Santa sightings in Kansas City during the holidays

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Christmas party at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee , Photo Credit: Courtesy: USAF

Santa Claus Express
Take a train ride with Santa Claus on “The Santa Claus Express!” See Santa in his own special decorated (built in 1898) passenger car, take pictures of your kids with Santa! Enjoy Hot Cocoa and a fresh baked sugar cookie for each passenger!!!
Ride with Santa Claus on the Midland Railway’s “Santa Claus Express”!! Ride to Norwood and back and see Santa Claus on the train in his own specially decorated 1898 passenger car! Each passenger gets hot cocoa and a homemade sugar cookie during the trip. Listen to Christmas music and enjoy the reading of favorite Christmas stories by our local story teller! What a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit!! Passenger Fares: Adults $18 and Children $12. December 6-14th. Visit midlandtrailway.org for details.

Visits with the Fairy Princess & Santa Claus
Zona Rosa, 8749 North Dixson Avenue (Across from Dillard’s)
Fairy Princess (November 22-December 4)
Drawing from longtime local traditions, Zona Rosa will once again feature the Fairy Princess in her winter wonderland! The Fairy Princess first appeared in Kansas City, Mo. in 1935 in the toy department at Kline’s Department Store during the holidays, and now she returns each year to her retail stardom at Zona Rosa. The Fairy Princess arrives at Zona Rosa on Saturday, Nov. 22 as part of the holiday lighting ceremony. She will greet children everyday at Zona Rosa through Dec. 4.

Santa Claus at Zona Rosa
Come and visit the jolly ole elf himself! Sitting in his traditional storybook scene at Zona Rosa, Santa Claus will listen to children’s Christmas wishes every day starting Dec. 6 through December 24th.
A variety of photo packages are available for purchase for both the princess and Santa. Personal cameras may not be used unless in conjunction with a professional photo purchase.

2014 Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Santa and Mrs. Claus Are Coming to Powell Gardens
9 a.m.-noon December 13 and 20
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a morning of fun at Powell Gardens. Festivities include a pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes, storytelling in front of a glowing fireplace and make-and-take crafts.
Breakfast with Santa takes place two days only: Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20. Each day, there will be three breakfast seatings: 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Purchase tickets by visiting http://www.powellgardens.org/Santa or by calling Linda at 816-697-2600 x209.

A limited number of seats are available for each breakfast. Member tickets are $8/adults, $7/kids ages 5-12 and $5/kids 4 and younger. Non-member tickets are $13/adults, $9/kids ages 5-12 and $7/kids 4 and younger.

Santa Trains
Belton Grandview and Kansas City Railroad Co.
502 E. Walnut St.
Belton, MO 64012
Saturday, November 29th & December 6th
Winter Train ride with Santa
Hot Chocolate and a cookie after
More information at beltonrailroad.org
Tickets: $15.00

Free Santa Photos
Cabela’s
Independence or Olathe stores
Saturday & Sunday, December 6th-7th & 13th-14th 10:00am – 4:00pm
Come get your FREE Santa photos for the holiday season. All families are welcomed to take their own pictures with Santa with a safari setting background. This event will be held within our African Diorama.

Breakfast at the North Pole
White Building, Jo Co Fair Building, Gardner, KS
Dec 13, 2014 8:00 AM
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Spend a morning with your family at the North Pole! Parents and children will enjoy All You Can Eat Pancakes, Sausage Links and Juice from Chris Cakes. Kid’s can make a craft and professional pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for purchase. Don’t miss out on this memorable event. Tickets will be pre-sold for $5 at City Hall up until 5:00 p.m. on December 12th and at the door the day of for $6. Children under 1 year will not be charged.
Cost: $5 per person at City Hall or $6 per person at the door

Missouri Town 1855 – A Christmas Celebration
Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park, Blue Springs, MO
Dec 13, 2014 9:00 AM
The Christmas customs of English, German and French settlers are brought to life in this historic antebellum community. The smell of wood burning fireplaces, period music and authentic decorations, make this a “must attend” holiday experience. A special visit and candy treat from “Belsnickle” will thrill children of all ages.
Cost: Adults $5.00; Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00, Under 5 free

Whoville Holidays
Calling Whos of all ages!! Celebrate the season with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. You’re invited to their Whoville home to enjoy Whoville Holiday hospitality! Also, bring in three or more non-perishable canned goods for the “Help a Who” promotion benefiting Harvesters or a new, unwrapped children’s gift benefiting the Salvation Army.
Bring your camera: the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will be present for photos between 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Noon-1:00 p.m.
North end of the City Market Saturdays Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, and 20.
Cost: FREE
The City Market
20 E. 5th Street
Kansas City , MO 64106

Legends Outlets FREE Holiday Movies
Dec 06, 2014 – Dec 20, 2014 10:00 AM
The FREE Holiday Movies are offered each Saturday in December at 10:00 am. Doors open at 9:30 am and seating is available on a first come first served basis.
•Saturday, Dec. 6, 10am: The Polar Express
•Saturday, Dec. 13, 10am: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
•Saturday, Dec. 20, 10am: The Santa Clause
Legends Outlets
1843 Village West Pkwy
Kansas City, KS

Kansas City Parks’ Santa’s Wonderlands
December 12-14
Join family and friends at one of three local parks for a festive celebration of the holiday season! Events include live music, entertainment, light displays, and a visit from Santa Claus. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:
•December 12, 6-8 p.m.: Gillham Park
•December 13, 4-6 p.m.: Penguin Park
•December 14, 4-6 p.m.: Longview Tract

A Visit from St Nicholas at Shoal Creek Living History Museum (December 6 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Enjoy a visit with St Nicholas in the Thornton Mansion after taking a walking tour through the museum’s holiday decorated homes and log cabins which are brought to life with re-enactors in 19th century theme. Horse-drawn sleigh rides through the countryside will be provided 12-4 p.m.

Holiday Wild at the Kansas City Zoo
December 6th 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Zoo patrons will have an opportunity to meet Santa, participate in holiday activities, follow along on guided tours, and more. Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) members can arrive between 8:30 and 10 a.m. for an exclusive breakfast snack and meet-and-greet with Santa!

A Country School Christmas
December 6th 1-3 pm
Santa Claus, carols, and local storyteller Joyce Slater will bring their holiday cheer to the Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, Kansas (Johnson County). Santa will give out holiday treats and listen to the holiday wishes of visitors alongside holiday caroling from the Edgerton Elementary Rainbow Connection Choir. Visitors will also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa and make an ornament to take home.

Holiday Party at the North Kansas City Community Center
December 5th 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit and celebrate with your neighbors at the North Kansas City Community Center! There will be entertainment, reindeer games, arts and crafts projects, and holiday goodies. Children will visit and take pictures with Santa, and each pre-registered youth ages 15 and under will receive a toy!

KC Southern Holiday Express Visits Union Station
December 18-21
Our kids are bound to have fond memories of coming to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, then hopping aboard the Holiday Express at Christmas time. The Southern Holiday Express (or Rudy, as it is known by many of its visitors!) is parked on the north side of Union Station and guests can walk through the train cars decorated in creative holiday paraphernalia. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Breakfast with Santa
TRex, Legends Outlet Mall
Weekends in December
Details at trexcafe.com

Santa’s Crayola Christmas Land
Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Showplace
Children can play on super-sized Crayola products, while waiting to tell Santa all their holiday wishes. Santa is in residence November 28 through December 24. The Crayola Christmas Land play area is open through December 31. FREE admission. Photos with Santa are available for a fee.