Where to see Santa in Kansas City metro, Overland Park, Lenexa, Olathe, Gardner, Johnson County | 2012 Holiday Season
No doubt that your kids (and you) will soon be researching where you can visit good 'ol Santa this holiday season here in Kansas City. Well, search no further, as we've compiled the most comprehensive and up-to-date listing of where you and your kids can find Santa hanging out in the metro. So grab your cup of hot cocoa, put on your best duds, and head for one of these KC hot-spots to see the jolly old fella' and share your list with him! No shortage of Santas here!
- Great Mall of the Great Plains
20700 West 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66061
Now - December 24, 2010
Santa will be at his "home away from home" at The Great Mall. Photo packages available.
Santa's hours will follow the mall hours of Monday thru Saturday, 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
- Oak Park Mall
11149 West 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66214
Visit Santa Claus at Oak Park Mall at Dillard's Court!
November 9 - December 24, 2010
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks at 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (breaks at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Santa is waiting to hear your wishes! Lower Level near Dillards Court.
- Town Center Plaza
5000 W. 119th Street
Leawood, KS 66209
Santa is located on the Roe Avenue side of the center (in the former Beauty Express location) next door to Omaha Steaks.
Santa photo hours are as follows:
Black Friday Nov 23rd: 10am-5pm
Monday - Friday: 3pm-8pm (11/26 - 12/07)
Monday - Friday: 12pm-8pm (12/10 - 12/14)
Monday - Friday: 10am-8pm (12/17 - 12/21)
Sunday: 11 am-6pm (11/25 - 12/16)
Sunday: 11am-8pm (12/23)
- Independence Center Mall
2035 Independence Center Drive
Independence, MO 64057
Here comes Santa Claus! Santa Claus is now taking holiday wishes and photos at his location is in front of the Children's Play Area, Lower Level, Burlington Court. If you choose to capture a special holiday moment with a photo, various photo packages are available. Santa Photos hours for the holiday season follow regular mall hours.
11/5 - 11/9: 12p-9p
11/19-11/21 and 11/23-11/24: 10a-8p
12/17 -12/19: 10a-8:30p
- The Legends at Village West
Santa Photos Hours: The Santa Photos location will be open every weekend from November 17 through December 23. Appointments are available to book in advance. Operating hours will be: Opening day: Saturday November 17, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Standard Operating Hours (starting Sunday, November 18): Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Santa's studio is located across from Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse on the yellow brick road.
- Zona Rosa
Zona Rosa is located on the northwest corner of Interstate 29 and Barry Road
Sitting in his traditional storybook scene at Zona Rosa, Santa Claus will listen to children's Christmas wishes every day now through December 24th.
Monday-Saturday, Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 6:00 p.m.
December 24th (Christmas Eve) Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Santa will take breaks to send up children's wishes to the elves- Monday - Saturday, 3:00-3:45 p.m. and Sunday 3:00-3:30 p.m.
- Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Santa Claus arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season on November 23, 2012. Perry the Penguin, Casey Bear and other costume characters help greet Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Join Santa as he makes his way to Crayola Christmas Land, where he resides through December 24.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Crown Center Shops, Grand Blvd. entrance
- Briarcliff Village
Bring your little elves to the Cafe at Briarcliff for keepsake photos with Santa Claus, free of charge. Jolly old St. Nick has scheduled three special trips from the North Pole to find out just what your little ones want for Christmas. December 1, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Bass Pro Shops
12051 Bass Pro Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061
Take a trip to the Olathe Bass Pro Shop for a FREE photo with Santa. Also enjoy the FREE Santa's Wonderland area with games, crafts, fun and more! Hours and other info can be found here.
- Breakfast with Santa @ Chick-fil-A Olathe (FREE)
Olathe Pointe Shopping Center
12087 S Blackbob Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062
Saturday December 1, 2012 from 8:30- 10:30 a.m. Santa is coming to enjoy breakfast with you! Don't forget your cameras!
- A Candy Cane Christmas (FREE)
Oak Street and Nettleton Avenue
Downtown Bonner Springs
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
December 3, 2012 - Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus can hardly wait for A Candy Cane Christmas in Bonner Springs, Kansas on Monday, December 3, in Downtown Bonner Springs. This annual holiday event features a free chili supper, parade, Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, caroling, food drive and refreshments with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Oak Street, the main street downtown, is festively decorated with candy canes and red and white lights throughout the holiday season.
- Breakfast with Santa in Bonner Springs
Bonner Springs Community Center
200 E. 3rd Street,
Bonner Springs, KS
December 15, 2012 - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Family and friends are welcome to come and visit with Santa and enjoy a light breakfast. Children spend an hour with Santa taking pictures and doing crafts. The fee is $5 per child for residents & $10 for non-residents.
