Santa Finder 2018 – Photos with Santa, Breakfast with Santa, Visits with Santa + More

If you’re looking for Santa in West Michigan, Grand Rapids, or the Lakeshore, you’re in the right place! Read on to find out when and where you can eat with Santa (breakfast or brunch with Santa is fun!), get photos with Santa, see him in a Santa Parade, or even go on a Santa train ride or sleigh ride. We’ve found Santa at locations all around Grand Rapids and West Michigan – look below to find out when and where the big guy will be near you.

Thanks to our sponsor, WHEELHOUSE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS

It’s Christmas time in the city and Santa Claus is coming to Wheelhouse! Experience the Christmas magic and join us for our Third Annual Brunch with Santa event on December 15 & 16th! The event will feature professional photos with Santa, a delicious scratch-made buffet brunch, cocktail features, cookie decorating station, kids’ activities & more!

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Eat With Santa

What would it be like to share a meal with Santa?

Santa loves to spend time with families, and what says “FAMILY” better than a delicious meal? Strolling among the families, Santa makes sure to visit every one to get a photo taken or chat with a little one about what they hope to see under the tree. Sharing his time like this draws Santa in more as a part of your family and makes for a wonderful tradition.

Don’t expect him to eat much, though. Not only does he really want to meet everyone there, but as he told me personally, he doesn’t like to mess up his beard with syrup.

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Sunday November 25, 2018

Breakfast with Santa

Location: Polish Falcons of Grand Rapids – 957 Fulton St W Grand Rapids
All are welcome!! All you can eat breakfast. $5 for kids; $7 for adults Potato pancakes, pancakes, sausage, ham, eggs, toast, coffee, juice, milk. Bring your camera to take a picture or two with Santa!
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday December 1, 2018

Pancakes With Santa At Pete's Grill & Tavern

Location: Pete’s Grill & Tavern – 2588 84th Street Southwest Byron Center
Join us on Saturday December 1 to have pancakes with Santa! Santa will be eating pancakes and ready to take some pictures with the kids! Get into the Holiday season here at Pete's Grill & Tavern!
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Scott Club's Annual Breakfast with Santa

Location: The Scott Club – 652 Phoenix Street South Haven
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage made fresh from your local Big Boy Restaurant, juice and hot chocolate, followed by personal time with Santa himself! Mrs. Santa will also be on hand to read stories and all children leave with a goodie bag, courtesy of The Scott Club. [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Saturday December 8, 2018

Breakfast with Santa at Indian Trails Camp

Location: Indian Trails Camp – O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive NW Grand Rapids
Santa Claus is coming to camp!

 Join IKUS at Indian Trails Camp for our Breakfast with Santa community event on Saturday, December 8 from 10am to noon. We’ll have a buffet breakfast, holiday activities, a chance to visit with Santa and an opportunity to receive a gift from him. This [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday December 11, 2018

Snacks with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
On Tuesday, December 11, your children will have the chance to share a snack with the big man in red! In addition to meeting Santa, kids can also play holiday bingo, make special holiday crafts and more! This is a free event!
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday December 15, 2018

3rd Annual Brunch with Santa at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

Location: Wheelhouse – 67 Ottawa Ave. SW Grand Rapids
Enjoy Brunch While You Meet Santa, Decorate Cookies and More at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas around Grand Rapids. One of the most unique is the Santa Brunch at Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails. The day is loaded with Christmas fun for kids and incredible [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Supper with Santa!

Location: Sundance Grill & Bar – 5755 28th Street Southeast Grand Rapids
Come have Supper with Santa at Sundance Grill on Saturday, December 15th from 4PM - 6PM! (5755 28th street location only)We encourage you to bring in a NEW unwrapped toy to help support Toys for Tots! Kids 12 and under can eat FREE pancakes (or any kids meal we offer), [...]
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday December 16, 2018

3rd Annual Brunch with Santa at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

Location: Wheelhouse – 67 Ottawa Ave. SW Grand Rapids
Enjoy Brunch While You Meet Santa, Decorate Cookies and More at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas around Grand Rapids. One of the most unique is the Santa Brunch at Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails. The day is loaded with Christmas fun for kids and incredible [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Holiday Brunch with Santa

Location: SE4SONS – 2801 Lakeshore Dr Muskegon
Sunday, December 16 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for Holiday Brunch with Santa!  This will be a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating and family!  This buffet style culinary experience, featuring the jolly old elf himself, includes a breakfast bar, hot and cold stations, chef attended [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cookies w/ Mrs. Clause for A Cause

Location: Great Lakes Bakery & Antiques – 5905 Grand Haven Rd, Muskegon
Come join us and bring the kids, and grandkids for our Cookies w/ Mrs. Clause event. Mrs. Clause will be reading the "T'was the night before Christmas" story for the children at 2:30. 10% of all sales during the event will be donated to Muskegon Rescue Mission children's Ministry.
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Photos and Visits with Santa

Pictures with Santa can be some of the best ways to document and remember each holiday.  Sure, some kids are petrified but others are delighted to visit their favorite elf. One year my daughter peppered Santa with questions on the North Pole, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus, elves…  Poor Santa just wanted to know what the girl wanted for Christmas!

Whether you want a beautiful memento of that season or a way to thrill your kid with having a few minutes of Santa’s attention, here are places you can make that happen!

Photos with Santa in the Arctic Forest at Woodland Mall

Location: Woodland Mall near Macy’s, Kentwood

Nestled in the Woodland Mall in the Macy’s Court, the Arctic Forest raises the bar in creating a  place to experience Christmas magic.  A trip here will enchant your whole family. Seated in the heart of the Arctic Forest is Santa, ready to take photos with shoppers of all ages.

Santa’s Cabin on the Riverwalk

Location: Riverwalk Plaza in downtown Lowell

Come and experience the magic of Lowell this holiday season. Visit Santa at Santa’s Cabin on the magical Riverwalk Plaza. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Free Photos by Kim Feenstra Photography and Bruce Doll will be posted online for download.

Photos with Santa at Rivertown Crossings

Location: Rivertown Crossings Mall – 3700 Rivertown Parkway, Grandville

Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa—just reserve your time and skip the line! Save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th)

Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark

Location: Fifth Third Ballpark – 4500 West River Drive Comstock Park

West Michigan’s largest, animated, drive thru light show, is now celebrating it’s 20th year, of entertaining people of all ages.

On select evenings, you can stop at the Santa house, and give him your wish list! 

