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Park District planning ahead for Santa’s visits to Naperville


Early registration recommended for Santa’s Naperville Workshop and Santa’s Hotline
Two popular Naperville Park District holiday events, Santa’s Naperville Workshop and Santa’s Hotline, will open registration in November. Santa’s Workshop registration begins November 1 and Santa’s Hotline registration begins November 28.

Santa’s Naperville Workshop, presented by Woody Buick/GMC, will be located at the Riverwalk Café, 441 Aurora Avenue, from November 28 through December 22. Santa will visit briefly with one family at a time inside the workshop and families are welcome to take their own photos with Santa.

Advance reservations are required and will open for Naperville Park District residents at noon on Tues., Nov. 1 online at www.napervilleparks.org/santasworkshop. Nonresident registration begins Thursday, November 3 at noon. Fees are $10 per family for residents and $15 per family for nonresidents. When registering, families can choose one of the available 15-minute time slots; however, please note that Santa will be able to spend up to five minutes with each family. There will be no on-site registration or walk-ups available. As limited spots are available, families are encouraged to register early for this event.

Tues., Nov. 29 is Pet Night, Wed., Nov. 30 and Thurs., Dec. 1 are reserved for families with special needs, and Wed., Dec. 7 is Military and First Responders Night. All other evenings are open to the general public.

Santa’s Hotline gives families an opportunity to receive a phone call from Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus, who will speak to each child by name, ask for gift ideas and have a magical and memorable conversation. Santa’s Hotline calls are free, but registration is required and is per family. Calls will take place between 6 and 8PM Tues. through Thurs., Dec. 6-8. Registration begins at 8:30AM on Mon., Nov. 28 for residents and on Wed., Nov. 30 for nonresidents. Register at www.napervilleparks.org/santashotline.

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