Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Christmas 2022

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 the guy. We’ll keep adding to it all season, so let us know if you have any additions.

2022 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 (and Sprinkles?) Holiday Play

Bachman’s on Lyndale | 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Bachman’s annual Holiday Play is perfect for all ages. Photos with Santa: Stop into the Bachman’s on Lyndale to take a picture with Santa and Albert Cut Outs. 2022 TBA.

Santa hosts the North Pole Express

Union Depot | 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Travel in vintage railcars with Santa and crew. They’ll share the magic of the North Pole. 2022 TBA.

Winter Market and Family Holiday Celebration

St. Paul Farmers Market | 290 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Visit with Santa at the Farmers Market and have a photo taken for free. Other family fun will include kids activities and crafts, snacks and cider and live holiday music. This could also be a great time to get your Christmas tree. 2022 TBA. 10am-12pm. FREE.

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 music, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots of museum fun. 2022 TBA.

Dinner With Santa

Dayton’s Bluff | 800 Conway St, St Paul, MN 55106
Ring in the holiday season at this fun family event. Activities include dinner, arts and crafts, games, and a visit with Santa. 2022 TBA.

Dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Langford Recreation Center | 30 Langford Park, St Paul, MN 55108
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a spaghetti dinner, photo ops, crafts and cookie decorating. 2022 TBA.

Family Friday

Midtown Global Market | 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join Santa for a family fun and old-time hillbilly music with the Roe Family Singers. 2022 TBA. 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, you can visit with Santa. December 10th & 17th, 2022.

Santa Paws

Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
Photograph your pet with Santa with your own camera or there will be a photographer on site for an additional fee. 2022 TBA $5.

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 11, 2022; 1-3pm, FREE.

Santa's Workshop at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Santa’s Workshop at the Landmark Center

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 14 and under. 2022 TBA; 6-8pm, FREE.

Santa’s Workshop

Battle Creek Rec Center, 75 Winthrop St S Saint Paul, MN 55119
Kids can shop for family and friends. No item over $1. 2022 TBA.

Magical Holiday Stroll

Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy, Saint Paul, MN, 55116
Decorate cookies with Santa, enjoy games and treats and stroll through winter scenes. 2022 TBA.

Wee Wednesday – Santa and Holiday Music

Midtown Global Market | 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Join Santa and pianist Kent Eklund for holiday music and a chance to see the big guy. 2022 TBA; 11am-1pm. FREE.

Winter Beach Party

Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, 270 Lexington Parkway N., Saint Paul, MN, 55104
Join Santa at Great River Water Park for photos, swimming, music and fun. 2022 TBA, FREE.

Holidazzle

Loring Park | 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
We’re so excited to welcome Santa back to visit the annual Holidazzle festival. Fridays-Sundays, November 25th through December 18, 2022.

Here Comes Santa Claus

Dinner With Santa

Duluth & Case Recreation Center | Case Ave E & Duluth St., St Paul, MN 55106
Families will enjoy food, crafts, and a visit from Santa. 2022 TBA.

Phalen Holiday Express

Phalen Rec Center, 1000 E Wheelock Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55106
Take a photo with Santa by the Phalen Rec Center fire place, enjoy cookies and cocoa, make art and craft projects and ice skate. 2022 TBA; 6pm-7:30pm, FREE.


TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featuring events in Albertville, Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Dayton, Fridley, Maple Grove, Osseo, Ramsey, Spring Lake Park & St Anthony.

ALBERTVILLE

Santa and Live Reindeer Visits

Albertville Premium Outlets | 6415 Labeaux Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
Visit with Santa and pet the reindeer. FREE photos, candy canes and warm beverages. 2022 TBA; 10am-12pm, FREE.

BLAINE

Cookies & Claus

Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Dr NE., Blaine, MN 55434
Greet Santa as he arrives at Burlington Court for the season. Kids can decorate their own cookie while supplies last. 2022 TBA; 11am-1pm.

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). 2022 TBA; 5:30pm-8pm.

Breakfast with Santa

Mary Ann Young Center | 9150 Central Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434
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). $20parent child pair. Register online. Dec 10th or 17th, 2022.

