Where to See (or Zoom with) Santa in the Iowa City Area

‘Tis the season to see (or Zoom with) Santa in the Iowa City area — it is 2020 after all. Get your calendars out and make time to share the magic of the season with your little ones (and maybe slip your own wish list to the big guy — from a safe distance, of course).

Where to see or Zoom with Santa in the Iowa City areaWe’ve compiled this handy guide to help you and your family track the big man down for photos and holiday fun. This guide was made possible in part by our friends at CHOMP Delivery — who are helping keep us sane with delicious deliveries from local restaurants during the pandemic.

Check out this list for information on where to see or Zoom with Santa in the Iowa City Area during the 2020 holidays.

Where to see or Zoom with Santa in the Iowa City Area

Ongoing Sightings:

Santa at Coral Ridge Mall – Coralville

Coral Ridge Mall is offering both virtual and in-person sessions with Santa.

Where: Online
When: Now through 1/7
Opportunities: Enjoy a live video chat with Santa, story time, or pre-recorded video.
Good things to know: Check the website for prices and to reserve your space.

Where: Coral Ridge Mall
When: Now through 12/24
Photo opportunities: Packages available for purchase.
Good things to know: Reservations are recommended. Face masks may be required.

Von Maur – Coralville

Not being offered this year.

Tannenbaum Forest – Amana Colonies

Not being offered this year.

Santa Saturdays – Downtown Iowa City

Where: Iowa City Downtown District, Santa will be outside in the Pedestrian Mall at the Weatherdance Fountain Stage.
When: Saturdays, 11/28-12/19
Photo opportunities: Take your own photos only.
Good things to know: Photo-taking is free, outdoors, and six feet from Santa. Masks are required. Other holiday activities are happening each weekend in Downtown Iowa City, including holiday wagon rides.

North Liberty Rec Center Santa Live on Zoom

Where: Zoom
When: 12/1 to 12/3, from 5 to 8 p.m., each evening; Saturday 12/5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Good things to know: Free. For children ages 3-9. Register online.

Old Capitol Town Center – Iowa City

Not being offering this year.

Santa One-Time Events:

Letters from Santa – Hancher

Where: Online
Good things to know: For $5, sign-up your child to receive an online, custom letter that is read by Santa via video.

Letters from Santa – O’Brian Family McDonalds

Where: Online
When: Now through 12/13
Good things to know: Free! Fill out an online form to receive a letter from Santa and a voucher for a surprise McDonald’s treat.

A Christmas Past: Santa Clause Cruise – West Branch

Where: Historic Main Street District, West Branch
When: 12/5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Photo opportunities: Photos with Santa available.
Good things to know: This is a drive-through reverse parade with an opportunity to drive by and see Santa and tell him your Christmas wishes from a safe distance.
Facebook Event

Santa at the Farm – Mount Vernon

Where: Bass Farms, 840 Bass Lane, Mount Vernon, IA
When: 12/5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo opportunities: Bring your own camera.
Good things to know: Free!
Facebook Event

Holiday Hoopla – Tiffin

Where: New Tiffin Soccer Fields Parking Lot
12/12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Photo opportunities: Free photos.
Good things to know: This event is drive-thru style. Stay in your car the entire time, decorate cookies, take your photo with Santa — it’s all free while supplies last.
Facebook Event

SCHEELS Virtual Santa Experience – Coralville

Where: Online
When: 12/15 at 7 p.m.
Good things to know: Free! Sign up and submit a letter to Santa, receive a personalized video from the big man, and join an online event on December 15. The virtual event will feature reindeer games, elves, and Mrs. Clause!
Facebook Event

We hope you are able to see or Zoom with Santa in the Iowa City Area!

This is a sponsored post. ICM was compensated for sharing this piece. However, we love connecting our readers with people and organizations that are doing good in our community, and we think you will find this information helpful and informative!

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Katie is a spouse, mother, and professional communicator. She became acquainted with Iowa City as a student at the University of Iowa, earning degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and most recently her MA in Strategic Communication. Katie and her husband met and fell in love in Iowa City, deciding to never leave. Their family can often be found eating their way through downtown, walking their dog in City Park, or cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes at live sporting events.


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