If your kids are asking, “Where can I meet Santa Claus?” or you're 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.

Where to find santa in Wichita KS

Here’s a handy list of where you’ll find Santa in Wichita this season:

  • Nov. 15-Dec. 22 - Santa Photo Experience at Towne East Square. Special events include pet photos on Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 and Caring Santa on Dec. 8. Go online to reserve a spot in line.
  • Nov. 15-17, 22-24 - Get a selfie with Santa at the 5th annual FEZtival of Trees
  • Nov. 16-Dec. 24 - Get a free printed photo with Santa inside Cabela’s during the daily Santa’s Wonderland
  • Nov. 23 – Polar Express Family Night at Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35, a fundraiser for Child Start’s programs
  • Nov. 23-Dec. 28 – The Polar Express Experience at O.J. Watson Park takes you to see Santa on Fridays and Saturdays (one Sunday date)
  • Nov. 24 – Santa and his reindeer will be at Bradley Fair’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony
  • Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, 12-13, 19-21 - North Pole Express Substation, created by a local non-profit, is a great place to see Santa at his workshop with his sleigh and reindeer
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 6-8 – The Arc’s Lights fundraiser of a million lights runs Nov. 28-Dec. 28 but you’ll find Santa inside The Arc’s building for photos the first two weekends only
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 15 – Santa makes frequent stops in his 100-year-old sleigh on weekends at the Old-Fashioned Christmas at Prairie Pines Tree Farm
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 22 - Visiting Santa and his real reindeer is a highlight of A Country Christmas Holiday Lights at Fulton Valley Farms
  • Nov. 30 – WPD Clydesdales & Santa in the Square will include the Wichita Police Department’s Clydesdales


  • Dec. 1 - Friends of WAM Holiday Open House at the Wichita Art Museum
  • Dec. 1 - Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Lights on the River events in downtown Wichita
  • Dec. 5 - A Night with Santa at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center is free, though bring cash for to purchase photos with Ol’ Saint Nick
  • Dec. 6 - Bringing in the Greens is a free event inside at Great Plains Nature Center
  • Dec. 6-7, 13-14 - Old Cowtown Victorian Christmas at Old Cowtown Museum
  • Dec. 7, 14 - Meet Santa in the main lobby at Exploration Place (no admission required)
  • Dec. 7, 14 - Breakfast with Santa at Old Cowtown Museum
  • Dec. 9-12 - Choose from four festive nights to have Supper with Santa during Illuminations at Botanica Wichita
  • Dec. 12 - Hometown Christmas at Andover Central Park
  • Dec. 13 – Santa is joining the Family Board Game Night at Sedgwick County Extension
  • Dec. 14 - Watch Santa arrive on a Harley-Davidson trike at Twister City Harley-Davidson, then get a free photo with him while you sit on his red Harley-Davidson
  • Dec. 16-20 - Come early to Illuminations at Botanica Wichita and be among the first in line by registering for a VIP Santa Visit. You’ll also get a gift from Santa and a ride on the recently restored carousel.
  • Dec. 21 - Breakfast with Santa & a live reindeer at Stearman Field Bar & Grill
  • Dec. 21 - Meet Santa at the Wichita Thunder versus Utah Grizzlies hockey game at INTRUST Bank Arena

Looking for more holly jolly? Check out our calendar of holiday events, or see our other recent Wichita holiday blog posts: