Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Christmas 2023

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


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 2023 TWIN CITIES SANTA CLAUS EVENTS

Santa Claus will be making more live appearances in the Twin Cities this year. Before Santa’s sleigh lands on your roof, you can bring your wish lists to these locations: 

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL SANTA EVENTS

Santa & Albert’s Holiday Play: Albert’s Big Surprise

Bachman’s on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Bachman’s annual Holiday Play is perfect for all ages and there’s a chance to sing Christmas carols and meet Santa after most shows. Performed throughout the day weekends only. Opens November 18th – December 17, 2023. 

Holly Trolley

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Take a trolley ride with Santa and toast marshmallows on a fire. $5/rider. Saturdays and Sundays, November 25 & 26; December 2 & 3, 2023.

Santa Sleigh Experience at The Hitching Company

The Hitching Company, 925 N. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401410
Visit includes include crafts, a carriage ride, and photos with Santa. $21.95/rider (Under 3 free on lap). Weekends November 25-December 17, 2023. Book your sleigh ride here.

Santa at Linden Hills Reindeer Day

Upton & 43rd Avenues, Linden Hills, Minneapolis
Photos with Santa & greet with Mrs. Claus at Mint Orthodontics. December 2, 2023, 10am-2pm.

Vinternatt

Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
An evening trolley ride with Santa through hundreds of luminaries. Then roast marshmallows on a fire. December 2, 2023. 6pm-8:30pm. $6/rider.

Santa Visits the North Pole Express

Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Guests travel in vintage railcars with Santa through hundreds of luminaries. Then roast marshmallows on a fire. December 1-3 & 7-10, 2023. $41-$64.50/rider (Tots 2 and under FREE). Sold Out for 2023.

Santa & Elves at European Christmas Market

Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Santa along with his elves and reindeer will be at Union Depot’s European Market. Kids can also go on a scavenger hunt and families can stroll through the market full of handcrafted goods and a selection of food. Fridays-Sundays, November 24-December 17, 2023. FREE to visit.

Best Day to Visit: December 2nd is Union Depot’s Tree Lighting and Movie Night

Santa’s Train Shop

Minnesota Transportation Museum, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
The museum is transformed into Santa’s Train Shop with live musicians, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots of museum fun. Weekends December 2-17, 2023. Tickets $9-$18 or $50/family of 4-6.

Holiday Party & Santa Paws

Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
Join Palace staff for photos with Santa and their pets. Bring your own camera. Families can bring cats and smaller quiet animals (in carriers) for photos beginning at 4:45pm. Families with dogs (on leashes) should wait until 5:15pm. Stick around for a skating party beginning at 5:30pm. Bring your own ice skates. December 7, 2023, 4:45-7:30pm. FREE.

Dinner With Santa

Duluth & Case, 1020 Duluth St, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Ring in the holiday season at this fun family event. Activities include dinner, arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa. December 9, 2023, FREE.

Santa’s Workshop

Landmark Center’s Musser Cortile, 75 5th St. W., Saint Paul, MN 55102
Snap a free pic with Santa and then enjoy games, story time with J.B. Eckert and gift-making. December 10, 2023; 1-3pm, FREE.

Pictures With Santa

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Visit with Santa Claus in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for a photo opportunity in the lush gardens. Bring your own camera and find the perfect spot for your photo. December 10, 2023; 8am-10am. $5/pp and registration required.

Winter Wonderland

North Dale Rec Center, 71414 St Albans St N, St Paul, MN 55117
Santa will visit this wonderland of winter activities. Best for kids 12 and under. December 14, 2023; 6-8pm, FREE.

Santa Like Me

Frogtown Community Center, 237 Thomas Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55103
December 15, 2023; 6-5-7, FREE.

Santa Night at Night Trains

Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Rd Ste. 8, St Paul, MN 55114   
Night Trains runs every Saturday night through February, but on these two nights only, visitors can meet with Santa. 3pm-7pm. December 16th & 23rd, 2023.

Family Christmas Party

Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Santa and his reindeer will visit MGM for a day of holiday fun, including live music and crafts. 11am-3pm. December 16, 2023.

Magical Holiday Experience

Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116, USA  
Event includes a photo with Santa and a craft to make a holiday ornament out of the photo. Kids can write letters to Santa and  play games, and more. Lunch provided. 10am-1pm. December 16, 2023.

