Get the cameras ready and don your best holiday outfits because it’s time for a visit with Santa!
Go ahead and get your Christmas list ready for Santa ’cause we found some spots where you can see Santa in Cincinnati and we even found a few opportunities to take pictures with Santa!
Most, if not all, Breakfast with Santa events require advance ticket purchases or reservations.
Breakfast With Santa Events:
December 2: Head to the Tri-State Warbird Museum to see Santa Fly-In! Santa will arrive around 10:15 am (doors open at 9:45am) and will be available to meet and greet until 11:30am. Fun activities, cookies and hot drinks will be available. Tickets must be purchased in advance: $7 for children 4 and up; $12 for adults; member receive 50% off.
December 2: Joseph Beth’s Bronte Bistro in Rookwood is hosting Breakfast with Santa starting at 9am. Enjoy a fantastic feast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, and your choice of coffee, tea, milk, or orange juice. Advance ticket purchase required.
December 2: Kick off the holidays with Breakfast with Santa at the Sharonville Community Center. Enjoy holiday activities and a delicious hot breakfast. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and don’t forget your camera! Register at the Community Center front desk (or online).
December 3: Lunch with Santa is happening at Springfield Township’s Grove Event Center. Families will enjoy a pizza lunch by Krimmers Italianate with cookies for dessert. At noon, Madcap Puppets will present “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Santa will arrive at 1:00 with goodies and he can hardly wait to see your child’s list. Top your afternoon off by having your photo taken with Santa, making a craft and taking a hayride through the neighboring streets. Your ticket will include the lunch, show, 4×6 photo and a special gift from Santa (1 photo per child).
December 9: Santa will be at Glenview Golf Course for Breakfast with Santa. They’ll have a Breakfast Buffet available from 9-11am. Santa will visit from 10am to 12:30pm with opportunities for pictures. Christmas crafts for the kids, brunch cocktails available for the adults.
December 9: Enjoy a pancake breakfast as part of The City of Montgomery’s Breakfast with Santa, 8:30am-10am at Terwilliger Lodge. All-you-can-eat pancakes will be served up by City of Montgomery employee volunteers. Kids, be sure to bring your wish list! Have your family photo taken with the jolly ‘ole elf! All proceeds benefit the Holiday Family Fund to support local families in need.
December 9 and 10: Maggiano’s and Santa Claus cordially invite you to Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy breakfast prepared by Executive Chef Karl Lenz starting at 9am. You’ll also get to enjoy cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, and more.
December 10: Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Santa at The Bonbonerie. They have two seatings to choose from – 11am, 1:30pm. This special afternoon tea will include all of your favorites you have come to love from their menu with the addition of some holiday favorites. Each registration includes afternoon tea, meet and greet and the opportunity to decorate your own cookie. Bring your cameras!
December 16 and 17: Maggiano’s and Santa Claus cordially invite you to Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy breakfast prepared by Executive Chef Karl Lenz starting at 9am. You’ll also get to enjoy cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, and more.
December 16 and 17: Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Santa at The Bonbonerie. They have three seatings to choose from – 10am, 12:30pm,and 3pm. This special afternoon tea will include all of your favorites you have come to love from their menu with the addition of some holiday favorites. Each registration includes afternoon tea, meet and greet and the opportunity to decorate your own cookie. Bring your cameras!
Pictures with Santa / See Santa in Person:
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are hosting Santa’s Wonderland, November 4 – December 24, 2023. Families are invited to tailgate at both Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas for a festive parade when Santa arrives (on Nov. 4). Head over to their site to make your free reservation. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store. Be sure to mail your letter to Santa while you’re there!
Entertrainment Junction (their site is not clear about costs, call them for details before visiting); admission fees apply. November 18 – January 2, 2023.
Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo; admission fees apply. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m. from Nov. 17 through December 23, 2023. To be noted: the Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year.
Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains will be at Cincinnati Museum Center. Santa makes his grand arrival by helicopter on Friday, November 24, 2023. Visits with Santa by his fireplace on the Mezzanine in the Ruthven Gallery. Tickets required.
Santa on the Levee will be open for visits with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays, spreading holiday magic and taking photos.
Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, Saturdays from November 25 through December 17, 2023; 11am-2pm. Bring your family, your dog, your friends, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras! *Please note that this event is free, but you must bring your own camera for photos.*
Scuba Santa will be at Newport Aquarium late November – Dec. 24; admission fees apply. See Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks and tell him what you want for Christmas! Meet cheerful elves straight from the North Pole and enjoy a Water Wonderland full of colorful holiday lights and festive music. Reserve your time when you book a ticket.
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See Santa at a Local Mall:
Kenwood Towne Centre, Nov. 16-Dec. 24; reservations encouraged and available online
Northgate Mall, reservations are encouraged and available online.