Santa Appearances in Southeast Michigan

Santa's on his way! Wondering, 'Where can I take my child to see Santa?' Here's where you'll find him in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Santa Appearances in Southeast Michigan

Santa Claus is coming to your town. He’s a busy guy, but Kris Kringle always makes time to visit the children of southeast Michigan. Check out Metro Parent’s roundup of the best places to catch Santa in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. You’ll find him in several spots, including southeast Michigan malls and downtowns and at the many holiday parades and festivals in the region. Be sure to ask about photo package costs, as those are usually an added expense.

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Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor

  • 2015 Santa hours: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 6-7, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 8-12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 13-14, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 5-19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 20-21, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23-25, closed Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27-29, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and 7-10; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11 and Dec. 14-17; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6; 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 18; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 21-23; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 20; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25 (Note: Santa generally takes a lunch and early-dinner break; check ahead for times)
  • Address: 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-769-9610

Parents can make an appointment online to avoid the lines. A $10 deposit, which will be applied toward your photo package, is required to reserve your appointment. If you book a reservation with Santa for a date prior to Nov. 27, you’ll receive a free multi-image CD with a $39.99 photo package purchase. Santa will visit with four-legged friends from 6:30 till 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 15 and 29. Caring Santa, geared toward guests with special needs and their families, will be available 8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 6. Also consider Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. Dec. 12.

Eastland Shopping Center in Harper Woods

  • 2015 Santa hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21-Dec. 24. Additional hours TBD.
  • Address: 1800 Vernier Road, Harper Woods
  • Phone: 313-371-1501

Santa takes his post to hear those holiday wishes through Christmas Eve.

Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn

  • 2015 Santa hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 7-Dec. 15; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16-23; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24. Santa will not be available on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Address: 18900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Phone: 800-992-9500

This Santa visit will be an experience to remember. Santa’s Ice Palace at the Fairlane Town Center features an ice dome with falling snow, a light show and displays. Visitors will receive a commemorative holiday cookie plate. You can also meet the Ice Princess and take photos on the Ice Throne on weekends.

Christmas Impossible at Genitti’s Hole in the Wall in Northville

  • 2015 Santa appearances, available after these play show times: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; noon Saturdays, Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 29.
  • Address: 108 E. Main St., Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-0522
  • Cost: $17/kids, $20/adults

Enjoy lunch, watch a holiday-themed play and then enjoy a question and answer session with the cast. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras as Santa will make a special appearance!

Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak

  • 2015 Santa hours: 8-10 a.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19
  • Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-541-5717, ext. 9
  • Cost: $30/ages 15-plus, $25/ages 14 and under; this cost includes zoo admission and parking (less for members)

At this zoo tradition, eat a buffet-style breakfast with Santa Claus and a few of his animal friends in the zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. Photos with Santa are available for purchase. This is a popular event, so be sure to reserve your seat now!

Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn

  • 2015 Santa hours: Museum is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; weekend days are busiest.
  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: Free with museum admission: $20/adults, $15/ages 5-12, free/under age 4; $5/vehicle parking

It’s a chance to see a great museum and meet with Kris Kringle! After, write a letter or thank-you note to him and have it mailed to the North Pole in a special Lego mailbox. Be sure to admire the incredible Christmas tree and other holiday displays.

Heritage Holidays at Wolcott Mill Historic Center in Ray Township

  • 2015 Santa hours: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19
  • Address: Wolcott Mill Metropark, 64162 Kunstman Road, Ray Township
  • Phone: 586-749-5997
  • Cost: $5/person, $7/park vehicle entry fee

Enjoy a visit with Santa in the mill, make some holiday crafts and take a trip into the past while admiring some historic holiday displays with scenes from the 1840s-1960s. Enjoy a cup of hot mulled cider or hot chocolate and hang out by the bonfire, too.

Holiday Ice Festival in Downtown Ferndale

  • 2015 Santa hours: TBD; call for details (event on Saturday, Dec. 12)
  • Address: Schiffer Park, West Nine Mile Road and Planavon Street, Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-546-1632

Santa makes a special appearance at Ferndale’s one-day Holiday Ice Festival. Get a free photo with Mr. Claus; then check out the rest of the festival, including ice sculptures, sleigh rides, live reindeer and holiday music.

Holiday Lighted Parade in Downtown Northville

  • 2015 Santa hours: parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20
  • Address: Downtown Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-7640

Bring the whole family for a night of dazzling lights and parade floats at this year’s lighted parade; Santa will be sticking around immediately after the parade for those who want to say hello and have their wishes heard.