Christmas Experience with Santa at Deer Tracks Junction

Location: Deer Tracks Junction, LLC – 7850 14 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs

Santa will be at Deer Tracks Junction every Wednesday through Sunday from now until December 24. We will also have special times during the week before Christmas so be sure to check the schedule. Get your picture with Santa, then head out back and check out all of the cool stuff in the “town.”

Santa Shoppe in Holland

Location: Home & Company – 190 S. River Ave, Holland
Enjoy this favorite holiday tradition and visit Santa Claus in Downtown Holland at Home & Company! There is no charge for children to sit on Santa’s lap, but be sure to bring your own camera for photos.

Sinterklaas Storytime at Nelis’ Dutch Village

Location: Nelis’ Dutch Village – 12350 James St. Holland
JOIN US FOR A VISIT FROM SINTERKLAAS Saturdays, November 18, 25 & December 2, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
This fun afternoon storytime is available to you and your family free of charge. No reservation is necessary.

The Santa Train

Location: Coopersville & Marne Railway – 311 Danforth Street Coopersville

Ride with the FUN GUY! Everyone loves Santa and Santa loves children.

Each of our vintage passenger cars has a special seat reserved just for the Big Guy and his friends.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s

Location: Cabela’s – 3000 44th SW, Grandville

FREE photo with Santa! (November 10-December 24) *Free 4×6 studio quality photo in-store! Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase.

Weekdays: 5-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Friday November 9, 2018

Mini Session Santa Photos at the Red Barn Market

Location: Red Barn Market – 3550 Alden Nash NE Lowell
We are offering two dates for 15 minute mini sessions! Christmas Photos with Santa Friday, November 9; 4p-8p Sunday, November 11; 1p-5p $50 Pre-Registration includes professional photos with Santa! So many ideas to choose from! Imagine your child... ... opening a stocking while Santa watches ... reading The Night Before [...]
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday November 10, 2018

Santa's Arrival

Location: Cabela’s Grandville – 3000 44th SW Grandville
Magical tree lighting Unveiling of Santa's Wonderland® FREE cookies and McSteven's® hot chocolate* Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops® Gift Card to 1 lucky winner every half hour! 5:30–7PM Free photos with Santa from 6-8pm!
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday November 11, 2018

Mini Session Santa Photos at the Red Barn Market

Location: Red Barn Market – 3550 Alden Nash NE Lowell
We are offering two dates for 15 minute mini sessions! Christmas Photos with Santa Friday, November 9; 4p-8p Sunday, November 11; 1p-5p $50 Pre-Registration includes professional photos with Santa! So many ideas to choose from! Imagine your child... ... opening a stocking while Santa watches ... reading The Night Before [...]
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday November 16, 2018

Santa Visits at the Farm

Location: Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms – 12877 84th SE Alto
See Santa and the farm lit up for Christmas! We are a stop for Christmas through Lowell and plan to make it a whole Christmas experience! Not only do your holiday shopping but also have visits with Santa! Friday, November 16th 12-1 and 3-7 Saturday, November 17th 11-2 and 3-6 [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Santa and his reindeer visit Eastern Floral

Location: Eastern Floral – 2836 Broadmoor Ave SE Grand Rapids
Santa Claus and his reindeer are coming to Eastern Floral! Friday 3-7 and Saturday 11-3. All are welcome to join us in meeting Santa and two of his real live reindeer! We will a photo booth, hot chocolate bar, an ornament and letter writing station, along with treats, refreshments, and [...]
Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa Visits at the Farm

Location: Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms – 12877 84th SE Alto
See Santa and the farm lit up for Christmas! We are a stop for Christmas through Lowell and plan to make it a whole Christmas experience! Not only do your holiday shopping but also have visits with Santa! Friday, November 16th 12-1 and 3-7 Saturday, November 17th 11-2 and 3-6 [...]
Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shop Sparta Community Christmas Celebration

Location: Downtown Sparta – Division Sparta
Sparta welcomes you downtown to kick off the Christmas holiday season on Friday Novemeber 16th. Santa and his elves invite you to celebrate the 6PM tree lighting. Mingle with friends and family while sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Bring and lawn chair and blanket to stay toasting while enjoying [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday November 17, 2018

Art Van Santa Parade

Location: Rosa Parks Circle – 135 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids
A Grand Rapids holiday tradition will once again roll through downtown on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 9 a.m. with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year’s parade will be “Sounds of the Season.” “Some [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hudsonville Holiday Parade

Location: Downtown Hudsonville – 3488 Kelly Street Hudsonville
Sponsoring our 25th annual holiday parade is Sunset Retirement Communities and Services, and what better way to celebrate the Holidays than a parade in your community with your family and neighbors. The parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, November 17. The floats will take off from the Pinnacle Center Drive and travel north on 32nd, ending [...]
Time: 10:00 am

Santa’s Workshop at GRPL Main Branch

Location: Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch – 111 Library St NE Grand Rapids
After the Santa Claus Parade, stop by the library to indulge in more holiday cheer. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by after the parade to meet all the good little girls and boys in Grand Rapids. Listen to stories with Mrs. Claus while you warm up with a [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SantaFest 2018 Season Kickoff - Reservations Needed

Location: Woodland Mall – 3195 28th St SE Kentwood
The festivities continue at each workshop station as you:Visit Santa to purchase a keepsake photo PREIT Perks Members get a FastPass! Enjoy holiday treats and interactive games Hang with special characters Create memorable take-home crafts Write a Letter to Santa
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Santa and his reindeer visit Eastern Floral

Location: Eastern Floral – 2836 Broadmoor Ave SE Grand Rapids
Santa Claus and his reindeer are coming to Eastern Floral! Friday 3-7 and Saturday 11-3. All are welcome to join us in meeting Santa and two of his real live reindeer! We will a photo booth, hot chocolate bar, an ornament and letter writing station, along with treats, refreshments, and [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Santa Visits at the Farm

Location: Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms – 12877 84th SE Alto
See Santa and the farm lit up for Christmas! We are a stop for Christmas through Lowell and plan to make it a whole Christmas experience! Not only do your holiday shopping but also have visits with Santa! Friday, November 16th 12-1 and 3-7 Saturday, November 17th 11-2 and 3-6 [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Santa Visits at the Farm

Location: Dairy Discovery at SwissLane Farms – 12877 84th SE Alto
See Santa and the farm lit up for Christmas! We are a stop for Christmas through Lowell and plan to make it a whole Christmas experience! Not only do your holiday shopping but also have visits with Santa! Friday, November 16th 12-1 and 3-7 Saturday, November 17th 11-2 and 3-6 [...]
Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Holiday Open House in Downtown Holland

