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 the Botanic Gardens.
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.
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Dates: 11/7 - 12/24
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.
Dates: 12/8 & 12/15
Another stop for Santa in Denver is the South Denver campus of the University of Colorado (10035 S. Peoria Street, Lone Tree). This event includes a chance to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on the big screen and lots of kids activities in addition to a visit and photos with Santa. They will also be milk and cookies (plus coffee for the adults). He will be there two times in December from 8am to 1pm.
Dates: 11/29 - 12/22
Santa will also be making his way to the Botanic Gardens. He will be stopping by the Chatfield Farms location every weekend between November 29th and December 22nd. His reindeer and he will arrive at 4:30 pm and leave again at 8:30 pm (last entry at 7:30 pm). You can meet with Santa, enjoy crafts with Mrs. Claus, and stroll through their colorful holiday lights display. Chatfield Farms is at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. Check here for the full schedule of times and dates.
You will also find Santa in Denver at these holiday Christmas markets.
11/1 - 3 & 11/8 - 10: Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show will be held at the Denver Mart and Colorado Springs (11/8 - 11/10) in early November, this three-day event features hand crafted goodies from more than 400 vendors, Santa will be hanging out all weekend long. Tickets are available at the door.
11/15 - 11/17: Holiday Food & Gift Festival is at the National Western Complex this holiday season. Santa will be here all three days. Tickets are available at the door.
Dates: 11/9 - 12/24
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. We will post the dates and times as soon as they are available.
There's also a gift-giving tree where you can pick a tag and purchase items for local children in need.
Dates: 11/8 - 12/24
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. You will also get the chance to win a $2k shopping spree courtesy of Lifetime.
Reservations and pre-order photo discounts are available.
Dates: 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15 and 12/21 - 12/24
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.
Reservations are required, so call 303-561-4450 as soon as possible.
Dates: 12/7, 12/14, & 12/21
Come to charming and historic Olde Town Arvada for Saturdays with Santa from noon to 3 p.m.. Each child will receive a free toy from Super Zoom Bang Bang.
You can also enjoy performers, hot chocolate and, 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 Peak Community and Wellness Center on Saturday, December 21st starting at either 8:30 am to 10 am or 10:30 am to noon. Tickets cost $20 and 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 story time and photos, plus there will be a breakfast buffet, arts and crafts, and silent auction with proceeds benefiting local charities.
The breakfasts dates and times will be determined as posted. Call 303-623-0856 for reservations.
Dates: 12/6, 12/7, 12/11, 12/14, 12/15 & 12/21
Santa will be making his way to Golden for four days this December. He will be stopping by during the Olde Golden Christmas Parades in the historic downtown area. In addition to seeing Santa, you can also enjoy floats, classic cars, and other parade participants. There will also be plenty of other activities both before and after each parades.
Dates: Friday, 11/29 & Saturdays from 11/30 - 12/21
Spend some time with Santa this holiday season as he makes his way to Boulder. He will be taking requests from all the good girls and boys at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center. It's free to the public and we will post dates and times as soon as possible. Don't forget to bring your camera.