Santa’s Workshop

Battle Creek Rec Center, 75 Winthrop St S Saint Paul, MN 55119
Kids can shop for family and friends and get gifts wrapped, while parents wait in the waiting area. No item over $1. December 19, 2023; 5:30-7:30pm. 

Here Comes Santa Claus
Get a family picture with the man in the red suit!

Holiday Express at Phalen Rec Center

1000 E Wheelock Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55106
Take a photo with Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa and do a craft project. Bring your own ice skates to skate under the lights. December 21, 2023, 6-9pm. 


TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featuring events in Albertville, Anoka, Buffalo, Brooklyn Center, Champlin, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Dayton, Elk River, Hanover, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Otsego, Robbinsdale, Spring Lake Park, St Anthony & St Michael.

ALBERTVILLE

Santa & Live Reindeer Photos at Premium Outlets

Get your free holiday photo along with free candy canes and warm drinks. Located outside in Plaza B, near Starbucks. December 2 & 3, 2023, 10am-12pm.

Santa at Albertville Christmas in the Park

Albertville Central Park, 5801 Main Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
The Albertville Lions invite you to attend their annual tree lighting event. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be in attendance along with holiday activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, s’mores over the fire and warm beverages. December 3, 2023, 2-6pm. 

Santa & Mrs Claus Visit Albertville FYCC Winter Wonderland

5975 Main Avenue NE, Albertville, MN
Register for your chance to walk through the Winter Wonderland and meet with Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves. Space is limited, register ahead. November 25, 2023, 9-11am. $5/family.

ANOKA

Santa at Anoka’s Tree Lighting

Anoka City Hall Plaza, 2015 First Ave N, Anoka, MN 55303
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa Shack during the tree lighting festivities, including holiday music, horse-drawn trolley rides, bonfires, holiday shopping and more. Food vendors will be on site. December 2, 2023; 3-7pm.

Selfie with Santa

Rumriver Art Center, 2665 4th Anoka MN 55303
Santa will be at Rumriver’s Holiday Show and Shop and available for photos. Bring your own camera. While there, do a Make and Take project ($5/project) and do some holiday shopping. December 16, 2023; 12pm-2pm.

BROOKLYN CENTER

Snow Many Traditions

Brooklyn Center Community Center, 6301 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Visit Santa Claus while exploring cultural traditions of winter holidays around the world. December 2, 2023, 1pm-3pm.

BUFFALO

Deck The Halls

Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Santa arrives at 3pm to kick off the family fun that ends with a tree lighting at 5pm. December 2, 2023; 3-5pm.

CHAMPLIN

Christmas at the Crossings

Mississippi Crossings, 307 East River Parkway Champlin, MN 55316
Santa visits, hot chocolate, cookies and s’mores during the annual Champlin
tree lighting. December 1, 2023, 4pm-6:30pm.

COON RAPIDS

Santa’s Wonderland at Riverdale Village

12709 Riverdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448
Bring your own camera to capture a moment with Santa. Admission is is $24.95 (or save $2 the first two Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the holiday season) per nuclear family or up to 3 friends. November 24-December 23, 2023.

SantaFest at Riverdale Village

12709 Riverdale Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55448
TODAY ONLY! A free family event – meet Santa and take free photos, plus holiday music, crafts and a petting zoo. December 9, 2023, 12-4pm. 

Santa at Coon Rapids Tree Lighting Festival

Boulevard Plaza, 11002 Crooked Lake Boulevard
Santa sits for pictures with your kids plus hot cocoa and cookies, live music and the holiday tree lighting. December 9, 2023, 3:30-6pm.

CRSYTAL

Santa at Crystal Winterfest

4800 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429
Meet Santa Claus while enjoying the refreshments and other indoor/outdoor activities. December 2, 2023, 10am-12pm.

Tri-City Santa Parade

The cities of Crystal, New Hope & Robbinsdale have banded together this year to present the Santa Parade through town. The parade prominently features Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves, the Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who plus city police and firetrucks. December 9, 2023, starting at 5pm in Robbinsdale.

DAYTON

Santa Visits Holidayton Celebration

12260 Diamond Lake Road, Dayton MN 55327
Grab your pictures with Santa and the Grinch (!) at the community holiday tree lighting festival. Stay for the light parade, cocoa at the bonfire and hayrides. November 30, 5-8pm.

