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17 Places to Meet Santa in the Milwaukee Area (2021)

Santa has landed safely in Milwaukee! We’re keeping track of all the stops he’s making around Southeastern Wisconsin. Here’s a running list of the places you can meet Santa this year:


1. Mayfair Mall

2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2021 (closed Nov. 25, Dec. 22-23)
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Choose to either sit with Santa or visit him from a socially distanced spot in the Nordstrom Wing. Pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience is highly encouraged. Walk-up visits are available as space permits. You can even bring your favorite fur friends to visit Santa on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, and Dec. 20.


2. Southridge Mall

5300 S. 76th St., Greendale, WI 53129
Nov. 20 – TBD
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Santa will be arriving at Southridge on Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m. There’s a pet photo night on Wednesday, Dec. 8 (8-9 p.m.), and “Sensory Santa” on Sunday, Dec. 12 (9:30-11 a.m.). Santa is also expected to make an appearance at the Kids Corner Holiday Sing-Along with Will Branch.


3. Brookfield Square Mall

95 N Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005
Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, 2021 (Closed Thanksgiving)
Hours: M-T 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; F-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun Noon-6 p.m.
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All kids and kids-at-heart can meet and greet Santa at Center Court. Brookfield Square offers three different photo packages. You can have photos taken of your pets with Santa on Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 (4-7 p.m.) Santa and his helpers will be following CDC guidelines. Note: Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 3-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 1-2 p.m. and 5-5:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 2:30-3 p.m. on Sunday.


4. Cabela’s

1 Cabela Way, Richfield, WI 53076
Nov. 6 – Dec. 24, 2021
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Santa’s Wonderland continues at Cabela’s this year, so you can get some of your holiday shopping done and get a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo of your kid with Santa at the same time! You’ll also get a free digital video greeting card to share on social media. Additional photo packages available for purchase and instant in-store printing. Advance reservations are required. Learn more >>


5. The Pfister Hotel

424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Sundays, Dec. 5 – 19, 2021, 8-9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
$54 Adults, $29 Children (3-10 years), 2 and under free (tax and gratuity not included)
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Back by popular demand, the Pfister Breakfast Buffet with Santa is a holiday tradition that creates lifelong memories. Guests have the opportunity to share a jolly breakfast collection with Santa and his elves in The Pfister’s festive ballroom. We will have chefs in the room griddling up chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes with all the trimmings, along with everyone’s traditional buffet favorites. In addition to photos with Santa, which are highly encouraged, every child will receive a special gift and will be able to make crafts while composing a handwritten letter to Santa. Smaller seating groups for each date will ensure that everyone has an exceptional experience.

Reservations required | Call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950
Credit card guarantee required. 48-hour cancellation notice required or full amount is charged.


6. Little Sprouts Play Café

Shorewood: 4606 N. Wilson Dr., Shorewood, WI​ 53211
Mequon: 1406 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, WI 53092
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Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming by for a special visit, just for you and your social bubble. Book a private play date with Santa at either of the Little Sprouts Play Café locations (Mequon or Shorewood). Add on family and friends to your reservation (up to 16 total people with a maximum of 8 kids). Your group will have our entire café to yourselves!

Little Sprouts is also doing Santa Deliveries again this year to select zip codes. Santa will visit your house from a safe distance outside. He’s ready to spread some cheer to your families this holiday season. Pictures are welcome! Santa will also drop off a Christmas gift bag filled holiday goodies – including Reindeer Food. Add on any extra gifts from the Little Sprouts Toy Store to your order, and Santa will deliver them gift-wrapped. If you’re purchasing two or more Santa Delivery Bags for your family, you can use code SANTADELIVERY to get 35% off each bag.


7. Ruckus & Glee

805 N. 68th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, 1-5 p.m.
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Santa is in the house! Santa’s elves gave us the message that Santa is stopping by Ruckus & Glee for 4 hours on the day after Thanksgiving. So stop on by, share a Christmas list with Santa, and snap all the pics you want – for FREE!


8. Polar Express

Port Washington Fire Department, 104 W Washington St, Port Washington, WI 53074
Dec. 4, 2021, 9 a.m.-Noon
Fee: $7 (ages 2 and under FREE)
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Mark your calendars for a magical journey to the North Pole, and bring the family to see Santa and the wonders of his workshop. Activities include caroling, cookie decorating, trolley rides, train display, letters to Santa, making of “reindeer food,” and FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus with a special gift from Santa. If you are coming from Cedarburg or Grafton, feel free to catch a ride on a decorated school bus to and from the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


9. Santa’s Workshop

Downtown Cedarburg
Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 19 – Dec. 18, 2021
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Each year, a charming 15′ x 15′ gingerbread house graces Cedarburg’s Washington Avenue for the entire Christmas season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by Santa’s Workshop on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 19 to Dec. 18. Kids are encouraged to drop off letters to Santa.