Santa Skate

Schwan Super Rink | 1850 105th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55449
Skate with Santa, enjoy cookies and juice. Photo booth, games and prizes. Pictures with Santa in a Zamboni. 2022 TBA; $10 per person, no pre-registration necessary. Skates and helmets available for rent.

CHAMPLIN

Breakfast with Santa

Champlin Fire Station, 11955 Champlin Dr, Champlin, MN 55316
Bring your camera and the whole family to this event. Sign up for a time slot and arrive any time during that period. FREE. Register online. 2022 TBA.

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. First 250 kids get a free goodie bag, free petting zoo, kids craft station and shopping. 2022 TBA. 2pm-5pm.

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. November 19, 2022, 9am-3pm.

Breakfast/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 3, 2022.

Skate with Santa

Maple Grove Central Park, 12000 Central Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Grab your ice skates (or rent them at the pavilion, $7) and join Santa at the ice skating loop with holiday music, a light show and more. 2022 TBA 5-8pm, FREE admission.

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. Dec 2, 2022, 6-8pm.

Lunch with Santa

Osseo Community Center | 4415 Central Ave, Osseo, MN 553699
Kids eat free and adults are $10/plate. 2022 TBA, 11am-1pm.

PLYMOUTH

Holiday at the Hilde

Hilde Performance Center | 3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, MN 55447
Visit Santa, take in a light display, music and activities. Dec 3, 2022, 4-7pm. 

SAINT ANTHONY

Santa on the Fire Truck

Saint Anthony, MN 55418
Santa Claus and the St. Anthony Fire Department will be driving through town collecting for Toys for Tots and Nourish 282. 2022 TBA

SPRING LAKE PARK

Santa at Blue Sun Soda Shop

Blue Sun Soda Shop | 1625 County Highway 10 Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
Celebrate Blue Sun’s 6th Birthday and have your photo taken with Santa. 2022 TBA, 4-8pm. 


TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featuring events in Maplewood, North St Paul, Roseville, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake.

MAPLEWOOD

Cookies With Santa

Maplewood Mall | 3001 White Bear Ave., St Paul, MN 55109
Greet Santa as he arrives at KidX Court for the season. Kids can decorate their own cookie while supplies last. 2022 TBA; 11am-12pm.

Breakfast with Santa

Bruentrup Heritage Farm | 2170 County Rd D E, Maplewood, MN 55109
Includes a full pancake breakfast and a chance to meet Santa. 2022 TBA: Tickets $10-$12/pp. Call 651-426-4718 to reserve your spot.

NORTH ST PAUL

Santa at the Holiday Hop

Historic Downtown | North St Paul, MN 55109
City-wide holiday activities including visits with Santa. 2022 TBA: 9am-3pm, FREE.

SHOREVIEW

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 10, 2022, 9am-12pm. $10/pp. Register by December 7th.

STILLWATER

Elf Takeover on Main Street

Downtown Stillwater | MN 55082
I’m not sure if the big guy will make an appearance, but Santa’s elves will be up to crazy antics all over Main Street. If you can catch one, you get a candy cane. 2022 TBA, 5pm-8pm.

VADNAIS HEIGHTS

Skate with Santa

TCO Sports Garden | 1490 County Road E East, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
Skate with Santa, watch a Maplewood Figure Skating Club skating exhibition, play games, and enter a drawing for free skating lessons. FREE. Limited FREE skate rentals. 2022 TBA, 5:30pm-8pm.

WHITE BEAR LAKE

Santa at Winterfest

Town Square | White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Santa will be strolling Town Square spreading holiday cheer. Bring your own camera to get a photo with him. 2022 TBA, 11am-2pm.


TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featuring events in Afton, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights & Woodbury.

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. Free cocoa, cookies, candy canes and hot sandwiches. 2022 TBA, 6pm, FREE.

Afton Alps Claus Day

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Photos with Santa (12pm) and complimentary s’mores (1pm). Discounted lift tickets for anyone dressed up like Mr. or Mrs. Claus. 2022 TBA. Lift Tickets $64-$69/pp.

