The last turkey sandwich has been eaten and the pumpkin pie is all gone. Now it’s time to start getting ready for the big man in the red suit. Kris Kringle. Good Ole’ St. Nick. Father Christmas. Santa Claus!! Where can you find him and his helpers? He is going to be all over the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area in the next month. We have a giant list of Santa sightings and how you can connect with him.
Check back often because we will add to this list as events are created. Make sure you investigate all details of any event you chose to attend. And, please note these events are not listed in order as some occur all month long. Enjoy!
Visit Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market at 3677 Wayne Madison Road in Trenton Ohio Saturday December 1st for “Christmas in Trenton” to enjoy pictures with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating and lunch. Sunday December 2nd at the Farm Market is Brunch Buffet with Santa.
Watch Santa rappel down the side of the 525 Vine Building, a downtown office tower, to the Macy’s rooftop at Fountain Square to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display during Macy’s Downtown Dazzle . Saturdays, November 24, December 1, 8, 15; 6:30 p.m. choirs at 5:45 p.m.
Story time with Mrs. Claus at Macy’s Fountain Place location on 505 Vine Street, Downtown Cincinnati will allow the chance for kids to cozy up for story time with Mrs. Claus. Saturdays, November 24, December 1, 8, 15 immediately following Macy’s Downtown Dazzle fireworks. FREE!
Visit Santaland at Sharon Centre in Sharon Woods November 23rd to December 23rd 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday to have your child’s picture taken with the jolly elf for a small fee. 11450 Lebanon Rd. Sharonville, OH 45241
Celebrate Grandparents Weekend at the Cincinnati Museum Center having Pancakes with Santa December 8th 10:00am to noon Cost: $30 for adults, $15 for children, free for children younger than 2 Reservations: Requested by Wednesday, December 5 to (513) 287-7021.
Take a half hour train ride to the decorated LM&M Junction to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at LM&M Railroad North Pole Express ! Each child will receive a small gift from Mr. Claus himself. Stop at the “Holiday Post Express” to color pictures or write letters to be delivered to Santa. Enjoy a holiday cookie and a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm while you are entertained by Santa’s talented Elves. December 1st until the weekend before Christmas. Check LM&M’s website for detailed departure times and ticket information.
Brunch with Santa at the Mill Golf Course in Winton Woods 1515 West Sharon Road, Cincinnati Ohio 45231. Sunday, December 9th and Sunday December 16th (two times available, but sell out fast). Delicious buffet offers over 25 items, carving station and omelet bar. Santa will be greeting children of all ages and listening to wish lists. A complimentary 4X6 photo will be given to each child and additional photos will be available for purchase. Reservations are required! (513) 825-6467 Adults $14.95, children age 2-12 $7.95, children under 23 months are free (taxes apply).
Come see Santa and his reindeer along with lots of other holiday sights at the 2012 PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo November 23rd through January 1st. Open Sunday through Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Visit EnterTRAINment Junction‘s “North Pole” where you’ll get a cookie from Mrs. Claus and some one-on-one time with Santa. Christmas at the Junction runs November 17th through January 1st (but go before Christmas to see Santa!).
Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge Mason Ohion offers daily snow showers inside the Grand Lobby and daily appearances by Santa. Don’t miss the nightly story times and visits by Rowdy the Reindeer.
Weekends November 23rd through December 23rd visit Big Tree Plantation for their Winter Wonderland, wagon rides, and visit with Santa! Check out their website for lots of other fun activities.
Visit Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park starting Saturday December 1st and every Saturday following until December 22nd 1:00pm-3:00pm to see Santa!
Get one free photo taken with Santa until December 24th at Bass Pro Shop Santa’s Wonderland. Games and free crafts also available. If you go Monday-Friday 3:00pm-8:00pm you can also get a free coloring book! 300 Cincinnati Mills Drive Cincinnati, OH 45240
Cincinnati Library offers several Story Times With Santa:
Storytime with Santa (ages 18-36 months)
Date: Monday, December 17, 2012
Start Time: 10:30 AM
Storytime with Santa (ages 3-6)
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Start Time: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Kenton County Libraries offer photos with Santa:
Saturday December 1st 2:00pm-4:00pm Santa will be available at the Durr Branch for photos. Bring your own camera and stay for a craft!
Sunday December 2nd at the Erlanger Branch from 1:30pm-2:30pm Santa will be available for photos. Bring your own camera. Carriage rides and crafts also available.
Lunch with Santa at Mount Notre Dame High School at 711 East Columbia Avenue Saturday December 1st 11:00am-1:00pm. The event includes food, face painting, games and crafts, a Christmas carnival, nativity animals and a visit from Santa. Please register ahead of time.
Metro Parks of Butler County at Voice of America Park will be full of holiday fun when Santa’s Workshop comes to town for a wonderful holiday activity for families. The event will be held at the Voice of America MetroPark in the Trophy and Lakeview Rooms of The Ronald Reagan Lodge. Admission fee: $12/person, age 13 to adult $9 / person, age 4 through 12, Free for children under the age of 4. Pre-registration required. When: Sunday, December 9, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069
Family Friendly Cincinnati partners with the Cincinnati Fire Museum, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., and Panera to bring you breakfast with Santa at the Cincinnati Fire Museum Saturday December 15th 9:00am-10:15am. Come visit Santa, enjoy a light breakfast from Panera, listen to a story, tour the museum and do a couple crafts with the fine folks of Family Friendly Cincinnati. Tickets are $5 and online reservations are required. This event is now sold out.
Come to Pioneer Days at Keehner Park on December 9th 1:00pm-4:00pm. Located at the 1833 Log Cabin in the Clearing, visit Santa and bring your camera for pictures; children may bring ornaments to hang on the tree. Pioneer fare includes buffalo, deer chili, molasses cookies and apple cider.
Watch the Scuba Santa magical dive show at the Newport Aquarium where Scuba Santa, his elf and even some friendly fish talk to you from beneath the sea. Plus, he’ll even read a special underwater version of the celebrated ‘Twas the Night before Christmas from his Magic Story Book.
Santa at the mall:
Florence Mall in Northern Kentucky will have pictures with Santa November 17th-December 24th. Celebrate your baby’s first visit with Santa and purchase a special commemorative photo package with a certificate signed by Santa Claus and Rudolph and a two-CD lullaby set.
Kenwood Town Centre in Cincinnati will have pictures with Santa November 15th-December 24th. Celebrate your baby’s first visit with Santa and purchase a special commemorative photo package with a certificate signed by Santa Claus and Rudolph and a two-CD lullaby set.
Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati will have pictures with Santa November 22nd-December 24th.
Dayton Mall also offers photos with Santa in Santa’s Village.
Want a custom letter from Santa? Check out this Groupon deal!
Or, put your child’s letter to Santa in the special mail box at one of the Kenton County Library locations, along with a non-perishable food item or personal care item, by December 3rd and Santa will mail a letter in response. Please check the library website and follow all guidelines to ensure your child receives a letter in return.
We hope you enjoy your holiday season and get a chance, or several chances, to visit Santa and his elves. Drink some hot cocoa, take a picture and have fun this December!
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Michelle writing at her personal blog, I’m Living the Good Life.