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The holiday season is nearly here, and we are excited to see Santa in Milwaukee very soon!

For many families, the holiday season just isn’t complete without a visit to see Santa himself! It may look a little different this year, but whether you are 2 or 92, nothing captures the spirit of the season like Santa. We heard a rumor that the big fella himself will be making some appearances around the Milwaukee area real soon, so we want to make sure you know where to be and when! So be good, for goodness sake!

The team at Milwaukee Mom is working hard to remain your go-to spot for parenting resources in the Greater Milwaukee Area. While we will do our best to be as up-to-date as possible, please be aware that we are still dealing with changes related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please consult your local public health authority for social distancing recommendations and call ahead to confirm hours and offerings of any business or organization listed. 

Featured Santa Sighting


Old World Wisconsin

Jingle all the way to the 1800s!

Start a new family tradition this year as you celebrate an 1880s Christmas at Old World Wisconsin. Stroll through the 1880’s Crossroads Village decked in holiday greenery, full of homes and shops bustling with holiday preparations. Treat yourself to a warm cup of wassail, do some holiday shopping, and see the largest Yule Goat in North America. Then, enjoy a horse-drawn ride around the village, but keep a watchful eye out for the Krampus! If you’ve been nice, make sure to stop by Santa’s workshop to say hello and take the perfect family photo.

When: Canceled for 2020 Season. Please check back in 2021! 

Where: Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Where to See Santa in Milwaukee

At the Mall

Reindeer Visit the Corners

While Santa is busy prepping for the holidays at the North Pole, he sent some of his furry friends to say hello and spread some holiday cheer! Live reindeer will be onsite Saturday, November 21st in Market Square from 2-4 pm for a visit and photo opportunity on Santa’s sleigh!


November 21st, 2-4 pm


The Corners of Brookfield

20111 W Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

Tickets for photos with the reindeer must be pre-purchased and go on sale at 11:00 am (or 8:00 am for newsletter subscribers) on November 16.

Bayshore Town Center – Glendale

Smiles with Santa

Families and friends deserve more at Bayshore! This holiday season all are welcome to capture memories with Santa for FREE. Bring your mobile device and snap a photo of your magical moment. For every memory made, Bayshore will donate $1 to support Alzheimer’s Association research, programs and services. #BayshoreSmiles

When: Canceled for 2020 Season. Please check back in 2021. 

Where: Rotunda at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale

Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa

Pictures with Santa at Santa’s Workshop

When: Reserved slots available starting November 27. Visit Website to register. 

Face coverings for you and Santa may be required during your contactless visit based on current state regulations.

Virtual Santa Visits!

When: Reservations available starting November 16.

Experience the magic with a virtual visit to the North Pole. Santa’s helpers have been working hard to deck the halls for you and your family, so stop on by!

Don’t forget Santa’s better half! You can extend your virtual holiday experience with a story read by Mrs. Claus.

Brookfield Square — Brookfield

We are excited to continue the tradition of hosting Santa to meet and greet all kids and kids-at-heart. Santa is doing many things differently this year, and because of that, we are providing multiple options for you and your loved ones to see Santa.

In-person visits will still be available, but you will have to reserve a special time to see Santa. These visits will be contactless, and hand sanitizing stations will also be available. Visit this page to learn more about available dates, times, photo package pricing, and more. Face masks are required to visit Santa for children age 2 and up as well as adults, so remember to bring your festive holiday mask or face covering.

For those who can’t see Santa in person or who want additional memorable experiences, we are now offering several online options. You can continue to Create Holiday Magic from the comfort of your home, and celebrate Christmas throughout the season with things like Story Time with Santa, Photos with Santa (including pets), a live zoom call, and more!

Southridge Mall — Greendale

Santa Photo Experience at Center Court

When: Details not yet released for 2020. Check website for updates.

Where: Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., Greendale

Kohl’s Department Stores

Santa will be visiting the Kohl’s toy department on four separate days this season. Families can snap a free picture with Santa and there will be a new free gift for all the good boys and girls each day (while supplies last).

When: Canceled for 2020. Check back in 2021.

Where: Check the Kohl’s website for your nearest location.

The Outsider at The Journeyman Hotel

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Outsider! The rooftop bar atop the ninth floor of The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel in the Historic Third Ward will host “Breakfast with Santa on the Rooftop.” Up on the rooftop, reindeer pause and out will sit good ol’ Santa Claus while a professional photographer snaps photos and an elf doles out candy canes. Executive Chef Heather Terhune will offer a full breakfast buffet complete with “Prancer’s Pancake Action Station,” a hot cocoa bar and a cash bar while the rooftop glistens with winter wonderland meets woodland creatures décor – think white twinkle lights, faux snow, bears, foxes and owls – all set amidst downtown Milwaukee’s cityscape. There will be plenty of festive activities to keep kids entertained, including: face painting, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and craft stations for kids to write letters to Santa, make reindeer food and design ornaments (see inclusions below).

