Santa Claus in the Joplin Area – Joplin’s Local Family Fun

Santa is commin' to town

Santa is a busy guy during the Christmas season, but, we have thankfully tracked his schedule down. From holiday trains, and riding in boats, Santa is ready to celebrate the Christmas spirit with you

Santa’s Wonderland

Stop by Bass Pro for a fun evening of hot chocolate, singing, and cookies, while you wait for Santa to arrive in his boat! You will then help Santa light up the Christmas tree and bring magic to Santa’s Wonderland! Children will be able to decorate a stocking from 6pm to 8pm, and pictures with Santa start at 6pm.

Date/Times: Saturday, Nov. 14th; 5pm
Location: Bass Pro in Springfield
Cost: N/A
More Information: Santa’s Wonderland

Northpark Mall in Joplin

Visit Santa near JCPenney November 13th through Christmas Eve

Date/Times: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 9pm; Sunday: Noon to 6pm; Christmas Eve: 10am to 6pm
101 North Rangeline Road, Joplin, MO
Cost: Varies
More Information: Northpark Mall
Letters from Santa in Joplin

Letter from Santa

Starting, Monday, November 15th, Drop letters off at Santa’s mailbox at the Joplin Athletic Complex and the Parks & Rec staff will get letters to Santa so he can respond to children. Deadline to mail letters to Santa: 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Be sure to include child’s full name, address, city, state, zip code and of course, the wish list!

Please address letters to:
Santa’s Workshop
9 Reindeer Road
North Pole

Date/Times: November 16th, to December 4th
Location: 3301 W 1st St, Joplin, MO
Cost: Free
More Information: Joplin Athletic Complex

Gardenland Express in Fayetteville, AR

It’s only fall but the holidays are just around the corner! At the Botanical Garden, those holiday weekends mean Gardenland Express will be arriving to entertain children and adults.

Each holiday weekend session includes the great display of model trains in a fantastic winter wonderland setting; refreshments will be offered as well as visits with Santa.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks at 4703 N. Crossover Road
More Information: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Christmas at Route 66-Double Feature

Come see A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas on the big scree. Get your chance to have your picture taken with Santa, and win prizes!

Ages: Open to all
Location: Route 66 Movie Theater
Cost: $5 per person; Webb City Chamber
Date/Times: December 15th
More Information: Christmas at Route 66

Father Christmas Visits the Post Library in Joplin

A distinguished Santa, dressed in Victorian-style costume, will visit with children. Parents are invited to bring cameras and take their own photographs. The Post Library, designed to resemble an English great hall, will be decked out with antique Christmas decorations, providing a great photo op for the tradtional Father Christmas. 417.782.7678 for details

Date/Times: Info Soon
Location: Inside the Joplin Library
Cost: Call for details
More Information: Father Christmas visits the Post Library

Holiday Express Train in Joplin

Come out to the Holiday Express Train! With hot cocoa, a decked out train to tour, and get your picture taken with Santa!

No tickets needed. You walk through the train, no rides.

Date/Times: Neosho: Dec. 8th 4pm at 211 East Coler; Joplin Dec. 9th at the Union Depot; Dec. 10th 5pm at Elm and Monroe in Pittsburg, KS
More Information: Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train

All kids are invited to come play in Santa’s workshop! Those that visit on this day will be able to play reindeer games, make crafts and possibly even get a chance to visit with Santa!

We ask that all children and families attending donate 1 non-perishable/unexpired canned food item in place of an entry fee! All canned food will be donated to the Wesley House of Pittsburg.

Date/Times: Info Soon
Location: Memorial Auditorium (Lower Level) 503 N. Pine
We ask that all children and families attending donate 1 non-perishable/unexpired canned food item in place of an entry fee!
More Information: Santa’s Workshop

Breakfast with Santa (Joplin)
Kids, here’s your chance to meet Santa, and enjoy a breakfast together!
Date/Times: Saturday, Dec. 5th; 8am to 11am; Pre-register starts Nov. 27th
Location: Memorial Hall
Cost: $6 per person; bring a can good and receive a $1.00 off
More Information: Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa (Neosho)
Come out with fun activities, and a special pancake breakfast with Santa!
Date/Times: Saturday, Dec. 5th; 8am to 11am
Location: The Civic in Neosho, MO
Cost: Free
More Information: Breakfast with Santa


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