Santa Claus

Craving that awkward picture with Santa this year? He can be found all around town leading up to Christmas, but here is a guide to the easiest places to grab that perfect photo opp.

    • Meijer Gardens: Santa makes a few appearances at Meijer Gardens this year. On Dec. 11th and 18th from 5-8pm, Santa will be in the Cook Entry Arbor. Your kids can rattle off your Christmas wish list and you can take in the Christmas trees from around the world. Win-win.
    • Breakfast with Santa: Food, crafts, story time, scavenger hunts AND Santa? It is like the Christmas jackpot. Head over to the Kroc Center on Dec. 15th from 9-11am for a morning of family fun for just $5 a person. You will enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa as well as an opportunity for photos. Bring your own camera and don't forget to register by Dec. 12th to secure your spot.
    • Nite Lights at Fifth Third Ballpark: In addition to the fantastic lights show, Santa will be available for pictures from 6-10pm on Dec. 14th through the 23rd. There will be a small fee for photos, but you can visit Santa and tell him all your Christmas wishes for free.
    • Breton Village: My personal favorite place to see the man in the red suit because of its beautiful setting, lack of crowds and free photo opps. While you are there make sure to check out the train display. At least 4 miniature trains circle around the tracks surrounded by a life like town. It delights kids of all ages. Check out their website for dates and times that Santa will be available.
    • Woodland Mall and Rivertown Crossings: Both malls have Santa available for pictures, but both charge for photo packages. But the pictures are very well done and make a nice keepsake. Check out the Woodland Mall or Rivertown Crossing website for pricing and scheduling information.