Pictures with Santa in Kansas City (Where to See Santa Near Me)

Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time for pictures with Santa in Kansas City! Kiddos from across the world are waiting for him to come down the chimney.

But first… they have to give Santa their wishlist, so we gathered where to see Santa near me.

No matter your location in KC, we’ve found places for everyone in the metro to see Santa Claus.

Where to Visit Santa in Kansas City

Find Pictures with Santa (near me)

Where to visit Santa in Kansas City?

Click the links for each Santa event to get the details for your visit to the North Pole!  Some require RSVPs or tickets, so please regard this information while planning.

For more holiday fun check out the 2019 Guide to Christmas in Kansas City – filled with Holiday Lights, Christmas Trains, Holiday Experience Gifts,, Holiday Movies, What to do when your child no longer believes in Santa & so much more…

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro

Grab a free photo with Santa from now through December 24th at Santa’s Wonderland!

There will be craft tables & you can also write a letter to Santa.

Selfies with Santa at The Overland Park Convention Center

Friday, November 8th at 10:00 am

Just Between Friends is hosting Santa for local families to take photos for free!

Visit Santa Claus for Free at Independence Square

Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 am

This free Santa event in Independence will include a tree lighting ceremony, carols, treats & pictures with Santa.

Pictures with Santa at the Legends Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City

Saturday, November 16th at 5:00 pm

This tree lighting ceremony will include pictures with Santa, fun kids activities, live entertainment & giveaways.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting in Lee’s Summit

Friday, November 22nd from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Santa AND Buddy the Elf will be at this fun Christmas celebration, so come by to get your pictures taken!

Photos with Santa with The Santa Experience 2019 in Kansas City

Saturday, November 23rd at 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

These pictures with Santa will include a professional photographer to take them! You can set an appointment for Santa Claus pictures, so you don’t have to wait in line.

There will also be many fun kids activities like decorating the Christmas tree, secret prizes, kids activities, playing in the snow & more – total of 15 things to do.

Santa Claus Pictures at Town Center Plaza

Saturday, November 23rd – December 23rd at various times

Pictures with Santa sessions are scheduled in advance, lasting 3-5 minutes. No waiting in lines!

There will be a professional photographer on-site to take the pictures – it is not free.

See Santa at the Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Zona Rosa

Saturday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm

This is Santa Claus’s official arrival at Zona Rosa. There will be a tree lighting of their huge tree & other fun kids activities.

Santa Arrives at Crown Center

Friday, November 29th at 10:00 am

Santa Claus will ride a horse carriage to his home at Gingerbread Station, so come watch! After, you can grab pictures with Santa.

Watch Penguins Swim Around Santa at Santa Dives at the Kansas City Zoo

Friday, November 29th, Saturday, November 30th & Sunday, December 1st at 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 pm

Sunday, December 15th & Monday, December 16th at 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 21st & Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 pm

This is a unique opportunity for pictures with Santa at The Kansas City Zoo! He will be swimming in the penguin exhibit with penguins swimming around him.

This is a free Santa event with Zoo admission.

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center

Friday, November 29th at 5:30 pm

Come watch the 100 ft tall Christmas Tree be lit at Crown Center! There will be a special guest to flip the switch & donations for great charities.

Create with Santa at Paint, Glaze & Fire

Saturday, November 30th at 9:00 am

Come create a special Christmas plate AND meet Santa with hot cocoa & cookies!

There will be NO studio fee, but you will need to bring your own camera.

Brunch with Santa at the Power & Light District

Monday, December 4th at 11:00 am

If you’re looking for where to visit Santa in Kansas City, this is a super fun event!

It will include pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, a puppet show & other fun kids activities. Kids 1 year old & under are free. All others need tickets for this Santa event.

Santa’s Wonderland at Gillham Park

Friday, December 6th at 6:00 pm

Come enjoy a holiday show by the Starlight STARS of tomorrow, as well as Santa (arriving by carriage)! This is a free Christmas event where you can take a picture with Santa – you must bring your own camera.

Visit from St. Nicholas at Shoal Creek Living History

Saturday, December 7th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Although he isn’t technically Santa, come introduce your kids to this less popular holiday figure. The living history museum will have holiday homes decorated, while villagers bring the scene to life. You can even purchase your holiday gifts at the Mercantile while you post your child’s letter to St. Nicholas!

Eat with Santa at the City of Leavenworth’s Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 7th at 8:00 am

Come take pictures with Santa & eat a yummy breakfast! There will also be a DJ, entertainment, dance groups & a martial arts show.

Santa Claus pictures will be $5 each. Check online for other pricing. Must buy tickets before Dec. 4th online, otherwise purchase at the door.

Eat all-you-can-eat pancakes with Santa at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park

Saturday, December 7th at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

While the breakfast costs money to attend, the pictures with Santa Claus will be free to print off the Leawood website after the event! They will not be available at the event. You can choose either time to attend.

Admission includes pancakes, Christmas craft & Santa Claus pictures, so come enjoy a yummy holiday breakfast! Space fills fast, so register soon. Must purchase by Nov. 30th.

Eat breakfast with Santa at Granite City in Zona Rosa Town Center

Saturday, December 7th at 8:30 am

Breakfast with Santa includes an opportunity to take pictures with Santa too! You will get personal photos with Santa, as well as a professional photo!

Eat with Santa at Crestwood’s prix-Fixe Breakfast with Santa event

Saturday, December 7th at 8:30 am

Come enjoy breakfast with Santa & pictures, as well as many gingerbread houses. There will even be a contest for the best one!

