Got Santa?

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Lori Writer / St. Paul by Tricycle: Brunch with Santa, Shamrocks St. Paul

(Edited Sunday December 22 to include more events.) You’re running out of time to take your kiddo to see Santa this year, but here are some options (in no particular order).  Some are by appointment only, so you must hurry!

Shamrock’s is our style (very low-key, though I’ll admit, the food isn’t exceptional), but we’ve also seen the Mall of America Santa, which is exceedingly efficient, especially if you want to have them do your Christmas cards for you on the spot.  You make an appointment and your wait is about 15 minutes. We also like the Jackson Street Roundhouse where the kiddos can play on the train tables, take a ride on a caboose, listen to music, tour real train cars, and take photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus ($5 for the photo), regular museum admission applies (admission cost our family of three about $25 ).

I know there are many more, so please recommend your favorites in the comments.  I’ll edit the list to add them in as I have time.

Aldrich Arena, Maplewood (Skate with Santa, Sunday December 22 12:45-2:15pm)

Como Zoo, St.Paul ( Watch Santa feed his reindeer! Wednesday, December 18th and Monday, December 23, NOON, at the reindeer exhibit).

Aldrich Arena, Maplewood (Skate with Santa, Sunday December 22, 12:45-2:15pm)

Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley (Santa Saturdays, December 14 & 21; Snoopy Sundays, December 15 & 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Jackson Street Roundhouse, St. Paul (Santa’s train shop, December 14, 15, 21, 22 10am-4pm)

Bachman’s on Lyndale (Santa Busts a Christmas Move show, various Saturdays and Sundays, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm)

Macy’s, Ridgedale, Southdale, Downtown Minneapolis (Breakfast with Santa, various dates, also, downtown Minneapolis only, Santaland)

Hometown for the Holidays, Stillwater (various events throughout December)

Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie, (Santa’s North Pole Experience, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm through Dec 22)

Tavern on Grand, St. Paul (Breakfast with Santa, Saturday December 7, 8:30-10:30am as Part of the “Grand Meander“)
Mall of America, Bloomington (Edited to add SOLD OUT for 2013. The Santa Experience, make an appointment for a photo shoots with Santa–you must buy one of their photo packages if you want to also take pics with your own camera)
Junior League of Minneapolis, Edina (Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 7, 2013, seating options at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.)
Duluth & Case Rec Center, St. Paul (dinner with Santa, Thursday December 12, 6-7:30pm) and (Tot Time Holiday Party Friday, December 13 10-11:30am. Games, crafts and a visit with Santa! Free.)
Shamrocks, St. Paul (Brunch with Santa, Saturday December 14, reservations required)
Longfellow Grill, Minneapolis (Mingle with Santa, Saturday December 14 1-3pm)
Chatterbox Pub, St. Paul (Free brunch with Santa, Saturday December 14, 9-11am, RSVP required)
Davani’s Pizza, Woodbury (Party with Santa, Saturday December 14, 10am-1pm)
Lincoln Elementary School, South St. Paul (Breakfast with Santa, Saturday December 14, 11am)
Lincoln Elementary School, South St. Paul (Breakfast with Santa, Saturday December 14, 11am)
Canadian Pacific Rail Yard, Cottage Grove (“North Pole Station” and Sheryl Crow & Take 6 concert, Saturday December 14, 4pm, free but donation requested)
Landmark Center, St. Paul (Santa’s workshop, Sunday December 15, 1-3pm, children can craft gifts for their loved ones alongside Santa)
Choo Choo Bobs, St. Paul (Sunday December 15, 4-6pm)
Bonfire, Woodbury (Dinner, 4-7pm, Sunday December 15)
Dundee Nursery, Plymouth (Photo op, Saturday and Sunday December 14 & 15 1-3pm)
Old Navy (various locations) (Smile with Santa, Sunday December 15, hours vary by location)
Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis ( Sunday December 15, 12-2pm,  Wednesday December 18, 11am-1pm; Friday December 20, 5:30-7:30pm; Saturday December 21 12-2pm)
Jax Cafe, Minneapolis (Brunch with Santa Saturday December 14 and December 21, reservations starting at 9am)
Cheeky Monkey Deli, St. Paul (Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 14th and Saturday December 21, 9-11am Reserve now 651.224.6066)
Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul (“Night Trains”,  Saturdays through Christmas, 6-9pm)
Holidazzle, Minneapolis (parade, various dates, this is the parade’s last year!)

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