Location: Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
Each November, the merchants of Downtown Holland host the annual Holiday Open House, a highly anticipated holiday tradition for both visitors and local residents alike. Stroll the decorated streets filled with holiday carolers, sample a roasted chestnut and shop the day away at stores, boutiques and galleries all featuring unique [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday November 20, 2018

Santa Visits at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens for Families – 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids
All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Remember to bring your camera for a Santa selfie or a photo with him on his sleigh. Santa will be located in the Peter C. & Emajean (Pat) Cook Entry Arbor.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday November 23, 2018

South Haven's Holiday in the Park

Location: Downtown South Haven- Phoenix St. – Phoenix Street South Haven
Light up the season during the official lighting of our community holiday tree. Ice skating, karaoke, Santa Paws Pet Parade, luminaries, holiday treats and more will jumpstart the holiday spirit and make memories you can reminisce on for years to come.
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Glenn Circle of Lights

Location: Glenn United Methodist Church – 1395 Blue Star Hwy South Haven
- Free family pictures taken in the Glenn Square - Festive merchants with treats at each stop - Bake sale and town historian at the Historic Glenn Schoolhouse - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6pm for annual tree lighting in the Glenn Square - Children visit with Santa and [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

East Grand Rapids Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: Regatta Plaza – Wealthy St. and Bagley East Grand Rapids
Tree Lighting Ceremony is hosted by the Gaslight Village Business Association.  The event is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving starting at 6:30 PM.  The ceremony is held in Regatta Plaza near the intersection of Wealthy St. and Bagley in East Grand Rapids.  All activities are FREE. Activities: Greeting from [...]
Time: 6:30 pm

Saturday November 24, 2018

Family Music Holiday Party

Location: Joyful Sounds Music Studio – 959 Lake Dr. SE Grand Rapids
The holidays are not the holidays without music! Join us for a special holiday music class at Joyful Sounds Music Studio- fun for the whole family! Music, goodies, and a visit from Santa! Spaces are limited, sign up today! $15/family
Time: 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Family Holiday Music Party!

Location: Joyful Sounds Music Studio – 959 Lake Dr. SE Grand Rapids
The holidays are not the holidays without music! Join us at Joyful Sounds Music Studio for a special holiday music class - fun for the whole family! Music, goodies, and a visit from Santa! Spaces are limited, sign up today!
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Family Holiday Music Party!

Location: Joyful Sounds Music Studio – 959 Lake Dr. SE Grand Rapids
The holidays are not the holidays without music! Join us at Joyful Sounds Music Studio for a special holiday music class - fun for the whole family! Music, goodies, and a visit from Santa! Spaces are limited, sign up today!
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Holidays in the City

Location: Hackley Park – 350 W Webster Ave Muskegon
Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us!  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 24 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sunday November 25, 2018

Breakfast with Santa

Location: Polish Falcons of Grand Rapids – 957 Fulton St W Grand Rapids
All are welcome!! All you can eat breakfast. $5 for kids; $7 for adults Potato pancakes, pancakes, sausage, ham, eggs, toast, coffee, juice, milk. Bring your camera to take a picture or two with Santa!
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday November 27, 2018

Santa Visits at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens for Families – 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids
All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Remember to bring your camera for a Santa selfie or a photo with him on his sleigh. Santa will be located in the Peter C. & Emajean (Pat) Cook Entry Arbor.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Parade of Lights in Holland

Location: Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
During the annual Parade of Lights, Santa will arrive in Downtown Holland escorted by reindeer, bands, floats, trucks, family and friends…all decked out in thousands of sparkling holiday lights! More than 70 entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown Holland during this highly anticipated holiday event. At the end of [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday November 29, 2018

First Annual Eastown Tree Lighting Party

Location: Harmony Brewing Company – 1551 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids
Join us for Eastown's first Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party! November 29th at 6:00pm Commissioner Ruth Kelly will light the tree at 6:30 PM. Bring an ornament for the tree that reflects your family's traditions and community! Fundraiser for the Eastown Business Association & Eastown Community Association Santa and Mrs. [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Friday November 30, 2018

Santa Pictures With Magical Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish MI

Location: ART Realty – 51 E Main Ave Zeeland
Magical Wishes is hosting Santa Pictures at ART Realty. Donations only. All money raised will go towards Magical Wishes 2019 event that benefits Make-A-Wish Michigan. Wish families may come at any time otherwise the last 30 minutes will be designated for Wish families only. 4:30 pm-7:30 pm open to public [...]
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tinsel, Treats, and Trolleys 2018

Location: Ada Covered Bridge – 7490 Thornapple River Dr SE Ada
The Village comes alive with the Holiday spirit. Watch the covered bridge light up at the Bridge Lighting Ceremony which begins at 5:30. The rest of the event starts at 6pm. Ride a trolley around town and visit local businesses to get treats and have fun. Visit Santa in Santa's [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday December 1, 2018

Pancakes With Santa At Pete's Grill & Tavern

Location: Pete’s Grill & Tavern – 2588 84th Street Southwest Byron Center
Join us on Saturday December 1 to have pancakes with Santa! Santa will be eating pancakes and ready to take some pictures with the kids! Get into the Holiday season here at Pete's Grill & Tavern!
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Location: Grand Rapids Yacht Club – 740 Lakeside Dr SE East Grand Rapids
Visit with Santa and tell him your wishes for the holidays. Bring your camera and get pictures with Santa! Create holiday themed crafts, listen to story time with a holiday themed book, write a letter to Santa and have some delicious hot cocoa and a frosted cookie. Proceeds benefit the [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Northview Holiday Breakfast Craft & Vendor Show

Location: Northview High School – 4451 Hunsberger Ave NE Grand Rapids
Come join us for a pancake breakfast from 9am to 11am and shop our local crafters and vendors from 9am to 3pm for this holiday season! Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa for $1.00. Proceeds benefit Senior All Night Party Class of 2019.
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fennville Holiday Celebration

Location: Downtown Fennville – Main Street Fennville
Fennville's Annual Holiday Celebration will be on Saturday December 1st! Join us for a full day of FREE family fun throughout Fennville! In addition to a full day of events, we are having a PAJAMA DRIVE to donate to local families in need and Holiday Decorating contests for businesses and [...]
Time: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

Christmas for the Animals

Location: John Ball Zoo – 1300 W. Fulton Grand Rapids
Join us for this free holiday event! Featuring: - Santa & his Reindeer - Ice Carving - Holiday crafts - Animal enrichment demonstrations Thank you so much for your past donations at Christmas for the Animals. Because of the overwhelming generosity of our community, please consider the following ways to [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meet Sinterklaas!

