Santa Claus is being welcomed at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on Thurs., Nov. 7, 2013. Spectators are welcome to join in as Santa arrives with a parade through the mall and a return to the stunning Ice Palace. Woodfield Mall is a top tourist destination in Illinois all year around and especially so during the Christmas holiday season.
The Ice Palace transforms the Grand Court of Woodfield Mall into an artic wonderland, complete with glistening ice icicles that change colors, snow covered trees and six-foot snow globes.
Visitors can leave their handprint on an ice patch and compare its size to a polar bear’s paw. They also can compare their height to a polar bear’s, and try out the imposing Ice Throne that is actually cold to the touch and a fun photo opportunity.
Guests enjoy a magical experience in the 22-foot Ice Palace which immerses them with the artic with falling snow, a captivating light show and breathtaking 360-degree footage of arctic polar bears, foxes, penguins and other animals and landscapes.
Santa will be available for photos following his arrival on Thurs., Nov. 7 and through Christmas Eve on Tues., Dec. 24. Santa photo hours are during mall hours except: Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28 (closed), Black Friday on Nov. 29 (4 a.m.-10 p.m.), Dec. 7 (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Christmas Eve on Dec. 24 (7 a.m.-4 p..).
Woodfield Mall offers a shopping experience and top tourist destination in the suburbs of Chicago. The large mall is home to nearly 300 stores and restaurants, including dozens that can’t be found anywhere else in the Midwest. Merchants range from unique fine art and jewelry dealers to high-style cutting-edge clothiers. The mall is anchored by by nationally-recognized department stores, including Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears.
Due to the popularity of Woodfield Mall, parking can be a challenge, so try to arrive early to allow time to park. The mall may be less busy during the weekdays, although it always seems to be busy during the holiday season.
Woodfield Mall is located at Route 53 and Golf Road in Schaumburg, 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Ill.