You can still get cute photos of your kids with Santa this year. Most places are requiring reservations but are also providing a safe way to visit with Santa.
Not sure how your kiddo will feel about meeting the man in the big red suit? Check out our tips for a tear-free Santa visit.
We’re thrilled to share this guide of Where to See Santa in Des Moines with you! Don’t forget to bring your wish list.
Photos with Santa in Des Moines
Santa’s Wonderland, 1000 Bass Pro Drive N.W., Altoona
November 7 – December 24, hours vary
Get a free photo with Santa and enjoy free kid’s crafts and activities.
Sephora Court, lower level, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
November 20 – December 23
Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Reservations are required. Face coverings for children and Santa may be required during your contactless visit based on current state regulations.
1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, Lower Level of Valley West Mall
Santa will be in person, however, he will be located in his workshop office. Visiting face to face through his office window with a special speaker so that everyone’s wishes can be heard loud and clear.
November 23 – December 24
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Milk and cookie breaks: Monday–Saturday: 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; train hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa Sightings in Des Moines
Fridays – Sundays, November 27 – December 20 | Santa Express Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, 225 10th St., Boone, IA
Take the family on a ride to the North Pole. Enjoy drinks and a visit from Santa on the ride.
December 6 | Grimes Holiday Celebration Grimes Community Complex, 410 S.E. Main St., Grimes
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy crafts, cookies, and cocoa, and more.
December 4 | Waukee WinterFest on Wheels Waukee Public Works Building, 805 University Ave, Waukee
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The typical WinterFest event is being switched up to “WinterFest on Wheels” this year. Santa Claus and his helpers will hand out treats and goodies as visitors drive through one of the building’s vehicle bays. Participants will stay in their vehicles.
A virtual tree-lighting, ice sculptor demonstration, book donations, holiday light competition, and a toy/food drive will also be held with modifications. Anyone is welcome to drive through the event. Free kids’ goodie bags with advance registration.
December 11 | Pizza and Pj’s with Santa
Blank Park Zoo, 7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines
12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Each ticket includes 2 slices of pizza (members will be allowed to go through the line a second time if there are leftovers). Santa will make an appearance for a story and socially distant photo opportunity. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear their pajamas.
Children 2 years and under – $6
Where’s your favorite place to see Santa in Des Moines?
We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, locations, and other information before heading to an event or activity. Especially now, events are ever-changing.