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, especially when Mrs. Claus or the reindeer are near. 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!

Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa

Make a visit to Mayfair Mall and join Santa for a special photo in Santa’s Workshop – located downstairs next to Nordstrom. Reserved slots available starting November 17 through December 24. Visit the Website to register.

Brookfield Square — Brookfield

Brookfield Square will continue the tradition of visits with Santa from November 17 through December 24. Visit this page to learn more about available dates, times, photo package pricing, and more. Plus, there are special days when you can bring your pets for a visit with Santa – November 20, November 27, December 4, December 11 and December 18th.

Southridge Mall — Greendale

Santa will arrive at Southridge Mall on November 18th through Christmas Eve. You can also bring your furry family member for a picture with Santa on December 11th. Reservations are encouraged but not required.

The Corners of Brookfield

While Santa is busy up at the North Pole getting ready for Christmas, he’s sending his reindeer for a stop at The Corners of Brookfield for a visit on Sunday, December 17th. Get your tickets on their website, starting Monday, November 27th.

Cabela’s Santa’s Wonderland

Back by popular demand, local Cabela’s stores will be offering free visits with Santa from November 5 through December 24. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store. Advance reservations are required in all locations and can go quickly.

Milwaukee Area Holiday Community Events & Festivals

Christmas on the Corner – Port Washington
When: Saturday, December 2nd

Local artisans will have a variety of handmade items great for holiday gift giving. Artisans include- a wood turner, a wood carver, a cookie decorator, a painter and a potter. Hundreds of items will be on display for purchase including jewelry, felting, holiday cards and decor, copper works, stocking stuffers, and more!

A Cedarburg Christmas – Downtown Cedarburg
When: Mid-November thru Christmas, see website for all of the dates!

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 16 – January 1

There are a lot of events happening under the title “Holiday Lights Festival,” including the Jingle Bus where you can see all the winter wonderland that’s scattered throughout downtown Milwaukee and Santa’s Mailbox. Check out the website to get a full list of events, times, and locations!

See Santa at Milwaukee Area Santa Events

Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee

  • When: December 11 
  • Where: MECCA Bar in The Deer District
  • Santa is headed to The Deer District for a special breakfast that includes pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, an appearance from Bango, a breakfast buffet featuring build-your-own pancake and French toast stations and a cookie decorating kit. Reservations and tickets are available now! Make reservations on the event website.

Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee

  • When: December 9-10, 16-17
  • 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. Smaller seating groups for each date will ensure that everyone has an exceptional experience. To purchase tickets and view menu and event details visit their website.

Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee

  • When: December 3, 10 and 17
  • Where: Harley Davidson Museum, MOTOR Bar
  • This memorable season, Harley-Davidson would like to make a visit to the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum an annual tradition for you and your loved ones.
    On Sundays December 3, 10 and 17th bring the family down for Breakfast with Santa at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and get a picture with Santa on a motorcycle. Reservations are required. Get all of the details on the event website.

Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee

  • When: December 16 and 17
  • Where: Saint Kate Hotel
  • Start a new holiday tradition at Saint Kate’s “Brunch With Santa” and create lifelong memories! Guests will have the opportunity to experience a plentiful brunch in Saint Kate’s festive ballroom and visit with the jolly man himself. We will have chefs in the room griddling up waffles with all the trimmings, along with traditional buffet favorites. Desserts will be specially provided by Confectionately Yours. In addition to photos with Santa, which are highly encouraged, every child will receive a special gift and will be able to make crafts while composing a handwritten letter to Santa. Reservations can be made on their website

Brunch with Santa — Milwaukee

  • When: December 3
  • 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! Full details available on their website.

Christmas in the Ward — Milwaukee, Third Ward

  • When: December 1, Shopping all December 2020 Long
  • Where: Catalano Square, corner of Broadway and Menomonee Street
  • Kids of all ages can visit with Santa and let him know what’s on their Christmas list. A $5 donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities is suggested. Welcome Mrs. Claus and her reindeer back to Catalano Square. Santa’s elves will be on hand to answer questions like “do reindeer really fly?” And “is Rudolph’s nose really red?”

Brunch with Santa

  • When: December 3, 10 and 17
  • Where: Little Sprouts Play Cafe
  • Celebrate the season with some holiday spirit! Brunch with Santa will be available at both the Mequon and Shorewood locations. Make a reservation on their website.

Soda with Santa

  • When: Sundays, November 19-December 17
  • Where: Sprecher Brewery
  • The time-honored tradition of Soda with Santa at Sprecher is here! Bring friends and family to visit with Santa and enjoy a brewery tour and samples. Your photo on a bottle makes a great gift! With a purchase of a 12 pack or more of custom root beer bottles ($2.25 per bottle), you may take a photo with Santa. Book a tour on their website.

Visit with Santa

  • When: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
  • Where: Old World Wisconsin 
  • Discover the vibrant holiday traditions brought to Wisconsin by our immigrant ancestors and create your own holiday memories together at Old World Wisconsin’s Home For The Holidays. Hear seasonal songs, sip tasty cider, visit Santa’s workshop, and watch out for Krampus as you discover how our modern celebrations evolved from these historic roots. Book your tickets on their website.


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