- Christmas in the Park in Gardner (FREE)
215 North Center
Gardner, Kansas 66030
November 26, 2012 - 7 p.m. - t's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The 22nd Annual "Christmas in the Park" holiday event kicks off with the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Monday, November 26, 2012 at Cornerstone Park. Seasonal music will be performed by area school children. The event will include a Christmastime message from Mayor Dave Drovetta and the arrival of Santa. A lucky individual will be selected to flip the switch that turns on thousands of beautiful lights throughout the park.
- Santa's Workshop in Gardner (FREE)
215 North Center
Gardner, Kansas 66030
November 26, December 2 & 9, 2012 - 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Bring the whole family to this place full of holiday joy! Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and share their Christmas wishes, see the elves in action, plus receive a commemorative ornament and a candy cane.
Santa’s Workshop will open immediately following the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 26 and will re-open December 2, and 9.
In the event of inclement weather, Santa's Workshop will be moved to the main lobby of City Hall. Call 913-905-1770 for weather updates.
- Breakfast with Santa in Leawood
The Lodge at Ironwoods Park
147th & Mission Rd.
December 8, 2012 - Two sessions (8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. OR 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon) - The Parks and Recreation Department will be holding the 12th annual “Breakfast with Santa” at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. (Session I) or 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Session II) for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, provided by the Leawood Lion’s Club.
All participants will create a holiday craft. Get your picture taken with Santa and view it online at www.leawood.org. Pictures will be available to print for FREE from the Leawood website shortly after the event. Pictures will not be given on site.
Don’t forget to bring your wish list! The Parks and Recreation Mascot “Leawoody” will also be on hand to greet kids and help Santa.
While you’re at the park be sure to stop by the Oxford School House (FREE Admission) for “Holiday Traditions on the Prairie”. Learn about holiday celebrations on the plains at the turn of the century. Open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8.
Registration deadline for Breakfast with Santa is November 30th. Space is limited and the event fills quickly! $9 per person (residents); $11 per person (non-resident).
To register please call (913) 339-6700 ext. 154.
- City of Lenexa Holiday Celebration (FREE)
Lenexa Community Center
13420 Oak St.
November 30, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. - Kick off your holiday festivities this year by meeting up with friends and neighbors for a community celebration. Come enjoy a variety of festive entertainment for all ages, dance performances, visits with Santa and holiday refreshments. Admission and parking are free.
- City of Merriam Candy Cane Hunt & Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (FREE)
5740 Merriam Drive
December 1, 2012 - 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - It is rumored that Santa will leave candy canes around the Merriam Marketplace. Join us as we search for hidden candy canes. After the search we will roast marshmallows and make s'mores. (For children ages 1 to 7) Following the Candy Cane Hunt, stay for the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 PM. Bring the entire family for this festive holiday event. Enjoy holiday music performed by area singers. Mayor Ken Sissom will light this year's holiday tree followed by a visit from Santa, arriving via a Merriam Fire Department truck. Hot chocolate and warming fire will be available to help warm you up. A great way to start off the holiday season.
- Breakfast with Santa @ Irene B. French Community Center
Irene B. French Community Center
5701 Merriam Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
Bring Mom & Dad, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles to see Santa and eat breakfast! Write letters to Santa to read at the Northpole, have photo's taken with Santa, and play some holiday games! Registration: $5 per person; registration deadline: Wednesday, December 5th.
- Breakfast with Santa @ Mahaffie Stagecoach Shop
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm
1200 Kansas City Ave.
Olathe, KS 66061
November 24, 2012 - 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Enjoy the holiday inspired decorations of the Heritage Center and have breakfast with Santa! This is a drop in event so please feel free to attend anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Our breakfast buffet will consist of sausage, freshly made pancakes, juice, and coffee. Cost is $7/person ages 3 and up and includes a photo with Santa. Registration is required and is due by Tuesday, November 20. To register by phone, call (913) 971-5111. Payment is due the day of the program. All ages welcome! Your breakfast cost also includes visiting our living history activities offered Saturday, November 24 when they begin at 10:00 a.m.
- Santa Hours @ Von Maur Department Store (FREE)
6701 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS
November 24 - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & November 25 - 12 noon - 5 p.m. - Visit Santa and receive a complimentary photo.
- Breakfast with Santa @ Roeland Park Community Center
Roeland Park Community Center
4850 Rosewood Drive
Roeland Park, KS
December 1, 2012 - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Gather your family and friends for a festive holiday morning at the Roeland Park Community Center. Enjoy breakfast, a visit from Santa, plus games and holiday crafts! Make memories to last a lifetime. $5 per person.
- Shawnee Christmas Around Town (FREE)
Shawnee City Hall & Shawnee Town 1929
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 1, 2012 for Christmas Around Town. An evening full of holiday activities awaits you, Dickens Carolers, hand Painting, holiday arts and craft activities, and of course Santa Claus!
The evening will begin at 4:30 p.m. with local music and dance groups performing at City Hall, followed by the Mayor and Santa throwing the switch to light up the Mayor’s Christmas tree at 5:15 p.m. Then the festivities continue from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee Town 1929. Various Downtown businesses will also be hosting open houses throughout the afternoon.
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