DELANO

Santa Visits Delano Old Fashioned Christmas

Delano’s annual holiday festival features Santa-specific activities such as a storytime & snacks with Santa, a Santa Shoppe and an appearance in the Deladazzle Parade. December 2, 2023, 10am-5pm.

ELK RIVER

Santa in the Park

Rivers Edge Commons, 679 Main St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
Join Santa in the Park for the annual tree lighting. Pre-registered families will have an opportunity for a photo with Santa Claus, caroling, tree lighting, mailbox for letters to Santa. Reservations required to visit with Santa. December 2, 2023. 2pm-5pm, FREE.

Elk River Skate with Santa

1000 School St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330
Held at the Furniture and Things Community Event Center – a completely free Skate with Santa event, skate rental included. December 10, 2023, 3:45-5:15.

HANOVER

Santa at the Historic Hanover Bridge

Millpond Trail, Hanover, MN 55341
Sing-along Christmas carols, llamas in their seasonal best, hot cider and cookies and photo opportunities with Saint Nicholas. Located at the historic Hanover Bridge. December 1, 2023, 6-8pm. FREE.

MAPLE GROVE

Holiday Walk in the Woods

The Woods Gifts, 15825 95th Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Visit with Santa and his reindeer at the Maple Grove location. Live reindeer 11am-2pm. Get a number for a Santa visit beginning at 8:30am. November 18, 2023, 9am-3pm.

Breakfast or Lunch with Santa

Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Annual opportunities to dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Fee includes games, crafts, challenges and imaginative play opportunities. December 2, 2023. $5/pp ages 2 & up, $2/child under 2 years for breakfast. $3-$7/pp for lunch.

Santa at the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

12459 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Santa will light the holiday tree at the roundabout at 5pm. While at the festival, enjoy a light parade, horse-drawn wagon rides, fire performers and “secret Santa” deals at several shops. December 2, 2023, 2:30-5:30pm.

Skate with Santa

Central Park, 12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Skate with Santa to holiday music at Maple Grove’s Central Park. Bring a camera if you want photos with Santa. December 9, 2023; 5pm-8pm. FREE. (Skate rentals $7.50/pair).

Santa at Fair’s Nursery

9340 Fair Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Meet with Santa plus ornament decorating, treats and refreshments while you browse. December 3, 2023, drop in between 11am-2pm.

NEW HOPE

Tri-City Santa Parade

The parade route begins in Robbinsdale, then travels through Crystal into New Hope. December 9, 2023, 5pm start.

OSSEO

Santa at Osseo MiniDazzle

Boerboom Veterans Park, 416 Central Avenue Osseo, MN 55369
Pictures with Santa, a bonfire and other entertainment follows the Light Parade and tree lighting. December 1, 2023, 6-8pm.

OTSEGO

Otsego Santa Day

13400 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330
Register for your trip to the “North Pole” – right in Otesgo. Complete with Santa & Mrs Claus, reindeer and carolers. Bring your letters & wish list. December 9, 2023, time slots between 10am-1pm. Free, but registration is required. 

PLYMOUTH

Holiday Lights at the Hilde

Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, MN 55447
Visit Santa, take in a light display, live music and activities. December 2, 2023, 3-6pm. 

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ROBBINSDALE

Tri-City Santa Parade

The parade route starts here in Robbinsdale, then travels through Crystal into New Hope. December 9, 2023, 5pm start.

ROGERS

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s

20200 Rogers Drive, Rogers, MN 55374
Make your reservation to meet with Santa and get a free photo! Plus, browse Santa’s Toy Shop and take in the other fun attractions at Cabela’s. November 4-December 24, 2023.

Pictures with Santa & Mrs Claus at Flooring Avenue

21200 Rogers Drive, Rogers MN 55374
A free (and quite popular) event in Rogers to get pictures with Santa plus special guests his live reindeer and the Grinch (all guests Saturday only). Plus small gifts, crafts, holiday movies and snacks. Tickets are free but first-come, first-served. November 24-26, 2023. Fri 11am-3pm, Sat 9:30am-4pm & Sun 11am-3pm.

Rogers Lions Breakfast with Santa

12716 Main St., Rogers MN 55374
Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage are on the menu for this free-will offering event. Bring your letters for Santa to drop off in his mailbox and get a free photo with Santa & Mrs Claus with a food shelf donation. December 3, 2023, 8am-12pm.

Rogers Skate with Santa

21080 141st Avenue North, Rogers, MN, 55374
A special Open Skate at the Rogers Activity Center features Santa Claus and free hot cocoa with your paid admission. December 3, 2023, 4-5:10pm. $4/skater over 5 years, rental for $2.