Holiday Magic Parade in Downtown Royal Oak

  • 2015 Santa hours: 3-5 p.m. Nov. 23
  • Address: Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatere, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3280

The Holiday Magic Parade delights all of downtown Royal Oak at 2 p.m. After Santa has made his way through the parade, he visits with his fans.

Kerrytown Market & Shops in Ann Arbor

  • 2015 Santa hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19
  • Address: Kerrytown Market & Shops, 407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-662-5008

Come visit Santa at Kerrytown. Susan K., creator of Humans of Ann Arbor Project, will take photos or you are welcome to bring your own camera. Come back the following week for your free print.

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Kris Kringle Market in Downtown Rochester

  • 2015 Santa hours: 4-10 p.m. Dec. 4, noon-10 p.m. Dec. 5
  • Address: West Fourth Street between Walnut and Main streets, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0060

Inspired by the open-air holiday markets of Europe, the Kris Kringle Market is a great opportunity to shop for special gifts, enjoy fresh foods and hot drinks and of course for a visit and photo with Mr. Claus.

Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights

  • 2015 Santa hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays Nov. 7-Dec. 10; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday Dec. 11-23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 20; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24
  • Address: 14000 Lakeside Circle, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-247-1590

Come out to visit Santa when he arrives at Lakeside Mall this holiday season! Parents who reserve a time online get a discount on photos.

Laurel Park Place in Livonia

  • 2015 Santa hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (breaks 1:30-2 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.), noon-6 p.m. Sundays (breaks 2:30-3 p.m.); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24
  • Address: 37700 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-462-1100

Enjoy the many shops and eateries after your visit with Mr. Claus. Find him conveniently located in the food court, and be sure to take advantage of a variety of photo packages. Pet photos with Santa available 6-9 p.m. Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Dec. 4 and 14.

Maybury Farm in Northville

  • 2015 Santa hours: noon-3 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 (Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Address: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville
  • Cost: A donation to help feed the animals of Maybury Farm during the winter months
  • Phone: 248-374-0200

Bring your camera for a photo with Santa and his sleigh as Maybury Farm welcomes St. Nick with a warm fire at its welcome center. Parents can enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while they visit the gift shop full of jellies, jams, honey (from the farm) and other Michigan-made holiday gifts.

Oakland Mall in Troy

  • 2015 Santa hours: Nov. 7-Dec. 17: noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays (breaks 3-4 p.m.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (breaks noon-12:45 p.m. and 3:45-4:30 p.m.), noon-6 p.m. Sundays (breaks 2:30-3:15 p.m.); Dec. 18-23: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Sundays (breaks noon-12:45 p.m. and 3:45-4:30 p.m.); Dec. 24: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (breaks 1-1:45 p.m.); closed Thanksgiving, Nov. 26; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 (break 1-1:45 p.m.)
  • Address: 412 W. 14 Mile Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-585-6000

Santa meets kids at Oakland Mall throughout the holiday season on the lower level near JCPenney. A variety of photo packages are available.

Olde World Canterbury Village

  • 2015 Santa hours: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, 13 and 20
  • Cost: $15.95/adults, $10.95/kids under 11, free/2 and under. $25 deposit reserves your spot (applied toward bill)
  • Address: 2369 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion
  • Phone: 248-391-5700

Explore the brightly-decorated village before your Breakfast with Santa at King’s Court Castle. Kris Kringle will walk around and interact with the children. Bring your own camera to take pictures. Then stop by Aldridge’s Always Christmas, which offers a large selection of holiday decorations and collectibles from around the world.

Orchard Mall in West Bloomfield

  • 2015 Santa hours: 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 5
  • Address: 6445 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-855-3330

Your child will want to check out Toyology in the mall before heading off to have breakfast with Santa at this West Bloomfield shopping hub.

Santa Visits BLAC Detroit

  • 2015 Santa hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
  • Address: BLAC Detroit/Metro Parent Office, 22041 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-398-3400

Kids of color will get the opportunity to see a Santa that looks just like them. Bring your child to the BLAC Detroit/Metro Parent office for a free photo opportunity with the man in red. Kids can chat with Santa and tell him all about their holiday wishes.

Santa’s House in Downtown Plymouth

  • 2015 Santa hours: Opens Nov. 27; Continuing dates and times TBD
  • Address: Santa’s House in Kellogg Park, South Main Street and West Ann Arbor Trail, downtown Plymouth
  • Phone: 734-453-1540

Santa steps into his special seasonal house to hear good boys’ and girls’ wish lists. Sponsored by Hines Park Lincoln and the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce.

