Where to See Santa in Kalamazoo: Photos, Parades and Events- 2023

Where to See Santa

2023’s Santa Planner: Where to See Santa in SWMI

The jolly man in the red suit will be in Kalamazoo this year, providing opportunities to visit with local families.

We’ve rounded up spots for your family to visit Santa Claus before Christmas to deliver their wish lists and snag some photos.

We’ve also listed Santa breakfasts, parades and other Christmas events where St. Nick will be in attendance.

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. 

Kalamazoo holiday parade Maple Hill holiday parade downtown Kalamazoo
Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Maple Hill Holiday Parade in 2022
(image: Maple Hill Holiday Parade)

Pictures with Santa

We’ve rounded up all of the local spots to visit with Santa and take photos.

Please note some locations are free, while others may require a fee for tickets or to purchase the prints.

Please confirm any reservation requirements before heading out.

Where to See Santa Pictures with Santa

Pictures With Santa at Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083

Come visit Santa at Gull Meadow Farms!

Guests need to reserve their date and arrival time to see Santa.

Reservations are $6 per immediate family (NOT per person).

If you have a larger family (more than 4 children visiting Santa), reserving 2 spaces is suggested to help keep the wait to see Santa at a minimum for all families.

Update: Tickets are SOLD OUT for 2023.

Gull Meadow Farms Santa 2021
Purchase tickets to see Santa at Gull Meadow Farms
(image: Gull Meadow Farms)

Pictures With Santa at Santa’s Workshop in Downtown Kalamazoo

City Centre
125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo MI 49007
THURS – SUN, NOV NOV 25 – DEC 24, 2023

Where is Santa this Year?
Santa is moving into new digs this year at the City Centre. Santa’s Workshop is located in the former Bronson Health Club venue. Enter through the City Centre Farmer’s Alley entrance or through the Kalamazoo Mall entrance and walking to the back of the building.

Dates & Times
Santa’s Workshop opens November 25, 2023
• Thursday + Friday: 4:30 PM – 8PM
• Saturday: 11AM – 6PM
• Sunday: 12PM – 4PM

Again this year, families can also visit with Black Santa who will be at the workshop on Thursdays and Sundays.

Downtown Kalamazoo Santa
See Santa in Downtown Kalamazoo

Pictures With Santa at Crossroads Mall

The Crossroads
6650 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49024
NOV 30 – DEC 24, 2023

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-up guests are welcomed to meet Santa at Centre Court at The Crossroads in Portage.

Santa is available daily starting November 30, 2023.

Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Break 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Break 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Break 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Ongoing Santa Events

Recurring Santa Events

These recurring events offer a chance to visit Santa more than once this holiday season.

Gilmore Car Museum
Santa at Gilmore Car Museum’s Winter Wonderland

More Christmas Events Featuring Santa Claus

One-time Santa Events

Santa is a busy guy during the holidays. Here are more opportunities to see him before Christmas in Kalamazoo:

Parades with Santa

Santa is a special guest at many holiday celebrations. Here’s where you can catch him this festive parade season:

Kalamazoo Holiday Parade Maple Hill Parade
image: Maple Hill Holiday Parade