Santa in Denver includes stops all over the metro area. You'll find him ready to hear kids' gift requests at many shopping malls as well as at some major attractions, including the Downtown Aquarium and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
We've made our list — and checked it twice — of the Mile High City's best places to see Santa before he leaves on his Christmas Eve journey.
Santa is in search of members to join his elite flight crew, so they can help him prepare for his Christmas Eve mission. If your kiddos are up for the challenge, bring them to Cherry Creek Shopping Mall where they can try on a virtual flight suit, learn how to navigate and power Santa's sleigh, get a personalized badge showing they're part of his crew, and have their photo taken with Santa.
This interactive flight experience runs through Dec. 24 in the mall's Grand Court.
Another stop for Santa in Denver is Union Station. This year, he will make his way to this gorgeous location 5 times throughout the holidays.
Here is his 2016 schedule:
Come to Santa's headquarters at Flatiron Crossing shopping center where kids can try out elf-ray vision, the Naughty-or-Nice O' Meter, and more. Santa is available through Dec. 24 for photos with your kids — and cat or dog!
There's also a gift-giving tree where you can pick a tag and purchase items for local children in need.
Through Dec. 24, visit Santa at Dillard's Court at Park Meadows shopping center. Your kids will get to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, plus your gift will be a $30 coupon for Tiny Prints where you can make personalized cards and gifts.
Reservations and pre-order photo discounts are available.
If you're visiting Denver in December, be sure to stop at the Downtown Aquarium. Not only is it one of the city's top attractions but it's also hosting a yummy breakfast buffet with Santa and the aquarium's mascot, Sharkey.
Breakfast dates are Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 20 - 24. Reservations are required, so call 303-561-4450 as soon as possible.
The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is always a good time, and your kids will especially love it when Santa parks his sleigh in its airplane hangar for a special Christmas-time stop. Bring your family to the Museum on Dec. 4 between noon and 4 p.m. where you can write your wish list and meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
From noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum hosts Holidays at the Hangar. For the price of general admission, enjoy live reindeer, mimosas, cookie decorating, carolers, holiday music, a holiday movie, and Santa visit.
For an additional price, you can eat brunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 26 at the Midwestern Saloon, kids can enjoy a breakfast with Santa featuring pancakes, French toast, eggs, and bacon for $7. There's also a brunch and drinks menu for parents. Santa will be available for photos by the saloon's fireplace.
Come to charming and historic Olde Town Arvada for Saturdays with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Santa will be available for free photos in exchange for canned food donations that will go to a local food bank.
You can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, bluegrass performers, hot chocolate and treats, and the area's many boutiques and restaurants.
Head to Littleton for breakfast with Santa that includes pancakes and photo opps with the jolly old man. The event takes place at the Douglas A. Buck Community Recreation Center on Dec. 3 at either 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required for both times.
You and your kids will have a rockin' good time during this Santa in Denver stop. Santa will be available for storytime and photos, plus there will be a breakfast buffet, arts and crafts, and silent auction with proceeds benefitting local charities.
The breakfasts are from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18. Call 303-623-0856 for reservations.