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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! 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!

This guide to Santa Sightings in and around Milwaukee is brought to you by our sponsors at Old World Wisconsin in beautiful Eagle, Wisconsin.

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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:December 7-8 & 14-15

Where: Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

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Where to See Santa in Milwaukee

At the Mall

Santa at Von Maur

Meet Santa Claus at Von Maur this holiday season! On select weekends in December Santa will be making a very special visit to Von Maur. There will be complimentary photos available and he will be located on the lower level next to the escalators.

When:

Saturday, December 7th – Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, December 8th –  Noon – 5 pm
Saturday December 14th – Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, December 15th – Noon – 5 pm

Where:

The Corners of Brookfield

20111 W Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

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: Saturdays & Sundays – November 16 – December 22. See website for daily times.

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

Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa

Pictures with Santa at Santa’s Workshop

When: November 9 – December 24. 11a.m.-8p.m.

Regular Hours: 
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM

Special Hours:
Monday – Saturday (12/16-12/21): 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday (12/22): 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Christmas Eve (12/24): 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Santa Cares Day

When: Sunday, November 24 from 8:30 – 10:30 am

Children within all spectrums of special needs and their families are welcome to this sensory-friendly event to meet and take photos with Santa. *Make reservations in advance!

 

Pet Night with Santa

When: Every Monday from 5 to 8 pm through December 16th

Bring your furry friends in for a pic with Santa, because pets are family too! Capture a special moment with your dog or cat to cherish for years to come. Join us for Pet Night every Monday from 5 – 8 p.m. through December 17. *Make reservations in advance!

 

Southridge Mall — Greendale

Santa Photo Experience at Center Court

When: November 8 – December 24. See website for daily times.

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: November 3 and 24, December 8 and 15. Each day from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

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

 

Cookies with Santa Holiday Celebration– Milwaukee / West Allis

When: December 7th, 9 am to 2 pm

Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park

A morning of family-friendly fun with Santa himself plus cookie decorating, a holiday dance party, Elves’ Workshop, toy donation drive and so much more!

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa – Milwaukee

When: December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2019

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, will visit December 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2019. Breakfast is served at 9 a.m. and lunch is at noon Saturdays and Sundays.

Brunch with Santa — Milwaukee

When: December 14th, 2019

Where: CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

Two Sessions Available
9:30 AM | Brunch Included
12:00 PM | Brunch Included
$10 Admission (per person) | Includes One Session
*children 1 and under are free*

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

Visit with Santa – Milwaukee

When: Various days throughout November and December, begins November 25th, 9am – 5pm

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: December 1st, 10 am to 2 pm

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!. Event takes place in the Visitor Center and is open to the public.

Christmas in the Ward — Milwaukee, Third Ward

When: Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: Catalano Square, corner of Broadway and Menomonee Streets

Receive a cookie from Jolly the Gingerbread Man and tell Santa what you want for Christmas during Christmas in the Ward. Also, enjoy winter fireworks, tree lighting, carolers and live reindeer.

Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee

When: Saturdays and Sundays, December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22

Where: Pfister Hotel

Seating Available from 8-9:30am & 11:30am-1:00pm
$49 Adults, $29 Children 3 to 10 years, 2 and under free

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 6th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Mukwonago YMCA

When: December 7th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Tri County YMCA, Menomonee Falls

When: December 13th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: West Suburban YMCA, Wauwatosa

When: December 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Southwest YMCA, Greenfield

When: December 14th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: 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 a 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

When: Saturday, December 14th from 3 to 5 pm
Where: Pete’s Fruit Market, 2323 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive

When: Saturday, December 21st from 4 to 6 pm / Sunday, December 22nd from 1 to 3 pm / Monday, December 23rd from 1 to 3 pm
Where: Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W Fond du Lac Ave

11th Annual Dinner with Soul Santa – Madison

When: Friday, December 20th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Where: Lighthouse Christian School, 6402 Schroeder Rd, Madison

 

 

See Santa at Milwaukee Area Community Events and Festivals

More Holiday Community Events and Festivals

Old World Christmas at 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: December 1st & 2nd, December 8th & 9th, December 15th & 16th

Where: Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

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 21st – January 1st

There are a lot of events happening under the title “Holiday Lights Festival,” including Jingle Bus, Cocoa with the Clauses, 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: Friday, November 29th, 5:00pm–6:30pm with the official lighting at 5:30pm

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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