Wow, has this summer flown by! If you’re looking to squeeze as much fun as you can before the summer ends, then visiting Santa’s Village is a must. Even though my kids aren’t as young as they were, they still have a blast because there’s so much to do.  It has everything you want: a manageable amusement park, animals that you can feed, fun games and rides, AND a waterpark! Read all about why you want to add this to your list before summer ends!


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


One of the best things about Santa’s Village is that we never feel overwhelmed with the number of rides. It’s perfectly doable! We love taking our time letting each kid pick the ride or activity to do. Our day isn’t complete without a ride on the Wacky Worm (or caterpillar) as my kids call it.  If thrilling rides are more your speed, they have a few of those too. If you’re like one of my kids and won’t step near a coaster, there are lots of other fun options like spinning round and round in the carousel, driving a car, or hopping on a firetruck and putting out a fire.

Family fun at Santa's Village in East Dundee, Illinois, a Christmas-themed amusement park with classic rides, animals, and a waterpark.

Splash Away

If it’s a steamy day you’ll want to cool off at Santa Springs, their outdoor waterpark. Just make sure to save enough time here. Another plus? Admission is included in the price! Here you’ll find two twisty water slides but I do have to say Lighthouse Harbor is THE spot for the kiddos. It has zero depth entry, tipping buckets, mini slides, and sprinklers.

One of the huge perks of Santa’s Village is that there are lots of lounge chairs available, but unfortunately none of them were in the shade. Lucky for us, we had a cabana. Although the cabanas were convenient to store our items and a great way to escape the fierce sunlight, it did not have easy access to the pool area as I would have liked and we couldn’t really monitor the kids from where we were seated because the fence was obstructing our view. Not that big of a deal, since we could move to the regular lounge chairs when needed.

Meet the Animals

Did you know that there are over 200 animals at Santa’s Village? So basically everywhere you turn you’re bound to meet a few friendly animals. And they even have reindeer! The majority of the animals are located at Old MacDonald’s Barn and guests can purchase cups of food. Animals like alpacas, goats, sheep, cows, and donkeys were more than ready to eat! You may want to get more than one cup because it does go fast!

Gaming Fun

If the rides, the waterpark, and animals don’t exhaust the kids, don’t worry – there are games to play! My kids love the carnival-type games the best, but unfortunately the Game Alley was closed when we visited. If it’s open I highly recommend Lucky Duck and Balloon game.  (Tip: The small prizes at Lucky Duck are great so I would try that.) The best thing is that no matter what game you play, everyone comes out a winner! Another fun activity was gem mining. They loved all the treasures they found. As always, the arcade is a hit (and a great spot for cover when the rain started pouring.)

FYI, looks like this is the last season the Reindeer Arcade 🙁


When we visit an amusement park, part of the fun is getting all the food. (Who am I kidding? It’s always about the food!) This time around the kids were craving nachos. We also bought a grilled cheese and hot dog. Getting treats is always a must at an amusement park, so we splurged for Kona Ice. My husband was happy with his “daddy drinks.” FYI, they also have adult slushies.


One of the very first things we do when we visit Santa’s Village is take a picture of the North Pole.  If you’re looking for more photo opportunities, they can be found around every corner from the colorful buildings to the cutouts and, of course, the huge Adirondack chair.


Family fun at Santa's Village in East Dundee, Illinois, a Christmas-themed amusement park with classic rides, animals, and a waterpark.

Family fun at Santa's Village in East Dundee, Illinois, a Christmas-themed amusement park with classic rides, animals, and a waterpark.


  • Watch what you bring in. There is a security check point and they do check all bags. They do not allow snacks or outside food but guests can bring a water bottle (plastic or reusable) into the park.
  • Check their website for fun events. They always have something fun going on! Looks like they have a Halloween and Christmas drive-thru scheduled. How fun!
  • Check the weather. Santa Springs will not open if it is under 72 degrees and not forecasted to exceed 72 degrees by noon.
  • Save if you’re in the military. Tickets are free for active military and just $19.99 for veterans and family members. Tickets must be purchased online.
  • Rained out? They issue rain checks!

Final thought of Santa’s Village

What’s a family not to love? At Santa’s Village you have all types of rides, games, animals, food, and a waterpark. The entire family will have a blast!


Location:  601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee
Hours: Check website for schedule.
Prices: Admission starts at $20.99 per person depending on day; buy tickets online to save more.
Parking: Plenty of FREE parking.


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