Navy Pier tomorrow, you can see Santa in the Family Pavilion at a Special Sneak Preview today, November 30, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

If you want to meet Santa, here are his visiting hours:

November 30 (Special Sneak Preview)

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

December 1 (Santa’s Arrival): 5 p.m.

December 2-16

Mondays – Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fridays – Sundays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

December 17-23

Daily: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

December 24

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Santa Claus will be seated in the Family Pavilion so make up your Christmas list and bring by the kids for a visit and a family photo starting December 2!

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