Here Comes Santa Claus!

Where to Find Santa in the Tri-County Area

Sleigh bell rings, are you listening? I know my kids are – they are definitely on the lookout for anything that offers even the slimmest of chances of seeing the man in the red suit and his sleigh of goodies!

Here in the Tri-County area, we don’t have the huge McMansion Malls where Santa can hold court – and that means Santa can be so much more creative in visiting our kiddo’s the holiday season!

He isn’t just stopping by to merely have kids take their turns on his lap to hear their wish-lists – instead Santa is taking the time join everyone for a Pancake Breakfast, mingle with his reindeer at the farm, decorate cookies, go on an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger hunt, and stopping in a poinsettia-filled flower shop perfect for a family photo op. You can even have your kids go an adventure with Santa while you finish up your Christmas list!

If you want to know just when and where Santa is popping up this holiday season, we’ve got you covered! Read on for some of our top picks for Santa visits, and visit our full Holiday Festivities calendar for all events.

Making Spirits Bright Drive at Evergreen Park, Sheboygan

November 26– December 31, 5 -9:00pm

Celebrate the holidays with family and friends in the warmth of your vehicle when you drive the 1.1 mile route through the forested part and experience a festive lights show choreographed to holiday music. Visit once or as many times as you want!Admission is free, however food pantry donations are taken to help local pantries and cash donations support future growth of the event.Stop across the street at the Quarryview Center to enjoy entertainment, concessions and a visit with Santa!

Lights in Lincoln Park Zoo, Manitowoc

Daily through Christmas, 5– 8:00 pm

Get your holidays off to a twinkly bright start with a drive-thru tour of holiday wonder!

This year’s fifth annual Lights in Lincoln Park show will be an amazing show of lights! Make your plans now to head through our brilliantly lit tunnel, be dazzled by more than 40 lighted displays, and stop by to give Santa your wishlist!Visit Santa in his North Pole Cabin #1 every Friday night, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies with your friends and family.

Pancakes with Santa at the Howards Grove Holiday Market, Howards Grove

December 3, 8:30 – 11:30am

Pancake Breakfast before and during Howards Grove Holiday Market! $3.50 for plain, $4.50 for strawberry, blueberry or chocolate chip. Kids portion $1.50 or $2.50. We will also have juice, coffee, and hot chocolate..

Breakfast with Santa at Generations, Plymouth

December 3, 8:00am – 1:00pm

Mark Your Calendars Breakfast with Santa at Generations! Come and celebrate the season with a pancake breakfast with Santa. There will be additional activities for kids, including an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, Crafts, Games, and more. Meet Santa, mail your wish list to the North Pole, and bring your own camera for pictures! The Event is brought to you by the Plymouth Optimist Club, and the Tenants of Generations.

Breakfast with Santa at J.E. Hamilton Community House, Two Rivers

December 3, 10:00am

The jolly man in the red suit is coming to Two Rivers! Each child can decorate two Christmas cookies, have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus, and receive an early Christmas present! Don’t forget to bring your camera! Breakfast is also served.

Breakfast with Santa at The American Club, Kohler

December 3, 9:30 – 11:00am

The American Club invites your family to experience a delightful event that celebrates the spirit of the season. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, live music and games as well as a very special visit from Santa himself. Includes an Adult Buffet and Knee-Knocker Buffet. Adult Buffet and Knee-Knocker Buffet, Reservations required

Breakfast with Santa at The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

December 3, 10 ,17 ,24 at 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Fun for the whole family! Join us for the arrival of Santa Claus as he gathers last-minute requests from children of all ages. This family event includes a knee-high breakfast buffet, Christmas caroling and a special gift for the children from Santa’s sack of surprises. Bring your camera and capture memorable moments! Reservations required.

Santa on the Farm - Forward Farm, Manitowoc

December 3, 1- 3:00 pm

Santa on the farm! Take pictures with Santa and his “reindeer”. Mingle with our menagerie and enjoy the holiday spirit at the farm. Get the best prices of the year on Gift Certificates to give to your horse lover. Gift certificates available for lessons, special need lessons, and camps. Horses raise great kids and inspire all! Come ride with us!!!

St. Nicholas Reindeer Brunch at The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

December 4

Bring your last minute wish list as St. Nicholas arrives with his trusty reindeer to join in this festive holiday brunch. Join St. Nicholas for a special holiday brunch given in his honor and meet one of his trusty reindeer (yes, a real live reindeer!).Bring along a camera and capture memorable moments!

A Country Christmas, New Holstein

December 4, 12– 4:00 pm

Listen to classic Christmas music while enjoying dinner as the finest choirs in the area celebrate the holiday season. Activities for All Ages including carriage rides, Timm House Tours, Choral Concert, Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, story time and other activities. Take a keepsake picture with Santa Claus!