ST MICHAEL

Santa at St Michael Winterfest

Town Center Park, 11800 Town Center Drive NE
Santa, Mrs. Claus & reindeer will be there and the holiday tree will shine. Lots of activities: caroling, bingo, storytime, smores over the fire and hot beverages. December 2, 2023 3-6pm.

Santa Photos at STMA Fire Department

216 Main St S, St Michael, MN 55376-9671
Whose got kids who love fire trucks! Get their photo taken with Santa at the fire station. December 2, 9am-12pm. FREE.

Robert and Wanda Austin pose as the Twin Cities Black Santa and Mrs. Claus
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TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featuring events in Blaine, Centerville, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hudson WI, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, Mounds View, North St Paul, Roseville, Saint Anthony, Shoreview, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake & Wyoming.

BLAINE

Strolling Santa at the Winter Celebration

Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Santa and his reindeer will be strolling Blaine’s winter celebration (but won’t be available for individual visits or photos this year). November 26, 2023; 4:30pm-7:30pm.

Breakfast with Santa

Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive, Blaine, MN 55449
Parent child breakfast with crafts and a photo with Santa. Registration required for specific time session: 9am-12:45pm. (Sessions are expected to fill quickly). $20/parent child pair. December 9th or 16th, 2023.

CENTERVILLE

Centerville Santa Parade

6970 LaMotte Drive, Centerville, MN 55038
The Lions are sponsoring a holiday festival in the park with Santa photos, horse-drawn trolley rides, a bonfire, a free lunch and a Santa parade to follow. December 9, 2023, 3-6pm.

FOREST LAKE

Santa Claus at Forest Lake Masonic Lodge

119 8th Ave SE, Forest Lake, MN 55025
Photos, cookies and cocoa with Santa Claus – free for kids and families, sponsored by the Forest Lake Masons. November 26, 2023, 12-3pm. 

FRIDLEY

Santa Photos at Forgotten Star Brewing

38 Northern Stacks Dr, Fridley, MN 55421
Come one, come all, bring your littles or your pals. Photos with Santa at the brewery. November 25, 2023, 12-4pm. 

HAM LAKE

Santa Visits Hometown Holiday

17565 Central Ave NE, Suite 200, Ham Lake, MN
Santa Claus is just part of the fun of this local holiday festival – kids can also craft ornaments, snack on treats, craft and watch holiday movies indoors. December 9, 2023, 3-6pm. 

HUDSON (WI)

Santa at Light Up Hudson

Lakefront Park Hudson WI 54016
Santa magically illuminates Lakefront Park with thousands of lights along the St Croix River. November 24, 7-8:30pm.

Santa and His Critters

Lakefront Park, Hudson, WI 54016
Santa meets with families in the lit-up Lakefront Park – along with such critters as sled dogs and a petting zoo. December 2, 2023, 12-3pm. 

Camp St Croix Breakfast with Santa

532 County Road F, Hudson, WI 54016
Visit and take photos with Santa, make crafts and holiday wreaths plus musical entertainment and a pancake-and-sausage breakfast. Must reserve your space online. December 9, 2023, 9am-1:30pm, $12/pp.

LINO LAKES

Breakfast with Santa at Lino Lakes Fire Station

7741 Lake Dr., Lino Lakes, MN
Yum! Join Santa in partnering for a breakfast fundraiser at the fire station. November 25, 2023, 8:30-10:30am. Suggested donation of $5/pp.

MAHTOMEDI

Photos with Santa in Mahtomedi

Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Avenue, Mahtomedi
Free photos with Santa and a sweet treat hosted by the American Legion. December 3, 2023, 10am-2pm.

MAPLEWOOD

St Nikolaustag on the Farm

2170 County Rd D E, Maplewood, MN 55109
Learn all about this German holiday tradition at the historic farm property. December 9, 12-5pm.

MOUNDS VIEW

Cookies with Santa

5394 Edgewood Dr, Mounds View, MN 55112
Grab your picture with Santa Claus, decorate a holiday cookie and make a seasonal craft. December 2, 2023, 10am-12pm. 

NORTH ST PAUL

Santa at the Holiday Hop

Historic Downtown, North St Paul, MN 55109
City-wide holiday activities traditionally include visits with Santa. December 2, 2023; 9am-3pm.

