BIG List of Santa Sightings and Christmas Events for Kalamazoo Families

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The most magical time of the year is fast approaching and with it comes a bevvy of seasonal happenings.

We’ve tracked down all the best Christmas activities and events going on around Kalamazoo, and you’re bound to find something that puts your family in the holiday spirit.

At the top of the list for many – Santa. And, no question about it, Santa loves kids. 

Jolly Ol’ St. Nick doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to hear Christmas wishes, wave from a parade, or eat way too many cookies with kids by his side. Not to mention, Mrs. Claus and the reindeer will be in attendance at a number of special events.

Other options to enjoy this holiday season – Live Nativities, Christmas Church Services, and other cultural holiday events.

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. 

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Where to Find Santa 2019 – Parades, Photos, Meals with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Let’s Not Forget Reindeer

We’ve broken down all of the Santa events into easy categories below. Whether your family is looking for a parade, a chance for a Santa selfie, or a sit down meal, you’re bound to find exactly what you need.

FREE Ways to Spend Time with Santa

Don’t worry, a visit with Santa doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here’s a list of places that you can see, and spend time with Santa for FREE. Parades, storytimes and other activities to see Santa. One of our favorite stops – Gull Meadow Farms for Free Santa Hours.

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Thursday December 19, 2019

Ballpark Holiday Fest

Location: Kalamazoo Growler’s – 251 Mills Street Kalamazoo

On Thursday, December 19th, from 6-9 PM the Kalamazoo Growlers are hosting The Ballpark Holiday Fest. The festival's activities include: - Movie on the video board (Film TBC) - Free hot chocolate and popcorn for pack holders - Games and inflatables - Snow themed events (weather depending) - Photos with [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday December 20, 2019

Allegan Festive Fridays 2019

Location: Downtown Allegan – Locust Street Allegan

Positively Allegan and participating businesses are making spirits bright in Downtown Allegan this holiday season! EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS Every Friday · 5pm - 8pm Also enjoy free horse drawn wagon rides, free hot chocolate, and free visits with Santa. PARADE & TREE LIGHTING December 6 · Parade at 7pm Santa [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you’re looking for a picture perfect memory captured by a photographer, a quick picture of your kids with your phone, or a selfie with you popping up behind Santa’s shoulder, we have you covered with these fun photo ops with Santa. And, Santa will be at the Crossroads Mall through Christmas Eve.

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Thursday December 19, 2019

Santa Soars into Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone Kalamazoo – 5103 Portage Rd. Kalamazoo

Santa! We know him! Santa will be our very special guest for three fun-filled Toddler Time events this holiday season. Be sure to plan your visit to Sky Zone and bring your camera to capture the magic! Guests ages 4 and under can meet Santa during the following Toddler Time [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa's Workshop

Location: Epic Center – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at  their Downtown Kalamazoo Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of the Epic Center, the Old Jacoben’s Department store building, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall. While visiting  with Santa, families can color, write letters to Santa (so he can remember the list!), also enjoy musical performances [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free Santa Hours at Gull Meadow Farms

Location: Gull Meadow Farms – 8544 Gull Rd Richland

Come visit our one of a kind Santa at Gull Meadow Farms. He truly is a treasure to the Richland Community. We have been working hard to create a magical Christmas wonderland for you to walk through as you wait in line to visit with Santa. The market will be [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Friday December 20, 2019

Santa Soars into Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone Kalamazoo – 5103 Portage Rd. Kalamazoo

Santa! We know him! Santa will be our very special guest for three fun-filled Toddler Time events this holiday season. Be sure to plan your visit to Sky Zone and bring your camera to capture the magic! Guests ages 4 and under can meet Santa during the following Toddler Time [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa's Workshop

Location: Epic Center – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at  their Downtown Kalamazoo Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of the Epic Center, the Old Jacoben’s Department store building, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall. While visiting  with Santa, families can color, write letters to Santa (so he can remember the list!), also enjoy musical performances [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free Santa Hours at Gull Meadow Farms

Location: Gull Meadow Farms – 8544 Gull Rd Richland

Come visit our one of a kind Santa at Gull Meadow Farms. He truly is a treasure to the Richland Community. We have been working hard to create a magical Christmas wonderland for you to walk through as you wait in line to visit with Santa. The market will be [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday December 21, 2019

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa's Workshop

Location: Epic Center – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at  their Downtown Kalamazoo Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of the Epic Center, the Old Jacoben’s Department store building, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall. While visiting  with Santa, families can color, write letters to Santa (so he can remember the list!), also enjoy musical performances [...]

