Where to See Santa in Des Moines


SantaHave you heard? Santa is coming to Des Moines! Grab those lists and visit Santa. Or, check out one of the fun holiday events with activities, Santa, and more!

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

Bass Pro Shops

When: November 6 – December 24, hours vary
Where: Santa’s Wonderland, 1000 Bass Pro Drive N.W., Altoona

Get a free photo with Santa and enjoy free kid’s crafts and activities. Advanced registration is required.

Jordan Creek Town Center

When: November 26 – December 24, hours vary
Where: Sephora Court, lower level, 101 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines

Reservations are encouraged. Take photos with Santa and create magical moments for you and your family.

Valley West Mall

When: November 20 – December 24, hours vary
Where: 1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines, Lower Level of Valley West Mall

Catch a ride on the kid-sized train before seeing Santa. Their staff will do their best to be low-contact and they will ask for parent/guardian assistance in arranging children for photos.

SantaSanta Sightings in Des Moines

Fridays – Sundays, November 26 – December 19 | 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. 

November 27 | Christmas in Olde Town
Altoona Area Historical Society, 104 2nd St. SE, Des Moines
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Family-friendly activities start at 2 p.m. when Santa arrives on a fire truck. The party continues into the evening with Olde Town Cheer, a 21+ event with drinks, food trucks, s’mores and so much more.

November 27 – December 19 | Brunch with Santa
Center Grove Orchard, 32835 610th Ave, Cambridge

Kids can share their wishlist with Santa Saturday and Sunday mornings. Pre-purchased tickets are required and include brunch and a time slot to visit with Santa.

December 3 | Waukee WinterFest Waukee Triangle, Ashworth Dr & 6th St, Waukee
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring on the holiday cheer with your friends, family, and neighbors at Waukee’s free, annual WinterFest celebration. Free soup, cookies, and hot cocoa. Activities and of course, Santa!

December 5 | Grimes Holiday Celebration
South Sports Complex, 750 S James St., Grimes
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bring the kiddos to see Santa and enjoy activities including Trivia, goodie bags, tree voting contests, and holiday lights and music.

December 11 & December 18 | Santa at the Zoo
Blank Park Zoo, 7401 SW 9th St. 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a day filled with holiday cheer, crafts, and animals!

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.


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