Free Fun at Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

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Free Fun at Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland

Back by popular demand, the Bass Pro Shop will be hosting its annual Santa’s Wonderland experience beginning November 4th through December 24th, 2023. We always love to make a stop at our local Bass Pro Shops (and Cabela’s stores) during the holiday season to visit with Santa Claus. It’s the ultimate FREE family Christmas event and they also offer fun activities for the kids (and adults). 

Take a look at our other fun guides to the Christmas and the holiday season in the Des Moines metro:

Santa’s Arrival

​Sanat will make his 2023 arrival on Saturday, November 4 to Bass Pro Shops from the North Pole to host a FREE outdoor tailgate event that transforms the retailer into a magical Christmas village with FREE games, fun activities, and giveaways.  The fun begins at 5 p.m.!

Photos with Santa

The highlight of the Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland is the free Santa pictures. This is a beloved tradition for our family! Before you go, advance reservations are required to get your free pictures. Visit this site to set up your free online reservations! 

  1. Select the closest Bass Pro Shops stores near you. 
  2. Select your preferred time slots. Photo sessions kick off on November 4! Reservations open October 29th.    
  3. Show your confirmation at check-in to Santa’s helpers. 
  4. Take a seat on Santa’s lap, tell him your wishlist, and receive your free 4×6 studio-quality photo. 

They do offer different photo packages if you would like to have additional photos. If you are a CLUB member you can receive 20% off packages. 

Write a Letter to Santa

Before you head to Bass Pro Shops make sure you bring your letter to Santa. The store has a large mailbox where kids can drop their notes. This was a great option for my son when he was smaller because he was a little unsure about visiting with Santa. 

Decorations and Games 

The magic of Santa is definitely a favorite, but the magic of Christmas is all throughout the store! During the Christmas season, you definitely feel like you are walking through Santa’s Wonderland with all the decor, free games (even adults will enjoy), free crafts, and more. While you wait for your turn to see Santa, grab the whole family and explore the rest of the store. You may find some fun gifts in the toy shop to add to your Christmas list! 

Amazing Aquariums

​On top of all the wildlife displays, make sure you make a visit to the aquarium! The kids always love to see all the different fish swimming around the gigantic aquarium. At some store locations, they have fish feedings. Check with your local store to see if they do this! 


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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