Note: At this time, private visits with Santa are not being scheduled due to COVID-19. Closer to the holidays, if conditions are such that Santa feels it is safe to have families inside the Workshop, he’ll be welcoming walk-up visitors and families scheduled into time slots on the day of each event.


10. Natty Oaks

11505 W National Ave, West Allis, WI 53227
Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2021 (Saturday-Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday)
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Natty Oaks is offering Individual clear view cozy chalets for your family to have a safe, socially distanced holiday experience. Each Santa Chalet has an adorable mini fireplace to keep you warm even on a snowy night. Eat fresh popcorn and warm up with a complimentary carafe of hot cocoa or hot cider. During your one-hour visit, you will get a special personalized visit from Santa! He will visit with your family for 15 minutes and you will have the perfect opportunity to take photos and ask questions about the North Pole. An elf will be on hand to take photos for you (using your camera). Each chalet seats up to six adults and Santa.


11. Santa’s Rockin’ Reindeer Bash

The Tap Yard, 1150 W. Sunset Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189 (sponsored by Pop’s Marketplace)
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, 1-4 p.m. (reindeer will on be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m.)
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Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet Santa and his reindeer and have a fun family photo taken in Santa’s sleigh! There’s a fee of $20 for photo opportunities (printed pictures are extra). Refreshment offerings include hot chocolate, canned beer and wine, and two food trucks to be named later. While you’re there, play some yard games and check out the vendors at the Winter Market (Noon-4 p.m.).


12. Cruisin’ Santa Claus (Greenfield)

Dec. 13-16, 2021, 6-10 p.m.
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Back by popular demand, Santa will be cruising through the Greenfield neighborhoods (in a COVID-safe way), and he’s bringing along some friends to help him spread holiday cheer. Scout out your spot on the street to wave and wish him a happy holiday. Greenfield Parks and Recreation be posting route maps and dates on their website in December.


13. Downtown Milwaukee

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Santa’s Christmas Cavalcade
Friday, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 2021 (dusk)
See Santa and Mrs. Claus riding atop a vintage fire truck in this festive parade. Sarah Fierek will also be aboard singing jazzy holiday tunes. Route travels throughout downtown Milwaukee. 

Cocoa with the Clauses
Presented by Madison Medical Affiliates
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Sat, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Straight from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus return for this annual cocoa klatch. The free outdoor event is a chance for kids to share their wish lists, and for moms and dads to snap a keepsake photo. Just remember to bring your camera! Elves and other holiday characters will also be there. 


14. Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

Simone Ballroom, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults: $49, Children (Age 3-10): $24, Children 2 and under: Free (Tax and gratuity not included)
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Start a new holiday tradition at Saint Kate’s “Brunch with Santa” and create lifelong memories! Chefs will be griddling up chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes with all the trimmings, along with traditional buffet favorites. In addition to photos with Santa, which are highly encouraged, every child will receive a special gift and will be able to make crafts while composing a handwritten letter to Santa. Reservations required; call (877) 275-2630 or (414) 488-0540.

15. MOTOR Bar & Restaurant

Harley-Davidson Museum, 401 W. Canal St., Milwaukee, WI 53203
Sunday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 2021, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Bring the family for breakfast with Santa, then take part in an audio-guided experience that will dive into Harley-Davidson history, demos on H-D® IRONe™ (a kid-size electric balance bike), airbrush tattoos, LEGO kids crafts and more.


16. Old World Wisconsin

W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle, WI 53119
Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 4-19, 2021, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: 13+ $19.99, Children 12 and under $13.99, Children under 5: FREE (no ticket required); Society members receive a 10% discount.
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See preparations for different holiday festivities in the late 19th century. Listen to traditional holiday brass carols, sip a hot cup of cider, and enjoy a horse-drawn ride around the village. But keep a watchful eye out for the Krampus! If you’ve been nice, make sure to stop by Santa’s workshop to say hello and take the perfect family photo.


17. Sprecher Brewery

701 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, WI 53209
Sundays, Nov. 21 – Dec. 12, 2021, Noon-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults $8, Minors $5
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At Soda with Santa, kids can get their picture taken with Santa and have it printed on custom Root Beer bottles for an added fee. Admission includes a brewery tour (with samples) and a visit with Santa. Tours run at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Reservations required, All ages welcome!


Do you know where Santa will be this year? Email us the information at hello@mkewithkids.com.

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