I love going to see Santa. Even before I had Daughter, my mom and I would go and see Santa together. It was a ridiculous but fun family tradition. Now of course, we go every year and use it as an opportunity to have a family photo. Here we are at St. Vital Centre last year:
Since Santa visits are an important part of holiday shopping, I thought I’d quickly post Santa’s schedule here in Winnipeg during the 2016 holiday season.
CF Polo Park: Santa arrived on November 20th and his hours are: Monday to Saturday 10am – 8pm; Sundays 10am – 5pm; Black Friday: November 25th 9am – 8pm; Late Night Shopping: Thursday December 22nd 10am – 8pm; Christmas Eve: Saturday December 24th 10am – 2pm. Find more information here. As a side note, Polo has given their Santa display a facelift and it looks awesome. Here’s my quick snap of it from the second floor by the elevator.
St. Vital Centre: Santa arrived on November 16th and his hours are November 21 to December 23: Monday – Saturday 9am – 8pm; Sunday 9am – 5pm except for Wednesday, November 23 – 11:30am – 8pm; Thursday, December 24 – 9am to 1pm. Find more information here.
Portage Place Shopping Centre: Santa arrived on Nov 19th but his schedule at this mall is erratic so be sure to check their calendar with his hours here.
Grant Park Shopping Centre: Santa arrives Nov 26th and his hours are: Monday – Friday 2 pm – 8pm; Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm; Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm; Dec 24th 12 pm – 4 pm. Find more information here.
Kildonan Place: Santa arrived Nov 18 and his hours are November 20-December 23: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm; Sundays 11:00-5:00pm; Christmas Eve 10:00am-3:00pm. Just FYI, KP was the only mall to specify that outside cameras were not allowed but I’m not sure how thrilled the other malls are about outside cameras. Find more information here. KP is also one of two malls that do Santa visits with pets. KP schedules these on Sunday evenings during the Christmas season. Click here to see the details and plan to go early, it’s a huge hit.
Garden City Shopping Centre: Santa arrived on November 19 and his hours are: Nov. 19 to Dec. 23, Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 3pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm; Sunday: 12pm – 2pm, 3pm-5pm; December 24, 12pm – 3pm. Garden City also does “Paws and Claus” pet pictures with Santa every Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6pm – 8pm starting November 22 and ending December 21. For more information click here.
Oak Hammock Marsh: November 26th, 12 pm – 3 pm. Bring your own cameras to get a shot with Santa and “take part in many fun activities including cooking bannock and sipping hot chocolate over an open fire, face painting, and making a Christmas craft.” There are also wagon rides available for $5 per person. Click here for more details.
Did I miss Santa somewhere? Please let me know in the comments. Happy Shopping!
EDIT: After publishing time, Fort Whyte posted their Santa visit schedule, Sunday, November 27 & December 4, 11 am – 3 pm. Note that there is a charge to see Santa of $7 per family. Check out more information here.