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Things to do: Santa visits the Phillips Park Zoo and Polar Express at Blackberry

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Santa Visits Phillips Park Zoo

It may be too cold to enjoy the exhibits at the Phillips Park Zoo, but that won't keep Santa away! Join Santa at the Visitor Center in front of the Phillips Park Zoo as he visits with children and takes gift requests. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras.

Where: Stover Visitor Center, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora
When: December 14 & 15 and December 21 & 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Information: Contact the Visitor Center at (630) 256-3750 or visit the city's website.

Polar Express Stops at Blackberry Farm

The magic of the Polar Express comes to life when the festive train circles Lake Gregory and takes children and their families for a ride they won't soon forget. All of Blackberry Farm will be turned into a winter wonderland, including the one-room school house where the book "The Polar Express" will be read, and the Early Streets Museum where Santa will visit with children.

This year's celebration will also include hayrides accompanied by carolers and storytellers, arts and craft stations where kids can make their own bird feeders and ornaments, a hot chocolate bar, face painting, and temporary tattoos.

Where: Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road
When: December 14 & 15 and December 21 & 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person, children under 2 are free
Contact: For more information, call (630) 892-1550 or visit the Fox Valley Park District website.

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