Santa in Cincinnati 2023

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. Check out our list of the best spots to see Santa in Cincinnati for Christmas 2023.

And remember – Santa’s visits usually vary from the days and hours of the holiday attraction he is visiting. Santa usually arrives the weekend after Thanksgiving and heads back up to the North Pole on December 23 or 24. Most holiday attractions run a week or two longer than Santa’s visit, so double check dates before heading out!

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Santa in Cincinnati 2023

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop & Cabela’s

Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s come highly recommended when it comes to taking photos with Santa. Santa will be visiting now 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

Liberty Center is another great option for holiday shopping and Santa photos. Santa will be in the Liberty Center Living Room November 18 through December 24, 2023. 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.

Sensory Santa will be at Liberty Center on December 2 & 9 from 9:00am-11:00am. And story time with Santa at MidPointe Library Liberty will take place on December 8 at 11:15am.

Liberty Center is located at 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, OH 45069

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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 starting at 4:00pm from November 17 to December 23, 2023. You can find Santa and the missus in Santa’s Village, located up a pathway between the Komodo dragons and food trucks.

Sensory Santa will be at the zoo on select dates. You can reserve a spot online.

The Festival of Lights runs from November 17, 2023 to January 7, 2024. 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

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Meeting Santa at the Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights

Holidays on the Farm at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods

Holidays on the Farm is the new annual holiday event for Great Parks of Hamilton County. This attraction includes a walkable light display, visits with Santa, a train display, animal encounters, wagon rides, food & drink, and more! To see Santa – and his reindeer! – head over to Santaland in the red barn area. Here you’ll also find the holiday train display, letters to Santa, crafts, and pony rides.

Holidays on the Farm is open on select nights November 24 to December 31, 2023 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Please check their website for details. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door – although it is cheaper to buy tickets in advance.

Holidays on the Farm at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods is located at 10073 Daly Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231

Newport on the Levee

Head across the river to visit Santa at Newport on the Levee. Santa will be on the Levee on Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and Sunday from noon to 5:00pm through December 23. He takes a 20 minute break at 3:00pm to feed the reindeer. These Santa visits are complimentary and walk-up only.

Newport on the Levee is located at 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071

The Christmas Ranch

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 17 through December 23, 2023. It is open 5:00 to 9:00pm Sunday though Thursday, and 5:00pm to 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online – and are $5 cheaper!

The Christmas Ranch is located at 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH 45152

Holiday Junction at Cincinnati Museum Center

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 24 through December 24, 2023. 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

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Meeting Santa at CMC in 2020

Christmas at the Junction at EnterTRAINment 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 Santa. This is one of our favorite holiday attractions and we go every year.

Santa will be visiting EnterTRAINment Junction from November 18 through December 24, 2023 from 11:00am until close. He does take a 30 minute nap mid-afternoon, so plan accordingly. Visits with Santa are included in the DO-IT-ALL admission tickets.

EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Ct, West Chester Township, OH 45069

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park

UDF’s Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park in OTR is a meet and greet event for the whole family – including your furry ones. The event is free, but you must bring your own camera to take photos.

Santa’s Workshop is open Friday, November 24, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am to 2:00pm beginning November 25 through December 17, 2023.

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park is located at 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Christmas Glow at Land of Illusion

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.

Santa’s Workshop is open daily from 6:00 to 10:00pm beginning November 22 through December 24, 2023, but closed November 27-29 and Christmas Day. 

Christmas Glow at Land of Illusion is located at 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45042

WinterFest at Kings Island

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 through December 23, 2023. Then Santa Snoopy will be in town from December 26-31. Photo packages are available for purchase.

WinterFest runs select nights beginning November 24 through December 31, 2023. 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

Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium

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 24 through December 24, 2023. Scuba Santa is included with regular admission.

Newport Aquarium is located at 1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071

Christmas Casino at Rising Star Casino Resort

Santa is back at the Christmas Casino at Rising Star Casino Resort. This attraction includes animatronic holiday displays, reindeer, a holiday market, and of course, visits with Santa.

Santa will be at the casino from November 3 to December 23, 2023. His hours are on Fridays 6:00-8:00pm, Saturdays from 2:00-4:00pm, and Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm.

