Where can you see Santa Claus in Lexington and Central KY?  Here’s some great events in Central KY!  Click the event for more information.  There are places that offer breakfast, brunch, train rides, visits, photos, and more.

Santa events are happening but with COVID-19 they will look a bit different.  Be sure to explain this to your child before heading out.  You can check with each event to see how they are staying healthy as they celebrate.  Also, confirm events before you go since with numbers changing daily events may be canceled.

Fayette Mall

Thursday, November 18 through Friday, December 24, 2021

We are excited to continue the tradition of hosting Santa to meet and greet all kids and kids-at-heart. We encourage everyone to reserve a special time to see Santa. Click here to reserve your spot now. Santa knows it’s important to stay healthy for his time with you so he and his helpers will be following CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available. Click here to learn more about the health measures being taken. Scroll further down the page to learn more about times, photo package pricing, special events and more.

Santa’s Hours:
  • Monday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

Special Hours Information:

  • Thursday, November 25: CLOSED
  • Friday, December 24: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm

Please note: Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 3pm to 4pm on Monday thru Thursday, 1pm to 2pm and 5pm to 5:45pm on Friday & Saturday, and 2:30pm to 3pm on Sunday.

Santa Special Events:

Please visit our Connect page to learn more about these and other great events.

  • Pet photos with Santa: November 22, November 29, December 6, December 13; from 4pm to 7pm
  • Santa Cares: December 12, 2021; from 9:30am to 11am

The Barn at The Summit and Lexington Green

November 26 – December 24, 2021

This holiday season, Travis Clark Photography will be open in two locations for your convenience! Choose your preferred location and schedule your appointment today! Click HERE to schedule.


Cabela’s

November 7 – December 24, 2021
*November 6 join them for Santa’s Arrival and kickoff Santa’s visit on November 7th from 4 pm – 7 pm

Hours vary – check online when you make your reservation

Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital video greeting card to share on social media.
Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store. Click HERE to reserve a time today!


Hamburg Pavilion

Saturday, November 27th – Sunday, November 28th, 2021
Saturday, December 4th – Sunday, December 5th, 2021
Saturday, December 11th – Sunday, December 12th, 2021
Saturday, December 18th – Sunday, December 19th, 2021
Saturdays: 10 AM – 2 PM Sundays: 12 PM – 4 PM

Photographs with Santa Claus will be taking place inside our event space suite #150 next to Torrid.


Black Santa at Julietta Market

Black Santa Show will be LIVE every weekend in December at the Julietta Market inside of GreyLine Station (Corner of Loudon & North Limestone) more details coming soon.


Santa Claus at Waveland Mansion

Watch for 2021 Info!


Hillenmeyer Christmas (Tates Creek Road in front of Lansdowne Shoppes)

No Santa for 2021


Kentucky Horse Park Southern Lights

November 26 – December 31, 2021 from 5:30-10:00 pm.

At the end of the route, visitors have the option to park and explore the Holiday Village (included in admission).  The Holiday Village includes a visit with Santa, Santa’s North Pole Mailbox (where children can drop off their Christmas List), Animal Land, Mini Train ride, Bluegrass Miniature Train Display, and the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop.  Food options will be available.


Bluegrass Railroad Museum

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 4th & 5th and Dec. 11th & 12th, 2021 – 2 pm
Also to meet demand, two additional rides 11 am on Saturdays Dec. 5th, Dec. 11th

Once the train pulls out of the station for a 90 minute train ride, Santa visits with every child.  Our Conductors and Car Hosts will help you pass the time while waiting for your turn with the jolly old elf. 
 
Enjoy singing carols, watching the winter countryside or just relaxing with your family.  At the end of the ride, there are candy canes for everyone before Santa gives his final farewell.  Then he heads back to the North Pole to await his Big Night.

Reservations are highly recommended.


Kentucky Railway Museum

North Pole Express
December 4, 5, 11 ,12, 18 & 19, 2021

Join us for a nostalgic Christmas adventure aboard a historic train ride to pick up Santa! On our journey to the North Pole, enjoy a train excursion while listening to the sounds of the season. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa boards the train and travels with us on our way back to New Haven. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ultimate experience. Upon arriving back at the station, you have the opportunity to visit with Santa and take your child’s photo with him!

The entire family can enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate when they visit Claus’s Kitchen before the train excursion. (No food or drink other than bottled water is able to be taken on the train. Some of our coaches have been reupholstered, prompting this change.)

ALL SEATS ARE ASSIGNED FOR THIS EVENT (tickets must be purchased together to guarantee seating together).

December 4, 11 & 18 are SOLD OUT for this event!  (10/21/21)

Santa Express
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2021

All aboard the Santa Express! Bring the children on a nostalgic journey to meet Santa while listening to the sounds of the season. Visit with the man in the red suit while traveling through the Rolling Fork River Valley and enjoying a historic train excursion. For even more fun, the whole family is welcome to wear their pajamas!

The entire family can enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate when they visit Claus’s Kitchen before the train excursion! (No food or drink other than bottled water is able to be taken on the train. Some of our coaches have been reupholstered, prompting this change).

ALL SEATS ARE ASSIGNED FOR THIS EVENT (tickets must be purchased together to guarantee seating together).


Cincinnati Museum Center Holiday Junction

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains opens November 12, 2021

Of course, no holiday is complete without a visit to Santa. Santa makes his grand arrival on Friday, November 26. Although you won’t be able to sit with Santa, you can visit the jolly elf by his fireplace in the Public Landing adjacent to Holiday Junction. Santa will be busy preparing for the big day but will happily pause to speak with you from a safe distance.

The Holiday Events Guide is HERE!
Find Santa, Music, Train Rides, Trees and more!!

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