Is it a tradition in your home to get a photo with Santa every year? It is for us 🙂 Santa is back out and about at places, as early as mid-November! Find the many different places to find Ole St. Nick around the Waukesha County and Lake Country area of Wisconsin below to snap that picture perfect moment in time.
*Our favorite Santa has retired from the German Christmas Market0. There are some amazing Santas out there, though, like the Watertown Santa.*
Is it a tradition for your family to have breakfast with Santa? The Breakfast with the Reindeer in Delafield is a fan favorite! Enter the giveaway here.
Check out Lake Country Family Fun’s Santa Guide to find an event near you below. More events will be added as they are announced.
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2022 Opportunities to See Santa
The 4th annual Feztival of Trees at The Tripoli Shrine Center 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee is here!
Santa will be checking his list twice from Saturday, November 19th through Saturday November 26th.
Bring your kids along so he knows what to leave under the tree, kids 12 and under get in free!
More details here.
Santa will be in Watertown on select dates and times from November 26th through December 19, 2022. See the list of dates and times HERE.
Find Santa at Brookfield Square Mall in 2022!
- Visits are always free, photo packages are available for purchase.
- Visit Santa in the Center Court Friday, November 18 through Saturday, December 24, 2022.
- Santa’s hours:
- Monday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm
- Friday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
- Please note: Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 2pm to 3pm on Monday thru Saturday, and 2:30pm to 3pm on Sunday.
Special Hours Information:
Thursday, November 24: CLOSED
Saturday, December 24: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm
Santa Special Events:
- Pet photos with Santa: Mondays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Now (November 5th) through December 24, 2022 – receive a free photo with Santa, plus free crafts and activities.
During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and receive free giveaways while supplies last. Families can also enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store.
Local Lake Country mom, Katie M. shares her wonderful experience HERE from 2020.
November 27 – December 24, 2020
Santa will be returning to Mayfair on Thursday, November 18, 2021. He will be visiting with guests in a socially distanced manner at level one in the Nordstrom wing.
Make this holiday magical by visiting St. Nick at Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee! Santa’s helpers have been working hard decking the halls, so don’t miss out! Take photos with Santa and create magical moments for you and your family.
Santa will be on site from November 18 thru December 24, 2022.
Reservations are encouraged. Make them HERE.
The Mullett Ice Center in Hartland is planning at Santa Skate for December 17 at 1:30 pm.
More details will be announced HERE.
Bug & Goose Play Cafe Opens Delafield Location
December 10 in Elm Grove
December 11 in Delafield
Santa will be visiting Discovery World on December 10th this year from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.
The holiday isn’t complete without a visit with Santa! Come and greet Jolly Old St. Nick all the way from the North Pole.
See Santa at Discovery World on December 4, 11, and 18.
RSVP to see him HERE.
Visit Santa Shane at select Sendik’s locations throughout the month of December 2022!
Santa Shane will be accompanied by The Caribbean Eclipse Xmas Duo. Steel drum Christmas music.
Sunday, December 4th
ELM GROVE | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
CORNERS OF BROOKFIELD l 12:00 – 1:30 PM
WAUKESHA MEADOWBROOK | 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 5th
ELM GROVE | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
THE CORNERS | 12 – 1:30 PM
WAUKESHA-MEADOWBROOK | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 11th
OCONOMOWOC | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
WEST BEND | 12:30 – 2 PM
GRAFTON l 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 18th
FRANKLIN | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
GREENFIELD | 12 – 1:30 PM
NEW BERLIN | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
The following is a list to events where Santa will be for your family to visit locally! Please note that some in person events that require advanced registration may already be full due to high demand and less opportunity.
Hartland Lights 2023 Mark your calendar for the 2023 Hartland Lights event: December 1st from 6:00 p…December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Breakfast with the Reindeer, Delafield
Bring the whole family out for some holiday cheer and a festive atmosphere at this event, making it …December 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where to Drop Off Letters to Santa
Ebert’s Greenhouse created this template for writing letters to Santa. You can download and print at your convenience. The template is found at the bottom of the screen through the link above.
