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Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Christmas 2023

It's that time of year again when Santa Claus is making his rounds, spreading joy and cheer to all. With a busy schedule ahead, he's set to visit various locations across the Twin Cities, ensuring...

It's that time of year again when Santa Claus is making his rounds, spreading joy and cheer to all. With a busy schedule ahead, he's set to visit various locations across the Twin Cities, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to meet him and make it onto the nice list. From festive plays to trolley rides, there's something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas season. So, grab your wish lists and get ready for a jolly good time!

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2023 Twin Cities Santa Claus Events

Santa Claus is making more live appearances in the Twin Cities this year. Before he lands on your rooftop, here are some locations where you can bring your wish lists:

Minneapolis & St Paul Santa Events

Santa & Albert's Holiday Play: Albert's Big Surprise

Santa & Albert's Holiday Play: Albert's Big Surprise

  • Location: Bachman’s on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
  • Dates: November 18th - December 17, 2023
  • Additional Events:
    • Photo Only Nights (recommended for babies and toddlers): November 27th and December 4, 2023
    • Visit Santa’s Reindeers on select Saturdays: November 18th and 25th and December 2nd, 2023

Holly Trolley

  • Location: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
  • Dates: Saturdays and Sundays - November 25 & 26; December 2 & 3, 2023
  • Experience: Take a trolley ride with Santa and toast marshmallows on a fire. $5 per rider.

Santa Sleigh Experience at The Hitching Company

  • Location: The Hitching Company, 925 N. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Dates: Weekends - November 25-December 17, 2023
  • Experience: Crafts, carriage ride, and photos with Santa. $21.95 per rider (Under 3 free on lap). Book your sleigh ride here.

Santa at Linden Hills Reindeer Day

  • Location: Upton & 43rd Avenues, Linden Hills, Minneapolis
  • Date: December 2, 2023
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Experience: Photos with Santa & greet with Mrs. Claus at Mint Orthodontics.

Vinternatt

  • Location: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, 2330 W 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
  • Date: December 2, 2023
  • Time: 6pm-8:30pm
  • Experience: An evening trolley ride with Santa through hundreds of luminaries. Then roast marshmallows on a fire. $6 per rider.

Santa Visits the North Pole Express

  • Location: Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
  • Dates: December 1-3 & 7-10, 2023
  • Experience: Guests travel in vintage railcars with Santa through hundreds of luminaries. Then roast marshmallows on a fire. $41-$64.50 per rider (Tots 2 and under FREE). Sold Out for 2023.

Santa & Elves at European Christmas Market

  • Location: Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101
  • Dates: Fridays-Sundays - November 24-December 17, 2023
  • Experience: Santa, elves, and reindeer will be at Union Depot's European Market. Kids can also go on a scavenger hunt while families stroll through the market full of handcrafted goods and food. FREE to visit. Best day to visit: December 2nd - Union Depot's Tree Lighting and Movie Night.

Santa's Train Shop

  • Location: Minnesota Transportation Museum, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St Paul, MN 55130
  • Dates: Weekends - December 2-17, 2023
  • Experience: The museum is transformed into Santa's Train Shop with live musicians, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots of museum fun. Tickets $9-$18 or $50/family of 4-6.

Holiday Party & Santa Paws

  • Location: Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
  • Date: December 7, 2023
  • Time: 4:45pm onwards
  • Experience: Photos with Santa and pets. Families can bring their cats and smaller quiet animals (in carriers) for photos beginning at 4:45pm. Families with dogs (on leashes) should wait until 5:15pm. Skating party begins at 5:30pm. FREE event.

Dinner With Santa at Duluth & Case

  • Location: Duluth & Case, 1020 Duluth St, Saint Paul, MN 55106
  • Date: December 9, 2023
  • Experience: Join in the holiday season with activities including dinner, arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa. FREE event.

Santa's Workshop

  • Location: Landmark Center’s Musser Cortile, 75 5th St. W., Saint Paul, MN 55102
  • Date: December 10, 2023
  • Time: 1-3pm
  • Experience: Snap a free pic with Santa and enjoy games, story time with J.B. Eckert, and gift-making. FREE event.

Pictures With Santa at Como Zoo & Conservatory

  • Location: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
  • Date: December 10, 2023
  • Time: 8am-10am
  • Experience: Visit with Santa Claus in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for a photo opportunity in the lush gardens. Bring your own camera. $5 per person and registration required.

Winter Wonderland at North Dale Rec Center

  • Location: North Dale Rec Center, 1414 St Albans St N, St Paul, MN 55117
  • Date: December 14, 2023
  • Time: 6-8pm
  • Experience: Santa will visit this wonderland of winter activities. Best for kids 12 and under. FREE event.

Santa Like Me at Frogtown

  • Location: Frogtown Community Center, 237 Thomas Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55103
  • Date: December 15, 2023
  • Time: 6-7pm
  • Experience: FREE event.

Santa Night at Night Trains

  • Location: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Rd Ste. 8, St Paul, MN 55114
  • Dates: December 16th & 23rd, 2023
  • Time: 3pm-7pm
  • Experience: Catch Santa on these special nights at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. FREE event.

Midtown Global Market Family Christmas Party

  • Location: Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Date: December 16, 2023
  • Time: 11am-3pm
  • Experience: Santa and his reindeer will visit MGM for a day of holiday fun, including live music and crafts.

Magical Holiday Experience at Highland Park

  • Location: Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116
  • Date: December 16, 2023
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Experience: Event includes a photo with Santa and a craft to make a holiday ornament out of the photo. Kids can write letters to Santa, play games, and more. Lunch provided.

A-Side Public House Holiday Open House

  • Location: 754 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
  • Date: December 17, 2023
  • Time: 4-7pm
  • Experience: Kids can get free pictures with Santa and enjoy a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Reservations not required but encouraged on the website.

Santa's Workshop at Battle Creek

  • Location: Battle Creek Rec Center, 75 Winthrop St S Saint Paul, MN 55119
  • Date: December 19, 2023
  • Time: 5:30-7:30pm
  • Experience: Kids can shop for family and friends and get gifts wrapped, while parents wait in the waiting area. No item over $1.

Catch Him Before It's Too Late!

Here Comes Santa Claus Get a family picture with the man in the red suit!

Holiday Express at Phalen Rec Center

  • Location: 1000 E Wheelock Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55106
  • Date: December 21, 2023
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Experience: Take a photo with Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa, and participate in a craft project. Bring your own ice skates to skate under the lights.

Santa walking away down the road in Stillwater, Minnesota Catch him before it's too late!

With a sleigh full of exciting events, Santa Claus is sure to make this Christmas season magical for everyone. Don't miss your chance to meet the man himself and create lasting memories with family and friends. Mark your calendars and spread the joy of the holiday season!

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