EAGAN

Old Fashioned Holiday

Holz Farm Park | 4665 Manor Dr, Eagan, MN 55123
Say hello to Santa when the annual holiday event returns to the farm. Dec 4, 2022. More details TBA. 

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS

Santa at Holidays in the Heights Events

Veterans Community Center | 8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Activities at the Community Center include Swim with Santa, Holiday Skate with Santa, A North Pole Morning with Santa. 2022 TBA. Register at the link to find prices and times.

ROSEMOUNT

Community Tree Lighting

Steeple Center | 14375 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068
The annual tree lighting plus treats, kids activities, choir performances, and a visit from Santa. 2022 TBA, 6-7pm.

SHAKOPEE

Santa at Holiday Fest

Downtown | Shakopee, MN 55379
Carolers, visits with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. 2022 TBA, 1-5:30pm.

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. 2022 TBA.

Holiday Walk in the Woods

The Woods Gifts | 8300 Tamarack Village Ste 110, Woodbury, MN 55125
Visit with Santa at the Woodbury location. Nov 19, 2022, 10am-3pm.

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. 2022 TBA.

Santa’s Sweet Celebration

Woodbury Lakes Shopping Center, 9020 Hudson Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
Chat with Santa (no photos this year and Santa will be wearing a mask), live reindeer, trackless train rides, costumed characters, photo opps (not Santa), craft project, treats for kids and carolers. Accepting Toys for Tots donations. 2022 TBA; 10am-1pm.


TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO SANTA EVENTS

Featured events in Bloomington, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Prior Lake, Shakopee, St Louis Park & Watertown.

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. 2022 TBA. 

Santa at Blue Sun Soda Shop

Blue Sun Soda Shop | 9801 Nicollet Ave South, Bloomington, MN. 55423
Celebrate Blue Sun’s new location in Bloomington and have your photo taken with Santa. 2022 TBA, 11am-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 3, 2022.

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. 2022 TBA; 6-7:30pm. $9.30. Registration Required.

EDINA

Santa at Holiday Tree Lighting

50th & France | Edina, MN 55424
Santa will visit the annual Tree Lighting at the 50th & France shopping district. Also enjoy caroling, dance performances, horse-drawn trolley rides and hot beverages. 2022 TBA,  3-6pm.

Holiday Winter Wonderland

Centennial Lakes Park | 7499 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435
Visit with Santa Claus and pose for a professional photographer. Registration required. Dec 10, 2022,  4-7pm. $15/family.

EXCELSIOR

Father Christmas at Christkindlsmarkt Live!

Excelsior Commons | 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331
Join Father Christmas each day of the market, along with a frozen princess and her snowman and plenty of other Holiday magic. November 26, 2022; 10am-Noon. Tickets $5; Kids 12 and under FREE. Season Pass: $10.

GOLDEN VALLEY

Supper With Santa

Brookview | 316 Brookview Parkway S., Golden Valley, MN, 55426
Holiday celebration includes dinner, music, family-friendly activities and a photo op with Santa. December 2, 2022; 6pm-7:15pm. Registration required for everyone age 2 or over. $16-$19/pp.

WATERTOWN

Nikolausabend Celebration

St. Peter Lutheran | 3030 Navajo Ave, Watertown, MN 55388 
Traditional German holiday buffet and kids can visit with Nikolaus, enjoy some fun games, Christmas crafts and treats. 2022 TBA, 4-6pm. FREE, but reservations requested, call 952.955.1679 or email admin@stpeterlc.org.

WAYZATA

Santa in Colonial Square

1151 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Part of Wayzata’s Light of the Lake celebrations, Stop by the mall to visit with Santa and his reindeer. Nov 25, 2022.

Photos with Santa at The Northern Express

1151 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Explore Santa’s workshop, meet reindeer, and take pictures with Santa himself. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 2022 TBA. Tickets: $15-$22

MINNETONKA

Wishes & More Santa Social

Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru, 12520 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Children will share their holiday wish list with Santa and smile for a professional photo with the Big Guy himself! But the fun doesn’t stop there – after visiting with Santa, kids will have the opportunity to get their face painted and receive a festive craft & snack to-go. Sing up for a timeslot, but stay as long as you wish. December 11, 2021; 9am-12pm. $50/family (up to 4 children). Each family will receive 1 professional digital photo and can purchase more.