Time: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Santa Skate

Location: Millenium Park Ice Rink – 280 Romence Road Portage

Join us for an afternoon of fun on the ice with Jolly Old Saint Nick! Enjoy holiday music and skating with the Big Man himself at The Ice Rink at Millenium park. Bring your cameras for this fantastic holiday photo op with family and friends!  

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Festival of Lights Warming House

Location: Battle Creek Welcome Center – 34 Jackson St W Battle Creek

Join us to celebrate the Holiday Season at the Battle Creek Welcome Center with this FREE event. The Warming House will be held on December 7, 14 & 21. There will be: -Crafts -Hot Chocolate -Pictures with Santa -Horse Drawn Wagon rides that start in front of the Welcome Center. [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Santa Soars into Toddler Time

Location: Sky Zone Kalamazoo – 5103 Portage Rd. Kalamazoo

Santa! We know him! Santa will be our very special guest for three fun-filled Toddler Time events this holiday season. Be sure to plan your visit to Sky Zone and bring your camera to capture the magic! Guests ages 4 and under can meet Santa during the following Toddler Time [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dinner With Santa

Location: Lucky Rooster – 1299 E Columbia Ave Battle Creek

Join us for dinner with Santa on December 22nd, 2019 from 12PM-6PM! Photos will be taken all day long on with a professional photographer. Free online download for all photos with print packages availible.

Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa's Workshop

Location: Epic Center – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at  their Downtown Kalamazoo Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of the Epic Center, the Old Jacoben’s Department store building, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall. While visiting  with Santa, families can color, write letters to Santa (so he can remember the list!), also enjoy musical performances [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Monday December 23, 2019

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa's Workshop

Location: Epic Center – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at  their Downtown Kalamazoo Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of the Epic Center, the Old Jacoben’s Department store building, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall. While visiting  with Santa, families can color, write letters to Santa (so he can remember the list!), also enjoy musical performances [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tuesday December 24, 2019

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa's Workshop

Location: Epic Center – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at  their Downtown Kalamazoo Workshop, located on the 2nd floor of the Epic Center, the Old Jacoben’s Department store building, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall. While visiting  with Santa, families can color, write letters to Santa (so he can remember the list!), also enjoy musical performances [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Connect with Santa – Events to Visit with Santa or Dine with Santa

Santa loves to visit kids. And, he would love to have someone to dine with. Come join him or Mrs. Claus for cookies, pancakes, a sandwich, and other tasty treats.

Saturday December 21, 2019

Breakfast with Santa

Location: Schuler’s Restaurant – 115 S Eagle St Marshall

Bring your little ones to make their requests in person! The man in the red velvet suit will be presiding over breakfast, going over his naughty or nice list! Did you make it? Plated breakfast service will start at 10am, with Santa arriving around 10:45am. Toddlers - $7 Children 5-10 [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Brunch Buffet with Santa & Mrs. Clause

Location: Happy Landing Restaurant – 59640 County Line Rd Three Rivers

Come meet Santa & Mrs. Clause and enjoy the best of Breakfast & Lunch on a Buffet! Honey Baked Ham, Homemade Mac & Cheese, Bourbon Bacon BBQ Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Vegetable Melody Omelets Made to Order, Breakfast Sausage, Bacon, Candied French Toast & Pancakes Salad Bar with a [...]

