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Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

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. 

🎅🏾Cupcakes with Santa

Twist Cupcakery is hosting its 3rd annual Cupcakes with Santa and their bakery down on Saint Clair St. Come out and bring your little ones for pictures with Santa and each child will recieve a free mini cupcake and a special treat from Santa... there will also be a hot cocoa bar for all to enjoy. DIY Cupcake Kits and other treats will be available for purchase! The event is free, however, don’t forget to bring your camera to snap your own photos with Santa.

Where: Twist Cupcakery, 25 S. St. Clair St., Dayton

When: 12 p.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Information: Facebook

🎅Visit ‘Record Store Santa’

Santa is already a very cool guy. Somehow, he gets even cooler when he’s “Record Store Santa”. Santa will be hanging out at Omega Music on Saturday to take free photos with good boys and girls, adults and even well-behaved pups. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Where: Omega Music, 318 E. 5th St., Dayton

When: 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Information: Facebook

🎅🏾African American Santa meet and greet

Hosted by Mystic E. Images, there will be light refreshments and cookies for guests. Also, while supplies last, Santa will be passing out one free small toy per sitting with a purchase of a photo. A printed copy is $15 and a digital copy is $10. Tickets can be purchased on Facebook.

Where: 3491 W. Siebenthaler Ave. 

When: 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, December 22

Information: Facebook

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


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 Flyboys Deli.

Cost: Free

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Dayton Mall 

🎅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 November and December. 

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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