Take photos with Santa after seeing holiday lights. Photo courtesy of Lake Compounce
Take photos with Santa after seeing holiday lights. Photo courtesy of Lake Compounce

52 Awesome Santa Activities for Kids in Connecticut

Shopping mall Santas have been de rigueur since store owner James Edgar donned a red suit and snowy beard to entertain children in 1890. Today the tradition is alive and well in many, many different kinds of places from zoos, to museums to farms! If you're looking to mix it up with a Santa outing that's a little bit different, we have rounded up our 52 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. If a meal with Santa sounds like a delicious option, check out our post of Santa Breakfasts in Connecticut.

Places featured in this article:


Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

Total Mortgage Corporate Center

First Congregational Church of Meriden

Stew Leonard's of Newington

Niantic Town Green

The Bradley Playhouse

Bushy Hill Nature Center
Let's Play Shakespeare
Pinkney Park - 5:00 PM Pick
Drive-in Movie Nights at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Stamford Museum & Nature Center - 6:30 PM Pick
Sheffield Island Lighthouse Cruise
Norwalk Seaport - 11:00 AM
TGIF Cruises
Maritime Aquarium - 6:30 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides