Where to See Santa in Kalamazoo: Photos, Parades and Events- 2021

Where to See Santa

2021’s Santa Planner: Where to See Santa in SWMI

Is Santa visiting kids again this year?

Absolutely. 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 kids (and your pets!) to visit Santa Claus before Christmas to deliver their wish lists and snag some photos.

Santa also makes safety a priority: this may mean purchasing tickets in advance 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. 

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Pictures with Santa

Pictures With Santa at Crossroads Mall

The Crossroads
6650 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49024
November 18 – December 24, 2021
PAID PHOTOS WITH SANTA
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Visit us in Center Court to get your professional pics with Santa taken. Reservations required. Select a reservation date before December 10 and receive a $7 discount.

Pictures With Santa at Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
November 27 – December 19, 2021

PAID PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Come visit Santa at Gull Meadow Farms! Guests need to reserve their date and arrival time to see Santa. $5/immediate family.

Pictures With Santa at Santa’s Workshop

Blush Salon at the Radisson Plaza Hotel
100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
November 27 – December 24, 2021 | Thursday – Sunday

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA

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!

Come visit Santa downtown Thursday through Sunday. Black Santa also returns this year, visiting on Thursdays and Sundays.

Pictures With Santa at Total Spectrum Care

Total Spectrum Care
1040 N 10th St, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
December 10, 202
1 | 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Photos with Santa at Total Spectrum Care on December 10, 2021. All ages are welcome to this public event, featuring a winter wonderland theme.

Winter-themed activities and treats will be provided. Masks are required for entry.

Pet Pictures with Santa

Pet Pictures With Santa at Crossroads Mall

The Crossroads
6650 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49024
November 22 – December 20, 2021, Mondays Only
PAID PHOTOS WITH SANTA
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Pet photos with Santa are available at Crossroads Mall every Monday, from November 22 – December 20, 2021. Book online and be sure to follow all required procedures.

Pets are not permitted to walk around the mall (exception: service dogs).

Pet Pictures With Santa at Gazelle Sports

Gazelle Sports
214 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
November 26, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA
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Bring your furry friend (and your camera) to Gazelle Sports for Paws with Claus: a fun, holiday photo with Santa Claus.

Pet food donations will be collected during the event to donate to local pet shelters – consider purchasing from Beowoof in downtown Kalamazoo.

Pet Pictures With Santa at Bewoof Provisions for Pets

Beowoof Provisions for Pets
428 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
December 5, 2021
| 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
PAID PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Call Beowoof (269-888-5966 (KZOO)) to schedule your photo with Santa on Sunday, December 5.

Beowoof Pet Santa Photos
photo: Beowoof Provisions for Pets

Recurring Santa Events

Dear Santa Event at Gull Meadow Farms

Gull Meadow Farms
8544 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
November 27 & 28, December 4 & 5, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

PAID EVENT WITH SANTA
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Children: $15 – this includes, reindeer food, envelope with special postage to the North Pole station (letters must be completed before arriving at the farm), a 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.

Adults/non participating children (older/younger siblings): $8 includes donut and hot chocolate voucher, Christmas light displays in greenhouse, you will also fill out a special questionnaire ahead of time to help us with special details to include in your child’s letter from Santa to make it extra special.

Christmas Train Ride with Santa on the Christmas Express

Little River Railroad
29 W Park Ave, Coldwater, MI 49036
December 4, 5, 11 & 12, 202
1 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
PAID EVENT WITH SANTA
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Visit with Santa Claus aboard the train! December 4, 5, 11, & 12 trains depart 11:00AM, 12:30PM, and 2:00PM from Coldwater, MI. Souvenirs and concession will be available. Trains will be sold at half capacity.

Pricing: Adults (Ages 12+): $20.00, Children (3-11): $13.00, 2 and under ride free and do not need a ticket.

Santa Saturdays at The Merry Mile

The Merry Mile Presented by the Calhoun County Fairgrounds
720 Fair St, Marshall, MI 49068
December 4, 11 & 18, 202
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PAID EVENT WITH SANTA
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Santa Saturdays at The Merry Mile
Hours: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Pricing: $10/car, $20/bus

Winter Wonderland at Gilmore Car Museum

Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd Hickory Corners, MI 49060
November 24, 2021 – January 9, 2022

PAID EVENT WITH SANTA
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New for 2021: Winter Wonderland at the Gilmore Car Museum features drive thru lights, the Festival of Trees, 60+ inflatables and a visit with Santa Claus.

