This holiday season has arrived, and that means Santa is making a few early appearances in central Wisconsin! Check out where you can find Santa in the Stevens Point Area, with our guide to Santa Sightings for 2022. Read on to learn more about places to see Santa this season!


Stevens Point



Breakfast with Santa

Stop by for breakfast and enjoy a visit with Santa at the UWSP Dreyfus University Center building in the Laird room. This event will include meeting Santa, cookie decorating, and crafts. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door.

When: December 10, 10 am-12 pm
Where: 1015 Reserve Street, Stevens Point
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Central Wisconsin Children's Museum

Visit Santa in a different environment this season during the Sensitive Santa event at the Children's Museum. The event allows children with disabilities to come and visit Santa. There are no lines for Santa, children can play and then stop to visit. You'll have access to the whole museum and the event is free. You can also reserve times for ensured availability. 

When: December 2, 5-7 pm
Where: 1100 Main Street, Stevens Point
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Downtown Christmas

Enjoy the season with A Downtown Christmas, featuring holiday activities, crafts, indoor and outdoor markets, plus a visit with Santa and his reindeer! Santa will be available on the square from 1-4 pm. There will also be activities held throughout the day such as small tree planting at the library, free rock painting, ornament painting at the children's museum with paid admission, a winter farmer's market, and free hot cocoa!

When: December 10, 1-4 pm
Where: Downtown Square, Stevens Point
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NextHome Priority 

Join in on the fun at NextHome Priority and visit the big man in the red suit. Fun for the whole family, so mark your calendars and get in line!  The party will begin when Santa arrives at 5 pm and photos will be in an album on Facebook to download.

When: December 6, 5-7 pm
Where: 20 Park Ridge Drive, Stevens Point
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Little Charlotte's Rescue

Have your furry family member's portraits done with Santa at Little Charlotte's Rescue Puppy Poses event! Come to this dog-friendly holiday photo shoot where a professional photographer will take photos of Santa with your dog(s). Purchase "Fido's" prints on site for a small donation to Little Charlotte's Rescue. You may make an appointment, or walk in on the day of the event. Enjoy hot cocoa, coffee, and fundraiser bake sale snacks while you wait. It's a fun event for the whole family.

When: December 10, 10 am-4 pm
Where:  1443 Water Street, Suite 100, Stevens Point
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Arrow Academy

Come to meet Santa, get photos, and enjoy story time and a sing-along starting at 10 am with Arrow Academy's sensory-friendly Santa visit. No lines, no pressure, take the time your child needs to warm up to Santa. Families, siblings, and everyone are welcome for a Santa visit, and be sure to bring your camera!

When: December 11, 10-11:30 am
Where: 4500 Industrial Park Road, Stevens Point
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Park Ridge

Leave on your porchlights cause Santa is coming to Park Ridge! Santa will be visiting Park Ridge on December 14th, so make sure you register by December 7th to make his list of visits.

When: December 14, 6-8 pm
Where: Registered Addresses in the Village of Park Ridge
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Gepetto's Workshop

Bring your wishlist and letters to Santa this season at Gepetto's Workshop. Santa will be sitting in their window and his elves will be outside to assist with pictures and letter writing! 

When: December 3 & 17, 1-4 pm
Where: 1121 Main Street, Stevens Point
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K.B. Willett Ice Arena

Skate with Santa! Come to K.B. Willett Ice Arena to watch Kris Kringle jingle in skates. There is an admission fee and skate rentals will be available on-site. Make sure to hit up Santa for a free candy cane while you're there as well. 

When: December 18, 12-2 pm
Where: 1000 Minnesota Avenue, Stevens Point
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Tomorrow River Christmas Parade

Bundle up and head outdoors where there is plenty of room to spread out and find a spot to watch the Tomorrow River Christmas Parade. Some elves let us know that Santa will be making an appearance during the parade! 

When: December 2, 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: 357 Main Street - Washington Street, Amherst
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YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow

Come celebrate the holiday season at YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow. Take a picture with Santa (make sure to bring your own camera), create your own ornament, sing carols, and participate in the official tree lighting ceremony! Holiday cookies and hot chocolate will be on-site to enjoy. Note that registration is required. 

