Northside North Pole



Sunday, December 8 from 11am – 7pm


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Sunday, December 8
Mas Alla del Sol – 5848 N. Broadway

Brunch with Santa kicks off Northside North Pole’s day at Mas Alla del Sol. Families and friends can drop in to enjoy delicious Mexican brunch items with Santa. Tickets are not required to attend this event. Brunch is not included and guests are responsible to pay for their own meals.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM on Sunday, December 8
Cedar Park – 5311 N. Winthrop

After filling your bellies with chilaquiles and french toast at Mas Alla del Sol’s Brunch with Santa, walk off those calories by heading over to Kidkindlmarket at Cedar Park! Part of Edgewater’s Kid’s Biz Day series, Kidkindlmarket showcases over 15 young entrepreneurs selling their handmade gift items (such as ornaments, soy candles, handmade mittens and scarves and more) at this outdoor Holiday Market. Do your holiday shopping and support a great cause. Cash only to purchase vendor items. This is not a ticketed event and is free to attendEvent will take place snow or shine


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 8
Care for Real  – 5339 N Sheridan Road

Squeeze in more family-time while helping out your local community at Care for Real’s Families Care open house. Come tour Care for Real’s new renovated space and take some time to create cards to warm their clients’ holiday season, enjoy a hot cocoa bar and help create Care for Real’s holiday window display. Guests are encouraged to bring a (new, unwrapped) toy to donate to their holiday toy drive. Be sure to RSVP to participate for this community event.



3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 8
Edgewater Playhouse – 1048 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Children who are crawlers through 6 years of age may enjoy two hours of Open Gym time with the option to build their own stuffed animal with the help of Santa’s Elves and Teddy Bear Mobile – Chicago North. An adult must accompany the child(ren) for this entire event. Should the kiddos or grownups get hungry, our fridge will be stocked with Lil’gourmets for purchase and Fat Chris’s Pizza and Such will be at the Playhouse selling pizza by the slice. Admission fee to participate in Santa’s Workshop starts at $35 (these fees include two hours of play, 1 stuffed animal, a birth certificate, and a t-shirt for the animal that the kids can decorate in the workshop or at home). Click here to find out more about pricing and ticket purchasing.


5:00 PM – 5:45 PM on Sunday, December 8
Bryn Mawr between Sheridan and Broadway

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM: NEW THIS YEAR. After touring Care for Real’s renovated space, head on over to the Historic Bryn Mawr District and join Santa and Edgewater’s Pet Mayor Pax the Goat for the first-ever Lights on Bryn Mawr event, hosted by the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and SSA26! Starting at the Bryn Mawr CTA Red Line Station at 5:00 p.m. join Santa, Pax and all of his elves as they lead a stroll through Bryn Mawr’s sidewalks. Continue the fun stopping to gaze at participating business as they light the way with their holiday window displays. Participating business windows were inspired by this year’s theme, Holiday Memories. This is a free event, everyone is welcomed to join Santa and Pax the Goat for Lights on Bryn Mawr.


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Sunday, December 8
Lytle House – 5517 N Broadway

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Santa and Edgewater’s Pet Mayor Pax the Goat will finish their stroll at the Lytle House for the Edgewater Chamber’s annual Pictures with Santa. TK Photography will take your holiday photo with Santa for free! Guests can nosh on cookies from Edge of Sweetness and hot cider from Conn’s Catering while they wait to take their pictures. 

Please note: TK Photography is providing one (1) free digital picture with Santa. You can purchase additional images and prints through them.


Should I Attend in 2020?

The Northside North Pole is open to EVERYONE! The Chamber welcomes all residents both young and old to enjoy a full day of holiday activities right here in Edgewater.


The best part of the Northside North Pole is that most activities are free to participate! Anyone and everyone can join in at any point throughout the day and participate in activities, including a stop at the Lytle House to take pictures with Santa. Please note some events require RSVP or additional fees for food or participation.


Come back throughout the holiday season to view the Lights on Bryn Mawr window displays until January 3. Here is the list of participating businesses  for Lights on Bryn Mawr:

Bryn Mawr Jewelry, CLK Chicago, Edgewater Playhouse, First Midwest Bank, Francesca’s, Mama K’s and Salon Echo.

Northside North Pole Picture Gallery 2019

All pics taken by TK Photography