Santa Claus Visits and Photos – Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan 2013
Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan Santa Claus visits and places to go for photos and pics. Breakfasts with Santa, Santa shopping mall appearances and other special events where kids can meet Santa Claus and give him their Christmas lists!
You can find more Santa Claus arrivals and things to do in Metro Detroit and Oakland County, Michigan during the holiday season on our 2013 Holiday Events Page for Oakland County and Metro Detroit, MI.
Auburn Hills, Michigan Santa Claus Visits: Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
November 9, 2013 through December 24, 2013 (hours vary)
Bass Pro Shops (Great Lakes Crossing Phone: 248-209-4200)
Bass Pro hosts Santa Claus (and tons of free Christmas fun for kids at Bass Pro) daily through Christmas Eve. You can even get a free photo with Santa while enjoying the free fun! Click here for info and times for Santa’s daily appearances.
Auburn Hills, MI Santa Claus: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10a-noon
Pump It Up Auburn Hills (1720 Opdyke Court Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326 Phone: 248-375-1100)
Breakfast and bounce with Santa at Pump it Up. Cost is $12 per child. Call Pump it Up to reserve your spots for Breakfast with Santa. Bring your camera for Santa Photos. Space is limited! Call to reserve.
Auburn Hills, MI Santa Claus: Parents Night Out Jump N Art with Santa
Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6:15p-10p
Pump It Up Auburn Hills (1720 Opdyke Court Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326 Phone: 248-375-1100)
Pizza and bounce with Santa at Pump it Up. Drop the kids off at Pump It UP for a night out and let the kids enjoy bouncing, crafts & pizza with Santa. Cost is $25 per child. Call Pump it Up to reserve your spots for Pizza with Santa. Bring your camera for Santa Photos.
Auburn Hills, MI Santa Claus: Santa Claus at The Ice Palace at Great Lakes Crossing Outlests
November 7, 2013 through December 24, 2013
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI) District 7 of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Santa Claus is available for photos during all mall hours at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets hours with half hour breaks Mon-Sat at (12:30p and 5p). Santa photos on Christmas Eve will take place from 9a-3p with a Santa break at noon. Professional photo packages are available. Each photo package includes a promotional certificate for a FREE 8 x 11 Photo Book. Santa photo package costs vary.
Birmingham, Michigan Santa Claus Visits: Birmingham Santa House
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 through Saturday, December 21, 2013 (various dates)
Near Santa House (corner of Henrietta and Merrill, Birmingham, Michigan)
Enjoy the 2013 Christmas season with an old-fashioned carriage rides and visits with Santa Claus. Click here for hours and times.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Cookies with Santa
Saturday, December 7, from noon-3p
Cranbrook House and Gardens (380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills, MI)
A right jolly old elf will soon be dashing into Cranbrook Ho Ho House. Festivities of the day include: Kids can share their Christmas list with Santa, Christmas caroling, Christmas picture coloring for Santa, Free cookies! Families are encouraged to bring their own camera as professional photography is not provided. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m., tickets are $10 per child, adults are free (space is limited, only two adults allowed per child). Reservations must be made by December 2, 2013. Please call the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary office to reserve tickets at 248 645.3149.
Clawson, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Lunch with Santa
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11a
Hunter Community Center (509 Fisher Court, Clawson, MI)
Ho ho ho! The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) will once again host this festive event. Tickets may be purchased at Hunter Community Center and include lunch, a visit with Santa and a small gift! Pictures are also available at an additional fee. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out! (248) 589-0334 for details. Cost is $6 per person.
Davisburg, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Holiday Lunch With Santa
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 11a-1p
Hart Community Center ()
Children will receive a gift from Santa to go with their pictures and visits. Lunch starts at 12. Children must be accompanied by adult. Register by December 12. Adults registration is $5, children registration is $10 per child residents and $12 for non-residents. Call 248-846-6558 to register.
Farmington, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa Claus Comes to Holly Days in Farmington
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from noon-4p
Farmington’s North Pole (Sundquist Pavilion 33113 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI)
Make a lifetime memory with a FREE family photo with Santa. Come get your family photo and talk to Santa. Free Santa Photos is part of Downtown Farmington’s Holly Days celebration.
Farmington Hills, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Story and Cookies with Santa
Friday, December 6, 2013 from 6:30p-8p
Longacre House (24705 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan)
Enjoy Santa’s favorite snack of milk and cookies by the fire while Santa reads a holiday story. Each child will receive an individual visit with Santa. Don’t forget your camera for pics! Call 248-473-1800. Registration deadline is November 29. Fee is $13 or $8 for FH residents.
