Clear Lake’s Santa House in City Park. Photo by Ron Miles, Jr.
A Magical Visit
Step into a winter wonderland and visit Santa at Clear Lake City Park, where the air is filled with the festive spirit of the season. Nestled in the heart of the park is the enchanting Santa House, a cozy white cottage that beckons both young and old to experience the magic of Christmas. From November 25th through December 17th, Santa and Mrs. Claus open their home to visitors every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm, with an additional evening session on December 2nd from 6-7pm during Christmas by the Lake.
The Candy Cane Path
As you approach the Santa House, follow the candy cane path that leads you to the front door. The vibrant red and white stripes create an inviting trail, setting the stage for the festive encounter that awaits inside. The anticipation builds with each step, and soon you’ll find yourself at the doorstep of Santa’s cozy cottage!
Warm Greetings from Mrs. Claus
Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by none other than the gracious Mrs. Claus herself. Dressed in her finest North Pole attire, she welcomes you into the warmth of their holiday home. The interior of the cottage is adorned with twinkling lights, holiday decorations, and a crackling fireplace that adds to the cozy atmosphere.
A Seat by the Fire
Take a seat on the inviting bench next to Santa Claus as he listens attentively to your Christmas wishes. The flickering firelight creates the perfect backdrop for an encounter with the man in the red suit. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the magic of the moment and the joy on your child’s face as they share their wishes with Santa. Mrs. Claus will also snap a photo and print it on site for only $5!
Capture the Magic
Whether you’re a child with a wish list a mile long or a grown-up seeking the timeless joy of the season, the Santa House provides the ideal setting for creating lasting memories. Snap photos of your loved ones with Santa and Mrs. Claus, preserving the enchantment of the holiday season for years to come.
As you bid farewell to Santa and Mrs. Claus, you’ll receive a sugary candy cane to sweeten the experience. Exit through the back door, taking one last look at the charming cottage before stepping back into the crisp winter air and beautiful downtown Clear Lake, Iowa.
Plan your visit to Clear Lake’s Santa House during the designated hours of 1-4pm every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25th through the weekend before Christmas, December 17th. Additionally, enjoy the opportunity to meet Santa after the Christmas by the Lake fireworks from 6-7pm on December 2nd. Plan ahead, because Santa needs to get back to the North Pole to get ready for his Christmas Eve flight! The last day to see Santa is Sunday, December 17th. If you’re unable to visit Santa during his visiting hours, you may leave your wish list in his mailbox by the front door.
Pro Tips for Visiting Santa
Beat the Chill: Expect long lines during peak times when visiting Santa. Dress warmly in layers to stay comfortable in the winter weather, and consider a cozy stop at Cabin Coffee Co. for a warm drink to keep spirits high while you wait.
Strategic Timing: Plan your visit during off-peak hours if possible to avoid the crowds. Thanksgiving Weekend or late afternoons may offer a more relaxed experience, allowing you more time with Santa and less time in line.
Capture the Moment: Bring a fully charged camera or smartphone to capture the magic of the moment with Santa. Ensure your device is ready to go, so you can treasure the joyous expressions and smiles during this special encounter.
Be Prepared: Help your child create a concise wish list before meeting Santa to make the most of your time together. This ensures they get to share their most important wishes and allows for a smoother and more memorable visit.
Bring a Snack: If you’re visiting with little ones, packing a small snack can be a lifesaver. It helps keep energy levels up, reduces impatience, and ensures everyone is in good spirits for their time with Santa.
Joy and Wonder in Clear Lake
Clear Lake City Park’s Santa House is more than just a visit with Santa; it’s a magical journey into the heart of Christmas. Bring your family, your wish list, and your holiday spirit for an experience that captures the joy and wonder of the season. Don’t miss the chance to make this holiday season truly special with a visit to Clear Lake’s Santa and Mrs. Claus – the Santa House in Clear Lake City Park, where dreams come true, and memories are made.
If you’re looking for a special holiday gift, our charming Santa House ornament is available at the Chamber’s Visitor Center Gift Shop for $10. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and on Christmas by the Lake from 12:30-5pm. You may also order online!