Places to see Santa in Northeast Ohio –

Whether you want a quick photo with Santa or want to make your visit a whole Experience, There are many places in Northeast Ohio where your kids can meet St. Nick this year.

Santa events

Sunday brunch with Santa at Pinstripes – Bring the family and snap a photo with Santa while enjoying your favorite brunch menu items at Pinstripes this holiday season at our Christmas Brunch. 3rd–4th December 10-11, 17-18, 10am-2pm

Santa Claus on the Square – Meet Santa in Cleveland Public Square on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 2pm to 4pm. Santa’s elves will capture the magic and take photos of your child with Santa! Receive a free print photo, digital photo, and free hot cocoa from Rebol Cafe! While you’re here, be sure to enjoy ice skating, hot cocoa and the spectacular Christmas lights!

Christmas on the farm – Hear the Nickajack Christmas stories and visit Santa’s toy barn. Get your photo taken with Santa at his workbench, build crafts with his elves, and prepare your own magical reindeer feed. Stroll through the Candy Cane Forest, stop by and see the animals, have a snowball fight inside, slide down the ice rink, and enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores. 26 Nov – 18 Dec Nickajack Farms.

Kringle’s Invention School – Children become honorary elves and work alongside the Kringle inventor team as they prepare for the holiday season. The family-friendly adventure includes mysterious corridors, secret tunnels and coded clues, all leading to the Whatchamacallit workshop where kids can bring their design to life. The experience culminates in a private visit to Mr. Kringle.
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Scuba Claus at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
During the holidays, you’ll hear “ho, ho, ho” everywhere, but there’s one surprising place to see a jolly old elf in Cleveland: underwater! Talk to Scuba Claus and take a cell phone selfie as he visits angelfish, stingrays and sharks on his ‘beautiful list’. The event, which is included with aquarium admission, also features activity books, a quiz challenge, snowflake crafts, animal enrichment activities and more. Visit for more information.

Holiday Circle Fest at Wade Oval
More than a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches and schools open their doors for an afternoon of activities, music, food, fun and shopping. See live performances by talented musicians and enjoy arts and crafts, historical Christmas toy displays, storytelling, the city’s best gingerbread house competition, and more. Outside, Wade Oval becomes Cleveland’s Central Park with ice carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, photos with Santa, The Rink at Wade Oval, a fire and light show and more. 4 December, 12pm-7pm

experience Santa Train events at the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate at a vintage train station decorated for the season, then hop on the train for a short ride and have a chance to visit Santa. For more information, see

Santa is coming… to the zoo! Guests can take photos with Santa during the Wild Winter Lights walk-through experience.

Winter Wonderlands in area malls

Santa Village in Crocker Park Home of Santa’s House, Santa’s Sleigh, Polar X Ornament Shop, Toy Train Town and the Holiday Express Train. Additionally, families can enjoy nightly choreographed light shows atop the 50-foot tree in Center Circle, an ice skating rink, a walk-through ornament, and an orchard.

Meet Santa at Lehman’s. You can use your own camera or phone to take photos. 11/25 & 4.12. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s – Experience the magic of Christmas in Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Nov 5 – Dec 24

Pictures with Santa Claus at Petitti Garden Centers – After a hiatus for 2020 and 2021, Santa is excited to connect with Northeast Ohio families for 2022 at the Avon, Bainbridge and Strongsville locations. Select Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit Santa Claus at Beachwood Place – Embark on an enchanted adventure to take photos with Santa Claus. Join him to create magical memories that you and your family will always remember. Nov 23 – Dec 24 * Sensory Visits will be held on Dec 4 from 9-10 at

Visiting Santa Claus in Belden Village – From November 18th to December 24th, Santa will be at Belden Village to listen to wish lists and pose for photos. * Sensory visits on December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on December 11th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m

Santa Claus has arrived at the Great Lakes Mall – Visit Santa Claus now until December 24th and take a picture. * Sensory visits on December 4th from 9:30am to 11:30am

Photos with Santa Claus in the Great Northern Mall – Santa will be at the Great Northern from November 18th to December 24th. * Sensory visits on December 4th and 11th, 8:30am-10:30am

Santa is back in SouthPark – Christmas photos will take place from November 10th to December 24th. * Sensory visits December 4, 9-10:30 am

Photos and visits with Santa at Summit Mall. Nov 18 – Dec 24