Santa swaps reindeer for a carousel at Volo Museum

With his many appearances at shopping malls, city parks and more, Santa certainly makes the rounds this time of year. But a unique opportunity to capture a memory with St. Nick will be available at the Volo Museum.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, Santa will greet families in the Carousel Museum and Music Hall at the museum, 27582 Volo Village Road.

"It's magical," marketing director Jim Wojdyla said of the space. "The Grams family spent about $2.5 million restoring the 1920s carousel that is the centerpiece. They built this whole building to house it, and they've surrounded it with all of these beautifully carved, hand-painted, fully functional music machines and other vintage arcade pieces that are also amazing.

"Everything in here is 100 or more years old," he continued, "and it all works."

Children queuing up for a Kriss Kringle chat will have the chance to take a spin on the carousel with him.

A professional photographer will post Santa visit pics online for visitors to download later, and it's all included with the regular price of admission, Wojdyla said.

"We look forward to seeing the smiles on family members' faces as they take it all in and enjoy an especially memory-making time with Santa at the museum," he said.

"And, of course, there is so much to do and see here before or after the Santa stop. We're featuring holiday-themed drinks and snacks in our new Grams Central Station, and our awe-inspiring exhibits never disappoint."

In addition to the muscle and movie cars for which the museum - formerly named Volo Auto Museum - has been renowned for decades, it's now also home to everything from tractors to trains, snowmobiles, boats, a military museum and even an indoor, animatronic dinosaur park.

"We like to keep it interesting," Wojdyla said. "One visit here is never the same as the next. Even Santa said he can't wait to see what's new."

The Volo Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $19.95 per adult, $17.95 per senior, $16.95 for military, $12.95 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger.

Separate admission to the Jurassic Gardens dinosaur park is $15.95 each; free for children 4 and younger.

Combo passes for both attractions cost $31.95 for an adult or $24.95 for children ages 5-12, and are good for two consecutive days.

For other details, visit, find Volo Museum on social media, or call (815) 385-3644.

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