45 Awesome Santa Activities for Kids in Connecticut

Santa greets families on the daytime Santa Express and the evening Northern Lights Limited Christmas trains. Photo courtesy of the Naugatuck Railroad
Santa greets families on the daytime Santa Express and the evening Northern Lights Limited Christmas trains. Photo courtesy of the Naugatuck Railroad

Out of the corner of your eye, you see it. The red suit and snowy white beard which signal the arrival of the very symbol of joy and giving during the Christmas holidays: Santa Claus! Today the tradition is alive and well in many, many different kinds of places from train stations, farms, and even on the water! If you're looking to mix it up with a Santa outing that's a little bit different, we have rounded up our 45 favorite Santa activities across the state. 

Some events are free and require no preregistration, but many of those that do require advanced tickets are very popular and can sell out early, so you'll want to buy tickets as soon as possible. Check websites for updated mask and COVID-19 requirements. For more holiday and Christmas activities, see our list of The 15 Best Holiday and Christmas Events and Activities and our Holiday Fun Guide for Connecticut Kids.

Places featured in this article:


Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

First Congregational Church of Meriden

Niantic Town Green

The Bradley Playhouse

Bushy Hill Nature Center
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