Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa and Mrs. Claus love spending time before Christmas Eve in the Upper Peninsula. It’s so much easier to hear whispered wishes from believers when there’s no honking, bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowded stores. Your family will enjoy seeing our favorite North Pole visitors in a calmer, festive setting, too. Here’s where to find and take pictures with Santa when visiting the U.P.

Christmas, a small town west of Munising

All year-round | M-28

This Lake Superior town in the Central Upper Peninsula is a favorite holiday stop. When you see the giant, 35-foot Santa cutout along the highway, pull over. Santa, his sleigh and other North Pole characters make great photo ops. 


Chassell’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration

Dec. 8 | Downtown Chassell | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join in the merriment at the community tree lighting, caroling, free carriage rides and a visit from Santa


Marquette Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Dec. 8 | North Third Street | 6 p.m.

Downtown Marquette becomes a North Pole wonderland with illuminated floats, carolers and Santa joining the tree lighting at Marquette Commons. 


Breakfast with Santa, Crystal Falls

Dec. 9 | Forest Park School | 8 to 11 a.m.

Enjoy good food and great photo ops with a North Pole celebrity.


Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Lake Linden

Dec. 9 | Little Gem Community Center | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Lake Linden Hall | 4 p.m.

Start your day at the community center taking photos with Santa or come to the hall later in the afternoon to visit with him.


Light Up Baraga County, L’Anse

Dec. 9 | American Legion | 3:30 to 5 p.m.; parade at 5:30 p.m.

Visit Santa and enjoy free hot dogs, hot chocolate, crafts and candy.

Tinseltown Parade, Negaunee

Dec. 9 | Iron St. | 6 p.m.

Enjoy the parade, then make your way to the band shell for photos and wish-making with Santa after the tree lighting. There will be cookie decorating stations and pop-up shops, too.


Photos with Santa at Delta Plaza Mall, Escanaba

Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 9-24 | See Facebook for hours

Get your photo taken and share your Christmas list with Santa.


Visit Santa at Westwood Mall, Marquette

Dec. 9 & 16 | 12 to 5 p.m.

Share your wishes with Santa and gather up gifts for everyone on your list at this easy place to shop.


Lights in the Park, Rapid River

Dec. 9, 15 & 16 | Masonville Township Park | 6 to 8 p.m.

Over 100 inflatables, thousands of lights and spending time with Santa will make your evening bright. 


Santa Visits Ironwood Township

Dec. 16 | Township Gym | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visit with Santa and enjoy snacks and beverages.


Winter Wonderfest & Park Lighting, Copper Harbor

Dec 16 | The Mariner North | 2 to 4 p.m.

Ornament making for kids, plus Santa arrives on a fire engine! 


Skate with Santa, St. Ignace

Dec. 22 | Little Bear East Arena | Call (906) 643-6081 for times

Lace your skates and take a spin around the arena with the jolly man in the red suit. Then, warm up with hot chocolate and sing your favorite Christmas tunes. Bundle up and invite friends and family to share the joy! 


Make the best winter vacation plans in the U.P.

While you are hanging out with Santa this month, make some of your best memories with family and framily (friends who are like family). We’ve put together some ideas and a list of the best places to celebrate Christmas. Let’s get together before Santa dashes back to the North Pole!

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