December 4th & 5th we’ll have activities for kids and the mailbox will be open; however, you’d be able to drop off letters anytime until until December 16th, 2022.
You can pick up a letter to Santa template at the Corners of Brookfield.
Not local, but The Santa Claus House in Alaska, has a template available as well.
County Christmas at the Ingleside Hotel has a new Santa Mailbox in the Christmas village area. They even provide paper and pens. Find out more here.
Ebert’s Greenhouse Village in Ixonia has a special Santa mailbox in their Gift Shoppe.
- December 4th & 5th we’ll have activities for kids and the mailbox will be open; however, you’d be able to drop off letters anytime until December 17th, 2021.
The German Christmas Market event over Thanksgiving weekend, will host Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as take in letters.
The Smiley Barn in Delafield has a Santa Mailbox. Children can write down what they want for Christmas and mail it to Santa. The store has the paper, envelopes, stamps and address.
Downtown Waukesha will have two red mailboxes to deposit your letters to Santa in. One can be found at Martha Merrill’s Books and the other at Mountaintop Coffee. There will be two additional, smaller mailboxes floating around downtown Waukesha, so visit all of the lovely small businesses and find a little red box to put your special letter to Santa in this year.
The Corners of Brookfield will have a Santa Letter Drop Off. The mailbox will be located in the Market Square Escalator vestibule.
The North Pole is installing a Mailbox in Market Square on November 23rd and will be accepting letters to Santa through December 21st!
Letters are collected at the Oconomowoc Christmas parade. The letters are collected prior to the Santa float, which is the last float.
In Oconomowoc, if you write a letter to Santa and put your return mailing address on the letter, the postal worker will take it and you will receive a letter back from Santa! Letters to Santa have already been rolling in to the Oconomowoc Post Office in November 2022.
Drop Santa letters off at the Big Bend Library on December 12, 2020. (TBD in 2022.)
There is a Christmas light show in Muskego called Lights on Glen Cove, that starts on Saturday, December 5, 2020. They have a cute red mailbox for Letters to Santa. Be sure to leave a return address for a Santa response!
Drop off your letters to Santa at the New Berlin Recreation Office by December 16, 2020. If you do, Santa will respond to all letters by December 25. Make sure to include your mailing address!
Throughout Waukesha County, and the USA, the postal service has added a digital letter to Santa option.
The Postal Service is encouraging little ones to send in their snail mail letters through Dec. 15 to “Santa Claus 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888.” The Postal Service knows needs are sky-high this year, and Operation Santa workers are ready to embrace a blizzard of requests.
And for the first time ever, the letter adoption process is all digital – and nationwide. “If you live in Key West, Florida, you could log on and adopt a letter from Portland, Oregon,” Frum said.
Bring in your letters to Santa to the new New Berlin Activity and Recreation Center at 15321 W. National Ave by December 13th, 2022!
Hollywood Roadhouse in Nashotah has a small Santa Mailbox.
Just outside of Lake Country, you can drop off letters to Santa at the Pfister in Milwaukee from November 25 thru December 18, 2022.
Not local, but through the The Santa Clause House in Alaska, you can order letters to Santa and whole packages from Santa.
2022 Breakfasts with Santa
Back by popular demand in 2022, the Pfister Breakfast With Santa is a holiday tradition that creates lifelong memories. Guests have the opportunity to share a jolly breakfast collection with Santa and his elves in The Pfister’s festive ballroom. The Pfister will have chefs in the room griddling up chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes with all the trimmings, along with everyone’s traditional buffet favorites. 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 hand written letter to Santa. Smaller seating groups for each date will ensure that everyone has an exceptional experience.
Seating available from 8-9:30am & 11:30am – 1:00pm (On Dec. 10, the second seating time will be 11:00am – 12:30pm)
Adults: $63, Children: (3 to 10 years): $30, 2 and under: free
Please note, tax and 22% gratuity will be added to all reservations.
More details here.
The annual pancake breakfast with Santa at the Waukesha Masonic lodge will be December 3rd, 2022 starting at 8:00 am. There will be pancakes, sausage, and cold and hot drinks served. Please come and have breakfast with us during this continued time of healing.