Tickets are sold per person, and include access to the museum during that same evening.
Adults: $20 at door / $17.50 online 
Kids 5-17: $12 at door / $9.50 online
Kids 4 & under: Free

photo: Gilmore Car Museum

More Christmas Events Featuring Santa Claus

Come join us downtown for the 59th Kalamazoo Holiday Parade!

Santa Parade

Santa Paws Pet Parade (4:30pm), pictures with Santa (4:30-5:30 & 5:45-7:30pm), Mrs. Claus and their elves, ice skating, campfires and smores, hot chocolate and coffee, dessert truck, luminaries, plus the grand reveal of the new holiday lighting! 5:30 pm Lighting Ceremony

Free Photos with Santa

Join in on this annual event scheduled 5-7pm on Friday, November 26 in Bronson Park.

Festivities include live music, crafts, hot chocolate, and other holiday fun. Visits with Santa, sponsored by the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership, will take place 6:20 – 7:30 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is always free, and everyone is welcome to join the fun.

Special Event with Santa

Santa is flying in just for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast! After enjoying your breakfast take pictures with Santa and tell him what is on your Christmas list. You must pre-purchase tickets to attend this event!

Santa is flying in just for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast! After enjoying your breakfast take pictures with Santa and tell him what is on your Christmas list. You must pre-purchase tickets to attend this event!

Santa’s Workshop, presented by the Radisson Plaza Hotel, is a magical place filled with holiday spirit, twinkling lights, and a Jolly old soul!

Santa’s coming to town November 27 – December 24. Santa’s Workshop is scheduled 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 12-4 p.m. Sundays through December 24. Visits with Black Santa are available Thursdays and Sundays.

Kids who visit will get a Santa Letter writing kit to take home. The kit includes all materials needed to send a letter to Santa, a holiday craft, wrapped goodies, and more. There will be several Santa mailboxes placed throughout downtown for families to send their letters to Santa.

Meet Santa IN PERSON, participate in crafts, do some Christmas shopping, enjoy live music and more!

Free Photos with Santa

Making spirits bright in Downtown Allegan this holiday season! Enjoy extended shopping hours, free movies at the Regent Theatre, horse drawn wagon rides through town, hot chocolate on street corners, and visits with Santa.

Free Photos with Santa

Santa makes his grand arrival in Downtown Allegan escorted by the Allegan High School Band,

Santa Parade

Meet Santa IN PERSON, participate in crafts, do some Christmas shopping, enjoy live music and more!

Free Photos with Santa

Visit with Santa and meet some of his live Reindeer! Plus enjoy hot cocoa & cookies. Visiting Hours with Reindeer: 2:30pm-6pm

Free Photos with Santa

Parade starts at 1pm beginning at Wicks Park. Santa will be making a special appearance! Santa's Workshop (11am-4pm)- photo opportunities with Santa plus kids craft projects, tree decorating, music, refreshments and more!

Free Photos with Santa, Santa Parade

Festivities begin at the City Centre Mayor’s Tree with caroling and a tree lighting ceremony. Sing carols as you stroll down Bicentennial Trail behind a horse-drawn wagon with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stuart Manor or mail their letters to Santa inside the Schoolhouse.

Special Event with Santa

Making spirits bright in Downtown Allegan this holiday season! Enjoy extended shopping hours, free movies at the Regent Theatre, horse drawn wagon rides through town, hot chocolate on street corners, and visits with Santa.

Free Photos with Santa

Stop out and help the library celebrate the holiday season! We will have pizza and cookies, holiday crafts, and games!! We even heard Santa added our party to his calendar so he could join us!!!

Special Event with Santa

Santa Claus is coming back to have lunch at Garden Griddle!

Dine with Santa

Making spirits bright in Downtown Allegan this holiday season! Enjoy extended shopping hours, free movies at the Regent Theatre, horse drawn wagon rides through town, hot chocolate on street corners, and visits with Santa.

Free Photos with Santa


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

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