ROSEVILLE

Sea Quest & Santa

1595 Highway 36 West, Suite 578, Roseville, MN 55113
Your “Santa Special” package includes a holiday photo shoot at Rosedale Mall and four tickets to SeaQuest, an interactive experience with land and water animals. Offer valid November 15-30, 2023. Packages start around $40. 

Cookies & Cocoa with Kris Kringle

Cedarholm Community Building, 2323 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
Register to bring kids ages 2-10 to visit Santa & enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Parents can bring a camera to take photos of the kids with Santa. Decorate a cookie and create a festive craft. December 2, 2023; 9am-12pm. $12/pp. Registration required.

SAINT ANTHONY

Santa on a Fire Truck

St. Anthony Fire Department and Santa will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots and Nourish 282. December 10, 12 & 13, 2023. See link for locations.

Santa Pictures at Silver Lake Vill. Liq. Store

2602 39th Avenue NE, St. Anthony, MN 55421
Bring the kids (and well-behaved dogs) to visit with Santa and get pictures taken. December 9, 2023.

SHOREVIEW

Letter from Santa

Kids can receive a letter from Santa addressed directly to them. $5/child. Sign up on the Shoreview Parks website.

Santa Cruise

Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, Minnesota 55126
Santa will be cruising the neighborhoods of Shoreview on a decked-out fire truck collecting food shelf donations. December 4, 2023, 5pm-8pm. FREE.

Santa’s Workshop

Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, Minnesota 55126
Kids ages 5-12 can visit with Santa over breakfast and a craft. December 16, 2023, 9am-12pm. $12/pp. Register online.

STILLWATER

Twinkle Party and City Tree Lighting

Lowell Park, 201 Water St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Santa & Mrs. Clause arrive at 5pm for this annual celebration and tree lighting. Come early for shopping, carolers, and free twinkle lights (while supplies last). December 2, 2023; 4-6pm.

VADNAIS HEIGHTS

PJs With Santa

Vadnais Heights Commons, 655 E County Road F., Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
This family event features Santa Claus, games, treats and more. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. December 1, 2023, 6pm-8pm. Pre-registration is required. $10/family residents;$20/family non-residents.

WHITE BEAR LAKE

Santa Visits GoodThings Café

2184 4th Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Bring your camera to this free opportunity to visit with Santa at GoodThings Café. December 1, 2023, 4-6pm. FREE.

Santa at Winterfest

Town Square, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Santa will be strolling Town Square spreading holiday cheer, along with carolers, horse-drawn trolley and all around merriment. Bring your own camera to get a photo with Santa. December 9, 2023, 10am-5pm.

More fun in White Bear Lake: Santa’s elves will be hiding all over downtown between December 14-16, 10am-5pm. See how many you can find.

Children’s Storytime at the Fillebrown with Santa

Fillebrown House, 4735 Lake Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN, 55110
Santa Claus will be hosting an old-fashioned Christmas story time at the Fillebrown cottage. Families can snap a photo with Santa and enjoy cider and cookies while he reads a holiday story. Pajamas are welcome at this evening event. December 7 &, December 12, 2023; 6:30-8pm. $10/pp. Pre-registration required.

WYOMING

Santa Visits Wyoming Tree Lighting Ceremony

Railroad Park, 26755 Faxton Avenue WyomingMN  55092
Santa meets guests at the holiday tree lighting ceremony plus light displays, refreshments and entertainment. December 2, 2023, 4:30-6pm.

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TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featuring events in Afton, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Rosemount, Shakopee & Woodbury.

AFTON

Santa & Mrs Claus at Afton Village Holiday

The jolly Mr & Mrs visit downtown Afton – Selma’s Ice Cream on Friday from 5-8pm & Creative Art Studio on Saturday from 12-3pm. December 1-2, 2023.

BURNSVILLE

Winter Lighting Ceremony

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Welcome winter with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Burnsville’s annual winter kick-off. November 22, 2023, 6pm.

EAGAN

Santa & Reindeer at Central Park Commons

3340 Central Park Commons Drive, Eagan MN
Sit for your free photo with Santa and his reindeer, enjoy cookies and hot beverages, too. December 1-3, 2023, 4-6pm.

Santa & Live Reindeer Photos at Premium Outlets

Twin Cities Premium Outlets, 3965 Eagan Outlets Parkway, Eagan, MN 55122
FREE photos with Santa and his reindeer. Find them outdoors at Center Court near Market Hall. Visitors will also receive free candy canes and warm beverages. December 2-3, 2023. 10am-noon. 

Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm

Holz Farm Park, 4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123
Say hello to Santa when the annual holiday event returns to the farm. Limited photo ops, but families can take a self-guided tour of the grounds, go on a hayride and enjoy the bonfire. December 3, 2023. Noon to 3pm. 

Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Eagan Tree Lighting

Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Santa and Mrs. Claus will spend an hour after the tree has been lit reading stories and singing songs. There will also be hot chocolate, crafts, Free admission to the Blast Indoor Playground and more. FREE. December 5, 2023; 4:30-7pm.

Santa & Swimming

Goldfish Swim School – Eagan, 1278 Town Centre Drive #160, Eagan, MN 55123
Santa will be at this Family Swim and available for photos. Bring your own camera, a non-perishable food donation and your swimsuits. December 16, 2023; 1:30-3pm. $15/family. RSVP Here.

FARMINGTON

Santa at Trains & Treats

Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St, Farmington, MN 55024
Train fans, mark a stop at this station for a train display, sweet Twinkie trains and a visit with Santa (10:30am). November 25, 2023, event 9:30am-12pm. FREE admission, Twinkie trains $3.

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

Santa at Holidays in the Heights Tree Lighting

Veterans Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Enjoy a Tree Lighting outside the Community Center (free) followed by a Holiday Skate with Santa ($6/pp). December 1, 2023; 6pm-8:30pm.

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a North Pole morning with Santa, including a light breakfast. Register to save on admission. $6-$10/pp. Saturday, December 9, 2023.

LAKEVILLE

Santa Visits Terra Garden Center

20230 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044
Have your picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus, walk through a greenhouse winter wonderland and enjoy cookies, coffee, and cider. November 18, 2023, 10am-3pm.

ROSEMOUNT

Breakfast with Santa

Rosemount Community Center Gym, 13885 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus and make crafts. December 2, 2023
; 9am-11am. $5/pp. Registration required.

Letter from Santa

Rosemount residents
Fill out the provided form to get a personalized letter from Santa. $4/pp. Registration required by December. 13th.

WOODBURY

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s

8400 Hudson Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
Make your reservation to meet with Santa and get a free photo! Plus, browse Santa’s Toy Shop and take in the other fun attractions at Cabela’s. November 4-December 24, 2023.

Holiday Walk in the Woods

The Woods Gifts, 8300 Tamarack Village Ste 110, Woodbury, MN 55125
Visit with Santa at the Woodbury location. November 18, 2023.

Cookies and Crafts with Santa

Eagle Valley Golf Course, 2600 Double Eagle Ln, Woodbury, MN 55129
Decorate cookies, make a craft and take pictures with Santa on December 2, 2023. $15/child. Sign up for a time slot between 9am and 1pm.

Santa’s Sweet Celebration

Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center, 9020 Hudson Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
Visits with Santa and his reindeer, character meet & greets, holiday craft projects, S’mores bars, carolers, and a free goodie bag to the first 200 kids, ages 12 and under. Accepting Toys for Tots donations. December 2, 2023; 10am-1pm.

Santa will also be strolling Woodbury Lakes and available to pose for selfies on these dates:

  • November 24, 2023; 11am-4pm
  • November 25, 2023; 12-5pm
  • December 2, 2023; 1-2:30pm
  • December 3, 2023; 12-5pm
  • December 9, 2023; 12-5pm
  • December 10, 2023; 12-5pm
  • December 16, 2023; 12-5pm
  • December 17, 2023; 12-5pm
  • December 23, 2023; 12-5pm

Paint with Santa

Color Me Mine Woodbury, 9140 Hudson Rd – E511, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125
Parent child event – create a handprint keepsake plate with Santa. November 25 & December 9, 2023.

Santa at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater, Minnesota, for a Christmas at the Courthouse Event.
Holiday Fun at Local Museums and Historic Places (Christmas at the Courthouse. Image courtesy of Washington County Parks)

TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featured events in Belle Plaine, Bloomington, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Prior Lake, Richfield, Shakopee, St Louis Park & Wayzata.

BELLE PLAINE

Santa Visits Town & Country

820 E Main St, Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Free, professional photos with Santa plus crafts for kids, a hot cocoa bar and llamas! Who doesn’t love a Christmas llama? November 25, 2023, 10am-1pm.

