7 sites for Santa sightings
Courtesy Utica Square
Santa Claus is “making his list and checking it twice,” and no doubt, your kids are eager to find and tell him what they want for Christmas. Here is a partial list of where and when that favorite Man in Red can be found around the city. If the kids ask how he can be so many places at once, just tell them it’s part of his North Pole magic.
Santa House at Utica Square
If you missed seeing the “jolly old elf’’ on Thanksgiving night at Tulsa’s midtown shopping venue, you can visit with him inside his own house in the Utica Square garden area between Starbucks and The Wild Fork. The square is a sight to behold with 700,000-plus shimmering white lights on 175 trees and large illuminated characters from “The Nutcracker.” Pictures with Santa are $5.
East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue. Nov. 25-Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m., Sunday. uticasquare.com
Breakfast with Santa
At least two venues will offer the chance to break bread with Santa himself. Breakfast and photos are included with ticket purchases, but be sure to register in advance as these opportunities will sell out.
Arvest Winterfest brings a taste of the North Pole to Tulsa with a delicious breakfast downtown, visits with Santa and family photo options.
East Third Street and South Denver Avenue outside BOK Center. 8-9:30 a.m. or 10-11:30 a.m., Dec. 10. $8. tulsawinterfest.com/breakfast-with-santa
Tulsa Zoo guests can enjoy a hot breakfast, participate in arts and crafts, hear a winter-themed story time and, most importantly, meet Santa.
H.A. Chapman Event Lodge (south end of the zoo), 6421 E. 36th St. N. 9-11 a.m., Dec. 3 and 10. $23, member; $29, non-member; $5, children under 3. tulsazoo.org/santa
Kringle’s Christmas Land
If you stop by Promenade Mall for a Santa visit and photo, don’t leave before checking out a special walk-through event showcasing some Santas — and other Christmas characters — of yesteryear.
Kringle’s Christmas Land is a voice-narrated experience featuring hundreds of vintage, life-sized animated displays made between the 1940s and 1990s. The tour takes 10 to 15 minutes and includes elaborate special effects such as realistic snowfall and LED theatrical lighting. tp
Lower level of Promenade Mall, 4107 S. Yale Ave., next to Macy’s. Noon-9 p.m., Nov. 25-Dec. 31. $7, adults; $5, military and law enforcement with ID; free, children 3 and under. kringleschristmasland.com
OTHER SANTA SIGHTINGS
Promenade Mall 4107 S. Yale Ave., lower level near JCPenney. Visit tulsapromenade.com for Santa’s hours from Dec. 1-24.
Bass Pro Shops 101 W. Bass Pro Drive, Broken Arrow. “Santa’s Wonderland” continues Dec. 1-24, during store hours. Santa visits with one photo are free, but kids must have a Santa Pass from the front of the store. basspro.com
Dog Dish 1778 Utica Square. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 4. Free pet treats and free photos with Santa. Pets must be leashed or in a carrier. thedogdish.com
Woodland Hills Mall 7021 S. Memorial Drive, lower level near Dillard’s. Hours vary. $10, photo with Santa. woodlandhillsmall.com • Caring Santa: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Dec. 4. A private photo experience with Santa for children with sensory, physical and other developmental needs. Pre-registration required. •
Pet Night: 7-8:30 p.m., Dec. 11. Pets must be leashed or in a carrier.