Visit Santa in Central Iowa

Visit Santa in Central Iowa

Santa is all over Central Iowa this holiday season. There are plenty of locations and times to let your kiddos tell Santa what they want for Christmas! Check out the list below. It is early, so it is very likely I may be missing YOUR event! If I am, PLEASE e-mail me!. All dates are on our event calendar!

Visit Santa


Santa Arrival & Painting Party 

Merle Hay Mall 

November 14th 

10 am – Noon

Located in Sears court, welcome Santa for the holiday season at Merle Hay Mall! Cookies & Canvas! Cost is $20 and registration in advance is required. Spaces are limited!

Santa ‘N Paws

Several locations & Times – Check here for entire list 

November 14th – 18th

Bring your family (humans and pets) for a professional HOLIDAY photo with SANTA!! WALK-IN’S ARE WELCOME but appointments are still being accepted, call 515-473-9120 All species of animals are welcome as long as they are on a leash or in a carrier, and are good with humans!

Santa Arrives at Bass Pro Shops

November 14th

5 pm – 8 pm

Magical tree lighting, Unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland®, Carolers, Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops® gift card to one lucky winner every half-hour; 5:30-7:30pm. FREE craft and Outdoor Plush Buddie (November 15, 6-8pm). FREE cookies and McSteven’s hot chocolate! Santa will be at Bass Pro Shop & Santa’s Wonderland will be open daily everyday until December 24th!

Jingle in the Junction

Historic Valley Junction

November 19th, December 3rd & 10th 

5 pm – 9 pm 

Join us for “Jingle in the Junction”! The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with over 150,000 twinkling lights. Along with your old favorites, such as FREE horse and trolley rides, Santa, and caroling, watch Bill Gordish carve beautiful ice sculptures, Professor Von Air create balloon magic, and enjoy our petting zoo!

Santa Arrival, Holiday Tree Lighting & Fireworks!

Jordan Creek Towncenter

November 20th

6 pm – 7 pm

Santa Claus is coming to “town” as in Jordan Creek “Town” Center! The community is invited to celebrate the season by gathering for Santa’s arrival. Jordan Creek’s tradition includes live music, a special tree lighting ceremony and lakeside fireworks. Mason’s Basement will begin playing crowd favorites in Jordan Creek’s amphitheater at 6:00 p.m. During the concert finale, Santa will throw a fireball across the lake magically lighting the 40-foot Blue Spruce signaling the official start of the holiday season. Following the tree lighting, everyone is invited to warm up inside Jordan Creek where Santa’s Photo Shop will open on the lower level Younkers Wing for boys and girls eager to share their wish lists. This special community Tree Lighting tradition at Jordan Creek Town Center is sponsored by Veridian Credit Union

Santa Express

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

November 27th – Starts! Dates and times thru December 20th! Check here for all the details! 

Enjoy a 1+ hour round trip ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad depot, to the North Pole, and return. You will be served hot chocolate and cookies, and receive a special gift from Santa. Arrive in your pajamas and prepare for a great adventure.Children in first class receive a special commemorative Santa Express mug, a large gold bell, cookies, and hot chocolate.

Spirit of the Season

Science Center of Iowa

November 28th 

5 pm – 8 pm 

Spirit of the Season is the Science Center of Iowa’s annual holiday season of celebration, a month packed full of holiday-themed programming presented by Nationwide. Kick off the holiday season with a night of celebration featuring winter-themed programs, an electrifying tree lighting, $5 IMAX tickets for The Polar Express and outdoor fireworks to end the evening. From 5:00-8:00 pm, admission is FREE to the public! A visit from Santa Claus!

Brunch with Santa & Rudolph

Center Grove Orchard

November 28th & 29th, December 5th & 6th, December 12th & 13th, December 19th & 20th 

8 am – 2 pm 

Join us for a festival holiday brunch! Things are always bigger and better on the Farm and our popular Brunch with Santa and Rudolph is no exception! Enjoy brunch, craft, holiday activities and time with Santa!

Details are:
Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29
Winter Wonderland
8 am to 2 pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 5, 6, 12 & 13
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
8 am to 2 pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20
Old Fashioned Christmas
8 am to 2 pm
Cost: $11.95 ages 3 and older; $6.95 ages 2 and younger – in advance
Purchase tickets online in advance.


Winterfest 2015 

Waukee Community Center

December 4th 

6 pm – 8 pm

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come early and help him light the holiday tree in Triangle Park then visit with him at the Community Center while you warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. Join the Waukee Area Arts Council and the downtown businesses for special holiday crafts and open houses.

Holiday Open House

Balance Chiropractic & Wellness

December 5th 

2:30 – 4:30 pm 

Games, coloring contest, snacks, and Santa from 3-4pm. It Happened on Mulberry Street Photography will be taking free photos of kiddos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! We will be accepting free will donations to benefit a local Adopt A Family through CFI as well.