BLOOMINGTON

The Santa Experience at Mall of America

Mall of America Level, 2131 Lindau Lane, Bloomington, MN 55425
Book your appointment with Santa Claus at the Mall. Packages for purchase. November 18-December 24, 2023.

Best day to visit: Santa’s Arrival Ceremony is November 21, 2023, in the North Atrium followed by a meet and mingle at the Candy Cane Institute. 6-8pm.

Breakfast with Santa

IKEA, 8000 Ikea Way, Bloomington, MN 55425
Join us in the back of the Swedish Restaurant for Breakfast with Santa! Purchase breakfast from the Restaurant then eat, visit, and take photos with Santa. Visit the IKEA Minneapolis events page to learn more and RSVP. Registration is required. December 16, 2023 9:30-11am; December 17, 2023 9-10:30am.

CHANHASSEN

Chanhassen Breakfast with Santa

Chanhassen Brewing Company, 951 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317
Rotary Club is hosting a Santa breakfast with a menu of pancakes with choice of toppings, sausages, coffee, milk, orange juice. Activities for kids, too. Reserve your space online. December 3, 2023, 9am-1pm. $8-$12/pp.

CHASKA

Santa Visits

Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Register for a visit with Santa, including crafts, music and photo ops. 4:30-5:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm. December 1, 2023. $10/family of 6 or less. Registration required.

Hometown Holiday

Sturges Parkm 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Meet Santa, go on a carriage ride, listen to music and watch the tree lighting. December 2, 2023; 2-5pm. 

EDEN PRAIRIE

Swim with Santa

Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Swim with Santa Claus, make an ornament and get a small gift from the big guy. December 15, 2023; 6-7:50pm. $15. Registration required.

EDINA

Santa at 50 & France Tree Lighting

50th & France District, Edina, MN 55424
Santa traditionally the annual Tree Lighting at the 50th & France shopping district. Also enjoy caroling, dance performances, horse-drawn trolley rides and hot beverages. November 25, 2023, 11am-6:30pm.

Photos With Santa at Southdale

Southdale Center, 10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435
Make a reservation online for your family’s time with Santa between November 22-December 24, 2023 and receive a free phone call from Santa.  Morning, afternoon and evening slots available. Packages range from $39.99-$49.99 ($19.99 to reserve).

Photos with Santa & Winter Market

Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435
Take a family photo with Santa, shop local vendors and get some hot cocoa. Learn more in the 2023-24 Winter/Spring Activities Directory. December 8, 2023; 4-7pm. $15/family photo.

EXCELSIOR

Father Christmas at Christkindlsmarkt!

Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331
Join Father Christmas each day of the holiday market and plenty of other holiday magic. November 24-26, 2023. Tickets $5; Season Pass: $10.

GOLDEN VALLEY

Supper With Santa

316 Brookview Parkway S., Golden Valley, MN, 55426
Holiday festivities includes dinner, music, family-friendly activities and a photo op with Santa. December 1, 2023. Registration required for everyone age 2 or over. $19/pp.

Good Shepherd Christmas Market

Good Shepherd School. 145 Jersey Ave S. Golden Valley, MN 55426
Get FREE Santa photos at the Good Shepherd Christmas Market. Plus shop an indoor artist and vendor market and an outdoor Christmas Tree lot. December 2, 2023, 11am-3pm.

MINNETONKA

Wishes & More Breakfast with Santa

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant – New Brighton, 1113 Silver Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112
Bring a camera for a personal photo op with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Activities include breakfast buffet, face painters, crafts, and entertainment. Saturdays, December 9 & 16, 2023
. Reservations required: $20-$25/pp, includes breakfast.

MINNETRISTA

Photos with Santa and Holiday Hayrides

Minnetonka Orchard, 6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista, Minnesota 55364
Family fun includes a holiday hayride and a photo with Santa (or the Grinch) in his festive barn. Visitors will receive hot cocoa or apple cider and a digital photo. Weekends, November 25-December 17, 2023; Santa: 9am-1pm. Grinch: 2pm-5pm. $35-$65/group. Book your timeslot here.

PRIOR LAKE

Santa Visits Decembrrr Dazzle

Lakefront Park, 5000 Kop Parkway SE, Prior Lake MN
Santa will snap photos with visitors in addition to the other fun winter festivities scheduled. December 1, 2023, 6-8:30pm.

