He's making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa will be making several stops in Hendricks County this holiday season:

Santa Claus Visit at Avon Public Library

  • When:  Monday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day.
  • Where: Avon-Washington Township Public Library
  • What:  All ages must register to visit Santa Claus. Make sure to bring your Christmas list! Parents are welcome to bring a camera for pictures.
  • How:  Register online.
  • Cost:  Free. 

Visit Santa at Metropolis

  • When:  Daily, from Wednesday, Dec. 10 through Wednesday, Dec. 24. Hours vary. Click here for each day's hours.
  • Where:  Metropolis Mall, Plainfield, next to JCPenney
  • What:  Photo packages start at $16.99.
  • How:  Just show up.
  • Cost:  Free.
See Santa on Fridays and Saturdays at the Winterland Light Show in Danville. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Binkley)

Winterland Light Show

  • When:  Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Where:  Ellis Park Train Station, Danville
  • What:  Visit Santa and pose for photos with him. Take pictures of your kids or pets with Santa.
  • How:  Stop in at the Train Station before or after you experience the Winterland Light Show in Ellis Park.
  • Cost:  $8 per vehicle to enter Winterland. $5 with a coupon.

Picture with Santa

  • When:  Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Chick-fil-A, 2687 E. Main St., Plainfield
  • What:  Take home a free photo with Santa and a special prize!
  • How:  Just show up.
  • Cost:  Free.   
Santa will be with the ponies at Strides to Success in Plainfield on Dec. 12 and 13.

Christmas with the Ponies

  • When:  Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Where:  Strides to Success, 1350 Terry Drive, Plainfield
  • What:  The 10th Annual Christmas with Santa and the Ponies at the Strides to Success Learning Center. Inside a heated barn, you can visit and take a family photo with Santa, make a photo frame in Santa's Workshop, and enjoy holiday refreshments.
  • How:  Purchase tickets at the door or online.
  • Cost:  $25 per family. All proceeds go to support the work of Strides to Success, including scholarships for students and veterans.

Santa and Me at UPaint Pottery Studio

  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m. each day
  • Where:  UPaint Pottery Studio, 1820 E. Main St., Plainfield
  • What:  Santa is coming to the pottery studio. Sign up to make a handprint plate with Santa. Session includes visit with Santa, handprint plate and a snack.
  • How:  Reservation required. Call (317) 406-3072.
  • Cost:  $18 per person.

A Hometown Holiday 

  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 13, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Where:  Hummel Park, Plainfield
  • What:  This free event allows children to come and enjoy photos with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, cookies and hot chocolate, live animals to pet, horse and pony rides, a horse-drawn carriage and miniature train rides for both kids and adults, door prizes, crafts and big prize giveaways.
  • How:  Just show up.
  • Cost:  Free.

Santa Arrives in North Salem

  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Where:  Eel River Community Building, North Salem
  • What:  Old Fashioned Christmas in North Salem. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m. Treats provided by the Tri-Pointe Optimist Club. Crafts provided by North Salem State Bank. Photos provided by the Children's Bureau.
  • How:  Just show up.
  • Cost:  Free.

Hendricks Symphonic Society Christmas Concert


  • When: Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.
  • Where: Calvary United Methodist Church, 575 W. Northfield Drive, Brownsburg
  • What: Since Santa loves Christmas music, he will drop by the Hendricks Symphonic Society's concert and be available for children (of any age) to get their final Christmas wish and photographs during intermission.
  • How: Tickets can be purchased for the concert in advance online or at the door on the day of the concert.
  • Cost: Paid admission to the concert and for an additional $10 receive a digital photo with Santa of this treasured moment. 


Enjoy breakfast with the Grinch on Dec. 20 in Brownsburg.

Breakfast with the Grinch

  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 a.m.
  • Where:  Noll Hall, 330 N. Green Street, Brownsburg
  • What:  Participants will receive breakfast with the Grinch, a picture with him, and then enjoy Dr. Seuss' The Grinch on the Monster Movie screen.
  • How:  Register online.
  • Cost:  $10 per person.

Breakfast with Santa / Winter Solstice Celebration

  • When:  Saturday, Dec. 20, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where:  Washington Township Park Pavilion Center, 435 Whipple Lane, Avon
  • What:  Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sensory-friendly Santa (perfect for kids with special needs) from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pictures with Santa are $5 a piece for a 5x7 photo. Birds in Winter workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about being a citizen scientist and the Audubon Christmas bird count; then go on an interpretative hike OR help decorate the outdoor Holiday Backyard Buffet with edibles for the Park critters and your backyard.
  • How:  Reservations required. Call (317) 745-0785 or email mcrabtreedavison@avonfd.org by Dec. 15 to reserve your spot.
  • Cost:  Breakfast tickets are $3 per person or $10 per family.
Santa will pose for pictures at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center on Dec. 20

Pictures with Santa (and much more!)

Gather up the kids and head to Hendricks County through the month of December to see Santa Claus at any of these great locations and events!

Happy holidays!