Did you know when Santa is in town he stays at the Swissotel Chicago? In anticipation of his arrival, the hotel goes all out decorating in his honor. And guess what? All guests are invited to see his very own Santa Suite. We had a chance to visit his lavishly decorated Santa Suite and hang out with him. What an amazing time! It’s one of the best Santa visits we’ve had. Read on and be amazed!
Highlights of the Santa Suite:
- Gorgeously decorated. Wow, the staff has really transformed the Presidential Suite into a winter wonderland. It seems like every little nook and cranny has been covered.
- Christmas around the world. We saw more than 16 Christmas trees ornately decorated to reflect the different cultures . I totall adored the Mexico tree adorned with a sombrero. They were all beautiful!
- Seeing Santa. I’ve seen a few Santas in my time, but this one was genuine, looked real, and actually chatted with the kids. He was more than happy to take photos with kids more than twice.
- Santa’s office. Guests can step into Santa’s office where he is closely monitoring the weather patterns for Christmas Eve and finalizing his naughty and nice list.
- See where Santa sleeps. My kids claimed that Santa had one very cool bedroom, especially since he gets to have donuts right by him.
- It’s all about little things…like seeing the Santa’s suit and boots in the closet or the huge gingerbread house.
- Making crafts. The kids had a fun time making luggage tags. Totally adore the setup from Make to Celebrate.
- Write letters to Santa. One of the areas gets transformed into a letter writing station for holiday wish lists, and he even writes back. There is a cute mailbox to drop off the letters.
- Food and drinks. There is also a hot chocolate bar, holiday cookies, candy and fairy floss, and a cash bar for adults.
There’s even a gorgeous dining table (supposedly fixed up by Mrs. Claus’) which features desserts from various countries to provide a cultural education and a feast for the eyes.
- The magnificent views. The Santa Suite is located on the 41st floor which makes for great views of the city, especially of Navy Pier. Although it was raining, it still made for breathtaking views.
- A little souvenir. Everyone family receives this ornament. If you decide to buy more, it is only $5 and $2 of each purchase goes to SOS Children’s Village Illinois. We loved bringing this home to add to our tree.
What an amazing, intimate experience hanging out with Santa. The kids have already requested to visit his hotel room next year.
Location: Swissôtel Chicago , 323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Hours: Now until December 23rd; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prices: $40 per family or $15 for individuals, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages Illinois. Tickets available here.
Parking: Valet parking is available $26 for 4 hours 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