Where to See Santa in Fargo & Moorhead | 2023

Where to see Santa in Fargo.
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If a yearly visit to the Big Guy is a must-do for your family, we’ve rounded up all the places of where to see Santa in Fargo. We’ve included some fun virtual options as well to add to the festive fun!

Please note: We are updating events as they are listed for 2023.

Where to See Santa in Fargo

Santa’s Whimsical Wonderland (My Santa Magic)

2023 Days: November 11 & 12, November 18 & 19, November 22, then November 24 – December 24, hours vary

Location: West Acres Mall

Be transported to the North Pole with two whimsical setting choices for photos with Santa. For more information and tickets see the Santa Magic website.

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase

2023 Days: November 17, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. & November 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Scheels Arena

Bring your Christmas shopping list. You’ll find gifts, food, jewelry, and a free visit and photos with Santa!


2023 Days: November 17 – 19 & November 24 – 26, Fridays & Saturdays 12:00 – 9:00 p.m., Sundays 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Fargo Civic Center

Get a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Perfect for holiday cards or for the fridge.
SUNDAY ONLY! November 19th and November 26th from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Civic Center atrium.

Cookies with the Claus Family

2023 Day: November 24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Fargodome

Cookies with the Claus Family, presented by Fraser, Ltd., is back! Join in the afternoon of entertainment and fun at this free holiday event. There will be bouncy houses, sleigh rides, cookie decorating, a holiday craft, entertainment, and more!

Santa Village

2023 Days: November 25 & 26, December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 15 – 17, 21 & 22 (hours vary)

Location: Rheault Farm

Celebrate the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at this free event. Participate this Season of Giving by bringing donations of canned goods, cash, and gently used or new toys for local organizations. Remember to dress warm and bring your camera!

Santa at The Shoppes at Blue Water Creek

2023 Days: November 25 & December 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Grain Designs

Santa is coming to the Shoppes at Blue Water Creek! Visit Grain Designs (between EcoChic and Leela & Lavender) to get your photo taken with Santa.

Light Up the Night

2023 Day: November 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: POW/MIA Plaza in Downtown West Fargo

Kick off the holidays with the annual tree lighting ceremony, crafts for the kids, and carolers! Carolers start at 5:00 p.m., tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m., and craft is at 5:45 p.m. Make sure to pay Santa a visit while you are there!

Jingle Bell Run

2023 Day: December 2, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: Court’s Plus

Come join a run/walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation of North Dakota and meet Santa! Registration opens at 8:00 a.m., Santa arrives at 8:30 a.m., and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Christmas on the Prairie

2023 Day: December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Bonanzaville

Visit Bonanzaville for an old fashioned Christmas on the Prairie! Step back in time and enjoy Christmas of the past. Children can visit Santa, feed his reindeer, or print a holiday greeting on a 1890’s printer. Admissionis $6 for Adults & Students, $3 for Children under 12, or $15 for a family.

Fargo Theatre (An Interactive Elf Experience)

2023 Day: December 2 at 2:00 p.m. (Santa visits are after the movie screening)

Location: Fargo Theatre

Visit the Fargo Theatre for an Interactive screening of Elf and visit Santa after the show!

Santa at Kingpinz

2023 Days: December 2 at 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.; December 3 at 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.; December 16 at 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.; December 17 at 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.; December 23 at 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.; December 24 at 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Kingpinz

SANTA is coming to Kingpinz SIX times in December! You might catch him HyperBowling a few frames and you’ll definitely find him snacking at the Axis Tilt Snack Trailer, but most importantly he’ll be available for photos (for free!). The 12/24 date includes a Brunch with Santa option. 

Family Skate Christmas Party

2023 Day: December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Skate City

Santa Claus is coming to Skate City! Join us for our Family Skate on Saturday morning from 10am – 12pm for festivities and time with Santa Claus! Parents skate FREE admission with the purchase of child’s admission! Admission is $8 and skate rentals are $3.

Brunch with Santa

2023 Day: December 3, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Delta Hotel

Join Delta Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom for photos with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, and more! Make your reservation today by calling 701-281-7105.

Skate with Santa

2023 Day: December 3, 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Moorhead Sport Center

Enjoy a free open skate with Santa and Mrs. Claus with free cookies and hot chocolate! And skate rental will be available for limited sizes.

