Track down Santa Claus this holiday season

As the holidays draw near, Santa gets really busy and can be difficult to track down. Here are a few places in the Ozarks to see Santa in 2021 from soonest to latest. If you know of any more places Santa will be, email and we'll add it to the list.

Polar Express at The Branson Scenic Railway

Branson Scenic Railway Polar Express

Photo courtesy of Branson Scenic Railway

Pick up Santa Claus at the North Pole with Branson’s Scenic Railway Polar Express ride.

(Times Vary)

Nov. 5-Dec. 23

Address: 206 E. Main St, Branson

Bass Pro

Bass Pro Shops in December

Enjoy the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland in Bass Pro

(Times vary)

Nov. 7-Dec. 24 

Address: 1935 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield

Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas

Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City

Make seeing Santa Claus an all-day experience at Silver Dollar City in Branson. 

(Times Vary)

Nov. 6-Dec. 30

Address: 399 Silver Dollar City Parkway, Branson

Scuba Claus at Wonders of Wildlife


Photo courtesy of Wonders of Wildlife

Visitors to Wonders of Wildlife can watch Scuba Claus and Peppermint the Elf dive in a fish-filled aquarium while Mrs. Claus reads "Twas The Night Before Fishmas."

(Times Vary)

Nov. 17, Nov. 23, Dec. 1, Dec. 7, Dec. 15, Dec. 21

Address: 500 W. Sunshine St. Springfield

Plane Rides With Santa At Hangar Kafe

Santa with his Cessna 180.

Photo courtesy of Hangar Kafe

Hangar Kafe is booking appointments every weekend to see Santa until Christmas. Plane rides with Santa are $50, which includes a picture you can take home with you. Please call The Hangar Kafe at 417-452-2277 to book an appointment. 

Weekends from Nov. 15-Dec. 24

Address: 3103 Lawrence 1070, Miller

Battlefield Mall

Trying to tackle holiday shopping and seeing Santa all in one? Stop by Battlefield Mall

(Times Vary)

Nov. 18-Dec. 24 

Address: 2825 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Christmas on the Downtown Square

See the Mayor’s tree in the downtown square come to life and take selfies with Santa.

6-9 p.m. Nov. 20

Address: 134 Park Central Square, Springfield

56th Annual Ozark Christmas Parade

Kick-off the holiday season with the Ozark Christmas parade in the downtown square. Enjoy watching parade floats, taking photos with Santa, face painting, and a holiday movie. 

2-5 p.m. Nov. 20

Address: E. Church St., Ozark

Merry Little Christmas at Big Cedar Lodge

Big Cedar Lodge ChristmasPhoto courtesy of Big Cedar Lodge

Send your little ones off to bed with a visit from Kris Kringle! Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa will make his rounds to visit the kids staying at Big Cedar Lodge. Each child will receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa as well. Reservations required

7-10 p.m. Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 7-9 a.m. December 25

Nixa Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join the City of Nixa Mayor to kick off the holiday season with Santa and the Nixa Tree Lighting Ceremony.

6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 3

Address: 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa

Bolivar Christmas Parade

Celebrate with the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade to see parade floats and Santa.

5:30 p.m. Dec. 4

Address: 1600 University Ave, Bolivar

67th Nixa Christmas Parade

67th Nixa Christmas Parade

Nixa will hold its annual 67th Christmas Parade with the theme ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, a perfect opportunity to see Santa.

2 p.m. Dec. 5

Address: 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa

Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade

What better time to find joy than the holiday season? Visit Downtown and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season and make happy memories as you enjoy one of the Queen City’s treasured holiday traditions. The theme for this year's parade is “The Joy of Christmas”. 

2 p.m. Dec. 11

Address: 134 Park Central Square, Springfield

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