RICHFIELD

Santa at Richfield Veterans Memorial Park

6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN 55423
Visit with Santa while you shop for your perfect Christmas tree. November 24-26, 2023, Santa from 11:30am-3:30pm.

SAVAGE

Christmas Photos on the Farm 

WEE Farm, 4562 McColl Drive Savage, MN 55378
Your ticket includes a meet-and-greet photo with Santa, hot cocoa, snacks and a visit with the animals. December 9, 2023, 9am-1:30pm. $20/family.

SHAKOPEE

Santa at Holiday Fest

Downtown Shakopee, MN 55379
Carolers, visits with Santa (Pullman Club, 124 1st Ave), a tree lighting ceremony (5:30pm) and fireworks in Huber Park. Santa will also visit South Metro Federal Credit Union from 10am-1pm. December 2, 2023.

ST LOUIS PARK

Christmas Trees & Santa Visits

3500 Louisiana Ave S St Louis Park MN 55426
Visit with Santa while you shop for your family’s perfect Christmas tree. December 2, 2023, Santa from 11:30am-3:30pm.

Santa at Sota Clothing

6518 Walker Street, St. Louis Park MN
Free holiday photos for the family while you shop for loved ones who love Minnesota. December 3, 2023, 1-5pm.

VICTORIA

Santa at Light Up Victoria

Bayfront Park in Downtown Victoria, 1730 Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria, MN 55386
Santa Claus meets (of course) plus other festivities – the park lights up at 6pm, caroling , hot apple cider, hayrides, llamas and dance performances. December 7, 2023, 6-7pm.

WATERTOWN

Watertown Santa-Stravaganza

309 Lewis Ave S, Watertown, MN 55388
Start the day with free Santa pictures then continue the holiday fun with card-making, live animals, games and  cookie decorating. The holiday tree lighting ceremony is at 4:30pm in City Center Park. Santa Claus will make an appearance on his Watertown Fire Department sleigh. December 2, 2023, 9am-5:30pm.

WAYZATA

Letters to Santa at Panoway

Panoway on Wayzata Bay, 688 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Part of
Wayzata’s Light of the Lake celebrations, Stop by and send a letter to Santa. November 24, 2023.


Pictures With Santa at Malls and Shopping Centers

Santa Claus showing kids what he has in his bag of goodies at Valley West Shopping Center in Bloomington, MN
Image courtesy Valley West Shopping Center

Santa will simultaneously be at several malls and shopping areas during the pre-Christmas season selling photo packages. Most malls now allow (and often prefer) guests to book a time to reduce time standing in line and they even offer a night to bring in pets for pet photos.

Mall of America – The Santa Experience

MOA First Floor, S104, 2131 Lindau Lane, Bloomington, MN 55425
November 18-December 24, 2023
Sign up to visit with the Santa of your choice – in-person or virtual visits available.
 Book your time slot for the Santa Experience here.

Eden Prairie Center

8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
November 16-December 24, 2023.
Reserve your time with Santa at Eden Prairie Center here.

Northtown Mall

398 Northtown Dr NE., Blaine, MN 55434

November 17-December 24, 2023
Traditionally, Santa’s Village is located in the Burlington Court. 

Ridgedale Center

12401 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

November 16-December 24, 2023
Santa pictures available for morning, afternoon and evening time slots. Reservations for 15-minute time slots are encouraged. Reservations for Ridgedale Center photos with Santa can be made here.

Rosedale Center

1595 MN-36, Roseville, MN 55113

November 15-December 24, 2023
Photos with Santa. Hours Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm. Christmas Eve 10am-2pm.
Make reservations to visit Santa at Rosedale Mall here.

Photos With Santa at Southdale

Southdale Center, 10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435
Opening November 22, 2023

More 2023 details are coming. Stay tuned.

Visit Santa Claus at Burnsville Center

Burnsville Center, 1178 Burnsville Center, Burnsville, MN 55306
November 30-December 24, 2023

Find Santa on the lower level near the play area and JCPenney. Reserve a spot online.

Want to Track Santa’s Flight Path Across the United States?

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) starts tracking Mr. Claus on December 1st through Christmas Eve.


Santa walking away down the road in Stillwater, Minnesota
Catch him before it’s too late!

6 thoughts on “Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Christmas 2023”

    1. I think you just go to bed on Christmas Eve and he just shows up. You might have to live in a first world and/or Christian country, though. I haven’t tested that theory.

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