Where to Visit Santa in Kansas City (Pictures with Santa & Santa Sightings)

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 Santa pictures with kids can make memories that last a lifetime!

So find where to see Santa in Kansas City with our guide.

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

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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…

Get a Letter From Santa!

Lee’s Summit is offering a unique & fun holiday activity for kids. Sign-up to receive a FREE letter from Santa. You can even ask special questions to Santa and the elves!

** Must sign up by December 4th. 

Santa Events in KC:

Santa Arrives at Crown Center

Friday, November 27th; 10:30 am

Crown Center

See Santa in his horse drawn carriage riding through Crown Center’s streets! He will end his parade at Gingerbread Station, the perfect place for pictures with Santa throughout the holiday season. 

Santa’s Arrival is FREE to everyone. 

Mondays at Winter Magic KC Drive-Thru Light Show

Open now through January 2nd (Santa ONLY there Mondays from 6-8 pm)

Swope Park: 7332 Oakwood Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132

You can drive through thousands of lights and the Midwest’s longest light tunnel to see Santa! You can wave to Santa as you drive by as well as drop off letters to Santa.

** Tickets are PER CAR, so you only have to buy 1 for the whole family.

Briarcliff Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 14th

5:00 to 7:30 pm

The Village at Briarcliff: 4151 N Mulberry Dr. Kansas City, Missouri 64116

While the lighting ceremony is different this year, Santa will still be there! You can also enjoy fireworks and drop off your letters to Santa…

This is a FREE holiday event for everyone! 

OP Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 20th

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Downtown Overland Park

Santa will be in attendance for the Christmas Tree Lighting event in Overland Park! Enjoy the lights come alive in downtown OP while you get in the holiday spirit. 

Everyone can come and enjoy this fun holiday activity for FREE! 

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony 2020

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Zona Rosa: 8640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64153

Stop by Zona Rosa to see the 50 ft Christmas Tree be lit up with magic! It’s free to attend, but the photos with Santa will be drive by for 2020. You can see Santa as he arrives on his sleigh with Mrs. Claus too! 

This holiday event is FREE to all.

Holiday Luminary Walk

Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28; Friday, December 4 & Saturday, December 5; Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, 2020

From 4:30 to 10:00 pm

Overland Park Arboretum: 8909 W 179th St. Bucyrus, KS 66013

This year there are additional time slots to allow for everyone to attend! You can walk the Arboretum trails, filled with holiday lights and candles. You will be able to stop be Santa at the Depot and ride horse-drawn carriages with your family! 

Christmas in the Courtyard

Friday, December 4th; 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Merriam Community Center: 6040 Slater Street Merriam, KS

This is an all-ages holiday event that celebrates the start of Christmas! It is the first annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Merriam Municipal Plaza. It is a new tradition in Merriam that’s FREE for all! 

The holiday lights will be turned on while Santa visits in his sleigh! So, come grab a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus to get in the holiday spirit. 

Donuts with Santa

Saturday, December 5th; 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Merriam Community Center: 6040 Slater Street Merriam, KS

Kids will enjoy holiday crafts, story time, letter writing and pictures with Santa! This all ages holiday event will be in 2 sessions to allow enough room for everyone. The 9 am time will be filled first, then they will open the second time slot once it is full.

You MUST pre-register, so be sure to do it early! Kids are FREE with a paying adult. 

Hometown Holidays in Liberty

This year it will be a virtual event, but there will be a mailbox for you to drop letters off to Santa in downtown Liberty, MO!

Free Pictures with Santa in Kansas City:

If you’re looking for free photos with Santa, check out these options. Keep in mind some require reservations, but are still free!

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro

November 7th through December 24th you can grab a free photo with Santa from Santa’s Wonderland!

While things will look a little different this year, they are still celebrating at Bass Pro. You MUST reserve your spot prior to attending, so make your free reservation

Visit Santa Claus for Free at Independence Center

Friday, November 27th to December 24th

This free Santa event will be fun for the whole family, but be sure to reserve your spot in advance to ensure there’s room for you! 