Ferndale, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9:30a-11:30a
Kulick Center (1201 Livernois, Ferndale, Michigan 48220)
Each child will receive breakfast, treat bag and picture with Santa. Please register by calling (248) 544-6767.
Huntington Woods, MI Santa Claus Visit: Jingle Bells and Elves
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 10:30a-11:30a
Huntington Woods Rec Center (26325 Scotia, Huntington Woods, MI Phone 248-541-3030)
Snacks, crafts, activities and storytime stations to rotate through at your leisure. Of course you will have time to visit with the big man himself! Don’t forget your camera. Pre-registration required by December 6. Cost: $14/parent & child. Contact 248-541-3030.
Lake Orion / Orion Township, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Cookies with Claus
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 2p-4p
Orion Center (1335 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI)
Santa Claus is coming to the Orion Center!! The big guy in red will be available for pictures with your child, make a holiday craft and of course share his favorite snack, cookies! Don’t forget to watch the mail for Santa’s special letter the week before Christmas. Parents are not required to register. Children who are participating must be registered. Call 248.391.0304 Ext 305 to register.
Madison Heights, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Dinner with Santa
Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6p-7:30p
Madison Heights Senior Center (29448 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071)
Enjoy a dinner, along with some festive activities and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture this time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 11th. Call 248-589-2294.
Milford, MI Santa Claus: Christmas Open House
Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5:45p-9p
Enjoy the winter wonderland with strolling entertainment, special promotions at a variety of shops and restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday caroling and of course, a visit with Santa. Bring your kids and your cameras for a photo with Santa Claus. Santa arrives at 6p.
Milford, MI Santa Claus: Snacks with Santa
Saturday, December 7 at 10:30a, noon, and 2p
Kensington Metropark (2240 W. Buno Road, Milford, MI 48380)
Visit with Santa, have a snack, take a hayride or sleigh ride, visit with Santa and sing holiday songs. Admission is by advance ticket purchase only. Bring your camera! Call 1-800-477-3178 or 248-685-1561 for more info & to purchase tickets.
Northville, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa’s Pajama Party
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 6:30p-8p
Northville Community Center (303 West Main Street in downtown Northville)
Songs, holiday crafts, sweet treats while Santa reads stories to the kids. Ages 2 & under are free with paying adult. Cost is $10 per person. Call 248-349-0203.
Northville, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Pictures with Santa
December 1st from 10:30a-noon
Thayer’s Corner Nature Center (8250 Napier, Northville, MI)
Just in time for Christmas, have a photo taken of you, your children, or your family with Santa in a historic sleigh, in a historic barn at Thayer’s Corner Nature Area. $3 for to people or $5 for the family. Payments accepted at the event.
Northville, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa Comes To Tiny Town
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 5p-79
Tiny Town Play Lounge (15444 Haggerty, Northville, MI 48170, 734-667-4965)
Bring your own camera for a visit with Santa at Tiny Town! Decorate cookies, work on a make & take craft and enjoy open play for just $10. Call 248-667-4965 to reserve your spot.
Northville, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa Visits Maybury Farm
December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2013 from noon-3p
Maybury Farm (50165 Eight Mile, Northville Township, MI 48167)
Visit Santa Claus on his sleigh at the Welcome Center of Maybury Farm in Northville. Mom and Dad can enjoy some cider and donuts while visiting our gift shop! Admission – a smile and a donation for winter food for our animals!
Northville, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa in Town Square
Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4p until Christmas
Northville Town Square
Come out and visit Santa in his house in Town Square! He will be there each weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from noon-4:00pm, until Christmas.
Novi, MI Santa Claus: Santa Claus at The Ice Palace at Twelve Oaks Mall
November 7, 2013 through December 23, 2013
Twelve Oaks Mall (27500 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377)
Santa Claus is available for photos during all Twelve Oaks Mall hours with half hour breaks Mon-Sat at (12:30p and 5:30p). Professional photo packages are available. Each photo package includes a promotional certificate for a FREE 8 x 11 Photo Book. Santa photo package costs vary.
Novi, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa Claus at Christmas Wonderfest
Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8, 2013 (various hours)
Suburban Collection Showplace (46100 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374)
Sit on Santa’s lap for pics and photos at this year’s Christmas Wonderfest. Click here for details and Santa’s schedule for visits and pictures.
