Improv Playhouse Theater’s Winter Wonderland Features Visits with Santa with Temperature Check

LIBERTYVILLE – Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus or Buddy the Elf are coming to the Improv Playhouse Theater Winter Wonderland for family visits this holiday season.

Improv Playhouse will be doing all it can to keep the Jolly Old Elf and your family safe, including restricting children from sitting on Santa’s knee.

Santa’s hours are limited to noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. The Improv Playhouse Theater Winter Wonderland is at 733 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Liberty Square shopping center in Libertyville.

Parents are required to make online reservations at Walkups are welcome, but will be placed on standby.

Despite the pandemic, the theater company has been hosting programming for adults and children, abiding by the state’s guidelines. Improv Playhouse pivoted to hybrid programming in March.  

“We have just been super creative in keeping everyone as safe as possible, as well as meeting the essential programming needs for those who desire to be in person,” said David Stuart, the executive director and founder of IP. “Out of safety concerns and other logistical issues, we did not want to compromise the risk to our mature actors for our now canceled production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ So as an alternative to our traditional holiday programming, we are creating a Winter Wonderland in our annex space and opening up for Santa visits.”

Improv Playhouse is taking every precaution with visits with Santa.

“The young ones will tell Santa what they want for Christmas from 6 feet away, and our visitors will be required to wear face masks, even while posing for photos,” Stuart said. “Folks should bring their own smartphones or cameras to capture this wonderful memory. Santa and his helpers will be wearing clear face shields.”

Families will complete a temperature screening with a noncontact kiosk and stand in a designated area to allow for physical distancing.

Between reservations, the Mrs. Claus Cleanup Crew will sanitize the space.