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 2023. Read on to learn more about places to see Santa this season!


Stevens Point


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 8, 4:30-7:30 pm
Where: 1100 Main Street, Stevens Point
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Downtown Christmas

Enjoy the season with A Downtown Christmas, featuring holiday activities, hot chocolate, plus a visit with Santa and his reindeer!  

When: December 9, 1-4 pm
Where: Downtown Square, Stevens Point
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NextHome Priority 

Join in on the fun at the NextHome Priority event 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 7, 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 2, 10 am-3 pm
Where:  1443 Water Street, Suite 100, 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 12th, so make sure you register by December 5th to make his list of visits.

When: December 12, 6-8 pm
Where: Registered Addresses in the Village of Park Ridge
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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 17, 12-1:45 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 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: 357 Main Street - Washington Street, Amherst
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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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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 Smores bar, and Santa visits! Then, don't miss the fireworks at 5:50 pm and the parade right after at 6 pm.

When: December 9, 2-6 pm
Where: Main Street in Rudolph
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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 2, 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 10, 12:oo-3 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 5:00 pm and continue until 8:00 pm.

When: December 2, 5-8 pm
Where: The parade starts at Marathon Park in Wausau, Santa at City Square Office Center
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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 2nd. 

When: December 2, full event 9 am-3 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, November 29th. Our Brewery Elves will make sure Santa receives it. He'll bring handwritten responses when he comes to visit on Saturday, December 9th. 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 9, 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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