Santa is coming to your town; here’s where to find the big guy

 Santa is coming to your town; here’s where to find the big guy

Following two years of virtual, masked-up meetings with Santa, children in metro Detroit can actually experience face-to-face encounters with the most famous resident of the North Pole this month.

Heck, even your dog is invited for photos with Mr. Claus at selected venues.

Here are a few area locations where kids can deliver their wish lists for Christmas morning:

Twelve Oaks Mall

Santa will be present at Novi’s 12 Oaks Mall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 24. On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., visitors can have their dog’s holiday photo taken with Santa. Dogs must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must by on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness.

Westland Mall

Santa will be available for children to share their Christmas wish list until Dec. 24 at Center Court in front of JC Penney. The set is open daily to the public and professional photos are available for purchase by VIP Recognition. For reservations (recommended) click here.

Pet photos with Santa are available Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ann Arbor area

Kids will have three opportunities to visit with Santa in the Ann Arbor area on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Santa will on hand for a Donuts & Selfies event at Chelsea’s Smokehouse 52 BBQ from 10 a.m. to noon. He’ll also be available for photos and to hear kids’ wish lists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chelsea Fairgrounds.

The busy man will be at My Urban Toddler in Ann Arbor from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


A Lunch With Santa event will be held Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Livonia Civic Center, 15218 Farmington Road.

A Santa’s Comin’ To Town event will be held Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westborn Market, 14925 Middlebelt Road.


Early-risers can get their pictures taken with Santa Dec. 10 at Premier Pet Supply (19784 Haggerty Road) from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Storytime with Santa will be held in three sessions – 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. – on Dec. 10 at the Community House, 380 South Bates. Visitors can enjoy holiday cheer while listening to a story read by Santa, crafting a holiday memory, and exploring hot chocolate stations. Santa will have his mailbox handy so he can read kids’ letters when he returns to the North Pole. Visitors are encouraged to bring a gently used book to donate to ReadingX Detroit.

Canton Township

Area residents were invited to share their favorite family, holiday, or winter season tradition. The Township will share some of its favorites on its social media pages throughout the month of December.

If a resident’s submission was selected as one of the winners, Santa will be escorted by Canton Public Safety down the winners’ street to visit them and their neighbors on Dec. 13 and 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ed Wright

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