 

Dec 13th – 19th:

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. Nov 6-Dec 24, 2021. 

WAYZATA

Photos with Santa at The Northern Express

1151 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Explore Santa’s workshop, meet reindeer, and take pictures with Santa himself. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, December 3-19, 2021. Tickets: $15-$22

Dec 20th – 24th:

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. Nov 6-Dec 24, 2021. 

WAYZATA

Photos with Santa at The Northern Express

1151 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Explore Santa’s workshop, meet reindeer, and take pictures with Santa himself. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, December 3-19, 2021. Tickets: $15-$22


Pictures With Santa at Malls and Shopping Centers

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
Sign up to visit with the Santa of your choice – in person or virtually. November 6, 2021 through Christmas Eve. Book your time slot for the Santa Experience here.

Bonus Family Fun:

Make a special day of it and combine this visit with a stroll through the Festival of Trees — a winter wonderland of extraordinary Christmas trees. Admission proceeds ($10) benefit the Special Olympics of Minnesota. Open Nov 17th – January 5th. Learn more about the Festival of Trees here.

Eden Prairie Center

8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Nov 20-Dec 24, 2021
Find Santa in Scheels Court. Reserve your time with Santa at Eden Prairie Center here.

Bonus Family Fun:

Special theme days on select Mondays.

Maplewood Mall

3001 White Bear Ave., St Paul, MN 55109
Nov 19-Dec 24, 2021
Find Santa in the lower level near Shoe Dept. Encore. Walk ups will be accepted as space permits. Make reservations for photos with Santa at Maplewood Mall here.

Bonus Family Fun & Special Dates:

Northtown Mall

398 Northtown Dr NE., Blaine, MN 55434

Nov 20-Dec 24, 2021
Find Santa’s Village in the Burlington Court. Reservations for Northtown Mall photos with Santa can be made here.

Bonus Family Fun & Special Dates:

    • November 20thCookies & Claus: Greet Santa as he arrives at 11am, then kids 12 and under can stay to decorate a cookie.
    • November 28th & December 12th: Sleigh Bell Dancers: Stop by Center Court to watch the Sleigh Bell Dancers from 1-2pm, as they perform to live holiday music. Learn more about the Sleigh Bell Dancers here.
    • December 5th: Sensitive Santa: Book your visit for this day if your child requires a private photo sessions with support for sensory, physical or other developmental needs. 9am-10:30am. Register for Sensory Santa on EventBrite.
    • December 6th & 13th: Pet Photos with Santa: For those who want to include their pet in their annual Santa photo, these dates have been set aside for four-legged friends. Reserve a time for pet photos with Santa here.
    • December 11th: Kidx Club Holiday Krafts: Kids 12 and under can either make a holiday keepsake craft at the mall or pick up a kit to take home. FREE. 2pm-4pm.

Ridgedale Center

12401 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

Nov 12-Dec 24, 2021
Santa pictures. Reservations encouraged. Reservations for Ridgedale Center photos with Santa can be made here.

Bonus Family Fun & Special Dates:

Rosedale Center

10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435

Nov 13-Dec 24, 2021
Photos with Santa. Make reservations to visit Santa at Rosedale Mall here.

Southdale Center

10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435

Nov 26-Dec 24, 2021
The Santa photo experience. Reservations for Santa at Southdale Center can be made here.

Malls We Are Watching:

These malls have traditionally offered photos with Santa, but have not announced yet.  We’ll keep watching.

  1. Burnsville Center
  2. Twin Cities Premium Outlets 

Cancelled Events

Holly Trolley | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis
Cancelled in 2021.

Vinternatt | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis
Cancelled for 2021.

PJs With Santa | Vadnais Heights Commons
This family event, which usually features Santa Claus, face painting, balloon animals, holiday games, a Rudolph show and cookies is cancelled for 2021.

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