Location: Dekker Huis Museum – 37 E. Main Ave Zeeland
Children are invited to visit Sinterklaas, make crafts, eat snacks, hear stories of how the holiday is celebrated in the Dutch tradition, enjoy games, etc.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Santa's Wonderland

Location: Cabela’s Grandville – 3000 44th SW Grandville
FREE photo with Santa! (November 10-December 24) *Free 4x6 studio quality photo in-store! Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase. Weekdays: 5-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm Free crafts, games & activities! Gather the family and come experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for free games, crafts, [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Scott Club's Annual Breakfast with Santa

Location: The Scott Club – 652 Phoenix Street South Haven
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage made fresh from your local Big Boy Restaurant, juice and hot chocolate, followed by personal time with Santa himself! Mrs. Santa will also be on hand to read stories and all children leave with a goodie bag, courtesy of The Scott Club. [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

75th Annual Rockford Santa Parade!

Location: Downtown Rockford – 17 Squires St Rockford
Join us for the 75th Annual Santa Parade through Rockford! This parade is great entertainment for the whole family! Starting at 11AM the floats and parade participants will go through downtown Rockford! After the parade, make sure to visit Santa in the Pavilion and enjoy a free carriage ride. http://bit.ly/2018RockfordHoliday [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Santa Parade

Location: Ada Fire Department – 6990 East Fulton Ada
HO! HO! HO! Get in the holiday spirit and join us for the Santa Parade through Ada Village beginning at 11:00 a.m. Parade route begins at Ada Drive/Thornapple River Drive and ends at Fire House 1 on Fulton Street. Be sure to stop inside the fire station for hot chocolate [...]
Time: 11:00 am

Santa Clause Open House

Location: Fruitport Fire Department – 3368 Black Creek Rd. Fruitport
The Fruitport Fire Department has recently spoken with Santa Clause and it has been revealed that the jolly old elf himself will be at station #2 Saturday, December 1 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm!  Be sure to bring your Christmas list and appetite.  Doughnut holes, punch and coffee will be served.  [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Winterfest at the Felt Mansion

Location: Felt Mansion – 6597 138th Ave. Laketown Twp
FREE FAMILY FUN DAY! We kick off our Holiday Season with our annual Winterfest – a family fun day at the Felt Estate. On December 1 from noon – 2:00 p.m.: This day includes a visit from Santa, a free lunch from Dokk’s Firehouse Dogs, face-painting, horse-drawn wagon rides, free [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Christmas in Claremont Court

Location: Carolyn Stich Studio – 29 West 8th Street, Suite 100 Holland
Join us at 29 W. 8th Street for an afternoon of Santa, fun activities, special treats, and lots of holiday spirit! Santa will be available for those must have holiday pictures! Sponsored by: Cherry Republic of Holland, Merle Norman, and Carolyn Stich Studio.
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

SANTA Extravaganza

Location: Forever Curious Children’s Museum – 202 East Main Street Fennville
Kick off the holiday season with a visit from SANTA! We will have all day FREE admission, crafts & activities, and a magic show! FREE Admission ALL DAY! Santa 2-4 pm Crafts and Activities 2-4 pm Magic Show 4-4:45 pm
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Santa and S'mores

Location: Camp Newaygo – 5333 Centerline Road Newaygo
Get your perfect photo with Santa at Camp Newaygo! All decked out for the season, Camp is a beautiful spot to get into the spirit and kick off your holiday festivities. Meet Santa and his reindeer, make a winter craft, write out your wish list and enjoy a s’more by [...]
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Allendale's Hometown Holiday Celebration

Location: Heritage Town Square Plaza – North West Corner of 60th and Lake Michigan Drive Allendale
Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration Christmas Tree Lighting. From 5-7pm we'll have family friendly fun and at 6pm, we'll gather around to light up the Christmas tree and sing carols together. You'll get to visit with Santa, have your face painted, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Light Up Downtown

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – 303 Pearl ST NW Grand Rapids
Kick off the holiday season in style with this NEW holiday tradition that combines the Holiday Open House and the Annual Tree Lighting into one blockbuster event. Listen to holiday music and visit with Santa and his reindeer. On display inside the Museum will be the Breton Village Train. No [...]
Time: 5:00 pm

Sunday December 2, 2018

Circle of Trees & Dog Parade

Location: Walker Park – 1521 Ruddiman North Muskegon
The Circle of Trees is held on the first Sunday in December.  Trees are decorated in Walker Park, the annual “Dog Parade” is held on Ruddiman Ave. and the tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and visits with Santa follow immediately after.  If you wish to participate or for more information, contact Lee Ann Clausen at 231-744-1621. 12:00pm – [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa at the Nature Education Center!

Location: Hemlock Crossing – Nature Education Center – 8115 West Olive Road West Olive
Santa & Mrs. Claus are returning by popular demand to the Nature Education Center! Enjoy refreshments and capture the scene as little ones have a special talk with Santa & Mrs. Claus. There will be craft activities in the classroom, things to explore in the Wildlife Den, as well as [...]
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday December 4, 2018

Santa Visits at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens for Families – 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids
All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Remember to bring your camera for a Santa selfie or a photo with him on his sleigh. Santa will be located in the Peter C. & Emajean (Pat) Cook Entry Arbor.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Caring Santa (Special Needs/Sensory Friendly)

Location: Howard Miller Public Library – 14 S. Church St. Zeeland
This time with Santa is designed to be a sensory friendly experience for people with special needs. This event is brought to you by- Compassionate Heart Ministry The event is set up with more privacy space and time.
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Winter Wonderland at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Experience the magic of the season... Downtown Market Style! Enjoy special offers from our Market Hall Merchants, experience delicious food and beverage demos in our Teaching Kitchen, and shop our Holiday Artisan Market. Don’t forget to share your wish list with Santa in the Greenhouse!
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Feel the Zeel of Giving

Location: Downtown Zeeland- Main St. – Main Street Zeeland
Every year, the City of Zeeland partners with a selected, local non profit organization to host a series of charming Christmas events downtown. Feel the Zeel of Giving is a three day series that celebrates the warmth and nostalgia of the holiday season in a small town. Visit downtown Zeeland [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa's Cabin on the Riverwalk

Location: Riverwalk Plaza – 113 Riverwalk Lowell
Come and experience the magic of Lowell this holiday season.   Visit with Santa at Santa’s Cabin on the magical Riverwalk Plaza.  Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.  A memory will be waiting for you this holiday season. Wednesdays – December 5, 12, & 19 – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Free [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit Rockford!

