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Holiday Character Appearances in KC

A guide to all the best places you can see Santa & Friends in KC this year!

By Melissa Basgall, Editor and Publisher, Macaroni KID JoCo November 18, 2021

Make your list and check it twice! Here's our list of free and low-cost holiday character appearances happening in Kansas City this holiday season! 

More  events will be added as they're scheduled across Kansas City in the coming weeks! 

Have an event you'd like to see listed? Email melissabasgall@macaronikid.com



Crown Center Santa

All aboard for a favorite holiday tradition at Crown Center!!

Santa Claus will welcome the public throughout the holiday season for visits, wish lists and photos. A photographer will be on-site to take photos for a fee, or you may take your own.  Photo packages start at $12.

November 25 - December 24

Click here for more information

Please note that Gingerbread Village will not be a part of Santa's Gingerbread Station this year.


Zona Rosa

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland at The Grove at Zona Rosa

November 25 – December 24

Online reservations highly recommended but not required. Walk-ins welcome.

Click here to make a reservation.

 

Bass Pro Shop and Cabella’s

Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s! Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!

November 5-December 24. 

Make a free reservation


Oak Park Mall

We are excited to continue the tradition of hosting Santa to meet and greet all kids and kids-at-heart. Visits are always free, photo packages are available for purchase. Learn more about Santa's whereabouts, click here to visit the Santa's Workshop page.


Santa at Independence Center

November 19-December 24




Santa’s Bakeshop in Lee’s Summit

Station 7 has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Light displays, spiked cocoa, photo ops, and SANTA! This party kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Yard Bar at Station 7. Click here for more.

 

Park Place

Strolling Santa Claus: 1-4pm

Strolling Carolers: 2-4pm

Visit and take (free) pictures with Santa on Saturdays leading up to Christmas! Also, enjoy our Dickens carolers as they join to create a nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience. Bring your kids, pets, friends and family for this free, safe holiday fun!

  

See The Grinch and Cindy Lou-Who at Zona Rosa

Join us in North Park for the a showing of the holiday classic live-action movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Location:

6pm – 8pm

Come early to see the official Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony (lights go on at 6pm!) and stay to watch the movie. We’ll have photo opps with The Grinch and Cindy Lou-Who plus tons of fun happening at North Park including ice skating at The Rink. Kick off the holiday season at Zona Rosa!

 

Pet night at Oak Park Mall!

 4-7pm. Capture Santa photos with your pets. Everyone is welcome, even without pets. 


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Park Place

Strolling Santa Claus: 1-4pm

Strolling Carolers: 2-4pm

Visit and take (free) pictures with Santa on Saturdays leading up to Christmas! Also, enjoy our Dickens carolers as they join to create a nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience. Bring your kids, pets, friends and family for this free, safe holiday fun!


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Santa at Lee’s Summit History Museum

Bring your camera to your visit with Santa at the Lee’s Summit History Museum on the following Saturdays this holiday season. Click here for more info.


Santa and The Grinch at Merchant Square

Come see the Grinch and Santa. Live music, food trucks and activities for the kids at Merchant Square in Independence. Click here for more info.

November 27

KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Pet night at Oak Park Mall!

 4-7pm. Capture Santa photos with your pets. Everyone is welcome, even without pets. 

Pet Santa Photo Day at Zona Rosa

Bring your furry friend and get a photo with Santa!

3pm – 7pm

Click here to make a reservations. Walk-ins also welcome.


PJ Party with Santa at Zona Rosa

Friday, December 2 5:30 – 7:30 | North Park

Wear your jammies, bundle up & hang with Santa!

+ Enjoy free milk, cookies & a holiday children’s book (one per family). WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

+ Snag a photo with Santa.

+ We’ll be cranking the holiday tunes and you can snap photos by the Christmas tree and grab a selfie with Willard our 7 ft reindeer. Plus, get some holiday shopping done or grab dinner!

+We’ll have Zona Rosa coupon books plus other special offers from our merchants.

Afterwards, we invite you to head to The Rink for some ice skating fun. Skate with Elves and one free hot chocolate to anyone skating in their jammies.


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!

Park Place

Strolling Santa Claus: 1-4pm

Strolling Carolers: 2-4pm

Visit and take (free) pictures with Santa on Saturdays leading up to Christmas! Also, enjoy our Dickens carolers as they join to create a nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience. Bring your kids, pets, friends and family for this free, safe holiday fun!

 

KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!

 

Sensory-Friendly Santa Photos at Zona Rosa

We will be offering sensory-friendly Santa Photos on two dates this holiday season in Santa’s Winter Wondering. Children with sensory sensitivities can visit with Santa in a calm, quiet setting one hour before the set opens to the general public.

