2020 Santa Sightings and Christmas Events for Kalamazoo Families

Santa has been Spotted in Kalamazoo

Is Santa actually visiting kids this year?

In a word, YES. 2020 has been a tough year full of social distancing and separation, but Santa is magical (and innovative). The jolly man in the red suit will still visit with kids for Christmas this year- even during a pandemic. 

Santa is also making safety a priority. That means that his visits may look different: virtual visits, visits behind plexiglass or masked visits may be required. Santa may also require an appointment to keep crowds small; but as a bonus, your wait time will be short!

Make a list – and check it twice – as there are many opportunities for the family to enjoy this special part of the holiday season.

Some events require advanced registration. Verify details with the event organizer before you head out. 

Photo: Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership


Drake Road Orthodontics

We’re good at making people happy because we really know our patients and take the time to work with them one-on-one.

At DRO we pride ourselves on our commitment to helping people be the best version of themselves they can be. By providing an inclusive and fun environment, coupled with the highest quality care, we’re confident that our patients will love not only the outcome of their beautiful smile, but their entire journey along the way.

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401 S Drake Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan
(269) 344-1271


Important Message: Area businesses are working to implement procedures based on the new safety guidelines. For each of the attractions and events we mention, we include a link to the business website. Please use this link to confirm the details, hours of operation and any requirements guests must follow before visiting. Thank You!



Virtual Visits with Santa
Hosted by The Crossroads
Virtual Event
» November 14, 2020-January 7, 2021
Make this holiday magical with a virtual visit to the North Pole! Choose from a live Virtual Visit with Santa, Storytime with The Clauses, or a Pre-Recorded Personalized Santa Video.

Photos with Santa
The Crossroads
6650 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49024
» November 27-December 25, 2020
Visit us in Center Court to get your professional pics with Santa taken. Reservations required. Face coverings for you and Santa may be required during your contactless visit based on current state regulations.

Visits with Santa at Gull Meadow Farms
Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
» November 28-December 20, 2020 
Come visit Santa at Gull Meadow Farms! We have been working with Santa and have created a socially distanced experience to keep Santa safe as well as our guests when you visit with him. Guests need to reserve their date and arrival time to see Santa. $5/immediate family.

Santa’s Workshop
Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» December 5 – December 24, 2020 
Santa’s Workshop, presented by the Radisson Plaza Hotel, is a magical place filled with little animated elves, twinkling lights, and a Jolly old soul! Santa visits are by appointment only. Masks and social distancing will be enforced. See event for available times. Black Santa also returns this year, visiting on Sundays and December 21-23.

Dog Photos with Santa or The Grinch
Beowoof Provisions for Pets
428 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
» December 6 & December 13, 2020 
Call Beowoof (269-888-5966 (KZOO)) to schedule your “photo with the Grinch” on Sunday December 6th, or your “photo with Santa” on Sunday December 13th! All profits donated to the ASPCA.


Safe and Sensitive Pictures with Santa 🆓
Autism Spectrum Therapies
1040 10th St N, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
» December 19, 2020 | 12-3pm
Families can RSVP for 10-minute time slots to visit with Santa in a safe environment and get a picture taken! Please send your RSVP to [email protected]

CANCELED! Santa Skate
Millennium Park
6900 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49024
» December 19, 2020 | 3-5pm
An afternoon of fun on the ice with Jolly Old Saint Nick! Enjoy holiday music and skating with the Big Man himself. Bring your cameras for this fantastic holiday photo op with family and friends! $5 Open Skate, $3 Skate Rental

Stories with Santa
Hosted by Willard Library

Virtual Event
» December 23, 2020 | 11am
Live from the North Pole, where things are merry and bright, Santa Claus will present story time. Because he wants every child to be safe and healthy, Santa will meet with children virtually this year. In this special story time, Santa will share one of his favorite Christmas stories.


DEAR Santa… A Magical Christmas Event
Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
» November 28 & 29, December 5, 2020 | 9am-3pm
Children: $15 – this includes: reindeer food, envelope with special postage to the North Pole station (letters must be completed before arriving at the farm), letter written back to them from Santa, diy ornament to be completed at home, donut and hot chocolate voucher, Santa visit, treat from Santa, and light displays in greenhouses. You MUST have a ticket to attend this event.

Christmas Express
Little River Railroad
29 W Park Ave, Coldwater, MI 49036
» December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 2020 | 11am-2pm
Santa Claus will visit with each car on the train instead of each passenger going to see him in his car. Reserve your tickets now, these sell out quickly! Adults (12 and up): $20, Children (3-11): $13, 2 and under ride free and do not need a ticket. 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm departures available.


Drive Through Live Nativity
Vineyard Assisted Living
8170 Vineyard Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
» December 8, 2020 | 5:30-7pm
Drive through our live nativity scene to celebrate the reason for the season. The first 50 cars will get a box of Christmas cookies to take home. Also featuring Santa’s mailbox, so your little ones can make sure their letters get to Santa in a safe and socially distanced way.

MINI Nativity: Let’s Celebrate His Birth
Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
» December 12 & 13, 19 & 20 | 4-6pm
Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus through a Live MINI Nativity Scene at the mini red stable where inside the Holy Family will admire The Christ Child as The Angel, Shepherds and Wisemen also adore Him. Fell pony & Gypsy Vanner horse jingle rides will be available. $5 suggested donation/person

Drive/Walk-Thru Christmas Musical: The Innkeeper’s Stable
Faith Chapel Ministries

7736 G Ave W, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
» Thursday-Sunday, December 12-31, 2020 | 6-10pm
Come view beautifully painted scenery and listen to our original Christmas production over your radio or smartphone. Radio broadcast will start at the top of each hour.

Drive/Walk-Thru Christmas Musical: The Innkeeper’s Stable
Milwood United Methodist Church
3919 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
» December 18 & 19, 2020 | 7-9pm
See the Christmas story come to life on Portage St. Outdoors and socially distanced, you’ll get to see the holy family in the stable, the shepherds and wise men, and even a live camel (from Scheumann Farm)!

Other Christmas events or Santa Sightings in Southwest Michigan we may have missed? Submit it to our Event Calendar.