Santa’s Gingerbread Station

Friday, November 27th to Thursday, December 24th

While there won’t be a big arrival event this year, you can still visit Santa at Crown Center! You can meet Santa for free and take your own pictures, or pay for pictures from a professional photographer. 

** Reservations required.

Visit Santa at Crestwood’s Gingerbread Lane Weekend

Thursday, December 3rd to Saturday December 5th

Santa will be there on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday & Friday are evening events while Saturday is luncheon. Check it out now!

Drive Thru PJ Party

December 4th; 5:30 to 7:30 pm

This year Zona Rosa’s annual holiday kick-off will be a drive thru event! It is a FREE holiday event, but they are asking you bring a box mac & cheese as a donation for Feed Northland Kids.

Visit Santa near the Dillard’s parking lot where you can take pictures, eat cookies & milk and enjoy the holiday lights throughout the shopping center. 

Eat Chris Cakes for breakfast with Santa in Gardner, KS

Saturday, December 12th 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 or you can take your own Santa pictures.

** If you are eating breakfast, it is $5 per ticket, but pictures with Santa are free. 

Many of these come with pictures of your children with Santa!

Winter Magic KC Holiday Light Show

Every Monday through Christmas, Santa Sightings will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm! Pile in the car and drive through the holiday light show to wave to Santa…

There’s also a special mailbox to drop off your letters to Santa! 

** More details can be found above.

Holiday Luminary Walk

Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28; Friday, December 4 & Saturday, December 5; Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, 2020; From 4:30 to 10:00 pm

Overland Park Arboretum: 8909 W 179th St. Bucyrus, KS 66013

** Details can be found above. 

Sidewalk Santa at Leawood City Hall

Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 am to Noon

This is the 1st annual Sidewalk Santa event! You can wave to Santa from your car and receive a Santa letter to complete and a holiday gift bag with treats and arts & crafts. 

It will be $5 for Leawood residents & $7 for anyone else.  It’s limited to 250 people, so register early! 

Donuts with Santa

Saturday, December 5th; 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Merriam Community Center: 6040 Slater Street Merriam, KS 

** Details can be found above. 

Cruisin’ with Santa

Saturday, December 5th: Prairiefire in Leawood

Sunday, December 13th: Legends Shopping Center

Cruise through the parking lot to see Santa this year! There will be yummy drinks, games and of course Santa. 

Santa Claus Pictures at Town Center Plaza

Saturday, November 21st – December 23rd at various times

Pictures with Santa sessions are scheduled in advance, lasting 3-5 minutes. No waiting in lines! They are in a new space next to Bravo! so you space out from other families. 

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

Meet Santa at Zona Rosa

November 27th to December 24th

There are in-person Santa visits, as well as virtual experiences that use video conferencing to chat with Santa. You can choose the option you’d like when purchasing tickets. 

This is not a free holiday event. There is a $15 deposit due when you purchase the ticket. 

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.

Oak Park Mall features Santa’s Workshop

The OP Mall is opening their Santa station in November. There will be a professional photographer there to take your pictures, but these do cost money.

Zona Rosa’s Holiday Lighting Ceremony

In the Northland, will also host Santa Claus pictures during their Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

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

** No info for 2020 yet. 

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!

Cancelled for 2020:

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting in Lee’s Summit

While the event is still happening, Santa AND Buddy the Elf will NOT be at this fun Christmas celebration.

Photos with Santa with The Santa Experience 2019 in Kansas City

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.

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

Saturday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm

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!

Santa Arrives at Crown Center

Friday, November 29th at 10:00 am

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.

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 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!

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

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.

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!

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!

Free Santa Pictures in Wichita, KS

Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00 am

Santa Ken Sessions in Topeka, KS

Sunday, November 24th at 1:00 pm

Pictures with Santa in Joplin, MO

Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 am

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…

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

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1 Response

  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
    2) He will be at Powell Garden’s Festival of Lights the Fridays and Saturdays in December from 5-9 pm

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