Santa Meet & Greet at Brewhalla

2023 Day: December 3, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Brewhalla

Bring your kids to meet a holly jolly friend from the North Pole! Old Saint Nick will be making his appearance on the 2nd floor of Brewhalla, and he can’t wait to hear what everyone wants for Christmas! This event is completely free and open to all.

Letters to Santa at First Avenue Market

2023 Day: December 7th at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Spend some time at the market with Santa! Bring your Santa letters to First Avenue Market in downtown Fargo between 5:30-7:30 pm when Santa himself will be there!

Santa Claus is coming to Scoop N Dough

2023 Day: December 8th from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Scoop N Dough Candy Co.

Come and celebrate the holidays with a free cup of coffee or hot cocoa, in-store specials,  and photos with Santa! Photos are free, just come with a phone or camera for pictures.

Holly Days in Horace

2023 Day: December 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Horace Senior Center (Horace, ND)

Featuring vendors, carriage rides, s’mores/bonfires, Christmas activities, visits with Santa and more in Horace.

Santa Shuffle

2023 Day: December 9th from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Courts Plus

This santa event is open to kids ages 4 -12. Parents can drop their children off or stay for the fun. There will be 5 fun stations, and all will have a teacher and be limited to no more than 10 children. This event is open to both members ($15/child) and non-members ($25/child). Space is LIMITED so pre-register online.

Sensory Friendly Santa Night

2023 Day: Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Beyond Boundaries (3001 11th St S)

Co-hosted by Family Voices of North Dakota and Beyond Boundaries Therapy & Wellness, this Santa visit is geared to those needing sensory-sensitive environments. Bring the whole family and visit stations, have a treat and stop by to say HI to Santa in a sensory-friendly environment.

Santa Fly-In

2023 Day: Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Fargo Air Museum

As the reindeers rest up for the big day at the North Pole, watch Santa fly into Fargo in a helicopter! Get your photo with him to remember the occasion, and help the elves at the workshop by sharing what you would like for Christmas. No pre-registration required. Normal admission applies. FREE for Museum Members.

Skate with Santa

2023 Day: December 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Arena

Santa is coming to Veterans Memorial Arena this holiday season! Bring out the whole family and your skates, say hi to Santa, and skate to your favorite Christmas songs! Enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate while supplies last. *Please note that there will NOT be skates available for rental. 

Tea Time with Mrs. Claus Dance Camp

2023 Day: December 19, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Gasper’s School of Dance & Performing Arts

Join Mrs. Claus and a North Pole Elf for a wonderful Tea and Dance Party! Dancers will enjoy hot cocoa or hot apple cider, treats, dancing and more! For ages 3 – 8, all movers and dancers welcome. No need to be a student at Gasper’s School of Dance or have any dance experience to register. Attendees should wear something they can move and dance in. Dressing in festive attire is encouraged! Attendees will have an awesome time with Mrs. Claus as they dance, decorate cookies, craft, and of course have a little tea time. Cost is $30, reserve your spot here.

Fargo Mrs. Claus (also does messages in American Sign Language)

Check out Mrs. Claus on her Facebook page or website to hear messages from her, including one in American Sign Language!

Book Santa for Your Own Event!

FM Santa

Fargo Santa Claus


Virtual/Mail Options

JingleRing Virtual Visit with Santa

This is a safe way to see Santa without leaving the house. Book online and a shareable video and group pictures are included in the cost. Also, have the option of adding a story time.

Letters to Santa Online

Send a letter to Santa online and get a free personalized photo from Santa.

USPS Operation Santa

Days: Now accepting letters! Letter adoption starts November 28.

Every year, the Post Offices around the country receive letters sent to Santa from children and families. Letters ask for games and toys, help for loved ones, and for basic necessities. If you or someone you know is in need of help this Christmas, here are some instructions on writing a letter in order to obtain a response.

USPS Operation Santa makes it possible for people to adopt these letters and send gifts and responses in Santa’s place. Click here to adopt a letter.

Package From Santa

Children can receive a personalized package from Santa at the North Pole. This box includes letters and treats.

Hire Santa: Virtual Visit with Santa Claus

A one-on-one conversation with Santa. It is recorded and can be saved and shared with family members.

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Leah Tennefos
Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


  1. O’kelly’s in Fargo is Family friendly and has Santa in person on Saturday December 12 and Saturday December 19 from 12-2 with family pizza specials for dining in or pizza kits and sugar cookie kits to go!


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