Santa Claus is coming to town and Downtown Indy is his favorite stop! Check out Santa’s full list of holiday appearances below.

Visit Santa at the Indiana State Museum

Nothing says Christmas like breakfast with Santa himself at the Indiana State Museum. Dec. 1, 2, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23, enjoy breakfasts with Santa in the L.S. Ayres Tea Room or Farmers Market Café. (Reservations required.) Don’t forget to ride the Santa Claus Express train and play in Santa’s Workshop. New this year at Celebration Crossing, tinker in Santa’s Workshop or create cardboard snowmen, snowballs and more in Santa’s Front Yard. Visit or call (317) 232.1637.

Santa’s at the Zoo

Don’t miss holiday fun at the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union through Dec. 30. The Zoo opens at noon with holiday activities from 5 – 9 p.m. each weekday and 5 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Stop by the all-new Santa’s Village under the Bicentennial Pavilion, where you can decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, visit with Santa in his study and see Santa’s reindeer in his barn. Visit or phone (317) 630.2001.

Santa wants to visit at The Children’s Museum

Santa is very busy this time of year, but he’s frequenting the The Children’s Museum to chat with all of the children and listen to their wish lists. Santa will make appearances throughout the season through Dec. 24, including Breakfast with Santa Dec. 2, 9, 15 & 16. Celebrate family traditions and holidays with Jolly Days Winter Wonderland through Jan. 6.  Enjoy favorites like the two-story Yule Slide, Jingles the Jolly Bear and visits with Santa. Check out or call (317) 334.3322.

Tap Dancing Santas

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jack Everly are joined by hosts Josh Kaufman and Angela Brown for the IPL Yuledtide Celebration through Dec. 23.  Watch as the stage comes alive with tap-dancing Santas and other surprises at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Don’t miss Indy’s own dance group Expressenz, a World of Dance finalist, as they join the cast to perform holiday favorites. Call the Box Office at (317) 639.4300 or visit

Rowdie Claus returns

Indianapolis Indians mascot Rowdie dons the red suit and fluffy white beard for Rowdie Claus on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Victory Field. All visitors are welcome to this FREE event. Kids can snap pictures with Rowdie Claus himself, create a holiday craft, enjoy snacks and hot chocolate, and catch a glimpse of the holiday lights display on the Victory Field diamond. Guests are encouraged to bring canned food donations for Wheeler Mission Ministries, and parking is available for free in the Victory Field parking lot. For more information, visit or call (317) 269.3545.

Send a letter to Santa

Trying to reach Jolly Saint Nicholas? Send him a letter through Santa’s Mailbox on Monument Circle! Children of all ages can drop off letters addressed to Santa Nov. 21 through Monday, Dec. 21. Mr. Claus will then personally answer each letter with a return address. It’s very important each letter has a return address so Santa can send his reply. You can find the festively-decorated mailbox on the east side of Monument Circle, facing Market Street.

Shop and see Santa

Head to Circle Centre Mall’s third floor through Dec. 24 to share your list with Santa. Buy a photo package and receive a personalized call from Santa. Reserve a FastPass and skip the line to see Santa.

Grace Bowling

Grace Bowling

Communications and Marketing Intern, Downtown Indy, Inc.