The Best Places in Metro Detroit to Visit Santa
When is the best time to of day visit Santa?
Generally you'll avoid the crowds fist thing in the morning, but if you can't get up and out the door at the same time Santa is ready, you can reserve a spot for later in the day when lines will be longer at Somerset Collection. BONUS: Most babies are awake, alert and happy within the first hours after they wake up.
Have your photo op outfit ready!
If you have a special holiday outfit put it on just before you leave, and pack a back up just in case. Those blow out diapers always seem to happen when they have on a cute outfit.
TIP: pick up a coordinating pacifier just in case baby is fussy.
Pack your little ones favorite toy, and for older infants pack an exciting new toy or snacks to keep him happy and attentive.
There are no rules.
There are no steadfast rules for visiting santa. If your little one is crying and prefers you to hold her, take a family picture instead. Be flexible and have fun!
Santa Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Great Lakes Crossing
4500 Baldwin Rd
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
We're not huge fans of mall Santas, but due to the variety of activities for big kids, this spot is a favorite among families with older siblings. Plus, you don't have to enter the mall as the store has it's own private entrance. Long line? Grab a 'pass' to visit santa while you do some shopping or grab a bite to eat.
2800 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Not another mall santa!? This very popular Kris Kringle is one you simply can't pass up, families come back year after year for the luxurious and dazzling decor, and irresistible shopping. TIP: During the week, send a parent to the 'castle check in' at 8am to make a reservation for later in the day. Reservations are not available on Saturday and Sunday.
6500 E 14 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092
This low key father Christmas event is sure to be a hit, complete with comfortable furniture to nurse your newborn on while you wait. The man in red is available Saturday and Sunday though December.
Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124
Check out the jolly beaded guy at Metro Detroit's own Henry Ford Museum! Visiting during the holiday season is sure to make for a lovely tradition for years to come! BONUS: First time parents could easily make this a modified 'date night' with a newborn in tow!
Compuware World Headquarters
1 Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226
The Santa set up here is magical, and we've heard reports that there is RARELY a line to visit with the big guy! We're not sure how it's possible, but we think this Santa stop is a hidden gem you just can't miss!
BONUS: Make it a family fun or date night and explore downtown Detroit's enchanting Campus Martius Park!
We hope you enjoy making memories with your family this holiday season! If you visit one of these family favorites after checking out our list, be sure to tell us about your experience in the comments.
Is your favorite Santa spot missing from our list? Let us know in the comments!