A Visit With St. Nicholas, Sheboygan

December 5, 6 :30 – 8:30 pm

Join us for this traditional evening with St. Nicholas, friend to all children.. St. Nicholas will greet children dressed in his traditional red mantle and carrying a crook. Parents should be sure to bring a camera for this great photo opportunity! Children are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy for St. Nicholas’ toy chest for children in need.The toys will be donated to Safe Harbor, the Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization, and the Salvation Army.Holiday Entertainment Provided by: The Pop Elves, Christ Child Academy Youth Choir and Kohler High School Madrigals Choir. Refreshments will be served.

Christmas Tree Ship Celebration, Manitowoc

December 10, 9 :00 am – 4:00 pm

Bring your family to Downtown Manitowoc the morning of Dec. 10th and enjoy seasonal favorites performed by the Washington Jr. High Carolers as Mrs. Clause arrives aboard a Susie Q fishing tug with Christmas Trees for families in need. (10:00am) Inside the Museum get your picture taken with Santa, and make a holiday craft. Have your picture taken with Santa Clause in our shipbuilding gallery! (10:00am-12:00pm; Museum Admission is FREE!) Free Holiday Craft in the Riverview Room. (All Day) Since it’s free admission feel free to tour USS Cobia, build boats in our Waterways room and visit our newly expanded exhibit Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasure’s, with fun interactives! Rigged-for-Red, self-guided Submarine tours! (All Day) Don’t miss this unique holiday tradition!

Girls and Dolls Cookies with Santa at Camp Y-Koda, Sheboygan Falls

December 11, 1 -3:30 p.m

Girls of all ages with Parent!Camp Y-Koda is celebrating the holidays. Come join us for this fun filled day. Lots of fun for girls, their mothers and grandmothers. Dress. Dress in your prettiest holiday outfit with your doll and visit with Santa. Enjoy cocoa, treats, and a craft activity with your doll, and a chance to win incredible prizes, including an American Girl doll, doll outfits, and a gift certificate for lunch at Chicago's exclusive American Girl Café! Space is limited. Pre-registration is required; walk-ins are not allowed.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Applebees, Manitowoc

December 17, 8:00 – 10:00 am

Pancake breakfast Includes pancakes, sausage, & beverage Meet and talk with Santa! Reservations requested. Brought to you as a fundraiser by the Junior Theatre Festival Participants Dare to Dream Theatre, Manitowoc.

Visitors from the North Pole at Just Kids, Sheboygan

December 18, 19:00 am – 12:00 pm (date changed to Dec. 18 due to expected weather)

Some very exciting news was delivered to Just Kids Dental …Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the office !!! Each family will receive a photo of their children with the Claus’ and a gift for stopping by. This year, Just Kids Dental will be raffling off an Above and Beyond Children’s Museum party including pizza and cupcakes for 10 guests! Bring a new, unwrapped gift to be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation for 3 raffle entries.You can also earn 1 raffle entry by donating to our ‘Cavity Free Club’-all monies collected will be donated to a local charity at the end of the year! We can’t wait to see you on the 17th!!!

Portraits with Santa at Roohrbach Flowers, Manitowoc

December 17, 12 – 1:00 pm

Bring your own camera to the decorated kiosk within the Greenhouse at Roohrbach Flowers. It’s fully decorated with poinsettias, providing the perfect setting for Christmas Card Photos – please bring your own camera. No reservations needed. Pets welcome. $5.00 a family.

Santa Skake 2016, Manitowoc

December 17, 3:00 – 5:30 pm

For elementary students up to 6th grade, parents & guardians at Rollaire Skate Center. Skate with Santa and help feed children in need! Each admission ticket will be entered for a chance to win one of 4 pair of skates. Each child will receive a goody bag of treats from Santa at the end of the session. Admission is $1.00 for students ages 4-12 (plus a non-perishable lunch box item) and $4.00 for adults.

Free Photos With Santa, Sherwood

December 17, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Come on out for our 4th annual Winter Solstice event at Wanick Choute Park!WIN LOCAL BUSINESS ITEMS: Bring a canned good or small monetary donation and you will be entered into a drawing to win prizes from Sherwood businesses! (All proceeds will benefit a local food pantry to help with the holiday season.) Other highlights include: free photos with Santa, local carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, large communal bonfire, and complimentary hot beverages for attendees!

Brunch With Santa at Camp Y-Koda, Sheboygan Falls

December 18, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Parents, do you need time to catch up on your holiday shopping? Send the kids to Camp Y-Koda to visit with Santa Claus and participate in holiday craft making, sledding and other winter activities. Santa Claus himself will be stopping by for a big pancake brunch with the children. Milk and fruit will also be provided. Children must be dropped off and picked up at camp.