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

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 2021 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!

Nothing listed for 2021.

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!

Santa Events in KC:

Santa Arrives at Crown Center

Friday, November 26th at10:00am.

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)

Nothing updated in regards to Santa appearance.

A New location is open this year from November 18th to January 2nd.

Located near Sandstone at 600 N 126th St, Bonner Springs, Kansas, 66012.

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 13th, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

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 19th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm.

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! 

Additional free activities will be available including hayrides, snow princesses, balloon artists and more.Tree lighting is set for 6:00pm.

Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony 2021

Saturday, November 20th, 2021 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

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 2021. You can see Santa as he arrives on his sleigh with Mrs. Claus too! 

This holiday event is FREE to all.

The first 200 kids at the Zona Rosa tent will receive a holiday surprise!

Holiday Luminary Walk

Friday, November 26 & Saturday, November 27; Friday, December 3rd & Saturday, December 4th; December 9th-11th, 16th-18th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.

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 3rd, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

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

Now Breakfast with Santa.

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

Nothing updated for 2021.

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 6th 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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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 26th to Fryday, 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 2nd to Saturday, December 4th.

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 3rd; 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Not able to confirm if Santa will be in person this year. A New location has been added in KCK near Sandstone.

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 26th & Saturday, November 27th; Friday, December 3rd & Saturday, December 4th; December 9th-11th and 16th-18th from 5:00pm-10:00pm.

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

** Details can be found above. 

Sidewalk Santa at Leawood City Hall

Noting listed for 2021.

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

Now Breakfast with Santa.

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

Merriam Community Center: 6040 Slater Street Merriam, KS 

** Details can be found above. 

Cruisin’ with Santa

Saturday, December 4th: Goddard School of Overland Park – Metcalf

Saturday, December 12th: Summit Fair 

Sunday, December 13th: KC Monarchs/Legends Field

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

Tickets must be purchased in advance and they are asking for donations of peanut butter, jelly, Diapers (sz 4+) and baby wipes.

Santa Claus Pictures at Town Center Plaza

Pictures can be scheduled between November 20th and December 23rd.

This year they will be located near GNC on the northside of Town Center Plaza. Get a Free 4×6 print with any SUBs (Socks, underwear and belt) donation. Coupon must be presented.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Details coming soon.

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

Saturday, November 20th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

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

The first 200 kids at the Zona Rosa tent will receive a holiday surprise.

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

Registration to open soon

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!

Events cancelled in 2021:

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting in Lee’s Summit

Friday, November 19th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Head out to Howard Station Park to see Santa, live performances, window displays and more.

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 2021 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

The Grove at Zona Rosa (8600 N. Dixson Ave)

Santa visits are open Friday, November 26 – December 24, 2021.

Online reservations highly recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome (reservation link will be posted soon!)

Brunch with Santa at the Power & Light District

Nothing listed for 2021.

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 26th at 10:00am.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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 26th at 5:30pm.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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 (CANCELLED for 2021)

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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 4th from 7:30am to 10:30am.

$15 in advance or $20 at the door.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

December, 11th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Monday, December 13th to December 18th.

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

Nothing listed for 2021.

Santa Ken Sessions in Topeka, KS

Nothing listed for 2021.

Pictures with Santa in Joplin, MO

Nothing listed for 2021.

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

Thursday, December 16th to December 19th.

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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Nothing listed about a Helzberg giveaway.

Holiday Nights at Atkins-Johnson Farm

December 11th from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

The family can enjoy holiday crafts, music, cider, vintage toy displays and of course Santa. This is a free event for the whole family.

Kansas City Automotive Museum

Saturday December 4th from 8:00am-10:00am.

Visit with Santa and enjoy a $5 unlimited breakfast of pancakes and sausage.

Christmas Open House at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop& Farm

Visit the farm to start your Christmas off with a visit to Santa. Make an ornament and find the perfect stocking stuffers.

Stagecoach rides are $3.

Cookies with Santa at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

November 30th and December 2nd.

Registration is required and only $20 for groups up to 8. Your registration fee includes a printed photo of your group with Santa.

Reservations are required.


From our family to yours, iFamilyKC

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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