Santa’s Magic Forest in Taylor

  • 2015 Santa hours: 5-8 p.m. Fridays, 1-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-7 p.m. Sundays Nov. 28-Dec. 22 (except during Reindeer Days at the Heritage Park Petting Farm: noon-8 p.m. Dec. 12 and noon-7 p.m. Dec. 13)
  • Address: Heritage Park Activities Building, 12111 Pardee Road, Taylor
  • Phone: 313-571-0413
  • Cost: $3/general (cash only), free/under 3; $8/photos with Santa

Here you’ll find hundreds of animated characters, 23 magic forest scenes and more. Proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry.

The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township

  • 2015 Santa hours: 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8
  • Address: Nordstrom, 17310 Hall Road, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-226-0330

Swing by to visit the jolly guy and share those holiday wish lists.

The Somerset Collection in Troy

  • 2015 Santa hours: 8 a.m.-close daily Nov. 14-Dec. 24
  • Address: 2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-643-6360

Come welcome Santa at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14. He will be there daily till Christmas as part of a truly grand display complete with his icy castle. (Note: Call the mall for closing times; may vary as the holiday draws near.)

The Village in Downtown Grosse Pointe

  • 2015 Santa hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19
  • Address: Kercheval Avenue between St. Clair and Neff streets, Grosse Pointe (across from the CVS)
  • Phone: 313-886-7474

Santa is here to hear wishes four Saturdays in a row in “Santa’s Workshop.” Bring a camera to capture the moment. You can make holiday cards for children at St. John Hospital, too.

The Village of Rochester Hills

  • 2015 Santa hours: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 21-22, 27 and 29, Dec. 6 and 13; 1-6 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 20; 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11; 3-8 p.m. Dec. 18; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 22-23; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24
  • Address: northeast corner of Walton and Adams roads, Rochester Hills
  • Phone: 248-375-9451

Santa will make his Village of Rochester debut at the annual Village Tree Lighting from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, where over 850,000 lights help families celebrate the holiday season. Kris Kringle then makes additional appearances throughout the season. Free visit; take your own photos.

Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi

  • 2015 Santa hours: all mall hours (see holiday mall hours) with breaks 12:30-1 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-1:30 p.m. Sundays; exceptions: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 27 (breaks 12:30-1 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 24 (breaks noon-12:30 p.m.) (entire visit runs Nov. 6-Dec. 24)
  • Address: 27500 Novi Road, Novi
  • Phone: 248-348-9438

You and your kids will be amazed at the Ice Palace at Twelve Oaks Mall featuring graphics of the entire Peanuts gang enjoying a snow day. There is a 30-foot globe with falling snow, a light show and activities for the whole family.

Waterford Tree Lighting

  • 2015 Santa hours: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1
  • Address: Waterford Township Hall, 5200 Civic Center Drive, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-674-5441

Singalong carols, craft-making and roasting s’mores are all part of this fun and free event in Waterford. Of course you’ll want to make sure to visit with St. Nick! Food concessions available for purchase.

Westland Shopping Center

  • 2015 Santa hours: one hour after the mall is scheduled to open and one hour before the mall is scheduled to close (see holiday mall hours), Nov. 14-Dec. 24
  • Address: 35000 W. Warren Road, Westland
  • Phone: 734-425-5001

Don’t miss this special appearance from a man all the way from the North Pole. Loads of photo package options available for purchase.

Winter Fantasyland, Lincoln Park

  • 2015 Santa hours: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 28; 4-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 29-Dec. 24 (Note: Dec. 24 hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Address: Lincoln Park Bandshell, 3240 Ferris Ave., Lincoln Park
  • Phone: 313-381-2833
  • Cost: $1/admission, $3/digital photo, $5/two photos (free photos if you bring your own camera)

Lincoln Park’s annual Winter Fantasyland gives kids a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, plus enjoy more seasonal fun.

This post has been updated for 2015 by Jessica Schrader

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Comments
  • There’s a Black Santa at the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown on Saturday, December 5 in the evening during Noel Night activities between 5 and 9 p.m.

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  • Dakota B.

    Santa, Lunch and Laser Tag

    When: 12/13/15
    Where: Paradise Park in Novi
    45799 Grand River Ave
    Novi Mi 48374

    Hourly reservations, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm.

    2 Slices of Homemade pizza,
    1 game of Laser Tag with Santa,
    Beverage
    Coloring Contest
    Only $9.95 per person.

    Call 248-735-1050 to make a reservation

    *Affordable Picture Opportunities Available

    Reply
  • Thanks so much for all the Santa locations and other fun things to do for our Grandsons! It’s greatly appreciated!

    Reply

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