Holidazzle Pictures with Santa

Saturday, December 7th Noon to 3:00 pm

Enjoy a holiday festival for children that includes a fun Christmas movie, arts, crafts & tons of fun. Santa will arrive at 2:00 pm for pictures, then you can enjoy

Pictures with Santa at Hometown Holidays in Liberty

Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 pm

There will be free kids activities like crafts, live music, entertainment, s’mores & pictures with Santa Claus before the official tree lighting ceremony.

See Santa’s Wonderland at Penguin Park

Saturday, December 7th at 5:30 pm

There will be light displays, Starlight Theatre performances & also visits from Santa in Kansas City! Hot chocolate will also be provided.

This is a free Santa event, so you don’t want to miss out.

Red Stocking Breakfast at Jack Stack

Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 am

Come meet Santa in Overland Park at Fiorella’s Jack Stack! There will be face painting, auctions, local celebrity servers, pictures with Santa & tons of fun.

Breakfast with Santa at Ceramic Cafe

Sunday, December 8th at 9:00 am

Join Ceramic Cafe for a delicious breakfast! Kiddos will get to visit Santa, take a photo with him, paint an ornament, and do a clay impression hand or footprint.  Best of all, you won’t be waiting in a line! Space is limited and you must call to reserve a space.

Eat Chris Cakes for breakfast with Santa in Gardner, KS

Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 am

All you can eat pancakes are back! There will also be professional photos with Santa Claus you can have taken. You must bring cash to purchase the pictures.

Skate with Santa at Line Creek

Saturday, December 14th 2:00 to 4:00 pm

This free Christmas event allows you to skate with Santa! It will take place during a public skate session and also include a photo booth. Bring donations for Harvesters too!

Ride with Santa on the Santa’s Express at National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 am (community run, THEN Santa Express event)

Sunday, December 15th at 12:00 pm (ONLY Santa express event)

There will be a 1 mile race before the event, then after you can visit Santa Claus, ride the train & hay rides, enjoy hot chocolate & cookies and listen to live choirs!

Visit from Father Christmas at National Frontier Trail Museum

Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm

Visit the museum for a fun-filled holiday afternoon!

Kids can enjoy activities, crafts and a hot cocoa bar. All things to do will be included in regular admission. Grab a Pogo Pass to get in free!

Cookies and Photos with Santa at Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum

Saturday, December 14th at 12:00 pm

Admission to the Santa event is free, but you must pay $6 for pictures with Santa. Your family will also enjoy cookies & cider!

See Santa’s Wonderland at The Bay

Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a performance by Starlight Theatre, then watch Santa arrive by carriage so your kiddos can visit with him. There will also be hot chocolate & carriage rides available.

Take Pictures with Santa at Winter Wonder Week Celebration in Downtown Overland Park

Saturday, December 14th at 3:00 pm

There will be holiday sales for you to do your shopping, holiday cookie baking contest, pictures with Santa, luminary walks, holiday music & sleigh rides for your family to enjoy.

You can also meet a reindeer!

See Santa perform with the Kansas City Symphony at this Christmas Festival

Friday, December 20  23 at various times

Watch Santa perform with the KC Symphony at this fun holiday show! There will even be Helzberg diamonds given away at each show…

Free Pictures with Santa in Kansas City

Where to visit Santa info is above. 

Selfies with Santa at The Overland Park Convention Center

Friday, November 8th at 10:00 am

Visit Santa Claus for Free at Independence Square

Saturday, November 9th at 10:00 am

Free Pictures with Santa at the Legends Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City

Saturday, November 16th at 5:00 pm

Santa Arrives at Crown Center

Friday, November 29th at 10:00 am

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Crown Center

Friday, November 29th at 5:30 pm

Free Pictures with Santa at Hometown Holidays in Liberty

Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 pm

See Santa’s Wonderland at Penguin Park

Saturday, December 7th at 5:30 pm

See Santa’s Wonderland at The Bay

Saturday, December 14th at 2:00 pm

Other Places Where to Visit Santa

Free Santa Pictures in Wichita, KS

Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 am

Santa Ken Sessions in Topeka, KS

Sunday, November 24th at 1:pm

Free Pictures with Santa at Wyldewood Cellars Winery in Wichita, KS

Saturday, November 30th at 1:00 pm

Photos with Santa Mini-Sessions in Topeka, KS

Sunday, December 1st at 11:00 am

Pictures with Santa at the Train Station in Kirkwood, MO

Thursday, December 5th at 5:00 pm

Pictures with Santa in Joplin, MO

Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 am

Pictures with Santa at the Train Station in Kirkwood, MO

Thursday, December 12th at 5:00 pm

Take Photos with Santa for Free at Twister City Harley-Davidson in Wichita, KS

Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 pm

Mall Santa Claus Near Me

If you are looking for where to visit Santa in Kansas City, malls are always a great option. There are many around KC that host Santa Claus pictures through November & December.

Crown Center and Independence Center host Santa’s Arrival events. The Legends Outlets will have a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & pictures with Santa.

In Overland Park, Oak Park Mall features Santa’s Workshop, opening in November. There will be a professional photographer there to take your pictures, but these do cost money.

Zona Rosa, in the Northland, will also host Santa Claus pictures during their Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

We hope you found the perfect Santa sighting for you and your family!

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  1. HO HO HO. Just wanted to let you know of a couple other places will be out and about this year.
    1) He will be on the Independence Square for the next 3 Saturdays, from 1.-4 pm Free
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2520191201398217/
    2) He will be at Powell Garden’s Festival of Lights the Fridays and Saturdays in December from 5-9 pm
    https://www.facebook.com/events/551349458762266
    https://powellgardens.org/homepage/events-programs-exhibitions/powell-gardens-festivals/festival-lights/

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