Since we live in the Midwest, it’s unusual to see any amusement parks open during the winter. Well, new this year, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park is open for Magical Christmas. This HUGE holiday celebration happens during select days November 24 – December 23.

We happened to visit during their inaugural Breakfast with Santa, and we had a magical time. Unfortunately, they only have Breakfast with Santa one weekend this year, but I’m sure it was a hit and will come back next year. The highlight though (besides stuffing our face with pancakes!), was getting to hang out at Santa’s Village. Most rides were operating and we had a blast!,  Read all about our magical experience.


  • Breakfast. We had a simple pancake breakfast that the kids loved. Hello, whoever turns down pancakes, pastries, sausage, bacon, and hot chocolate?


  • Holiday entertainment. The breakfast including seeing some of our favorites like Olaf, Mrs. Claus, and a juggling elf named Chris!

Those two hours definitely flew by.

  • Meeting animals. This may have been my youngest daughter’s highlight — meeting some of the resident animals like a rabbit, woodchuck, and a baby camel!

  • Choo choo! After our breakfast, we bundled up and explored the rest of Santa’s village..all on their mini train!

  • Seeing Santa!  We were dropped off at Santa’s House, where he was able to meet families one at a time. Although it was freezing, it was exciting waiting for Santa at his doorstep.


Once he was ready, he welcomed us with open arms.

Family fun at Santa's Village AZoosment Park, a Midwest amusement park open during the winter.

His little house was so festively decorated. He even had an awesome red chair to boot. The kids chatted with Santa, while we took photos. Plus there was a professional photographer there as well. He even gave us presents afterwards.

Family fun at Santa's Village AZoosment Park, a Midwest amusement park open during the winter.

  • Enjoying the amusement park. We had fun looking at the rest of Santa’s Village with cute buildings, but especially loved having the park to ourselves. Most of the rides are available — even the roller coasters. Plus, there are no lines. My kids LOVED going on the caterpillar roller coaster about 8 times. No joke. We went as many rides as we could in an hour and that was A LOT! (I wish I had more photos of the rides, but my phone decided it was too cold to operate!)



  • Bundle up. Seriously. Like snowpants-and-snowboots kind of bundle up.
  • Take a break and warm up at Santa’s Workshop. Shop around for cute ornaments or holiday decor or create a craft.

Bottom Line:

If you plan on enjoying the amusement park, having breakfast with Santa is a no-brainer. You get to enjoy a pancake breakfast, take in a few activities, and also enjoy the park. The gifts they give you in the end along with the photo is already worth the extra cost. Really a great value IMO.

Nitty Gritty:

Location:  601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee
Hours: Check website for schedule.
Prices: Admission is $24.25 per person, plus tax (at the gate); buy tickets online to save more.
Parking: Plenty of parking.


Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary admission and breakfast to facilitate this review. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own