Location: Rockford Rotary Pavilion – 50 Squires Street Square NE Rockford
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town! Come see them at the Rotary Pavilion! Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and a goodie bag from Santa!
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday December 6, 2018

Holiday Open House

Location: MSU 4-H Children’s Gardens – 1066 Bogue St East Lansing
Enjoy our displays of poinsettias and the 16' poinsettia tree under evening lights.  Bring your camera and the kids.  Santa will arrive in his sleigh at 5:30 pm.  MSU poinsettias, centerpieces and wreaths will be for sale.  Enjoy some holiday refreshments. This is a FREE event. Please Register by filling [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Walker WinterFest

Location: Walker Ice and Fitness Center – 4151 Remembrance Rd. NW Walker
Join us for our Annual Walker WinterFest! *A FREE event for the whole family* Join us on Thursday, December 6 from 5-7:30 pm at the Walker Ice and Fitness Center (4151 Remembrance Rd NW). 5:00 pm: Pictures with Santa Hot Cocoa and Cookies Live Reindeer Holiday crafts with the Kent [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Feel the Zeel of Giving

Location: Downtown Zeeland- Main St. – Main Street Zeeland
Every year, the City of Zeeland partners with a selected, local non profit organization to host a series of charming Christmas events downtown. Feel the Zeel of Giving is a three day series that celebrates the warmth and nostalgia of the holiday season in a small town. Visit downtown Zeeland [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday December 7, 2018

A Nite of Christmas Cheer

Location: Riverwalk Plaza – 113 Riverwalk Lowell
Visit with Santa & get a free photo by Kim Feenstra Photography, Hots Dogs, Roasted Chestnuts, Horse & Carriage Rides, Hot Cocoa & Cookies in the Cookie Room, Warming Fires, and more! Suggested donation for holiday activities & pictures: $2
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Feel the Zeel of Giving

Location: Downtown Zeeland- Main St. – Main Street Zeeland
Every year, the City of Zeeland partners with a selected, local non profit organization to host a series of charming Christmas events downtown. Feel the Zeel of Giving is a three day series that celebrates the warmth and nostalgia of the holiday season in a small town. Visit downtown Zeeland [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kentwood Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Light Parade

Location: KDL Kentwood Library Branch – 4950 Breton SE Grand Rapids
Join us for the Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony! The event takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with a holiday light parade. There will also be carriage rides, hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies, live music, caroling, and of course a visit from Santa! Don't forget to [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sinterklaas Eve Celebration

Location: Holland Area Arts Council – 150 E. 8th Street Holland
Join us for an evening of Dutch holiday traditions as we celebrate Sinterklaas Eve. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm with Dutch lantern making, crafts and storytelling at the Holland Area Arts Council. Dutch lanterns are available to the first 300 children beginning at 6:00 pm until supplies last. Just [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday December 8, 2018

Breakfast with Santa at Indian Trails Camp

Location: Indian Trails Camp – O-1859 Lake Michigan Drive NW Grand Rapids
Santa Claus is coming to camp!

 Join IKUS at Indian Trails Camp for our Breakfast with Santa community event on Saturday, December 8 from 10am to noon. We’ll have a buffet breakfast, holiday activities, a chance to visit with Santa and an opportunity to receive a gift from him. This [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hipster Santa at GRPM

Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum – 272 Pearl St. NW Grand Rapids
Hipster Santa will be stopping by the Grand Rapids Public Museum for photo opportunities! Hipster Santa will be set up in the Museum’s Streets of Old Grand Rapids’ Barrel Factory from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. All ages are welcome to purchase picture packages to be [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Laser Tag with Santa

Location: BattleGR Tactical Games – 4735 Lake Michigan Dr NW Grand Rapids
Come have some fun playing laser tag and get your picture with Santa. We have a great special going on. $20 gets you a 30 minute laser tag session and a photo with Santa. Have siblings each additional person is $18. We have 7 different objective based games we play. [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pictures with Santa!

Location: Back To Health Chiropractic Wellness Center – 10990 Chicago Dr Zeeland
Come Join us for a Fun morning with Santa! Drop in style and no appointments necessary! FREE pictures with Santa and snacks provided and an opportunity to win fun prizes!!
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Santa Makes a Stop at Renew Mama

Location: Renew Mama Studio – 5161 Northland Dr NE Grand Rapids
Renew Mama Studio has talked with the north pole and Santa will be making a special stop at the studio on December 10th! Families come bring your kids to see Santa in our boutique family studio plus beat the mall lines. Come sit on Santa's lap, tell him your Christmas [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wyoming-Kentwood Santa Parade

Location: Brann’s Sizzlin’ Steaks & Sports Grille – 4132 S. Division Wyoming
Help the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Santa! Saturday, December 8, 2018 10 am Stepping onto S. Division from 34th Street (34th Street Mall Parking Lot, formerly Hope Network) and marching southbound to Chase Bank (Murray Street) Bring your camera to Brann's Sizzlin' Steaks & Sports Grille at 4132 [...]
Time: 10:00 am

Of Christmas Past (Hastings)

Location: Historic Charlton Park – 2545 S. Charlton Park Rd. Hastings
Historic Charlton Park’s turn-of-the-century village is the setting for Of Christmas Past! Come out and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and activities of the late 1800’s. On Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9, 2018, from 11 a.m – 4 p.m., you are invited to tour the village & enjoy Christmas at [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Santa in Centertown 2018

Location: Downtown Grand Haven – Washington Ave. Grand Haven
Santa is coming to Centertown! Many of the Centertown neighborhood businesses will be offering treats and activities such as decorating cookies, coloring, and feature specials on gifts for the whole family.
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Great Candy Cane Hunt

Location: Wyoming Senior Center – 2380 DeHoop SW Wyoming
Children are invited to participate in a hunt for the many hidden candy canes outside. Then head indoors for games, a craft project, and lunch. Children will also have an opportunity to meet Santa and give him their holiday wish list! PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Ages 3-14 $5 for residents, $7 for [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Visit From Santa Claus!