There will also be a bake sale again. 100% of proceeds to be donated to local charity.
Cost is $5 per person.
More details HERE.
Join Rustic Manor 1848 and Saz’s Catering for their Annual Brunch with Santa! Enjoy an hour-long breakfast service where children can meet Santa as many times as they’d like in our intimate holiday experience. Erin Morii Studios will be offering 1 complimentary photo with Santa FREE to download! Reserve your spot before they all fill up.
December 11, 2022
Enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 5 or 12, 2021!
More details here.
Join in for the Annual Sons of the American Legion Pancakes with Santa event on December 17th, 2022 at the Flanagan Dorn American Legion Post in Hartland. This event draws hundreds of families from the Lake Country area to support the SAL mission and local Hartland Legion.
The event will be from 9:00 am to Noon.
Again, this year if you bring a book – you will receive a book. This annual book exchange promotes the communities need for enhanced literacy. Extra books will be donated to local non-profits serving the Hartland community.
Santa’s elves have told SAL members he will be arriving at 9:00 a.m. – bring your camera to take your photos. SALS will not be providing photos.
Pancakes will be ready for eating at 9:00 a.m. for $5.00 a plate.
Hope to see you there!
More details here.
Oconomowoc’s Newest Bar and Grill is hosting Breakfast with Santa on December 5. Breakfast, Fun, and Memories made.
Breakfast Buffet Includes:
- Pancakes / French Toast / Eggs / Sausage / Bacon
Santa can’t wait!!!
Snag your tickets HERE.
Santa is Back in 2022!
The Cornerstone is hosting Santa and his Helpers For another tasty Morning of delicious offerings. New, this year an “Early Bird” seating at 8:30 for all the little ones who go down by 10am. next up 10:30 followed by 12:30.
More details here.
Have breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 4th, 2022 from 8:00 am to noon.
Breakfast will be sausage, scrambled eggs, potato casserole and baked goods.
A free will donation will be collected.
The event is sponsored by Kettle Moraine Fire Department.
Brunch With Santa and His Rein-Pups on Sunday, December 11th, 2022 at the Baird Wealth Management Club Level at WBC Park from 11:00 AM – 12:30PM.
Start your day in a merry way by joining Santa and his Rein-Pups for:
- Hot brunch buffet for the whole family in the Baird Wealth Management Club Level at WBC Park
- Take a photo with Santa and his Pups
- Decorate ornaments
- Write a letter to Santa
- Enjoy Christmas tunes
- Gift Bag
- Reserve your spot through the link above while they last!
Have Breakfast with Santa at Borzynski’s Farm and Floral Market in Mount Pleasant on December 4th and 11th.
9:00; 10:30; Noon sittings
More details HERE.
Have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 17, 2022 in Butler, WI. The event will be from 8:30 am to noon at the Frontier Park Community Building.
Breakfast will include all you can eat pancakes with milk or coffee.
Kids and seniors $3
Everyone else $6.50
Sausage patty $0.50
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Gift bags for kids!
Proceeds support Butler’s Community Events Committee.
Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast with Santa ~ Sunday, December 5 (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Visit the Muskego High School cafeteria for a free pancake breakfast with Santa.
Sponsored by the Muskego Lions Club.
This year (2022) Jellystone Park in Caledonia is offering a Breakfast with Santa event on select Saturdays & Sundays. This is a 90-minute experience where guests will be able to meet and interact with the big man himself and Sofia and Jax, characters from our book, Evy the Evergreen Finds His Shine.
- Meet & Greet with Santa and Book Characters
- One Framed Photo (per paid child)
- Unlimited Digital Photos (taken by family)
- One Donut to Decorate
- A Goodie Bag to Take Home
- One Create Your Own Ornament Craft
Dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18
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Santa Send Off at Tinus Marine 🙂 December 5 10-12:00!!
Stuff the Boat Event at Tinus Marine ends on Saturday 5 with Santa visiting for socially distanced Santa pics for you and your family to participate in!! Make this year one that won’t be forgotten with “Boating with Santa” family pictures!!