Rising Star Casino Resort is located at 777 Rising Star Dr, Rising Sun, IN 47040

A Carillon Christmas at Carillon Historical Park

A Carillon Christmas is a holiday event at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio. You can visit Santa through December 23 in the Heritage Center, which is in front of the Dr. Richard and Dorothy Cummings Collection of Dayton-made toys. Don’t forget your camera (or smart phone, probably), to take your complimentary photo with Santa.

This event is open 5:00pm to 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5:00pm to 10:00pm Friday and Saturday. In addition to Santa, enjoy the light displays, train rides, a Christmas village, and more.

A Carillon Christmas at Carillon Historical Park is located at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409

Deck The Y’alls Lightfest at Florence Y’alls Thomas More Stadium

Deck The Y’alls Lightfest at Florence Y’alls Thomas More Stadium is back again this year. Santa will be visiting every Friday and Saturday night through December 23, 2023. Each group will receive a complimentary 4×6 photo with Santa, with photo packages available for purchase. In addition to Santa, there is a walkable light display, ice skating, carnival rides, and vendors.

Deck The Y’alls is open 5:30pm to 9:00pm Sunday to Thursday, and 5:30pm to 10:00pm Friday and Saturday, with special hours on holidays. It is also closed on November 27 and December 4. Tickets to Deck The Y’alls Lightfest can be purchased online, and prices vary by date.

Deck The Y’alls Lightfest at Florence Y’alls Thomas More Stadium is located at 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042

Holiday Whopla

Holiday Whopla in downtown Middletown is a holiday lights festival with themed venues, ice-skating rink, vendors, and of course, Santa. You can find Santa and Mrs. Clause at Primo Italian Steakhouse. They will be visiting on weekends from 5:00pm to 8:00pm beginning November 24 through December 24, 2023.

The nearby drive through light experience is Light Up Middletown, and is open nightly through December 31.

Primo Italian Steakhouse is located at 6 South Broad Street, Middletown, OH 45044

Hamilton’s Santa House

Santa House is back in downtown Hamilton near the Butler County Courthouse on High Street. Santa will be in town select dates and times from December 1 to 24, 2023. Hours and days to visit Santa are outlined on the Facebook event page.

The Butler County Courthouse is located at 101 High Street, Hamilton, OH 45011

Doscher’s Candies

We love visiting Santa at Doscher’s Candies in Newtown. Santa will be at the candy store from 11:00am to 2:00pm on November 25, December 2 and December 16, 2023. And make sure to pickup some of their famous handmade candy canes while you’re there!

Doscher’s Candies is located at 6926 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45244

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Meeting Santa at Doscher’s Candies

Yuletide Village at Renaissance Park

Yuletide Village at Renaissance Park is the Renaissance Fair’s winter holiday attraction. Yuletide Village offers holiday light shows, food and drink, holiday market, Yuletide Express train, and photos with Santa – and Krampus. This attraction is open Fridays from 5:00 to 9:00pm and Saturdays from 3:00pm to 9:00pm beginning November 24 to December 16, 2023.

Renaissance Park is located at 10542 East State Route 73 Waynesville, OH 45068

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 on December 10, December 16, December 22, and December 23, 2023. This event is both kid-friendly and dog-friendly.

You can schedule your visit with Santa online. Tickets include one physical print photo, one digital copy and free hot cocoa for the kids.

Fifty West Cincinnati is located at 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Burger Farm and Garden Center

If your family does a live Christmas tree, head over to Burger Farm and Garden Center. They will be hosting Santa from 12:00pm to 4:00pm on November 25 & 26 and December 2 & 3, 2023. The photos are free, and no reservations are required.

Burger Farm & Garden Center is located at 7849 Main Street (ST. RT. 32), Newtown, OH 45244

The Gatherall at Factory 52

Santa and Mrs. Clause will be at the The Gatherall at Factory 52 every Sunday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in 2023.

The Gatherall is located at 2750 Park Avenue, Norwood, OH 45212

Events with Santa in Cincinnati

There are many fun events in 2023 to meet Santa in Cincinnati. Here are some that caught my eye!


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!

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Meeting Santa at the CMC’s Holiday Junction

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