Ready for your close up with jolly old St. Nick?
How lucky are we that Santa is making so many stops around the Queen City this year? There are many great places to visit Santa – and snap a photo or two in 2021. Check out our list of the best spots to see Santa in Cincinnati for Christmas 2021.
Santa in Cincinnati 2021
Bass Pro Shop & Cabela’s – Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s come highly recommended when it comes to taking photos with Santa. Santa will be visiting from November 6 to December 24. Register online for your free photo with Santa up to 7 days before your visit.
The closest locations to the Cincinnati area are:
Bass Pro Shops Cincinnati at 300 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45240
Cabela’s West Chester at 7250 Cabela Drive, West Chester, OH 45069
Cabela’s Centerville at 5500 Cornerstone North Boulevard, Centerville, OH 45440
Kenwood Towne Centre
Knock out holiday shopping and photos with Santa in one shot at Kenwood Towne Center. Santa will be at the Center Court now through December 24 from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Reservations for Santa photos are encouraged, but not required.
Kenwood Towne Centre is located at 7875 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Liberty Center is another great option for holiday shopping and Santa photos. Santa will be in the Liberty Center Living Room beginning November 20. He is available for photos Monday to Saturday from 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.
Please check their website for Santa’s break times. Make your reservations online to avoid the line.
Liberty Center is located at 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069
Santa will be at EastGate Mall for photos beginning November 19 through December 24. Santa’s hours are 11:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, he will be at the mall from 10:00am to 8:00pm. And on Sunday, Santa will be available from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Please check their website for Santa’s break times.
Visits with Santa are free, and photo packages are available to purchase. You do not need a reservation, but it is encouraged.
EastGate Mall is located at 4601 Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45245
Fifty West Brewery Cincinnati
If you’d like a beer with your Santa photos, head over to the Fifty West Burger Bar and Beer Garden. Fifty West Brewery Cincinnati is hosting photos with Santa every Sunday in December from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
You will need a ticket for this socially distanced photo op. Tickets include one physical print photo and one digital copy.
Fifty West Cincinnati is located at 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227
Santa Photos Cincinnati
With the help of Santa Photos Cincinnati, Santa will be traveling with his mobile workshop for photos throughout Cincinnati. You can see Santa at one of the many public events that are listed on their website. Reservations are required.
Newport Aquarium – Scuba Santa
For a unique, more under-the-sea Santa experience, head over to Newport Aquarium to check out Scuba Santa. This experience runs daily at the aquarium from November 26 through December 24.
Scuba Santa is included with regular admission but advance tickets or annual pass is required.
Newport Aquarium is located at 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – PNC Festival of Lights
The PNC Festival of Lights is an annual, walkable, outdoor light display at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Both Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on hand for photos through December 23. This year, Santa is located behind the carousel and Mrs. Claus will be in Base Camp.
The Festival of Lights runs from November 19 to January 9. The Cincinnati Zoo is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm, with festivities beginning at 4pm. Admission to the Festival of Lights is included in zoo tickets and passes.
PNC Festival of Lights at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is located at 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45220
Lumaze Lights is Cincinnati’s newest holiday attraction. Santa will be visiting Lumaze through Christmas Eve. Santa is available for photos on weekdays from 4:30pm to 9:00pm and on weekends from 1:30pm to 9:00pm through December 18. During Christmas week (December 20 to 24), Lumaze will have special hours with Santa from 1:30pm to 9:00pm.
This indoor, walkable light display runs from November 26 through December 30 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Hours vary by date, and tickets can be purchased online.
Lumaze Lights is at the Duke Energy Convention Center located at 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Christmas Ranch is a drive thru light experience in Morrow. After enjoying the lights, head on foot to take photos with Santa. Santa is available for photos whenever the ranch is open – except on Christmas Eve.
This attraction runs from November 19 through December 23. In December, the ranch is open on Sunday to Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00pm, and on Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online.
The Christmas Ranch is located at 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH 45152
EnterTRAINment Junction – Christmas at the Junction
Got yourself a train-loving kiddo? Christmas at the Junction at EnterTRAINment Junction features the Main Street Holiday Trains display and Winter Wonderland where you can meet or chat with Santa. This is one of our favorite holiday attractions and we go every year.
Santa will be visiting EnterTRAINment Junction from November 13 through December 24, with both virtual and in-person sessions. Virtual Santa will be calling in via video chat on November 19 and December 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. He will be visiting in person on all other dates.
EnterTRAINment Junction offers different ticket options for your visit.
EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Ct, West Chester Township, OH 45069
Cincinnati Museum Center – Holiday Junction
One of the staples of Christmas in Cincinnati is seeing the Duke Energy Holiday Trains in Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Santa will be back at Holiday Junction from November 26 through December 24.
You can find Santa in the Public Landing, next to Holiday Junction. Last year, Santa was behind a window in a store front in the Public Landing, and it sounds like there is a similar set-up this year.
Cincinnati Museum Center is open Thursday through Monday from 10:00am to 5:00pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Tickets to Holiday Junction can be purchased online or added to any museum experience.
Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Land of Illusion – Christmas Glow
Christmas Glow is a drive thru light experience at Land of Illusion. After you enjoy the lights, head to the Christmas Village where you can find Santa in Santa’s Workshop. There is an additional fee for photos.
This attraction runs daily from 6:00pm to 10:00pm November 24 through December 30, excluding Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased online.
Christmas Glow at Land of Illusion is located at 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45042
Kings Island – WinterFest
WinterFest is Kings Island’s big winter event, with holiday lights, parades, shows, games, and more. Santa will be taking photos and toy requests in Rivertown Wonderland. Photo packages are available for purchase.
This attraction runs on select nights November 26 through December 31. Tickets can be purchased online. Admission is included for those with an annual pass.
WinterFest at Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034
Sharon Woods – Winter Wonderland
After you enjoy the Holiday In Lights drive thru light display in Sharon Woods, head over to Winter Wonderland. Winter Wonderland is located at the visitor center at the end of the Holiday In Lights route.
This event features photos with Santa, a make & take craft activity, and an inflatable gingerbread slide. Admission to Winter Wonderland is free, however, there is an additional fee for Santa photos and attractions.
WinterWonderland runs November 26 through December 23. It is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 10:00pm. December 20 through 23 will feature special hours from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Winter Wonderland at Sharon Woods is located at 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42 Sharonville, OH 45241
I hope you and your little ones enjoy meeting Santa while he’s visiting Cincinnati from the North Pole. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, friends!