If you and your family are visiting Kansas City this holiday season and want to get your picture taken with Santa Claus, there are a number of places Saint Nicholas is making an appearance this Christmas.
As early as the beginning of November, Santa Claus is coming to town, and you and your children have the opportunity to visit him at his North Pole outposts across the region, from shopping centers to lighting display villages that host everyone's favorite couple from the North Pole.
Check out the following article and plan your holiday trip to Kansas City, complete with a sighting and perhaps a picture with Santa Claus and his elves!
Mall Santas on Parade
Santa Claus arrives at many of the malls in the Kansas City area this Christmas season starting around the first of November and staying through Christmas Eve, and a few of these locations even host special events to welcome him to town.
Crown Center and Independence Center both host Santa's Arrival Parades, the latter of which invites families of all ages to enjoy hot chocolate and watch Santa arrive in a horse-drawn sleigh. The Choir on Fire group from Voy Spears Elementary school will perform before the elves welcome shoppers inside the Dillard's Court on the lower level to host a slew of Christmas activities.
The Oak Park Mall's lower level is transformed into Santa's Workshop starting in late November and continuing through the Christmas Eve—visit the website to buy a Santa Fast Pass online and skip to the head of the line to grab your family photo!
At Zona Rosa on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. you and your kids can attend a "PJ Party with Saint Nicholas" (Sponsored by the North Kansas City Hospital); families are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and enjoy free cookies, milk, and entertainment by Dino O'Dell—a local celebrity in the children's entertainment industry.
Local Visits and Special Events
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and all the elves are quite busy during the holidays in Kansas City—they appear all around the city at a variety of special events, too.
On November 25 (and every Saturday until Christmas), Santa Claus visits the Downtown Lee's Summit Farmer's Market, and you can also catch old Saint Nick hanging out at the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on December 8 and 9.
The Kansas City Zoo hosts a few special events of its own including the Winter Wonderland and popular " Santa Dives," where Santa Claus dons a scuba suit on top of his traditional red and white outfit and plays with penguins in the Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
You can also hop on the Belton Railroad's Christmas train or head over to one of the Santa's Wonderlands or Drives in the area. These Christmas parks feature thousands of lights that families can drive through before stopping off in a village devoted to Mister and Miss Claus.