Wednesday, December 17, 2014

{My} Top Three Places For Santa Photos Cheap/Free

...because, obviously I'm an expert on this

...I'm not, I'm just cheap.  Wait!  Frugal.  I'm frugal.

So, this really applies in the Chicago-land area.  With one exception (sorry).

In no particular order -

1) Bass Pro Shop *FREE*
It's called Santa's Wonderland and here are the details:

  • You can get a FREE 4x6 photo with Santa until December 24th
  • I'd recommend going right when it opens or be prepared for a wait.  And, for the love of all things good, don't go while the little ones are on break from school.  It's CRAZY!!  You can get a Bass Pass, which allows you to save your spot in line with a ticket so you can shop or look around while you wait.
  • They offer crafts FOR FREE!  Right now you can decorate a stick solider.  The next one up is to decorate a cookie (December 22-24).
  • FREE games and activities can be found here
  •  Here is the event schedule.  Check the website for your local Bass Pro Shop.

2) Daley Plaza (Chicago) *FREE*
He's in an actual house, and it's pretty cool.  Here are the details:
  • You need to bring your camera to take the photo
  • Runs through December 24th
  • Beware!  It's right by the Christkindl - it's BUSY
  • Currently open Friday-Sunday, but the week of Christmas it is open every day
  • More information can be found here 
  • You can walk it from the Metra EL and make a day of it visiting the Christkindl, stopping at Macy's and then walking down State Street and Michigan Ave.  Hit up the ice rink too.
3) Hammond Indiana Visitors Center
Located right off of I80.  Here are the details:
  • Cost is $5 for a 4x6 photo
  • Santa is on Santa Mountain!!  The whole visitors center is turned into an exhibit highlighting the epic Christmas movie A Christmas Story, which is based in Hammond Indiana.  
  • Did I mention Santa, with the slide and all?  Yep, it's cool.
  • The wait is never very long
  • There are activities to do
  • More information can be found here

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