Visiting Santa in NW Ohio and SE Michigan


Photo by Mike Arney on Unsplash

Franklin Park Mall – Toledo, OH

When: Now until Dec 24th
Photo Packages Available for Purchase

While you are out shopping, stop and visit Santa in his brand new Wishing Garden in the Macy’s wing! Stop on by or schedule with Santa Fast Pass, a convenient on-line service that enables customers to pre-pay for their photo package and select a convenient day and session.

Franklin Park Mall – Soothing Santa

When: December 3 and 10th from 8am – 10am
Free / Must Register / Photo Packages Available for Purchase

Santa understands there are some kids that may need extra patience and quiet during their time with him. Soothing Santa is partnered with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the cause, prevention, treatment and cure for autism, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Enjoy this soothing and sensory-friendly event for children with all spectrum of special needs and their families. This event is open early to allow families to experience the holidays and Santa tradition with comfort. Before or after your time with Santa, ride Franky the train with free, quiet rides and stop by The Disney Store, which will be opening early to allow guests to play with plush toys.

Bass Pro – Rossford, OH

When: Now until Dec 24th / View Time Schedule
Free / Bass Pass Required (Receive in store, quantities limited) / Free 4×6 Photo

Visit Bass Pro to shop, explore Santa’s Wonderland, and visit Jolly Old Saint Nick. This free Wonderland experience allows kids to enjoy crafts, games, and activities. All ages welcome! *To get a Bass Pass, visit the Bass Pass ticket depot in the store. Bass Passes provide a time slot to see Santa, allowing you to explore Santa’s Wonderland and shop while waiting. Once we are out of Bass Passes for that day, you will have to stop back another day to see Santa.

Levis Commons – Perrysburg, OH

When: Now – Dec 23 on select days / View Day & Time Schedule

Bring the whole family to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus (on special dates) at Levis Commons. Ride a horse and carriage, enjoy the beautiful Christmas tree, and stop by Santa House (Courtesy of Arhaus) to take free personal photos to share on Social Media #LifeAtLevis for a chance to win great Levis Commons prizes!

Cabela’s – Dundee, MI

When: Saturday Dec 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 11-1 and 2-3
Free / One complimentary picture for each family

Saturdays are a great day to visit Cabela’s and see Santa! Located in the Home and Cabin Department, visit Santa and receive one complimentary picture. Bring your personal camera for additional photos.

Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas

When: Now – Dec 31st / Sun – Thurs 3pm-8pm / Fri & Sat 3pm-9pm
Non-Member Adult $17 / Kids & Seniors $14
Members Free Unlimited Weekday Visits & 1 Free Weekend Visit

The area’s brightest holiday tradition is a must do for the season. Among the over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images, you will find Santa’s workshop. Visit Santa in his new location in Arctic Encounter and pose for a fun family photo. (Paid photo opportunity)

Fallen Timbers – Maumee, OH

When: Now – Dec 24th / View Day & Time Schedule
Reservations not required but let you skip the line and show possible discounts / Photo Packages Available for Purchase

Take a picture and share your holiday wish with the big guy at lake district across from Barnes & Noble. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

Breakfast with Santa (and Elsa) at Dave & Busters – Toledo, OH

When: Dec 9th 9am-11am
Tickets are required / $19.99 + tax and fees per person / 2 and under free

With the purchase of a ticket you will get a delicious breakfast buffet, $10 Power Card, unlimited video game play (view website for more details), a visit with Santa! Continue adding to the lasting memories with pictures and a performance by Laurel’s Princess Parties Elsa from Frozen.  More details on their Facebook Event Page.

Pet Pictures with Santa

Where: Fallen Timbers
: Dec 4 & 11th
Reservations not required / Photo Packages Available for Purchase. Santa will be located at lake district across from Barnes & Noble and may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

Where: Franklin Park Mall – Chico’s
: Dec 7th 12pm – 7pm
The Franklin Park Mall is partnering with Toledo Humane Society and Pet Supplies Plus to bring you and your pet some furry Holiday fun. Bring your pet inside Chico’s to meet Santa and capture this picture perfect moment. Pets are only permitted in the mall on this day and must be on a leash accompanied by their owner. Please enter through the mall entrance located behind Bar Louie.  Questions and to make your reservation please call Chicos at 419-472-8885.


Share with us your favorite place to see Santa in the Toledo area.

Written: Nov 30, 2017

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Katie Schroeder

Katie Schroeder

Katie is a content specialist for Danberry Realtors. The Home Sweet Toledo blog focuses on community guides + local events, as well as home inspiration + design trends. Enjoy!