2016 Ann Arbor Santa Sightings

Halloween has barely passed before Santa starts to make his arrival in Ann Arbor. There are tons of Santa events throughout the holiday season. With his first appearance at Toys R Us on November 5, Santa’s bound to be exhausted before Christmas Eve. 

2016 Ann Arbor Santa Sightings

Dine with Santa

There are several opportunities to dine with Santa around Ann Arbor this holiday season. Many of the Santa meals require advance registration and sell out. Be sure to check my list (and lists compiled by other local sites) and make your reservations.

Washtenaw County Dine with Santa

Santa Trains

Have you ever been on a train with Santa? There are a few holiday trains in our area. 

Southern Michigan Railroad

Southern Michigan Railroad offers the closest Santa trains to Ann Arbor. The Santa Train runs from their Clinton station. Book your tickets now before they sell out.

Date/Time Event
12/03/2016
11:00am-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/04/2016
12:00pm-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/10/2016
11:00am-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/11/2016
12:00pm-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic event includes an option for a ride on the Huckleberry Railroad. Note: Santa is at the event and can be seen without a ride on the train. Crossroads Village is in Flint.

North Pole Express

The North Pole Express is a bit further from Ann Arbor. They run the Pere Marquette 1225 (PM 1225). The blueprints for this train were used to make the train in the Polar Express Movie. The trip starts in Owosso and stops at the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas. 

Santa Sets

Toys R Us

New this year, Santa will be at the Ann Arbor Toys R Us throughout the holiday season. He  will be available on weekends beginning on November 5 and daily from December 12th through 24th. You can book your visit in advance on their website

Briarwood Mall

Santa Claus will be holding his housewarming party at Briarwood Mall on Friday, November 11 from 6-7p. He will be available daily through December 24.

Arbor Annie visits Santa at Briarwood Mall

2015 Briarwood Mall Santa

Briarwood Mall will also host Caring Santa on two Sunday mornings. These sessions are designed for children with special needs to visit Santa in a less stimulating environment. 

Date/Time Event
11/20/2016
9:00am-10:30am
Caring Santa
Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor
12/04/2016
9:00am-10:30am
Caring Santa
Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor

All Santa Events

The list below will be updated as new events are announced.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Date/Time Event
11/06/2016
10:00am-5:00pm
Christmas Open House
English Gardens, Ann Arbor

Friday, November 11, 2016

Date/Time Event
11/11/2016
6:00pm-7:00pm
Santa's Housewarming Party
Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Date/Time Event
11/20/2016
9:00am-10:30am
Caring Santa
Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Date/Time Event
11/27/2016
11:30am-4:00pm
Santa Visits Dixboro
Dixboro General Store, Ann Arbor
11/27/2016
5:00pm-6:00pm
Annual Tree Lighting Festival
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor

Friday, December 2, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/02/2016
5:00pm
Downtown Ypsilanti Tree Lighting
Ypsilanti District Library – Downtown, Ypsilanti
12/02/2016
6:00pm-8:30pm
Chelsea Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival
Downtown Chelsea, Chelsea
12/02/2016
7:00pm-11:59pm
Midnight Madness
Main Street Area, Ann Arbor

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/03/2016
8:00am-4:00pm
Christmas in the Village
Downtown Manchester, Manchester
12/03/2016
8:30am-10:30am
Breakfast with Santa
Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center, Chelsea
12/03/2016
8:30am-12:00pm
Breakfast with Santa
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center, Plymouth
12/03/2016
9:00am-5:00pm
Christmas at the Mansion
Gordon Hall, Dexter
12/03/2016
10:00am-1:00pm
Annual Downtown Home & Garden Christmas Party
Downtown Home & Garden, Ann Arbor
12/03/2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Santa Visits
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor
12/03/2016
11:00am-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/03/2016
2:00pm-4:00pm
Tinsel Town
Ypsilanti Township Community Center, Ypsilanti
12/03/2016
6:00pm
Milan Christmas Parade
Downtown Milan, Milan
12/03/2016
6:00pm
Superior Township Christmas Tree Lighting
Old Township Hall, Ypsilanti

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/04/2016
9:00am-10:30am
Caring Santa
Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor
12/04/2016
11:30am-4:00pm
Santa Visits Dixboro
Dixboro General Store, Ann Arbor
12/04/2016
12:00pm-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/04/2016
1:00pm-3:00pm
Santa Visits
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/08/2016
4:30pm-5:30pm
PJs & Stories with Santa
Saline Rec Center, Saline
12/08/2016
6:00pm-7:00pm
PJs & Stories with Santa
Saline Rec Center, Saline
12/08/2016
7:30pm-8:30pm
PJs & Stories with Santa
Saline Rec Center, Saline

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/10/2016
8:00am-12:00pm
Breakfast with Santa
Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor
12/10/2016
9:00am-11:30am
Breakfast with Santa
Sidetrack, Ypsilanti
12/10/2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Santa Visits
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor
12/10/2016
10:00am-1:30pm
Treasure Trail to Santa
Busch’s Saline, Saline
12/10/2016
11:00am-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/10/2016
12:00pm-3:00pm
Visit with Santa Claus
Plymouth Nursery Home & Garden Showplace, Plymouth
12/10/2016
2:30pm-4:30pm
Free Photos with Santa
Gene Butman Ford, Ypsilanti
12/10/2016
3:00pm-6:00pm
Gaming with Santa
3&Up Board Game Lounge, Plymouth

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/11/2016
8:00am-12:00pm
Breakfast with Santa
Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor
12/11/2016
10:00am-1:00pm
Breakfast with Santa
Weber’s Restaurant, Ann Arbor
12/11/2016
10:00am-11:30am
Santa Central
Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter
12/11/2016
11:30am-4:00pm
Santa Visits Dixboro
Dixboro General Store, Ann Arbor
12/11/2016
12:00pm-4:00pm
Santa Train
Southern Michigan Railroad – Clinton Station, Clinton
12/11/2016
12:00pm-3:00pm
Visit with Santa Claus
Plymouth Nursery Home & Garden Showplace, Plymouth
12/11/2016
12:30pm-2:00pm
Santa Central
Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter
12/11/2016
1:00pm-3:00pm
Santa Visits
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor
12/11/2016
2:30pm-4:00pm
Santa Central
Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter

Friday, December 16, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/16/2016
6:00pm-7:30pm
Holiday Fun Night
Pittsfield Township Community Center, Ann Arbor

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/17/2016
10:00am-2:00pm
Santa Visits
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor
12/17/2016
12:00pm-2:00pm
A Visit with Father Christmas
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/18/2016
9:00am-1:00pm
Breakfast with Santa
Weber’s Restaurant, Ann Arbor
12/18/2016
10:00am-1:00pm
Santa Brunch
Polo Fields Golf & Country Club, Ann Arbor
12/18/2016
11:30am-4:00pm
Santa Visits Dixboro
Dixboro General Store, Ann Arbor
12/18/2016
1:00pm-3:00pm
Annual Sing Along with Santa
Wolverine State Brewing Company, Ann Arbor
12/18/2016
1:00pm-3:00pm
Holiday Open House & Gingerbread Firehouse Contest
Michigan Firehouse Museum, Ypsilanti
12/18/2016
1:00pm-3:00pm
Santa Visits
Kerrytown Market & Shops, Ann Arbor

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Date/Time Event
12/22/2016
3:30pm-9:00pm
Basketball Double Header with Santa
Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

 

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