Santa Will Arrive at The Children’s Museum to Ring in Winter Fun!

Before the air turns frigid and the snowflakes begin to fall, join Santa at The Children’s Museum to ring in it all! Santa’s two-seater sleigh is on its way, zooming in for the beginning of the jolliest days! Clear your calendar the morning after Thanksgiving and join us for Santa’s Big Arrival and Jolly Days: Winter Wonderland!


Santa arrives at the museum Saturday morning as chauffeur Ed Carpenter, driver and owner of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar, skids to a stop in the museum’s plaza around 9:00 am. Come join the fun, along with the elves, as you enjoy a free cup of cocoa. Welcome the jolly old elf into the museum with a sing-along led by The Chorduroys.


After Santa takes his annual ride down the Yule Slide, have some family fun at the opening of the Jolly Days: Winter Wonderland exhibit. View festive decor, ride the Yule Slide, buy a seasonal snack from the Gingerbread Café and make a creative holiday craft:


Traditionally this time of year, bells are used to “ring out the old and ring in the new” each season. At the museum, we’ll have all the supplies ready for creating a bell necklace, bracelet or ornament at Santa’s Big Arrival. If you don’t have time to create your craft during the festivities, you can make yours at home!


  • Gather small bells and ribbon of different lengths depending on whether you want to make a necklace, bracelet or ornament.
  • Customize your bell with different colors of ribbon, jewel stickers or even a plastic poinsettia flower to make a unique instrument for the holiday season.
  • Tie the ends of the ribbon together and ring in the holiday season!


If you make this craft before Santa’s Big Arrival, bring it with you to celebrate! Be sure to visit with Ed Carpenter for an autograph or catch a viewing of The Elves and the Shoemaker in Lilly Theater.


Jolly Days: Winter Wonderland will be open through January 8th. Families can visit Santa through December 24th. While in the exhibit, visitors can participate in pretend fishing, ice-skating and holiday baking. Throughout the exhibit, there will be plenty of programming happening during this festive time so that families can always experience something new. Earn your elf ears, join in “snowball” fights, sing along with The Mistletoes and talk to animated winter characters! View the museum’s online calendar to see what’s happening on the day of your visit!


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