11am – 12pm


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!

 

Santa’s Bakeshop in Lee’s Summit

Station 7 has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Light displays, spiked cocoa, photo ops, and SANTA! This party kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Yard Bar at Station 7. Click here for more.


Pet Santa Photo Day at Zona Rosa

Bring your furry friend and get a photo with Santa!

3pm – 7pm

Click here to make a reservations. Walk-ins also welcome.

 

Pet night at Oak Park Mall!

 4-7pm. Capture Santa photos with your pets. Everyone is welcome, even without pets. 

 


Santa's Bakeshop

The original Bakeshop located in South Kansas City is decorated and ready for you to visit. Light displayed, cocoa, photo ops, and SANTA. Located across the street from the Martin City Pizza & Taproom, party starts at 4pm.

Kansas City Museum Fairy Princess Event 

Timed tickets are required

$10 per child, no tickets required for adults

Space is Limited. Advance Tickets Required. No Walk-ins.

Each ticket includes: Visit with the Fairy Princess, One special gift, One sweet treat, One printed photo onsite, Access to website to buy additional prints and digital downloads by the photographer

10% off in Wisteria boutique, show your ticket

Click here for more.


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Park Place

Strolling Santa Claus: 1-4pm

Strolling Carolers: 2-4pm

Visit and take (free) pictures with Santa on Saturdays leading up to Christmas! Also, enjoy our Dickens carolers as they join to create a nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience. Bring your kids, pets, friends and family for this free, safe holiday fun!

 

Santa Storytime (All Ages with Adult) at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Enjoy winter stories with a visit from a live animal and Santa himself. After storytime children will have an opportunity to visit with Santa individually and tell him what they want for Christmas. Parents, be ready to make memories with precious photos of your little one visiting with Santa. Children will enjoy a sweet treat after their visit. For more information call 913-826-2800. Infants less than 1 year old are free. Advance registration required.

 

KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


 Sensory-Friendly Santa Photos at Zona Rosa

We will be offering sensory-friendly Santa Photos on two dates this holiday season in Santa’s Winter Wondering. Children with sensory sensitivities can visit with Santa in a calm, quiet setting one hour before the set opens to the general public.

11am – 12pm


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Pet Santa Photo Day at Zona Rosa

Bring your furry friend and get a photo with Santa!

3pm – 7pm

Click here to make a reservations. Walk-ins also welcome.


Santa’s Bakeshop in Lee’s Summit

Station 7 has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Light displays, spiked cocoa, photo ops, and SANTA! This party kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Yard Bar at Station 7. Click here for more.


Pet night at Oak Park Mall

 4-7pm. Capture Santa photos with your pets. Everyone is welcome, even without pets. 


Santa's Bakeshop

The original Bakeshop located in South Kansas City is decorated and ready for you to visit. Light displayed, cocoa, photo ops, and SANTA. Located across the street from the Martin City Pizza & Taproom, party starts at 4pm.


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Park Place

Strolling Santa Claus: 1-4pm

Strolling Carolers: 2-4pm

Visit and take (free) pictures with Santa on Saturdays leading up to Christmas! Also, enjoy our Dickens carolers as they join to create a nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience. Bring your kids, pets, friends and family for this free, safe holiday fun!


KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!


Breakfast With Santa at the Kansas City Automotive Museum

Join us for a special cars & coffee event: featuring a pancake breakfast and photos with Santa!

The Kansas City Automotive Museum's morning cruise-in event held at the Olathe museum every 3rd Saturday of the month. Museum admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. 

For more information click here.

 

KC Winter Wonderland at KC Wine Co

KC Pumpkin Patch & KC Wine Co’s ROCKIN’ holiday light experience is back and better than ever! Join us for some “walkin’ in a winter wonderland” at the farm where you’ll take in the sights and sounds of the holidays this year. Festivities run select weekends during the season beginning at 5:30pm. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to capture forever memories together with your family with photo ops, socially responsible photos with SANTA, and lots of yummy extras available for purchase!



Hang Out With Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus traveled to Kansas to share her favorite holiday stories with you! Make a craft and enjoy cookies. Bring a letter or picture addressed to Santa Claus and she will hand deliver just in the nick of time! This event for ages 2-5, with an adult, is $7 per child, $8 nonresidents. Registration required.


Park Place

Strolling Santa Claus: 1-4pm

Strolling Carolers: 2-4pm

Visit and take (free) pictures with Santa on Saturdays leading up to Christmas! Also, enjoy our Dickens carolers as they join to create a nostalgic holiday shopping and dining experience. Bring your kids, pets, friends and family for this free, safe holiday fun!


 

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