Novi, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Skate with Santa
Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 3p-4:50p
Novi Ice Arena (42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi, MI)
Skate with Santa includes raffles and games for $4 for Novi residents and $5 for non residents. Skate rental available for $3. Call 248-347-1010 for details.
Oxford, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Drive-Thru Santa
Friday, December 20, 2013 from 5:30p-8p
Stony Lake Township Park (1397 Lapeer Road, Oxford, MI)
Visit Santa Claus from the comfort of your own car. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and have your Christmas list and camera ready for pics with Santa Claus.
Rochester, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Meadow Brook Hall Breakfast with Santa and Supper with Santa
December 8 and 15 (Breakfast) from 10a-noon, December 8 (Supper) from 5p-7p
Meadow Brook Hall (480 South Adams Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401)
$25 for chldren 12 and under/$30 for adults. Call 248-364-6263 for more info. Breakfast and Supper with Santa are part of the Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk. Click here for more info on Meadow Brook Holiday Walk tours of the mansion during the Christmas and Holiday Season.
Rochester, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Brunch with Santa
December 14, 2013 from 10a-noon
Rochester Community House (West of Main and East of University Dr, Rochester, MI)
Come join Santa for Breakfast and take pics of Santa. Tickets available at the Rochester Community House. Call 248-651-0622 for tickets and cost info.
Rochester, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Story Time with Santa
December 15, 2013 at 11a
Dinosaur Nature Preserve (333 North Hill Circle, Rochester, MI)
Story Time with Santa includes a holiday story, nature crafts and activities, a snowman hunt along the nature trail, a cinnamon bear teaparty in the Little House and, of course, the visit with Santa and his reindeer for pics and photos. Children should dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Click here for cost and registration info.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9a-4p
Rochester Hills, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Santa Claus visits Van Hoosen Farms
Van Hoosen Farms (1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48306)
Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Museum to meet with the children of our community. A wagon ride takes you from the Dairy Barn to the Van Hoosen Farmhouse and delicious fresh-baked cookies await you. Don’t forget your camera! Cost is $7. Register by calling 248-656-4663.
Rochester Hills, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Village of Rochester Hills Santa Claus Photos
November 23, 2013 through Christmas Eve
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams and Walton, Rochester Hills, MI)
Santa and his helper are available in a beautiful setting at the Village of Rochester Hills. Kids can meet Santa, sit on his lap and discuss their Christmas wish. Bring your own camera as photography packages are not available. Santa visits at the Village of Rochester Hills are always free! Santa Visits at the Village Dates and Times: 11/23 Noon – 5pm, 11/24 Noon – 5pm, 11/29 10am – 5pm (Black Friday) Center opens at 8am *Free coffee and hot cocoa with Salvation Army – bell ringers onsite, 11/30 Noon – 5pm, 12/1 Noon – 5pm, 12/7 Noon – 5pm, 12/8 Noon – 5pm, 12/14 Noon – 5pm, 12/15 Noon – 5pm, 12/20 12 – 7pm, 12/21 11am – 7pm, 12/22 11am – 6pm, 12/23 11am – 7pm, 12/24 11am – 5pm.
Rochester Hills, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: GTC (Gymnastics Training Center) Dancing with Santa and Parents Night Out
December 14, 2013 at 6p
GTC Gymnastics Training Center (1813 Northfield Dr, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3822, phone 248-852-7950)
Santa, DJ, dancing, Karaoke, crafts and bouncehouse fun! Bring your favorite pillow and blanket and enjoy pizza and a movie too! This is not a gymnastics event. Participants will not be able to go on the gymnastic equipment. Guest should wear casual clothes that they can dance and have fun in. All visitors will need to remove their shoes while in the gym. Must be at least 4 years to stay the entire night. Cost is $15 for 6p-8p only, $25 for the entire night. Call GTC to register.
Rochester, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Skate with Santa
Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 1:15-3:05p & Sunday December 22, 2014 from 2:15-4:05
Onyx – Rochester Ice Arena (52999 Dequindre Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307)
Admission is $5.00 and Skate Rental $3.00.
