Here Comes Santa Claus – 2018 Christmas in the Twin Cities

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Santa Claus has headed full speed into his busy public appearance time of year. Appearances start this week already! That jolly old guy sure can get around! This is a sampling of some of the best places to run into the guy. We’ll keep adding to it all season, so let us know if you have any additions.

Here Comes Santa Claus - Christmas in the Twin Cities

Events with Santa Claus

12/1/18-12/16/18: Santa’s Train Shop | Minnesota Transportation Museum, St Paul | Weekends 10am-4pm | $5-$12/pp | The museum is transformed into Santa’s Train Shop with live music, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots of museum fun.

12/7/18: Dinner With Mr. & Mrs. Claus | Langford Rec, St. Paul |5:30-7 pm | Spaghetti dinner, craft, cookie decorating and face painting. Bring your own camera. Walk-ins accepted. |$5/pp.

12/7/18: PJs With Santa | Vadnais Heights Commons | 6-8pm | $10/res family, $20/non-res, register with the City of Vadnais Heights by 12/3. This family event features Santa Claus, a face painter, balloon animals, holiday games, the “No Nose for Rudolph Show” and cookies. Cozy up with pajamas if you like!

12/7/18-12/9/18: Nature Hike With Santa | Eastman Nature Center | Fri 10am-12pm, Sat 10am-12pm & 1-3pm, Sun 1-3pm | $7/pp | Look for magical reindeer food, decorate a Santa letter, create edible squirrel ornaments, and get one-on-one time with Santa. Refreshments included. Register for Activty #1ENC0300 from 10/31 – 12/3/18.

12/8/18: Santa Visit and Free Soda Tasting | Blue Sun Soda | 12-4pm | Santa will be visiting Blue Sun Soda Shop because even Santa loves free soda tasting. 

12/8/18: Prepare for Santa’s Arrival with Mrs. Claus | Eagle Valley Golf Course, Woodbury | Spend the morning learning and preparing for The Big Guy’s arrival. Mrs. Claus and her helpers will have activities and an interactive story  | 3 morning sessions | Ages 2+ with an adult; $7/child. Pre-registration required.

12/8/18: Breakfast with Santa | Minnetonka Community Center | 9:30am-11am | $10/pp | Experience a magical morning with holiday music, a continental breakfast, letter writing to the North Pole and a photo with Santa! Register early for this popular annual event.

12/8/18: Christmas Winter Ball | The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove | 2pm-4:30pm | Enjoy a royal ball complete with princesses and Santa Claus. Kids are encouraged to dress up. Tickets Required: $45.00.

12/8/18: Breakfast with Santa | Old Country Buffet, Burnsville | 9am-11am | Regular buffet prices apply. 

In 2017, Santa joined Gianna on WCCO to talk about the best places to visit with him in the Twin Cities!

12/9/18: Santa’s Workshop | Landmark Center, St. Paul | 1-3pm | Snap pics with Santa, meet a pair of his reindeer, play games and made some handmade holiday gifts at the craft tables. FREE.

12/9/18: Santa at the Market | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | 1-4pm | Catch Santa hanging out in the Central Plaza, tell him your holiday wishes and even get a few pictures. FREE.

12/9/18: Nikolausabend Celebration | St. Peter Lutheran, Watertown | 4:30-7pm | Traditional German holiday buffet and kids can visit with Nikolaus, enjoy some fun games, Christmas crafts & treats. FREE, but reservations requested, email admin@stpeterlc.org or call 952.955.1679 .

12/9/18 & 12/16/18: Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit | Choo Choo Bob’s | 4-6pm | Kids can bring their wish list and parents can bring a camera to take pictures. FREE.

12/10/18: Santa’s Arrival | Northtown Mall | 10am-8pm | First 50 families to purchase photos on the day receive a FREE plush toy. 

12/13/18: Dinner With Santa | Dayton’s Bluff, St. Paul | 6 – 8pm | Ring in the holiday season at this fun, free family event. Activities include dinner, arts and crafts, games, and a visit with Santa. (Please bring a camera to take a picture with Santa!) | FREE

12/14/18:  Annual Santa Party | Health Foundations Birth Center | 10am-12pm | A photographer will be taking pictures There will be treats, crafts, live music from Santa and more! | FREE, but fills up fast, pre-register at the link.

12/14/18Skate With Santa | Vadnais Sports Arena | 6pm-9pm | FREE, Skate Rental $5 | Join the Maplewood Figure Skating Club at the Vadnais Sports Arena for the opportunity to skate with Santa.

