Here's where you can find Santa in Dayton

It’s no secret: all the kids know that Santa Claus comes to town before Christmas Eve to note what toys he needs to make at the North Pole before making his big trip. 

Luckily for us, Dayton has plenty of places you can visit Santa with your kids this year. Make this holiday a special one for your children and bring them out to experience a beloved holiday tradition with the jolly old man himself. 

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Below is a list of dates, events and places that you can visit with Santa, take pictures and maybe even share a meal with him. We will update this list as we hear of more Santa meet-and-greet events. 

Santa visits 2nd Street Market

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🎅Just confirmed by the North Pole, Santa will be visiting the 2nd Street Market again. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, receive a candy cane from the Big Man himself and get a photo. Parker the Penguin from RiverScape MetroPark’s ice rink will be joining Santa, as well, on Saturday. There will also be live music. 

When: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 & 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16

Where: 2nd Street Market, 600 E. 2nd St., Dayton 

Cost: Free

The Mall at Fairfield Commons   

🎅Santa’s Village Presented by Dayton Children’s Hospital 

Catch him before his sleigh takes off! Dayton Children’s Hospital is hosting time to spend with Saint Nicholas inside Santa’s Village throughout the rest of December. New to Santa’s visit, you can purchase a FastPass to simplify your Santa experience. Visit for more information.

Where: Center Court at the Mall at Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons Drive, Beavercreek


Nov. 9 – Dec. 9 (Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.) 

Dec. 10 – 16 (Mon. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.) 

Dec. 17 - 23 (Monday - Sunday 9 A.M. – 9 P.M.) 

Christmas Eve (9 a.m.- 6 p.m.) 

Cost: Free | Photo packages are available for purchase 


🎅Cookies with Mrs. Claus sponsored by Soin Medical Center

While visiting Santa on Dec.19, you can enjoy cookies with the Lady in Red from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be hot chocolate, a craft station and complimentary snack station. Cookies with Mrs. Claus is located inside the main entrance between Bravo and Flyboy’s Deli.

Cost: Free

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Dayton Mall 

🎅Rusty Bucket’s annual Breakfast with Santa 

“Treat Your Elves.” Guests will be given a delightful breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon and toast along with coffee, juice or milk. As Santa circles the restaurant meeting each family, you and yours are encouraged to take photos with your personal cameras to capture the memory of when Santa came to your table for breakfast. 

Where: Dayton Mall, 2812 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton 

When: Saturday Dec. 8 at 8:30 A.M. – 10 A.M. 

Cost: $5 per person. Call ahead for reservations. Phone: 937-436-2426.


🎅Storytime with Santa

Santa will be in the Village for storytime, snacks, crafts and an overall holly jolly time with the kids. This is a free event.

Where: Dayton Mall, 2812 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

When: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11

🎅Santa’s Here! Presented by Dayton Children’s Hospital 

St. Nick will be in the building taking photos with children and asking what they want for Christmas this year throughout Nov. and Dec. 

Where: Dayton South Mall near Macy’s in the Center Court 

When: Through Dec 24. Times vary; see full schedule here

Cost: Visit is free, photo packages are available with purchase 

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Austin Landing  

🎅Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton 

Share a magical morning with Santa at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel with a delicious breakfast. Your family will always remember spending time with other good little boys and girls and their favorite gift-giver. 

WHERE: 12000 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg.

WHEN: 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 & 9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 

COST: $16 per person. For reservations, call (937) 247-5850


Yellow Springs  

🎅The Gingerbread Festival 

A homemade gingerbread competition kicks off what will be the sweetest family-fun event during this Christmas season. Families are encouraged to design, bake and decorate their own gingerbread creation for a chance to win prizes. Download an entry form for the contest at Kids will be able to decorate their own cookie cottage kits and share their Christmas list with Santa. Cookie Cottage Kits are $6. 

A raffle drawing for a live tree from Carl and Dorothy Young’s Christmas Trees will also take place. The event will benefit the Mills Lawn Elementary School PTO. 

WHERE: The Mills Lawn Elementary School Gymnasium, 200 South Walnut St., Yellow Springs 

WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

COST: Free 


Scene 75

🎅Breakfast with Santa

Remember to bring your cameras because Santa will be making rounds around the breakfast tables as you enjoy pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, along with biscuits & gravy. Seats for this event are limited so make sure to purchase your tickets in advance. 

Where: Scene 75, 6196 Poe Ave. Dayton

When: 8 a.m.- 11 a.m., Saturday Dec. 15 

Cost: $8 per person. FREE for children 2 and under. Purchase tickets here

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