If your children haven’t had a chance to visit Santa Claus yet, there are still many opportunities in Wichita to do so by Christmas Eve.
And not only can children give Santa their wish lists and get their pictures taken with him, they can do fun things such as eat breakfast and ice skate with him.
Here are places where you can catch Santa before the big night. And then, on Christmas Eve, you can track his movements around the world online with the help of the North American Aerospace Defense Command at www.noradsanta.org.
Towne West and Towne East squares, photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 316-945-1236 (Towne West), 316-686-3341 (Towne East)
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The Jolly Jump at Pump It Up, Santa on inflatable throne, bounce time for children, optional pizza, 6-7:45 p.m. and 7:15-9 p.m. Friday, 6803 W. Taft St. Advance tickets for ages 2-14 are $12 and include pizza; tickets will be available at the door as long as space is available for $10 and do not include pizza. Adults get in free with paid child admission and can buy pizza tickets in advance. Information: 316-680-1138, www.pumpitupparty.com/wichita-ks
Illuminations, Santa is available for photos through Tuesday during the nightly event at Botanica, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 701 N. Amidon. Event cost: $8 adults, $7 members, $6 ages 3-12, free for ages under 3. Information: 316-264-0448, botanica.org
Santa Claus’ interactive North Pole on a residential street in south Wichita, 6-8 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, 1841 S. Glenn. Includes a 1902 sleigh with reindeer and Santa’s workshop. Bring a camera to take pictures with Santa. Free. Information: clausinc.org/northpole.asp
Lights on St. Paul, Santa photos available 6-9 p.m. Friday-Tuesday; enter at West Douglas and St. Paul. Photos will be taken for $5, or you can take your own photos with a donation to the Arc of Sedgwick County. Santa is at the end of the drive-through light display, which is free (a $5 donation is suggested). Information: www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org
Breakfast With Santa at the Marriott, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. Pancake buffet, ornament crafts, decorating a cookie, performance by Uptown Violins of Christmas at 9:30 a.m. Bring your own camera for photos with Santa. Cost: $10; benefits St. Anthony Family Shelter and Catholic Charities. Reservations required; call 316-651-0333.
Santa at Egg Crate Cafe, 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, 8606 W. 13th St., Suite 150 (13th and Tyler in the Northwest Centre). Santa’s helper will take photos, either with your camera or hers. Information: 316-295-2822.
Skating With Santa, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and noon-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wichita Ice Center, 505 W. Maple. Santa will be skating on the rink and will be available for photos. Cost: $5, which includes skate rental, if you bring a nonperishable food item; otherwise, the cost is $10. Information: 316-337-9199, www.wichitaicecenter.com
Lights on Lawrence Lane, Santa will be greeting visitors at the light display from about 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday, 1122 N. Lawrence Court, near 13th and Woodlawn.