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Santa Claus Arrives at Navy Pier!

When do you know that it’s the holiday season and time to hang up your bahumbugs and become a little nicer and a bit more jovial? Does it take a snowflake, the smell of pine pervading the house or is it something much simpler?

Is it when you’re sprawled out and completely stuffed, just like the turkey you’ve recently devoured, laying on the couch thinking about all the time you have to purchase presents or make plans to see family and friends?

Or is it after the delicious holiday food coma wears off and it’s time to set up the tree or other decorations? When you’re knee deep in tangled lights and ornaments missing the essential hook that never stays attached…

For us, it’s when Santa Claus makes his grand arrival at Navy Pier!

Join your friends at Navy Pier in welcoming Santa on Saturday, November 26 at 5 p.m. as he arrives by a Shoreline Sightseeing boat, marked by a pyrotechnic display!

Starting November 27, you’ll find Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at the Family Pavilion Stage located at the west end of Navy Pier.

After Santa returns to the North Pole, family-friendly entertainment at the stage includes performances by magicians, jugglers, circus artists, and more.


Santa’s Arrival 

Grand Staircase (outdoors near the Ferris Wheel)
Saturday, November 26 at 5 p.m.


Visit with Santa Claus

Family Pavilion Stage
November 27 – December 15
Friday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

December 16 – 23
Daily: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

December 24
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Variety Showcase

Family Pavilion Stage
Monday, December 26 — Sunday, January 2


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