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If your kids are asking, “Where can I see Santa Claus?” or you are scouting places in Wichita to see Santa for family photos, you’re in luck. Jolly Saint Nick makes a lot of stops in Wichita, from breakfast and dinner gatherings to appearances with his live reindeer or 100-year-old sleigh.

There are plenty of ways to safely visit Santa this year. Here’s a handy list of where you’ll find Santa if you’re spending the holidays in Wichita. Make sure to put in a good word for us with the big guy so we end up on the nice list.

  • Illuminations 2021 at Botanica Wichita: See Santa nightly through Dec. 23 at Botanica’s holiday light festival. Learn more on our blog post devoted to this annual event.

  • Old Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm: Get photos with Santa and his 100-year-old sleigh on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 12. Visits are free, and Santa’s visiting hours on the event’s final weekend of Dec. 18-19 are TBD.

  • A Country Christmas at Fulton Valley Farms: Get your photos with Santa and his live reindeer at the farm’s new Santa Village Thursday to Sunday nights through Dec. 19. Supper with Santa has already sold out but there are tickets available for Pancakes with Santa events on Dec. 11 & Dec. 18.

  • Cabela’s has activities and goodies plus a letterbox to collect letters to Santa in their Santa’s Wonderland, and you can go online to make a free appointment to visit Santa and get a photo through Dec. 24 with their Contactless Claus event.

  • Santa at Towne East Square: Be there for the official parade for Santa’s Arrival on Dec. 3 inside the shopping center, plus a story read by Saint Nick and a performance by Ballet Wichita. You can visit Santa nightly Nov. 26 through Dec. 24; reservations are encouraged and available online with the purchase of a photo package. Non-scheduled visits are allowed if time permits.

  • Ride a miniature train to see Santa during Watson’s Christmas Express at O.J. Watson Park on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 19. Once at the North Pole station, you can enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate at the campfire circle while singing holiday songs. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. An adult must also pre-register and attend.

  • Take your own photos with Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. during Bradley Fair’s Holiday Stroll events, which are free and happen on Sundays through Dec. 19.

  • Share your wish list and get photos with Santa during the Victorian Christmas at Cowtown, which runs each evening on Dec. 3-4 & 10-11. There are also Breakfast with Santa events scheduled for the mornings of Dec. 4 & 11.

  • Arrive early to visit with Santa and give him your holiday wish list during the Short & Suite Nutcracker by Midwest Dance Mechanix at the Center for Performing Arts Dec. 3-5. Santa visits begin 45 minutes prior to showtime in the theatre and line begins 1 hour prior to showtime. Christmas wish lists will be available for kids to complete, and there are other whimsical holiday backdrops for special family photos, too.

  • Have breakfast with Santa and then skate on the Ice Pond at Chicken N Pickle. There is a $5 reservation fee and breakfast is a la carte. Santa will be there Dec. 4 & 18, the Grinch will take his spot on Dec. 11

  • Catch Santa and his live reindeer during the free Friends of Wichita Art Museum Holiday Open House at Wichita Art Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 5.

  • Bring the family to the Wichita Thunder vs. Allen Americans on Dec. 10 at INTRUST Bank Arena and get complimentary photos with Santa and Ms. Claus on the concourse. The Thunder will be wearing specialty ugly Christmas sweater jerseys, which will be auctioned off.

  • The city of Wichita’s free Winter Wonderland event at Evergy Pavilion at Naftzger Park on Dec. 11 includes a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can also write a letter to Santa among the many activities during this festive night.

  • Santa’s Pancake Party at Exploration Place has hourly seating at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. on Dec. 18. Tickets include getting photos with Old Saint Nicholas and a live reindeer, unlimited pancakes, a hot cocoa bar and coffee, plus lots of holiday activities in addition to admission to the science center.

Looking for more holly jolly beyond a Santa sighting? There's plenty of holiday spirit in Wichita.