Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City

Holiday Character Appearances in Kansas City

Visit Santa at Crown Center
Nov. 26 – Dec. 24

All aboard for a favorite holiday tradition at Crown Center!

Santa Claus will welcome the public throughout the holiday season for visits, wish lists and photos. A photographer will be on-site to take photos for a fee, or you may take your own.

Please check back for protocols and requirements to Visit Santa in 2021. Reservations are not required at this time.

Please note that the interactive areas and Gingerbread Village will not be a part of Santa’s Gingerbread Station this year.

Santa’s Bakeshop in Martin City
November 10, December 1, 8, 15

Be sure to catch the man in red at Santa’s Bakeshop’s Grand Opening November 10 at 6 p.m! Santa will be retuning to Martin City 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15 from 4pm until 8 pm. Come snap a photo and have some cocoa with the jolliest man this side of State Line.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
November 6-December 24

Head to your local Bass Pro Shop for photos with Santa. Advance reservations are required in all locations and can go quickly.

Visit Santa at Oak Park Mall
November 19-December 24

Reserve a time to see Santa at the mall. Santa knows it’s important to stay healthy for his time with you so he and his helpers will be following CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available.

Selfies with the Grinch
November 20, 10 am. – noon

Stop on by Santa’s Workshop for a selfie with the Grinch at Nebraska Furniture Mart! First 200 kids will receive a free kids craft kit.

Rockin’ Winter Wonderland Drive Thru
November 26 – December 19

KC Pumpkin Patch + KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30 p.m. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with our guest visitor from the North Pole, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase (including drinks, festival foods, and s’mores!). Details and tickets are available at

Meet Santa at Zona Rosa
December 2, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Meet Santa at The Grove at Zona Rosa Friday, Nov. 26 – Dec. 24. Online reservations highly recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome. Click here to make a reservation.

Cookies with Santa at Mahaffie
December 2, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

During Cookies with Santa you and your group can enjoy the beautifully decorated Heritage Center, cookies, cocoa, and of course a meeting with Santa himself! Each group reserves a 10 minute spot for their meeting with the big guy, which means NO LINES! Registration require.

KCMC Cruisin’ with Santa Claus
December 4, 11, 12

Drive through the North Pole and enjoy games, festive treats and warm drinks, activity kits to enjoy as a family, and a little bit of magic from the safety of your car. Your journey will end with a chance to drop off your letter in our North Pole mailbox, and a special gift for each child from Santa himself! Tickets are almost sold out at two of our locations.

Breakfast with Santa at the Kansas City Automotive Museum
December 4, 8 a.m.

Join us for our annual Santa event! Cars, coffee and pancakes!

Santa’s Workshop at Ernie Miller
December 11

Welcome to the North Pole of Ernie Miller Nature Center! Santa needs more elves! Rotate through stations to earn your elf ears, and be sure to wear your festive green, red, and white colors. You’ll eat and drink Santa’s favorite snack, make a craft, play games, and compare Kansas animals to Arctic ones! See live animals and meet the jolly guy himself! Advanced registration required. Parent/Guardian must register with child.

Sarah grew up in Manhattan, Kansas (Go Cats!), she moved to Minnesota where she met her husband, Shea. Realizing how much she hated snow in May, she convinced him to move to Kansas City in 2010. Together they have lived in Midtown, Waldo, the Plaza, and now Overland Park. Sarah is mom to 10-year-old, Henry, 7-year-old Clark and 5-year-old Lucy. She has her master’s in urban administration and is passionate about making Kansas City a more equitable and supportive community. In between the crazy, she likes to drink coffee, run, hike, travel as much as possible, and experience all things Kansas City!


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