Location: Once Upon A Child- Walker – 3343 Alpine Ave NW, Ste C Walker
Don't miss our favorite person from the North Pole... Santa Claus! From 1p-4pm on Saturday, December 8th, bring your little ones in to see Santa Claus here at Once Upon A Child in WALKER! Need a letter for Santa? Don't fret! Stop into our store and snag a FREE letter [...]
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday December 9, 2018

Of Christmas Past (Hastings)

Location: Historic Charlton Park – 2545 S. Charlton Park Rd. Hastings
Historic Charlton Park’s turn-of-the-century village is the setting for Of Christmas Past! Come out and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and activities of the late 1800’s. On Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9, 2018, from 11 a.m – 4 p.m., you are invited to tour the village & enjoy Christmas at [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday December 11, 2018

Snacks with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
On Tuesday, December 11, your children will have the chance to share a snack with the big man in red! In addition to meeting Santa, kids can also play holiday bingo, make special holiday crafts and more! This is a free event!
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Santa Visits at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens for Families – 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids
All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Remember to bring your camera for a Santa selfie or a photo with him on his sleigh. Santa will be located in the Peter C. & Emajean (Pat) Cook Entry Arbor.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 12, 2018

Cookies with Santa

Location: Woodland Mall – 3195 28th St SE Kentwood
Santa has a special morning planed for your toddlers and preschoolers. Enjoy free milk and cookies and a holiday themed craft activity. Santa Claus will be here ready to hear your Christmas wishes in Macy's court! 11:00 am - Wednesday, December 12th Santa Hours Mondays-Saturdays: 10AM-9PM Santa Break Times 1-2PM [...]
Time: 10:00 am

Santa's Cabin on the Riverwalk

Location: Riverwalk Plaza – 113 Riverwalk Lowell
Come and experience the magic of Lowell this holiday season.   Visit with Santa at Santa’s Cabin on the magical Riverwalk Plaza.  Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.  A memory will be waiting for you this holiday season. Wednesdays – December 5, 12, & 19 – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Free [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Santa, Mrs. Claus & Live Reindeer visit Rockford!

Location: Rockford Rotary Pavilion – 50 Squires Street Square NE Rockford
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town! And they are bringing their reindeer friends! Come visit Santa, feed the reindeer with Rockford Ace Hardware's elves and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa in the Rotary Pavilion!
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday December 14, 2018

Santa Claus Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone – 3640 29th Street SE Kentwood
Join us for our Santa Claus Toddler Time! Santa will be available for pictures with your children. Come dressed in your holiday best ... for jumping! Ages 5 and under. Tickets are $11.99/toddler. Sky Socks aren't included.
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Visits with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Bring your wish list to ensure you land on his 'nice' list this year. This is a free event Bring your own camera or camera phone Santa will be seated in the second floor atrium Each child who visits [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday December 15, 2018

Santa Claus Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone – 3640 29th Street SE Kentwood
Join us for our Santa Claus Toddler Time! Santa will be available for pictures with your children. Come dressed in your holiday best ... for jumping! Ages 5 and under. Tickets are $11.99/toddler. Sky Socks aren't included.
Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

3rd Annual Brunch with Santa at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

Location: Wheelhouse – 67 Ottawa Ave. SW Grand Rapids
Enjoy Brunch While You Meet Santa, Decorate Cookies and More at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas around Grand Rapids. One of the most unique is the Santa Brunch at Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails. The day is loaded with Christmas fun for kids and incredible [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Holiday Extravaganza

Location: Georgetown Township Public Library – 1525 Baldwin St Jenison
Join us for LIVE reindeer, a Santa visit, fun holiday stories, and a craft! There will also be Fresh cookies provided by the Jenison Lake Michigan Credit Union. All ages welcome, no registration required!
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sparta's Santa House

Location: Sparta Carnegie Township Library – 80 N Union St Sparta
Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library. *Parents, be sure to take your camera! Saturday, December 15 from 10:30-12pm Thursday, December 20 from 5-7pm Saturday, December 22 from 9-10:30am
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Candy Cane Hunt

Location: Byron Township Community Center – 2120 76th St Byron Center
Candy Cane Hunt - December 15th. Limited space available, must pre-register. Children ages 2-4, 5-6, and 7-8 will have their own area to hunt for candy canes and every child can win a prize! Some special candy canes will be hidden and can be redeemed for special prizes. After the [...]
Time: 11:00 am

Photos with Santa!

Location: Holland Town Center – 12330 James St Holland
Join us for all the FREE Holiday Happenings at the Holland Town Center! Photos with Santa in Suite A040 (between Carters and EcoBuns Baby + Co.)! Hot cocoa at Michigan Pantry! Holiday Craft at Art as a Lifestyle *while supplies last! We hope to see you there!
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Santa & Kid's Day 2018

Location: Main Street Bicycle Company of Zeeland – 201 E Main Ave Zeeland
Come join us on December 15th as we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Main Street Bicycle Co. 11 am - 11:30 am ~ Story Time with Mrs. Claus 11 am -1 pm ~ Visit and take pictures with Santa 11 am - 1 pm ~ Games and Activities for [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Santa & His Live Reindeer at Horrocks Market

Location: Horrocks Market – 4455 Breton Rd SE Kentwood
Santa and his live reindeer return to Horrocks Market on Saturday, December 15th 12-4PM! Join us for lots of holiday spirit and more.
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visits with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Bring your wish list to ensure you land on his 'nice' list this year. This is a free event Bring your own camera or camera phone Santa will be seated in the second floor atrium Each child who visits [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cookies with Santa

Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center – 2500 S. Division Grand Rapids
Santa is coming to the Kroc Center again this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 15th from 2–5 PM. Stop by with your camera to snap a pic with Santa himself! We'll also have a letter writing station, so you can be sure Santa gets your list before Christmas! [...]
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Supper with Santa!

