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Santa Claus is coming to town! This is when and where to find the jolly man

It’s that time of year again... Santa Claus is coming to town! 

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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For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the places where St. Nick will be hanging out this holiday season. 

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 has made it possible for children to spend time with Saint Nicholas inside Santa’s Village throughout the rest of December. Those anxious to visit Santa right away can purchase a FastPass to simplify the Santa experience. Visit mallatfairfieldcommons.com for more information.

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

When: 

Dates: Dec. 9-15 

Times: Monday through Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Dates: Dec. 16-23 

Times: Monday through Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Date: Christmas Eve 

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: Free | Photo packages are available for purchase 

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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 🎅Cookies with Mrs. Claus sponsored by Soin Medical Center

While visiting Santa on Dec. 18, you can enjoy cookies with Mrs. Claus 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

More info: WebsiteFacebook

Dayton Mall 

🎅Santa’s Stories

Look out for St. Nick at Santa’s Village for story time, snacks, crafts and an overall holly jolly time with the kids. This is a free event. Each child can bring home a book from the event for free.

Where: Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11

More info: WebsiteFacebook

🎅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 until Dec. 26. 

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

When: Through Dec 26. Times vary; see full schedule here

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

More info: WebsiteFacebook 

Other locations

🎅Lunch with Santa

Eat lunch with Santa and then visit the Tike’s Shoppe at the Schuster Center. There are multiple dates for this event, but reservations are required.

Where: Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 126 N. Main St., Dayton

When: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 11 a.m.

Cost: Call for pricing information and reservations at 937-910-8000.

More info: Website

🎅Petco Pictures with Santa

Find out what your furry pals want for Christmas this year by taking them to visit with St. Nicolas at Petco Pictures with Santa, hosted by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. This event will be taking place at the Petco Town & Country on Saturday Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15th from 1-4 p.m. All proceeds from the pictures purchased will be donated to help the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Where: Petco, 300 E. Stroop Road in Dayton

When: Saturday Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Free, photos available for purchase

More info: Facebook

🎅Sunday with Santa at Cape House Collectibles

On Sunday, Dec. 8, visitors to Cape House Collectibles in Beavercreek will have the opportunity to meet with Santa. Be sure to bring a camera as there will not be a photographer on site.

Where: Cape House Collectibles, 3781 Dayton Xenia Road in Beavercreek 

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook 

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🎅Santa is Coming!

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to the One Dollar Book Swap in Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 14. Aside from taking photos with the pair, Santa will be reading a book to the crowd. Each child can bring home a free book at the conclusion of the event. 

Where: One Dollar Book Swap, 1723 Webster St. in Dayton

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook 

🎅Donuts with Santa

Indulge in donuts and crafts with Santa at Be Hope Church in Fairborn on Saturday, Dec. 14. After eating donuts and making crafts, children of all ages can take a photo with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. 

Where: Be Hope Church, 63 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook 

🎅Northridge Community Tree Lighting

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the New City Church in Dayton is hosting its third annual Northridge Community Tree Lighting event. At the tree lighting event, fans of Santa can take photos with him, be read to by Mrs. Claus, and hand off their letters to Santa. 

Where: New City Church, 4800 N. Dixie Drive in Dayton

When: Saturday, Dec. 14. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 5:15 p.m. 

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook 

🎅Breakfast with Santa

 Bring the kids to a special breakfast with Santa at the Rusty Bucket on Saturday, Dec. 14. Limited spots are available for this event, so make a reservation as soon as possible. Proceeds from the event benefits A Kid Again. 

Where: The Rusty Bucket, 2812 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. in Dayton

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost: $6 per person; make your reservation at myrustybucket.com

More info: Facebook

🎅Sunday with Santa

The Dayton Beer Company is hosting a family-friendly afternoon with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 15. Visitors who bring their phone or camera can take a free picture with Santa at the Dayton Beer Company’s Santa Station. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a special price on any Dayton Beer Company pint.

Where: The Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison St. in Dayton

When: Sunday, Dec. 15 from 12:30-2:15 p.m.

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook

🎅Cupcakes with Santa

Twist Cupcakery is hosting its annual Cupcakes with Santa at their bakery on Saint Clair St. in Dayton. After R. Leigh Photography takes photos of each child with Santa, they will receive 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. 

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

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Cost: Free

More info: 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 in Dayton’s Oregon District on Saturday to take free photos with good boys and girls, adults and even well-behaved pups. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there will not be a professional photographer at the event. 

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

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Cost: Free

More info: Facebook

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