Fantasyland opens Saturday

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Photo courtesy of the city of Lincoln Park
Fantasyland has welcomed families for nearly years, with nearly 20,000 attendees taking in the seasonal sights. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand beginning Nov. 30.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — Holiday traditions are best that include something for all ages, and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce has been delivering that for nearly half a century.

The 49th annual Fantasyland Christmas display opens at 5 p.m. Saturday for the season, bringing together at the Kennedy Memorial Bandshell, 3240 Ferris, time-honored exhibits along with a few additions.

Each year the building is re-imagined as a holiday wonderland, with seasonal displays and exhibits that have long been a family tradition and destination. Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome all for a visit, gift wish-list collection and photos, and this year’s displays include an exhibit by the Lincoln Park Train Club.

Last year’s event drew nearly 20,000 visitors and the 49th installment should meet or surpass that number. Fantasyland is populated with countless lights, an old-fashioned schoolhouse, and the return of the Fantasyland coloring book that had been a staple in the 1960s.

The holiday schedule also includes Breakfast with Santa at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Lincoln Park Senior Center. The pancake breakfast — $10 for ages 10 and up, $6 for children under 10 — concludes with a walk through Fantasyland.

Fantasyland will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. on weekends and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. Admission is $1, and photos with Santa are available for $3, two for $5. Proceeds and sales of novelty candy help support the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.

For more information go to the Chamber of Commerce website, www.lpchamber.org.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)