When: December 10,  6-8 pm
Where: 9289 Pavelski Road, Amherst Junction
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Enchanted Forest

Head out and see the Enchanted Forest, a Christmas light show at the Rosholt Fair Park. Leading up to Christmas, the fairground will have a lights display as well as special events changing each week. Looking to just visit Santa? He will be there on Saturdays from 6 to 8 pm. 

When: Santa visits on Saturdays from 6-8pm. Event held weekends in December, open 5 - 8 pm.
Where: Rosholt Fair Park
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Other Mothers

Grab the kids and head to see Santa at Other Mothers. Guests are asked to bring with them a non-perishable food item to help stock the shelves of a local food pantry. Complimentary photos will be provided by Randy Rusin Photography, which will be available for pick-up beginning December 15.

When: December 10, 2:30-4 pm
Where: 1917 Post Road, Plover
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Surrounding Communities




Rudolph's Country Christmas

Safely celebrate the holidays outdoors this year at the Rudolph Christmas Market. Enjoy your time outdoors with craft and food vendors, a pop-up bar, live music, a hot chocolate bar, and Santa visits! Then, don't miss the fireworks at 5:50 pm and the parade right after at 6 pm.

When: December 10, 2-6 pm
Where: Main Street in Rudolph
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Labor Temple Grand Hall

Join Santa at the Labor Temple Grand Hall for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausages, applesauce, and beverages. There will be many activities for kids such as face painting, Elf Shelf, and, of course, a visit with the big man himself. Admission for adults is $8, children 5-12 are $4, and 5 and under get in free.

When: December 3, 8 am-noon
Where: 318 S 3rd Avenue, Wausau
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Humane Society of Marathon County

Santa Paws has confirmed he will be in town for one day only this year and he wants to see your pets, whether they have been naughty or nice! Bring your pet, your family, your children or yourself and a $10.00 donation (cash or check) to get a color keepsake photo with Santa Paws! Enjoy some baked goods and hot apple cider while you're here, too!

When: December 3, 12-6 pm
Where: 7001 Packer Drive, Wausau
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Wausau Conservatory of Music

This year Santa Clause returns to delight children of all ages at this fun-filled event. Families can explore Santa’s workshop and create their own holiday crafts, play holiday games, enjoy snacks and refreshments, sing Christmas carols and enjoy performances by WCM students and guest performers.

When: December 11, 12:30-2 pm
Where: 404 Seymour Street, Wausau
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Holiday Parade Warming Party

Wausau is having a holiday parade, and Santa and Mrs. Claus are rumored to make an appearance. The floats will start at Marathon Park and continue through Wausau towards the 400 Block. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside the Warming Party to take photos before the parade starts. This will start at 5:30 pm and continue until 8:30 pm with a brief break at 7:30 to join their reindeer in the parade. 

When: December 2, 6:30 pm
Where: The parade starts at Marathon Park in Wausau, Santa at Great Hall
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Mosinee High School

Join Mosinee High School in their Christmas Craft, Small Business, & Vendor Show, Festival, and Parade. Santa will be making an appearance for photos as well as milk and cookies from 9-11 am on December 3rd. 

When: December 3, full event 9 am-6 pm, Santa visits are from 9-11 am. 
Where: 1000 High Street, Mosinee
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Sawmill Brewing Company

Hope you've been good this year because Santa's Coming to the Sawmill! Kids and adults can write a letter, or draw a picture for Santa and bring it in by Wednesday, December 14th. Our Brewery Elves will make sure Santa receives it. He'll bring handwritten responses when he comes to visit on Saturday, December 17th. Come by to get in the Christmas spirit - you can even get some holiday shopping done from our merch section while you're here.

When: December 17, 3-5 pm
Where: 1110 E 10th Street, Merrill
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Want more?

Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide, filled with Wisconsin-inspired gifts or read our guide to shopping local this season in the Stevens Point Area. Looking for more holiday inspiration? Check out perfect cozy spots for a family getaway and order a Visitors Guide to start planning for when the time is right. 

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