We are excited to see Santa in Milwaukee very soon! For many families, the holiday season just isn’t complete without a visit to see Santa himself! Whether you are 2 or 92, nothing captures the spirit of the season like Santa! We heard a rumor that the big fella himself will be making some appearances around the Milwaukee area real soon, so we want to make sure you know where to be and when! So be good, for goodness sake!
Where to See Santa in Milwaukee
At the Mall
Mayfair Mall — Wauwatosa
When: November 9 – December 24. 10a.m.-8p.m. Monday-Saturday (prior to Thanksgiving), 10a.m.-9p.m. Monday-Saturday (after Thanksgiving),noon-6p.m. Sunday, 9a.m. – 5p.m. Christmas Eve: November 9 – December 24
Where: Mayfair Mall, 2500 N Mayfair Rd.
Brookfield Square — Brookfield
When: 10a.m.-9p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11a.m.-6p.m. Sunday, 10a.m. – 6p.m. Christmas Eve: November 9 – December 24.
Where: Brookfield Square, 95 N Moorland Rd.
Southridge Mall — Greendale
When: 10a.m.-8p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6p.m. Sunday (in November), 11a.m.-7p.m. Sunday (in December), 9a.m.-5p.m. Christmas Eve: November 4 – December 24.
Where: Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St., Greendale
Breakfast and Lunch with Santa – Milwaukee
When: December 3rd – December 18th
Where: Milwaukee County Zoo
Come to the zoo for holiday cheer and celebration as Santa and Mrs. Claus make their annual trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo to visit children for a special breakfast or lunch, featuring Racine Danish Kringle! The Claus’ and their merry elves, will visit December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 2016. Lunch is at noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
*Breakfast is sold out! Register for lunch
Breakfast or Lunch with Santa — Milwaukee
When: December 3rd
Where: CelticMKE Center
The holidays are near! Come see Santa at the CelticMKE Center (formerly Irish Fest Center) on December 3. Enjoy a breakfast or lunch, partake in crafts and holiday activities and get your picture taken! Two Sessions Available: 9:30 AM – Breakfast 12:00 PM – Lunch Kids will create crafts and receive a gift bag from Santa.
Holiday Gift Fair with Santa Claus — Milwaukee
When: December 4th, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Free event admission. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Unique, high quality gifts for sale from area artists and businesses, Musical entertainment, Children’s Entertainment, Special holiday brunch available from Zilli Hospitality at regular price*, Event takes place in the Visitor Center and is open to the public.
Santa in Outdoor Jolly’s Gingerbread House — Milwaukee, Third Ward
When: December 6th and December 7th
Where: Catalano Square, corner of Broadway and Menomonee Streets
Receive a cookie from Jolly the Gingerbread Man and tell Santa what you want for Christmas during Christmas in the Ward, and also on the following weekend.
Breakfast with Santa – Milwaukee
When: December 3rd, 10th and 17th
Where: Pfister Hotel
A Pfister tradition that creates lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child. Afterwards, check out our Storytime Saturdays to get your letter to Santa and get a peek of his workshop! Reservation required.
Pancakes with Santa – Various YMCA locations
When: December 9th, 10th
Where: YMCA of Greater Waukesha County Locations
Join the YMCA near you for pancakes with a very special guest! Registration is required. Sign up today at the business desk at the location near you. See website for dates, times and location. $3/person for Members, $5/person for Program Participants.
Community Events and Festivals
A Cedarburg Christmas – Downtown Cedarburg
When: Mid-November thru Christmas
Stroll through beautiful downtown Cedarburg, where centuries-old limestone buildings house enticing shops, shopkeepers adorn their storefronts with twinkling lights and quaint displays. Make a visit to Santa in his workshop, run in Santa’s Dash Away 5K on December 10th, enjoy the numerous craft fairs and art exhibits, or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride!
Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival – Downtown Milwaukee
When: November 17th – January 1st
There are a lot of events happening under the title “Holiday Lights Festival,” including Jingle Bus, Cocoa with the Clauses, and Santa’s Mailbox. Check out the website to get a full list of events, times, and locations!
Pfister Hotel Tree Lighting – Milwaukee, Pfister Hotel
When: November 25th
Watch the rapt expression on young and old alike as Santa officially lights The Pfister holiday tree. Sip hot cocoa, eggnog and bubbles while nibbling on a holiday treat. To help those in need within our community, there will be a food drive for Hunger Task Force. To contribute, please bring a non-perishable food item.
An Old World Christmas – Eagle
When: December 3rd – December 4th
Where: Old World Wisconsin
This 1880s village will be trimmed for the holidays, and wood-fired stoves and bonfires will beckon with the promise of warmth and good cheer. Meet 19th-century Santa for your one-of-a-kind holiday photo. Storytelling, holiday characters, sleigh rides, and more.