Wondering where to see Santa in Wichita this December? You’re in luck! There are lots of fun places to visit Kris Kringle, and you can even arrange to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or share a dessert with jolly Saint Nick.
Nov. 11-Dec. 24 @ Towne East Square
Towne East Square offers visits with Santa daily through Dec. 24 in the lower-level center court. The mall also is hosting a Caring Santa event from 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 when special-needs kids can experience Santa with lights dimmed and no music before the mall opens. Guests can register in advance at http://simon.com/caringsanta. Another special event Dec. 10 allows pet owners to fetch pet photos with Santa from 6:30-8 p.m. Visits with Santa are free; professional photos cost.
Visit with Santa
Nov. 17-Dec. 24 @ Towne West Square
Towne West Square offers visits with Santa daily through Dec. 24 in center court. The mall also is hosting a Sensitive Santa event from 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Pet Photos with Santa from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10 and Breakfast with Santa from 10:30-noon Dec. 16 for the mall’s KidX members (memberships are free and can be joined at the event). Visits with Santa are free, professional photos cost.
Nov. 24-Dec. 31 @ Botanica Wichita
What could be more majestic than a Santa sighting among one million glittering lights? Illuminations, Kansas’ most grand Christmas light display set among 17 acres of gardens, runs seven days a week from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 24 and 25) and features nightly Santa appearances. Tickets are $8 ($7 members) for adults and $6 for ages 3-12. Botanica Wichita also offers Supper with Santa events – all four nights have SOLD OUT for this year – giving families an intimate experience of dinner, dessert, arts and crafts and a story read by Santa.
Prairie Pines Old-Fashioned Christmas
Nov. 24-Dec. 17 @ Prairie Pines
On weekends only, children can visit with Santa in his 100-year-old sleigh while families take a quick snapshot with their cameras. There is no charge to visit with Santa, though donations to his reindeer food fund are accepted. This is part of the Prairie Pines Old-Fashioned Christmas at the 20-acre Christmas tree farm. The old-fashioned Christmas experience centers around the rustic log barn that becomes the Christmas Shop, filled with fresh trees decorated with ornaments for sale. Also on the weekends, there are free rides on a children’s train and horse-drawn and tractor-drawn hayrack rides. Maize High School students sell cookies and hot chocolate.
The Polar Express Experience
Nov. 25-Dec. 23 @ O.J. Watson Park
Seats are limited on the popular The Polar Express experience at the city of Wichita’s O.J. Watson Park and you can reserve yours by calling 316-529-9940 or visiting www.wichita.gov/parkandrec. This family activity is geared toward children 2 and up. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas and an adult must also attend and register. The fun starts with a reading of “The Polar Express” with milk and cookies. Enjoy crafts and activities, then take a ride on the miniature train to see Santa at the North Pole, where you’ll have s’mores and hot chocolate. Tickets are $15 per person and the event is offered at a variety of times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23.
Holidays in Old Town
Dec. 2-3, 9, 16 @ Old Town Square
Santa will be at Old Town Square on Saturdays from Dec. 2-16, for Holidays in Old Town. With decorations, live music, crafts, carriage rides and other free activities, Old Town is a family-friendly holiday destination. There will also be a Mayor’s Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, and it’s rumored that Santa Claus will make an appearance on the CityArts rooftop!
Lights on the River
Dec. 3 @ Wichita Boathouse
Lights on the River, presented by Wichita Clean Streams, is a free family-friendly event that highlights Wichita’s best natural asset each holiday season – the Arkansas River. The event takes place from 4-8 p.m. and trolleys will be available to take you from the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Old Town Square to the Wichita Boathouse for this event. Santa is scheduled to be at Lights on The River at 5 p.m. Purchase floating lights for the floating light launch, enjoy wagon rides, listen to holiday music, partake in yummy food from local food trucks and more.
Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House
Dec. 3 @ Wichita Art Museum
Visit and take free photos with Santa Claus during the free Holiday Open House hosted by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. The event is 2-4 p.m. and includes refreshments and entertainment, including storytelling with Glitter Elf and performances by the Goddard High School Madrigals and the Young World Dance Studio.
A Night with Santa
Dec. 7 @ Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center
This free event is made especially for children under the age of 12 and includes a variety of carnival games, craft stations and a place to write a letter to Santa. Families can visit Santa and have their picture taken for $5. Enter to win a decorated Christmas tree and you might be lucky enough to take one of 15 home! There are several prices up-for-grabs, including a children's bicycle.
A Country Christmas
Dec. 8, 15 and 22 @ Fulton Valley Farms
Visiting with Santa is part of A Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farms. Reserve your spot now for a home-cooked Christmas dinner one of these three nights, followed by visiting with Santa and real reindeer or strolling through the farm’s holiday light display. Cost is $35 adults, $15.50 children 3-12, free for children under 3.
Dec. 9, 16 @ Exploration Place
Tell Kris Kringle what you want when he’s at Exploration Place from noon-2 p.m. The free Meet Santa event will be in the main lobby so museum admission is not required.
Photos with Santa
Dec. 9 @ Twister City Harley-Davidson
Watch Santa arrive on a Harley-Davidson trike at 1 p.m. at Twister City Harley-Davidson. Take your own photos with Santa from 1-3 p.m.
Breakfast or Lunch with Santa
Dec. 16 @ Old Cowtown Museum
Have Breakfast with Santa or Lunch with Santa on Dec. 16 at Old Cowtown Museum. More information will be posted on the above links as soon as it’s available from the North Pole!
Breakfast with Santa and Dasher
Dec. 16 @ Stearman Field Bar & Grill
For the third year, Stearman Field Bar & Grill – located on a private airport where restaurant seating is just a few yards from the active runway – is serving its breakfast buffet from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 16 and welcoming families to come out to Benton for Breakfast with Santa and his reindeer Dasher. Santa is free; the buffet is $12 for adults, $6 for kids.
Looking for more holiday fun in Wichita this season? For more upcoming holiday events, check out our family-friendly holiday events blog or a list of upcoming holiday shows. For all events happening around Wichita, visit our calendar of events page