He’s a busy guy, but Santa still always makes time to visit Wichita every year. See the full schedule of his stops below! He loves our city because the people are great, there isn’t a lot of traffic, and we have so many affordable things to do. But best of all, of course, is the disproportionately high number of kids who are on the Nice list here in Wichita.
Here’s where you can bring the kids to see Santa Claus on one of his many stops in Wichita and the surrounding area. (Don’t forget your camera!) *Note that not all Santa visits accommodate ‘lap sitting’ and still have separation between Santa and his visitors for health and safety precautions.
This is a list of special events Santa is scheduled to attend. Scroll down to see a list of places Santa visits in Wichita on a regular basis.
- 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Botanica
- Friday, November 18 – Dec. 22, 2022
- 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm | O.J. Watson Park
- Nov. 25 – Dec. 19, 2022
- 6pm to 9pm | Old Cowtown Museum
- Dec. 2,3 & 9-10, 2022
- 5pm to 7pm | Naftzger Park
- Saturday, December 10th
- 8 am, 9 am & 10 am | Exploration Place
- Saturday, December 3rd, 2022
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Here’s a list of places in Wichita where you’re almost 100% guaranteed to run into Santa Claus this season. Keep your camera and autograph book with you!
Illuminations at Botanica Come and say hi to Santa every night from 5:30-8:30 p.m., excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for youth ages 12 and under. Children ages 2 and under are FREE.Don’t forget to bring your letter to santa and stick it in his mailbox.
A Country Christmas Located at Fulton Valley Farms, Santa will be there every night to hear your Christmas wishes in their NEW SANTA STATION! Take as many pictures with Santa as you can – no additional charge – and come meet Santa’s reindeer. YES they have LIVE Reindeer! This is an all-time favorite for many local families. Visit their website for special event details such as Supper with Santa.
Cabela’s will have free pictures with Santa Santa is making an early visit to Wichita this year; you can see him from November 6 to December 24, 2022 at Cabela’s Wichita at 2427 N. Greenwich Road!
Towne East Mall will offer pictures for purchase with Santa on the lower level center court at is expected to open 11/23/2022. These are not free. Photo packages usually start at or above $20 and go up from there. Visit their website to book a private session.
Polar Express at Watson Park takes you on a magical train ride to visit Santa at OJ Watson Park (3022 S. Mclean Blvd. ). This adventure is complete with a campfire and s’mores and hot coco for additional charge. The event is ongoing starting Nov. 25 to Dec. 19. And only open from 5-6:30 p.s.. Train tickets are $12/kid and $18/adult and are selling fast! Visit our blog regarding this event and the VIP opportunity that you MUST sign up for!
Old Fashioned Christmas: Located at Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm, this special event offers the perfect backdrop for photos with Santa on his vintage sleigh. The Jolly Ol’ Elf’s visiting hours are Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 12. Santa’s final weekend, on the 17th & 18th has limited hours. Check their facebook for details!
Bradley Fair’s Holiday Stroll: Take your selfie with Santa every Sunday, Nov. 20 – Dec. 18th from 5-7pm during Bradley Fair’s Holiday Stroll event. Check their event page for further details on this event.
Santa’s Hotline I believe is still free. If you can’t get to one of his personal visits, call Santa’s Hotline at (319) 527-2680. It’s a special voicemail number for Santa that has been set up by freeconferencecall.com. Kids can call and leave Santa a message with what they want and parents’ will receive a text so they can listen or share the message with the family.
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