Where to Find Santa in Cincinnati {2018}

Get your list ready because there’s likely to be a Santa encounter in your future! Here are all the fun Cincinnati Santa sightings and Santa events we could find for 2018.

Visit Santa in Cincinnati
Thank you to our Santa in Cincinnati Guide sponsor: Great Parks of Hamilton County

Dine With Santa:

Lunch With Santa
When: Dec. 9, 2018 ; 10:30am and 1pm seating times
Where: The Mill Race Banquet Center | The Mill Course at Winton Woods 1515 W Sharon Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
Reservations Needed: yes 
Ho-ho-hoping for a fun way for the whole family to visit Santa Claus this holiday? Great Parks is putting a new twist on the classic meet-and-greet with the big man in red. Families will enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet lunch and have the opportunity to share their wish lists with the head elf. Be sure to bring your camera to snap a selfie with Santa! {details here}

November 24: Bagels with Santa at  Fountain Square Ice Rink.

December 1: Breakfast with Santa hosted by Joseph Beth Booksellers. Breakfast buffet, carols, crafts, and pictures with Santa. It sells out every year.

December 1; Breakfast with Santa at Woodlawn recreation center. Meet Santa, eat breakfast and join in reindeer games.

December 1: Breakfast with Santa at Withamsville Church of Christ. Pancakes, crafts and caroling.  

December 2: Cookies with Santa hosted by Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

December 8: Breakfast with Santa at Liberty Heights Church.

December 8: City of Union Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Union, KY fire station. FREE.

December 8: Breakfast with Santa at Receptions Loveland. Kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa, get their picture with Santa, crafts, and more!

December 8: Breakfast with Santa at Clough United Methodist Church. Games and crafts. Have your picture taken with Santa.

December 8: Breakfast with Santa at Locust Corner United Methodist Church.  Photos with Santa, so bring your camera.

December 8: Breakfast with Santa at Northgate Mall

December 9: Lunch with Santa hosted by Great Parks. All-you-can-eat buffet lunch. Share their wish lists with the head elf. Bring a camera to snap a selfie with Santa!  

December 15: Pancakes with Santa hosted by Scallywag Tag.

December 15 & 16: Breakfast with Santa hosted by Frank’s Diner.  Santa comes for breakfast and stays for lunch.  Photos available for a charge.

December 15: Breakfast with Santa hosted by Oak Hills Band Association. Pancakes, activities and photos. Fun for the who family.

December 16: Breakfast with Santa at Voice of America Park.

Visit Santa:

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center; you can take your own pics, admission fees apply

SantaLand at Sharon Woods (part of Holiday in Lights); admission fees apply. Santa and his elves are taking over Sharon Centre once again as the annual Holiday in Lights drive through display returns. Santaland will be open nightly from November 16th – 18th, and November 23rd – December 23rd.

Santa is at the Carew Tower as part of Macy’s Downtown Dazzle: Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s  Santa at the Carew Tower. This is the former Macy’s department store Santa for all those who are wondering! Limited hours and days – see site for details.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo; admission fees apply; Get your photo with Santa at the North Pole Village; Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.

Bass Pro Shop: Free picture, free crafts, and games at select times (see schedule here). A Bass Pass is required and provides a time slot to see Santa, allowing you to explore Santa’s Wonderland or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line. (Bass Passes are limited and go quickly each day). Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase and instant print at the store!

Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium; admission fees apply

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, Saturdays in December, 1-3pm

Santa Skates at the Fountain Square Ice Rink; Saturdays and Sundays during December; noon-1pm; admission fees apply

Entertrainment Junction (their site is not clear about costs, call them for details before visiting); admission fees apply

Winter Wonderland at Big Tree Plantation (tree farm): Winter Wonderland with Santa is open 7 Dates Only; 
11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 12/1, 12/2, 12/8 & 12/9;  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Winterfest at Kings Island:  admission fees apply

Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati

Visit Santa at our Shopping Centers:

Liberty Center: Head to the Santa set by the fireplace in the Living Room and get your Santa photos today!  Reservations available online.

Kenwood Towne Centre, reservations available online.

Tri-County Mall

Northgate Mall

Eastgate Mall

Florence Mall, reservations available online.

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