Location: Sundance Grill & Bar – 5755 28th Street Southeast Grand Rapids
Come have Supper with Santa at Sundance Grill on Saturday, December 15th from 4PM - 6PM! (5755 28th street location only)We encourage you to bring in a NEW unwrapped toy to help support Toys for Tots! Kids 12 and under can eat FREE pancakes (or any kids meal we offer), [...]
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

EVENT CANCELED: Believe at the Red Barn Market

Location: Red Barn Market – 3550 Alden Nash NE Lowell
EVENT CANCELED: The business has informed us that this event will no longer be taking place. ************************************ Take a stroll through Santa’s workshop and the North Pole, enjoy cookies and cocoa, whisper your wishes and get personal photos with Santa! Red Barn Market's photographer Heather Eveland Photography will be capturing your magical [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday December 16, 2018

3rd Annual Brunch with Santa at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails

Location: Wheelhouse – 67 Ottawa Ave. SW Grand Rapids
Enjoy Brunch While You Meet Santa, Decorate Cookies and More at Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails There are so many ways to celebrate Christmas around Grand Rapids. One of the most unique is the Santa Brunch at Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails. The day is loaded with Christmas fun for kids and incredible [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Santa Claus Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone – 3640 29th Street SE Kentwood
Join us for our Santa Claus Toddler Time! Santa will be available for pictures with your children. Come dressed in your holiday best ... for jumping! Ages 5 and under. Tickets are $11.99/toddler. Sky Socks aren't included.
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Holiday Brunch with Santa

Location: SE4SONS – 2801 Lakeshore Dr Muskegon
Sunday, December 16 from 11:00am – 2:00pm, come to SE4SONS Banquet Center for Holiday Brunch with Santa!  This will be a fun-filled day of great food, holiday cookie decorating and family!  This buffet style culinary experience, featuring the jolly old elf himself, includes a breakfast bar, hot and cold stations, chef attended [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Visits with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Bring your wish list to ensure you land on his 'nice' list this year. This is a free event Bring your own camera or camera phone Santa will be seated in the second floor atrium Each child who visits [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cookies w/ Mrs. Clause for A Cause

Location: Great Lakes Bakery & Antiques – 5905 Grand Haven Rd, Muskegon
Come join us and bring the kids, and grandkids for our Cookies w/ Mrs. Clause event. Mrs. Clause will be reading the "T'was the night before Christmas" story for the children at 2:30. 10% of all sales during the event will be donated to Muskegon Rescue Mission children's Ministry.
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday December 18, 2018

Santa Claus Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone – 3640 29th Street SE Kentwood
Join us for our Santa Claus Toddler Time! Santa will be available for pictures with your children. Come dressed in your holiday best ... for jumping! Ages 5 and under. Tickets are $11.99/toddler. Sky Socks aren't included.
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Santa Visits at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens for Families – 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids
All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Remember to bring your camera for a Santa selfie or a photo with him on his sleigh. Santa will be located in the Peter C. & Emajean (Pat) Cook Entry Arbor.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday December 19, 2018

Princess Party with Santa (Super Heroes welcome too)

Location: Woodland Mall – 3195 28th St SE Kentwood
Wear your prettiest princess gown or favorite super hero costume for a morning with Santa Claus in Macy's court. A special time just for preschoolers and toddlers to give their Christmas wishes to Santa and enjoy a free holiday themed craft activity. 11am - Wednesday, December 19th Santa Hours Mondays-Saturdays: [...]
Time: 10:00 am

Santa's Cabin on the Riverwalk

Location: Riverwalk Plaza – 113 Riverwalk Lowell
Come and experience the magic of Lowell this holiday season.   Visit with Santa at Santa’s Cabin on the magical Riverwalk Plaza.  Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.  A memory will be waiting for you this holiday season. Wednesdays – December 5, 12, & 19 – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Free [...]
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday December 20, 2018

Sparta's Santa House

Location: Sparta Carnegie Township Library – 80 N Union St Sparta
Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library. *Parents, be sure to take your camera! Saturday, December 15 from 10:30-12pm Thursday, December 20 from 5-7pm Saturday, December 22 from 9-10:30am
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday December 22, 2018

Sparta's Santa House

Location: Sparta Carnegie Township Library – 80 N Union St Sparta
Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library. *Parents, be sure to take your camera! Saturday, December 15 from 10:30-12pm Thursday, December 20 from 5-7pm Saturday, December 22 from 9-10:30am
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

SANTA SKATE at Kentwood Fun Spot

Location: Kentwood Fun Spot – 14 52nd St SE Kentwood
Want a MERRY way to spend your Holiday? Come on down to the Fun Spot for your Christmas Celebration!
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday November 10, 2018

Santa's Arrival

Location: Cabela’s Grandville – 3000 44th SW Grandville
Magical tree lighting Unveiling of Santa's Wonderland® FREE cookies and McSteven's® hot chocolate* Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops® Gift Card to 1 lucky winner every half hour! 5:30–7PM Free photos with Santa from 6-8pm!
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday November 17, 2018

Holiday Open House in Downtown Holland

Location: Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
Each November, the merchants of Downtown Holland host the annual Holiday Open House, a highly anticipated holiday tradition for both visitors and local residents alike. Stroll the decorated streets filled with holiday carolers, sample a roasted chestnut and shop the day away at stores, boutiques and galleries all featuring unique [...]
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday November 20, 2018

Santa Visits at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens for Families – 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids
All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Remember to bring your camera for a Santa selfie or a photo with him on his sleigh. Santa will be located in the Peter C. & Emajean (Pat) Cook Entry Arbor.
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday November 23, 2018

East Grand Rapids Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: Regatta Plaza – Wealthy St. and Bagley East Grand Rapids
Tree Lighting Ceremony is hosted by the Gaslight Village Business Association.  The event is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving starting at 6:30 PM.  The ceremony is held in Regatta Plaza near the intersection of Wealthy St. and Bagley in East Grand Rapids.  All activities are FREE. Activities: Greeting from [...]
Time: 6:30 pm

Saturday December 1, 2018

Santa's Wonderland

Location: Cabela’s Grandville – 3000 44th SW Grandville
FREE photo with Santa! (November 10-December 24) *Free 4x6 studio quality photo in-store! Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase. Weekdays: 5-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm Free crafts, games & activities! Gather the family and come experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for free games, crafts, [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Christmas in Claremont Court

Location: Carolyn Stich Studio – 29 West 8th Street, Suite 100 Holland
Join us at 29 W. 8th Street for an afternoon of Santa, fun activities, special treats, and lots of holiday spirit! Santa will be available for those must have holiday pictures! Sponsored by: Cherry Republic of Holland, Merle Norman, and Carolyn Stich Studio.
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday December 7, 2018

A Nite of Christmas Cheer

Location: Riverwalk Plaza – 113 Riverwalk Lowell
Visit with Santa & get a free photo by Kim Feenstra Photography, Hots Dogs, Roasted Chestnuts, Horse & Carriage Rides, Hot Cocoa & Cookies in the Cookie Room, Warming Fires, and more! Suggested donation for holiday activities & pictures: $2
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday December 8, 2018

Pictures with Santa!

