Where To Say Hello to Santa

Take grandchildren to see Santa arrive by canoe, fire truck, helicopter, and more

By Carole Terwilliger Meyers

It's that time of year when you might spot Santa anywhere. Say, "Bye-bye" to his simple sleigh. To spot the old elf's arrival via a novel conveyance, take your grandchildren to one of these events. Santa's busy, yes, but never too busy to make a stop to share some holiday cheer with your grandkids.

Arrival by Land

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Santa leaves the reindeer behind and arrives at Town Square on a sled (on wheels) pulled by dogs. Children can sit on Santa's lap, have photos taken, and enjoy the tree lighting and fireworks after dark. November 27, 3:30pm

Moscow, Idaho
Santa trots up to the Appaloosa Museum on — you guessed it — a spotted Appaloosa horse. Santa's mount, Shadow, will be available for petting, and there are crafts and cookie decorating as well. December 4, 10:15am

Kansas City, Missouri
After leaving his festive horse-drawn carriage, Santa enters Crown Center and remains for the season at Crayola Christmas Land.  November 26, 10am

Sun Valley, Idaho
As part of the annual tree lighting at Town Plaza, Santa makes an entrance on a fire engine. Guests are treated to hot cocoa and cider, cookies, and the chance to sit on Santa's lap for a photo. December 8, 6pm

Lincoln, New Hampshire
Santa skis all around Loon Mountain, passing out candy and chatting with children on December 18 and 19.

Arrival by Water

Mystic, Connecticut
Santa arrives at the Mystic River Park dock via tugboat,and then he's available to hear children's holiday wishes. Christmas carolers will be on hand to provide seasonal tunes. November 27, 2pm

Petaluma, California
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Petaluma River Turning Basin on the tugboat Petaluma. Upon their arrival, they will hand out candy canes. A variety of performers will entertain the crowd. November 27, noon

[photo water max-width=150 align=right]Santa's splashy arrival at Waikiki Beach in front of the Outrigger hotel is followed by a round of keiki (children) hula performances. Complimentary photos with Santa are included. December 11, 9am

San Diego
Surfing Santa arrives at Seaport Village with a splash — either by boat or Jet Ski — and wearing board shorts and flip-flops. After being greeted by a lively parade, Santa will hang-ten with guests on his trusty surfboard for photos. November 27, 1pm

Rockland, Maine
Santa arrives on a Coast Guard vessel at the Harbor Park public landing in Rockland. Mrs. Claus usually accompanies her mate. At 6pm, crowds gather for the festive lighting of the Lobster-Trap Tree. November 27, noon

Reston, Virginia
Santa arrives at Lake Anne Village Center by barge to join the children who have been having fun enjoying the entertainment and petting zoo on the plaza. December 4, noon

Arrival by Air

[photo air max-width=150 align=right]Everyone gathers on the front lawn of the Indiana State Museum to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus's arrival by chopper. The celebration includes a children's choir, a tree lighting, and Christmas train rides prior to Santa's arrival. November 26, noon

Arrival by Surprise

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
You never know how Santa will arrive in this small town. He's arrived via helicopter, donkey, space ship, horse-drawn sleigh, and in a book delivered by the Post Office. Children can chat with Frosty the Snowman and get handmade ornaments and candy canes while waiting for Santa. November 27, 10am

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