12/14/18: Santa at the Market | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | 4-7pm | Catch Santa hanging out in the Central Plaza, tell him your holiday wishes and even get a few pictures. FREE.

12/15/18: Candy Cane Hunt | Silverwood Park, St Anthony | 1-4pm | $6/pp | Candy cane hunts divided by age; horse-drawn wagon ride, warm treats, arts, and photos with Santa. 

12/15/18: Santa and Live Reindeer Visits | Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan | 10am-12pm | FREE | Visit with Santa, Donner and Blitzen. You may pet the reindeer and take pictures with them and Santa. 

12/15/18: Santa at the Farmers Market | Minnetonka Farmers Market | 10am-12pm | FREE | Also, enjoy live music, vendors and crafters. 

12/15/18: Santa at the Market | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis | 12-4pm | Catch Santa hanging out in the Central Plaza, tell him your holiday wishes and even get a few pictures. FREE.

12/15/18: Skate with Santa | Braemar Arena, Edina | 10:30-Noon | $12/pp || Event includes hot chocolate, cookies, open skating and photo ops with Santa! Register by Dec. 8th.

12/16/18: Santa and Live Reindeer Visits | Albertville Premium Outlets | 1pm-3pm | FREE | Visit with Santa, Donner and Blitzen. You may pet the reindeer and take pictures with them and Santa. 

12/15/18 & 12/22/18: Santa Night @ Night Trains | Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, St Paul | 6-9pm | $15/pp | Night Trains runs every Saturday night through February, but on these two nights, you can visit with Santa.

12/16/18: Skating With Santa (PDF) | Apple Valley Sports Arena | 3:30-5pm | $5/pp at the door, skate rental $3 | Santa will be at the Open Skate Session. Free apple cider and treats, holiday music and face painting.

12/18/18 & 12/22/18: Breakfast with Nature Santa | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley | 10am-noon | $7/pp, pre-registration required (763-572-3588) | Enjoy breakfast, a story, and activities with Nature Santa. Bring your camera!

12/19/18: Supper with Santa | Groveland Rec Center, St. Paul | 5:30-7:30pm | Dinner, music, crafts and games and the opportunity to tell Santa what’s on your wish list. Bring your own camera. FREE.

12/20/18: Dinner With Santa | Hancock Rec Center, St. Paul | 6 – 7:30 pm | Families will enjoy pasta dinner, party, and a visit from Santa. | FREE, but space is limited. Please pre-register by calling Hancock 651.298.4393, Scheffer 651.298.5820 or West Minnehaha 651.298.5823.

12/21/18: Skate with Santa | Neill Park, Burnsville | 6-8pm | Skating, a candy cane hunt, bonfire, and visits with Santa. FREE.

12/22/18: Santa Skate | Schwan Super Rink | 1:45-3:15pm | Skate with Santa, enjoy cookies and juice. Photo booth, games and prizes. Pictures with Santa. | $7 per person, no pre-registration necessary. Skates and helmets available for rent. 

12/22/18: Santa Visit | Blue Sun Soda | 12-4pm | Santa will be visiting Blue Sun Soda Shop. 

Find Santa Claus at Malls and Shopping Centers

Santa will simultaneously be at several malls during the pre-Christmas season. Remember, Santa Claus is old and needs occasional breaks.

11/8/18-12/24/18: Ridgedale Center 

11/8/18-12/24/18: Rosedale Center | Find Santa at the Winter Castle in East Court. Sensory Friendly Santa is Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9 am to 11 am.

11/8/18-12/24/18: Santa Land & the Santa Experience at Mall of America | With options to drop in and queue or schedule an appointment.

11/10/18-12/24/18: Burnsville Center | Find Santa in the Macy’s Court

11/10/18-12/24/18: Northtown Mall | Find Santa in the Burlington Court, 10am-4pm. Sensitive Santa begins November 16, 2018.

11/24/18-12/24/18: Southdale Center | Find Santa at the Center Court. Caring Santa is Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9 am to 11 am.

11/14/18-12/24/18: Maplewood Mall | Find Santa in the Lower level JCPenney court, Find schedule here. Sensitive Santa begins December 2-9, 2018; 9am-11am.

11/24/18-12/24/18:  Strolling Santa | Woodbury Lakes | Black Friday, December Weekends & Christmas Eve | Look for Santa as he strolls in and out of Woodbury Lakes stores, visiting with shoppers, posing for selfies and listening to whispered wishes.


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