Tickets are $40 per adult, $20 per child under 12, and free for kids 3 and under. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased HERE via Eventbrite. Photos are available HERE.

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9AM-1PM

Where: The Outsider at The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, 310 East Chicago Street

See Santa at Milwaukee Area Santa Events

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa – Milwaukee

When: Canceled for 2020. Check back in 2021. 

Where: Milwaukee County Zoo

Make your plans now to join us for holiday cheer and celebration as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their annual trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo to visit children for a special breakfast or lunch, featuring Racine Danish Kringle! The Claus’ and their merry elves

Brunch with Santa — Milwaukee

When: Canceled for 2020. Check back in 2021. 

Where: CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

Multiple crafts for kids to make and take home, holiday activities, photo opportunities & a gift bag from Santa!

Visit with Santa – Milwaukee

When: No details for 2020. Check website for updates. 

Where: Discovery World, 500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee

The holiday isn’t complete without a visit with Santa! Come and greet Jolly Old St. Nick all the way from the North Pole! Visit is included in the Discovery World ticket price.

Holiday Gift Fair with Santa Claus — Milwaukee

When: Canceled for 2020. Check back in 2021. 

Where: Boerner Botanical Gardens

Free event admission. Visits with Santa Claus and music with Gnorman the Gnome. Unique, high-quality gifts for sale from area artists and businesses. Children’s crafts from FBBG. Special holiday brunch available from Zilli Hospitality at regular price. Fun for the whole family!. The event takes place in the Visitor Center and is open to the public.

Christmas in the Ward — Milwaukee, Third Ward

When: All December Long

Where: Catalano Square, corner of Broadway and Menomonee Streets

As you can guess, Christmas in the Ward presented by PNC will

be a bit different than years past.

The beautiful Christmas tree will be decorated and lit in Catalano Square (great selfie opportunities abound!) for all of December.

Plus, we are planning live local holiday entertainment as well as shopping and dining promotions throughout the season. Finalized details will be available on their website after Small Business Saturday.

You know you can’t find a Historic Third Ward experience online, so make your list, check it twice, and be sure to spend your money locally this winter.

We look forward to 2021, when we’ll be able to gather and celebrate the holidays in the heart of the neighborhood once more. Until then, be healthy and shop the Ward.

Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee

When: Canceled for 2020. Check back in 2021. 

Where: Pfister Hotel

Enjoy this Pfister tradition and create lifelong memories! Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child.

Supper / Breakfast / Cookies with Santa – Various YMCA locations

When: December 4, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Supper with Santa – Mukwonago YMCA

When: December 4, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Cookies with Santa – West Suburban YMCA

When: December 5, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Breakfast with Santa – Tri-County YMCA

When: December 5, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Cookies with Santa – Waukesha YMCA

Have you seen Santa yet to tell him what’s on your Christmas list? If not, you still have time at these YMCA events! Santa wants you and your family to join him for dinner/breakfast/cookies, pictures, crafts, games, and more!  Register for your preferred time slot. Space is limited! Ages 3 & up: $2/Members, $5/Program Participants. Ages 2 & under: FREE.

Mr. Claus Appearances – Milwaukee

No details for 2020. Check facebook page for updates. 

11th Annual Dinner with Soul Santa – Madison

Canceled for 2020. 



See Santa at Milwaukee Area Community Events and Festivals

More Holiday Community Events and Festivals

A Cedarburg Christmas – Downtown Cedarburg
When: Mid-November thru Christmas

Stroll through beautiful downtown Cedarburg, where centuries-old limestone buildings house enticing shops, shopkeepers adorn their storefronts with twinkling lights and quaint displays. Make a visit to Santa in his workshop, run in Santa’s Dash Away 5K on December 14th, enjoy the numerous craft fairs and art exhibits, and enjoy lots of other family fun!

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival – Downtown Milwaukee
When: November 19th – January 1st

There are a lot of events happening under the title “Holiday Lights Festival,” including a virtual Jingle Bus and Santa’s Mailbox. Check out the website to get a full list of events, times, and locations!

Pfister Hotel Tree Lighting – Milwaukee, Pfister Hotel
When: Canceled for 2020. Check back in 2021. 

Join us at The Pfister for our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Watch the rapt expression on young and old alike as Santa arrives and officially lights The Pfister holiday tree. Savor the festive evening as you sip warm drinks and nibble on a holiday treat.

We will be collecting food for Hunger Task Force. Please consider donating a non-perishable food item to help those in need within our community.


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