Downtown Evanston will welcome Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Evanston Visitor Information Center at 820 Davis St., Suite 151.
He'll be there to hear from children about their Christmas wishes and to pose for photos for parents who bring their cameras to the free event.
Parents can also do some holiday shopping by purchasing a prepaid Downtown Evanston Gift ;Card, that can be redeemed at over 150 downtown Evanston restaurants and shops and at the Century Theatres.
The gift card is available in denominations of $5 to $500 and can be purchased with Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Regular business hours to purchase the gift card, are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The gift card is also available for purchase at First Bank and Trust located at 820 Church St. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and cards can also be ordered online.
During Santa's appearance buttons for the New Year's Eve celebration, First Night Evanston, will also be on sale.
Free parking is available in the three city garages downtown weekdays from 5 p.m. to midnight and all day Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3.