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Where to see Santa in Wichita 2023

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 some still have separation between Santa and his visitors for health and safety precautions. 

You can get pictures with Santa or have a talk with him about what you’d like to see under the Christmas tree this year. Keep scrolling to see a list of special events and places to visit with Santa Claus in Wichita and nearby!

Where to See Santa in Wichita

Feztival of Trees at Midian Shrine

  • Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18th – 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 19th – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Monday, November 20th – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 21st – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday, November 24th – 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 25th – 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 26th – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Illuminations Wichita’s Premier Light Display

  • 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Botanica
  • Friday, November 24 – Dec. 30, 2023

Polar Express Train Rides

  • 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm | O.J. Watson Park
  • Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 2023

Victorian Christmas at Cowtown

  • 6pm to 9pm | Old Cowtown Museum
  • Dec. 1, 2 & 8, 9, 2023


Winter Wonderland at Naftzger Park

  • 5pm to 7pm |  Naftzger Park
  • Saturday, December 9

Frequent Flyer Santa Sightings

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. 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 4 – December 24, 2023 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 11/24/2023. 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! 

Santa visits Wichita

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. Check their facebook for details! 

Santa Hours: 

Friday, November 24th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (through Dec. 9)
Sundays 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (through Dec. 10)

Bradley Fair’s Holiday Stroll: Take your selfie with Santa every Sunday, Nov. 19 – Dec. 17th from 2-5pm during Bradley Fair’s Holiday Stroll event. Check their event page for further details on this event.

Santa’s Hotline  If you can’t get to one of his personal visits, call Santa’s Hotline at (605) 313-0691. 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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