2023 Holiday Character Appearances

A guide to all the best places you can see Santa & Friends this year!

By Brittany Marsh November 17, 2023

Make your list and check it twice! Here's our list of free and low-cost holiday character appearances happening in our area this holiday season! More events will be added as they are scheduled in the coming weeks! Have an event you'd like to see listed here? Email

This guide was made possible by our Sponsor, MY Play Café - Gardner and their upcoming Lunch with Santa event

There's no better way to get into the spirit of the season than by spending time with Santa Claus and his crew. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that throughout the holiday season. From local malls to community events and everything in between, there's no shortage of festive fun to be had. Our list includes all the best places to see Santa, from traditional photo ops to pancake breakfasts and other special events. So grab your family and friends and get ready to make some memories that will last a lifetime. Don't forget your wish list!

November 16, 2023

See the Grinch in Spring Hill, KS - Join us at Moody's Hardware for snacks, crafts and photo ops with the Mean One! 

November 18, 2023

Breakfast with Santa in Edgerton, KS - Enjoy pancakes from Christ Cakes 8:30am-11:30am with Santa at Edgerton Elementary. Local vendors will also be on-site so you can shop afterwards!

See Santa at The Fabulous Fern in Olathe, KS - Bring the whole family, including your fur babies, to come see Santa from 12pm-3pm. This event is completely free and there will be staff on-site available to take your photos using your own device!

November 25, 2023

See Santa in Eudora, KS - Don't miss this Holiday Celebration Market! Start your day with shopping and food truck dining, then head over to enjoy some fun kids activities and Santa photos, then end your night with the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting.

See Santa in Ottawa, KS - Mark your calendars for this fun-filled evening, to help you get into the holiday spirit! Along with hot cocoa, cookie decorating and Christmas carols - we'll also have Santa photos, a parade and the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting.

November 27, 2023

Visit with Santa in Gardner, KS - Head on over to Santa's Workshop to see Santa and Mrs. Claus after the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting in Cornerstone Park.

December 1, 2023

Don't miss Santa in Pomona, KS - Hop aboard the Polar Express! Join for dinner, a train ride, and a Santa experience you don't want to miss!

December 2, 2023

See Santa in Gardner, KS - If you missed seeing Santa at Cornerstone Park on November 27th, you're in luck! Santa will be back for photos!

Brunch with Santa in Eudora, KS - Main Street Scoops & Sweets will be hosting a brunch you don't want to miss, with a very special guest. Make sure to bring your camera!

Visit with Santa & Buddy the Elf in Paola, KS - Come see Santa, Mrs. Claus & Buddy the Elf! While you'e here, enjoy a bake sale, basket raffles, and more!

Grinchmas on Main in Spring Hill, KS - You might see the mean one throughout the day while shopping on historic Main Street.

December 3, 2023

Come see Santa's Workshop in Gardner, KS - Don't miss this opportunity to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

December 9, 2023

Breakfast with the Santa in Olathe, KS - Timber Sage Elementary is hosting breakfast with Santa!

Breakfast with the Grinch in Spring Hill, KS - Enjoy a big breakfast, activities and photos with the Mean One at Meadowlark Event Center from 9am-12pm.

Breakfast with Santa in Gardner, KS - Have all-you-can-eat pancakes, take home crafts and professional photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Breakfast with the Santa in Ottawa, KS - The Ottawa Recreation Center is hosting breakfast with Santa!

Come see Santa in Eudora, KS - Don't miss this magical experience at the Eudora Rec. Center and make memories with Santa! 

Christmas Open House in De Soto, KS - See Santa and shop from local vendors at Cedar Valley Forest from 1pm-4pm.

December 10, 2023

See Santa in La Cygene, KS - After the "Whoville" Parade of Lights, head to Thayer park for the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and to snap some photos with Santa and the Grinch.

Pictures with Santa in Lawrence, KS - Enjoy some play time at Up & Away in Lawrence, and visit with Santa while you're there. A local photographer will be available to snap your pic!

Lunch with Santa in Gardner, KS - Join us for lunch with Santa! If you have a shy one that needs time to warm up to Santa this will be perfect. If your child already LOVES Santa then this 2 hours of Santa-time will surely kick off the holiday spirit. One ticket for each person in attendance please! 

December 17, 2023

Breakfast with Santa in De Soto, KS - JT's Grill will host their annual breakfast with Santa and possibly even a reindeer, from 8am-11am.

Don't miss out on the festive fun this holiday season! Take a look at these other comprehensive lists of places a to catch a glimpse of Santa and his friends. If you see an event we're missing though, be sure to let us know! 

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