Location: Back To Health Chiropractic Wellness Center – 10990 Chicago Dr Zeeland
Come Join us for a Fun morning with Santa! Drop in style and no appointments necessary! FREE pictures with Santa and snacks provided and an opportunity to win fun prizes!!
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Santa Makes a Stop at Renew Mama

Location: Renew Mama Studio – 5161 Northland Dr NE Grand Rapids
Renew Mama Studio has talked with the north pole and Santa will be making a special stop at the studio on December 10th! Families come bring your kids to see Santa in our boutique family studio plus beat the mall lines. Come sit on Santa's lap, tell him your Christmas [...]
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wyoming-Kentwood Santa Parade

Location: Brann’s Sizzlin’ Steaks & Sports Grille – 4132 S. Division Wyoming
Help the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Santa! Saturday, December 8, 2018 10 am Stepping onto S. Division from 34th Street (34th Street Mall Parking Lot, formerly Hope Network) and marching southbound to Chase Bank (Murray Street) Bring your camera to Brann's Sizzlin' Steaks & Sports Grille at 4132 [...]
Time: 10:00 am

A Visit From Santa Claus!

Location: Once Upon A Child- Walker – 3343 Alpine Ave NW, Ste C Walker
Don't miss our favorite person from the North Pole... Santa Claus! From 1p-4pm on Saturday, December 8th, bring your little ones in to see Santa Claus here at Once Upon A Child in WALKER! Need a letter for Santa? Don't fret! Stop into our store and snag a FREE letter [...]
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friday December 14, 2018

Visits with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Bring your wish list to ensure you land on his 'nice' list this year. This is a free event Bring your own camera or camera phone Santa will be seated in the second floor atrium Each child who visits [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday December 15, 2018

Sparta's Santa House

Location: Sparta Carnegie Township Library – 80 N Union St Sparta
Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library. *Parents, be sure to take your camera! Saturday, December 15 from 10:30-12pm Thursday, December 20 from 5-7pm Saturday, December 22 from 9-10:30am
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Photos with Santa!

Location: Holland Town Center – 12330 James St Holland
Join us for all the FREE Holiday Happenings at the Holland Town Center! Photos with Santa in Suite A040 (between Carters and EcoBuns Baby + Co.)! Hot cocoa at Michigan Pantry! Holiday Craft at Art as a Lifestyle *while supplies last! We hope to see you there!
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Santa & Kid's Day 2018

Location: Main Street Bicycle Company of Zeeland – 201 E Main Ave Zeeland
Come join us on December 15th as we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Main Street Bicycle Co. 11 am - 11:30 am ~ Story Time with Mrs. Claus 11 am -1 pm ~ Visit and take pictures with Santa 11 am - 1 pm ~ Games and Activities for [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Visits with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Bring your wish list to ensure you land on his 'nice' list this year. This is a free event Bring your own camera or camera phone Santa will be seated in the second floor atrium Each child who visits [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cookies with Santa

Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center – 2500 S. Division Grand Rapids
Santa is coming to the Kroc Center again this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 15th from 2–5 PM. Stop by with your camera to snap a pic with Santa himself! We'll also have a letter writing station, so you can be sure Santa gets your list before Christmas! [...]
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday December 16, 2018

Visits with Santa at the Downtown Market

Location: Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Avenue SW Grand Rapids
Stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Bring your wish list to ensure you land on his 'nice' list this year. This is a free event Bring your own camera or camera phone Santa will be seated in the second floor atrium Each child who visits [...]
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thursday December 20, 2018

Sparta's Santa House

Location: Sparta Carnegie Township Library – 80 N Union St Sparta
Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library. *Parents, be sure to take your camera! Saturday, December 15 from 10:30-12pm Thursday, December 20 from 5-7pm Saturday, December 22 from 9-10:30am
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday December 22, 2018

Sparta's Santa House

Location: Sparta Carnegie Township Library – 80 N Union St Sparta
Come visit Santa in the Santa House behind the Sparta Carnegie Township Library. *Parents, be sure to take your camera! Saturday, December 15 from 10:30-12pm Thursday, December 20 from 5-7pm Saturday, December 22 from 9-10:30am
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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Santa Parades

If you love parades and all things Christmas in West Michigan, make it a tradition to attend a Santa Parade.  You will not only get to see Santa at the end, but what a great way to experience the uniqueness of your community.

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Saturday November 17, 2018

Art Van Santa Parade

Location: Rosa Parks Circle – 135 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids
A Grand Rapids holiday tradition will once again roll through downtown on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 9 a.m. with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year’s parade will be “Sounds of the Season.” “Some [...]
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hudsonville Holiday Parade

Location: Downtown Hudsonville – 3488 Kelly Street Hudsonville
Sponsoring our 25th annual holiday parade is Sunset Retirement Communities and Services, and what better way to celebrate the Holidays than a parade in your community with your family and neighbors. The parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, November 17. The floats will take off from the Pinnacle Center Drive and travel north on 32nd, ending [...]
Time: 10:00 am

Monday November 26, 2018

Zeeland's Magical Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Zeeland- Main St. – Main Street Zeeland
Zealand's Annual Christmas parade is a heart-warming, lighted parade, which is guaranteed to bring smiles to the thousands of spectators of all ages! Among all of the creative entires, walking groups & marching bands, the grand finale of the parade will be Santa Claus himself! The parade beings at the [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday November 27, 2018

Parade of Lights in Holland

Location: Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
During the annual Parade of Lights, Santa will arrive in Downtown Holland escorted by reindeer, bands, floats, trucks, family and friends…all decked out in thousands of sparkling holiday lights! More than 70 entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown Holland during this highly anticipated holiday event. At the end of [...]
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday December 1, 2018

75th Annual Rockford Santa Parade!

Location: Downtown Rockford – 17 Squires St Rockford
Join us for the 75th Annual Santa Parade through Rockford! This parade is great entertainment for the whole family! Starting at 11AM the floats and parade participants will go through downtown Rockford! After the parade, make sure to visit Santa in the Pavilion and enjoy a free carriage ride. http://bit.ly/2018RockfordHoliday [...]
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Santa Parade

Location: Ada Fire Department – 6990 East Fulton Ada
HO! HO! HO! Get in the holiday spirit and join us for the Santa Parade through Ada Village beginning at 11:00 a.m. Parade route begins at Ada Drive/Thornapple River Drive and ends at Fire House 1 on Fulton Street. Be sure to stop inside the fire station for hot chocolate [...]
Time: 11:00 am

Friday December 7, 2018

Kentwood Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Light Parade

Location: KDL Kentwood Library Branch – 4950 Breton SE Grand Rapids
Join us for the Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony! The event takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with a holiday light parade. There will also be carriage rides, hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies, live music, caroling, and of course a visit from Santa! Don't forget to [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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