Santa at the Zoo

Blank Park Zoo

December 5th & 12th 

10 am – 2 pm 

Bring the entire family to Blank Park Zoo to enjoy a day of holiday cheer. After snapping a photo with Santa, writing a letter to the North Pole and enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa, explore the wonders of the Zoo, both indoors and outdoors! Bring along your scarf and hat and wish all of our animal friends a happy holiday!

Breakfast with Santa 

BRAVO! Cucina 

December 5th & 12th 

8 am – 10 am 

Join us at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana for breakfast and a private meeting with Santa. Breakfast begins at 8am and ends at 10am. Fun for the whole family! Adults = $10, Kids = $5. All proceeds will go to Children & Families of Iowa on December 5th, and Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics on December 12th. Please email Martha.Wagner@ggp.com to reserve your spot today!

Playin In a Winter Wonderland

Community Center, Colby Park

December 5th

1 pm – 5 pm 

Visit from Santa, treats, photo booth, games and crafts!

Living History Farms Family Christmas

December 5th 

3 pm – 7 pm

Join us for a holiday open house filled with Christmas cheer! Bundle up for a horse-drawn wagon ride to visit the festive Flynn Mansion. Enjoy an old fashioned holiday social with dance music by the Barn Owl Band in the Church of the Land. Kids will enjoy printing their own holiday greeting cards, decorating cookies, making crafts, and visiting Santa Claus! Adults can shop for unique gifts in the MarketPlace Museum Store (open noon-8pm). Prices: $6.50/person; $5.00 LHF member. Advance: $6.00/person, $4.50 LHF member. Tickets will go on sale November 16 at noon.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt 

Giovannetti Community Shelter 

December 11th 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

It has been rumored that SOMEONE has left candy and candy canes on the ground, around the community shelter! Bring your bag and flashlight to find them all! After collecting all the candy enjoy hot cocoa inside the shelter house. Bring your camera for a picture with Santa. Register by December 5th. Fee is $7.

Breakfast with Santa

Reiman Gardens 

December 12th 

8 am & 10 am

Kids, bring your parents to Reiman Gardens to enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet including eggs, bacon, donuts and rolls! Santa will visit along with his elf and polar bear friends from the North Pole. Create your own holiday ornament, visit the train exhibit in the conservatory and head to the Reiman Garden’s Gift Shop for stocking stuffers and unique gift ideas. There is something in the gift shop for everyone on your list.

Preregistration and prepayment required. Cost is $6 for member children ages one to twelve, and $8 for general public children ages one to twelve.

Santa Day

Clive Community 

December 12th 

9 am – Noon

Santa will visit Clive on the fire engine wishing children “Happy Holidays”!!

Breakfast with Santa 

Lakeside Center – Ankeny 

December 12th 

Boys and girls ages 3 through 7 can spend the morning visiting with Santa at the Lakeside Center. A paying adult must accompany all children. Each person eating breakfast must pay admission.

Breakfast with Santa

Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge 

December 12th 

8 am – 10 am 

Join us for this fun, festive, holiday breakfast featuring Santa Claus himself! Our event features all you can eat pancake breakfast by “Chris Cakes”. Photos on Santa’s lap will be available so be sure to your camera! Limited admission tickets will be available to purchase at the door. Please be sure to register early! Ages 12+ $6 per person, ages 2-11 $4 per person, 2 and under are FREE. Register by December 4th.

Holiday Party

Clive Public Library 

December 12th 

2 pm – 3 pm 

Come listen to holiday stories and songs with the whole family and make a special craft. Santa himself will make an appearance! Register beforehand!

A Morning With Santa

Yost Family Chiropractic 

December 12th 

10 am – Noon

Come join us for an enchanting morning fill of fun, crafts for the kids, letters to Santa, and holiday cookies! Also, a FREE photo with Santa! DIY FREE snow globe for the first 30 kids.

Brunch with Santa

Giovannetti Community Shelter 

December 12th 

9 am – 10:15 am

Come eat doughnuts and drink juice with Santa! Make holiday crafts, cookie decorating, singing songs and more! Don’t forget your camera to take a picture with Santa. Register by December 5th. Fee is $10

Pajamas & Stories with Santa 

Center Grove Orchard

December 12th 

5 pm – 8 pm 

Spend an evening with Santa! Enjoy dinner, craft time and story time in your pajamas! $13.95 for ages 3 and older; $7.95 for age 2.

Breakfast with Santa 

Science Center of Iowa

December 19th @ 8 am

December 20th @10 am

Food, fun, science and Santa! It’s a holiday tradition at SCI. Gather the family and reserve your table for Breakfast with Santa. After breakfast, get your photo taken with Santa and share your wish list. Pricing: Member Child: $12 Member Adult: $16 Non-Member Child: $15 Non-Member Adult: $19


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