Royal Oak, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Breakfast with Santa at the Detroit Zoo
Saturday December 7, 14, and 21 from 8a-10a
Detroit Zoo (8450 W. 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067)
Join Old St. Nick as he takes a breather from his busy holiday schedule to enjoy a delicious buffet-style waffle breakfast at the Detroit Zoo. The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held in the Zoo’s Wildlife Interpretive Gallery on three consecutive Saturdays, December 1, 8 and 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Seating is limited and advance reservations are necessary. Call (248) 541-5717 and press 9 for ticket information. Bring your camera!
Royal Oak, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Skate With Santa
Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 3:15-4:05
John Lindell – Royal Oak Ice Arena (1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, MI 48073, Phone: (248) 246-3950)
Admission is $4.00, Skate Rental only $2.00, 1/2 off admission if you wear something RED!
Southfield, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Story Time with Santa
Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6p-8p
Southfield Civic Center Parks & Rec Building (26000 Evergreen Rd Rm 115, Southfield, MI, 48034)
Includes picture with Santa, hand-crafted ornament (made by you), hot chocolate, cookies and a special treat. Cost is $5. Parents are free. Additional pics with Santa only $2. For tickets & info, please call 248-746-7658 or 248-796-4620.
Troy, MI Santa Claus Visits: Santa Claus Photos at Oakland Mall
November 2, 2013 through December 24, 2013 (Call for hours and break times)
Oakland Mall (412 W. 14 Mile Road, Troy, MI 48083 Phone: 248-585-6000)
Daily visits with Santa Claus are FREE at Oakland Mall. Professional photo options are available for purchase with different photo package options. Call Oakland Mall for Santa break times and prices for professional photo packages.
Troy, MI Santa Claus: Santa Claus at Somerset Collection Mall
Saturday, November 16, 2013 10a arrival through December 24th beginning at 8a daily
Somerset Collection (2800 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084)
Visit Santa’s Castle check-in to receive a Santa pass for the next available visiting time. Call for break times and cost for photo packages. Call 248-643-6360.
Troy, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: “Deer Santa”
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 1p-3p
Troy Nature Center (6685 Coolidge Hwy., Troy, MI 48098)
Santa will be telling a few tales about his reindeer and their life together at the North Pole. All children will receive a small gift from Santa and have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with him and Mrs. Claus. Parents and grandparents are welcome to bring their own cameras and take pictures of their little ones with Santa. Children will make a “deer” craft of their own, enjoy a snack and head outside to hike on our special “Reindeer Trail” as they learn about the deer that live in Troy. Please dress for the weather. Each child participating must be registered. Parents and/or grandparents are free to attend and must remain with their children. Cost is $17 at the door. To register, call TNS at (248) 688-9703.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 1p-2:30p
Waterford, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Bowl With Santa
Century Bowl (7345 Highland Rd, Waterford, MI)
Includes 1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, 2 slices of pizza and soft drink and a treat from Santa. Bring your camera! Cost is $8.95.
White Lake, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: A Visit with Santa
December 7, 2013 from 10a-noon
White Lake Public Library (7527 E. Highland Road, White Lake, Michigan 48383)
Remember to bring your camera and get some great Santa Claus pictures. Space is limited and registration for one of the following times: 10a-10:30a, 10:30a-11a, 11a-11:30a, 11:30a-noon. 248-698-4942 for details. White Lake residents may register the first week of registration. Non-residents may then register as space allows. Call 248-698-4942 ext 3.
Wixom, Michigan Santa Claus Visit: Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10a-noon
Pump It Up Wixom (28373 Beck Rd.Unit H Wixom, Michigan 48393, 248-912-1090)
Ho! Ho! Ho! Hop to a place featuring a new kind of Christmas cheer. Let us all celebrate the holiday season with inflatable great fun! Festive food and belly-warming beverages will be available! Cost is $12. Call now to reserve your spot! Bring your cameras!
Wolverine Lake, Michigan Santa Claus: Snacks with Santa
Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 1p-3p
Richardson Center: (1485 Oakley Park Road, Wolverine Lake, MI)
Bring your camera for pics and photos of Santa Claus. Includes snacks and a craft. Children are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Adults are $2 in advance or $3 at the door. Pay in advance at Village Hall (425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake, MI) or online at www.wolverinelake.com. call #248-624-1710 for more information.
STAY TUNED! MORE OAKLAND COUNTY AND METRO DETROIT SANTA CLAUS PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES ARE BEING ADDED DAILY.
If your child is too shy about a visit with St. Nick, they can always drop off a letter to Santa Claus at any of these Santa Claus Mailbox locations.
This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.