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday December 19, 2019

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday December 20, 2019

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday December 21, 2019

2019 Dear Santa: A magical Christmas Event

Location: Gull Meadow Farms – 8544 Gull Rd Richland

We are very excited to offer our Dear Santa: A magical Christmas Event once again at Gull Meadow Farms. Come join us as we allow your children to experience the magic of Christmas (and we know the grown-ups will have fun too!) Upon arriving to one of our greenhouses (transformed [...]

Time: 9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Gingerbread with guest star Santa Clause

Location: Union Cabaret & Grille – 125 S Kalamazoo Mal Kalamazoo

Please join us for our annual gingerbread decorating event with our guest star Santa Clause! The even features decorating of our big pre built gingerbread houses. For each house is $45 with unlimited candy, decorative icing, and a visit from Santa! We will also have a limited food menu is [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Gingerbread with guest star Santa Clause

Location: Union Cabaret & Grille – 125 S Kalamazoo Mal Kalamazoo

Please join us for our annual gingerbread decorating event with our guest star Santa Clause! The even features decorating of our big pre built gingerbread houses. For each house is $45 with unlimited candy, decorative icing, and a visit from Santa! We will also have a limited food menu is [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Monday December 23, 2019

Santa's House in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Picture perfect holiday fun is available weekends in December in downtown St. Joseph. Santa's house will be located on the corner of State and Pleasant Streets. Photography is not provided. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own camera! Santa's House Hours December 7-23: Saturday, December 7: 5-7pm Sunday, December 8: 1-5pm [...]

Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rocking it with Santa’s Reindeer

There’s nothing like getting up close and personal with Santa’s main mode of transportain – the reindeer. We never know which ones will be in attendance, but if you luck out, it might be one of Santa’s top sleigh-pulling team.

Thursday December 19, 2019

Live Reindeer Return to the Carousel

Location: Silver Beach – 333 Broad Street St. Joseph

Ho! Ho! Ho! Visit with Santa and pet a live reindeer! “Oh Deer, Rudolph!” Family Fun Night: Thursday, Dec. 19 Reindeer: 4-8 p.m. What a magical way to start your holiday weekend! See our favorite North Pole guest and pet a live reindeer. Come early! This is one of our [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday December 21, 2019

Reindeer Ranch Tours & Meet Santa

Location: Reindeer Ranch – 2921 North 6th Street Kalamazaoo

Tour the Reindeer Ranch, learn about reindeer, where they come from and what makes them so special. Make a craft project, enjoy a seasonal drink and cookie. Enjoy a visit with Santa and/or bring letter for Santa. Be sure to check out our gift shop too Tours are scheduled on [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Reindeer Ranch Tours & Meet Santa

Location: Reindeer Ranch – 2921 North 6th Street Kalamazaoo

Tour the Reindeer Ranch, learn about reindeer, where they come from and what makes them so special. Make a craft project, enjoy a seasonal drink and cookie. Enjoy a visit with Santa and/or bring letter for Santa. Be sure to check out our gift shop too Tours are scheduled on [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Live Nativities, Christmas Church Services & Cultural Events

See Live Nativities, attend a Christmas Church Service and other events for families in Kalamazoo. Shop at the Pre-Kwanzaa Bazaar on December 6. Bring the bring the kids for black Santa time on Sundays in December at Santa’s Workshop (located at the 2nd floor of the Epic Center at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall).

Saturday December 21, 2019

Christmas Party at Riverside Church

Location: Riverside Church – 207 E. Michigan Avenue Three Rivers

You're invited to join the celebration! Live music, free cookies, Santa Claus, live nativity, free hot cocoa, and so much more! Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 & 7 PM Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 & 7 PM *The church will be closed and no services will be held Sunday morning, [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Christmas Party at Riverside Church

Location: Riverside Church – 207 E. Michigan Avenue Three Rivers

You're invited to join the celebration! Live music, free cookies, Santa Claus, live nativity, free hot cocoa, and so much more! Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 & 7 PM Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 & 7 PM *The church will be closed and no services will be held Sunday morning, [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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