Look for the little red and white house located next to the South Bend Chocolate Café. Santa’s House is a great place to spend one-on-one time with the “big guy.” Don’t forget to bring your wish list and a camera!

Date: December 4th – 24th

Location: Located at 100 Block of S. Michigan St.

NEW THIS YEAR - To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following protocols will be in place for our Visits with Santa:

  • To avoid people crowding in a line to see Santa, online reservations are highly recommended for Santa visits. The link for each weekend's Santa visits will appear on this site the Tuesday before each weekend at 2:00 p.m. Each 10-minute slot can accommodate a family/group of up to 8 people.

  • We will also be able to accept walk-up visitors, and a physically-distanced line will be created for those without reservations.

  • Plexiglas will separate Santa from guests.

  • Guests are asked to wear masks while waiting to see Santa, but can remove them during pictures.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available.


Click this link to make a reservation to see Santa during the weekend of December 18th through the 20th, plus December 23rd and 24th.

Bring your own camera and take photos of Santa with your loved ones. Visits with Santa are free!

Each child who visits Santa will receive an “I Believe” sticker which will enable them to receive trinkets and discounts throughout downtown South Bend, including a  complimentary chocolate bar from the South Bend Chocolate Cafe. View the full list of this year's "I Believe" promotions below!

NOTE - Cookie decorating will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19, but candy canes will be distributed for Santa's visitors, and Santa letter writing will also take place by Santa's house this year with individually-packaged crayons available.

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Fridays – Dec. 4, 11, 18

5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
(Santa’s house will open Dec. 4 right after Tree Lighting Ceremony, approximately 6:30 P.M.)

Saturdays – Dec. 5, 12, 19
12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Sundays – Dec. 6, 13, 20
12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Wednesday – Dec. 23
12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Thursday – Dec. 24
12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.



This year's Tree Lighting Ceremony will be limited to 150 participants in order to comply with current recommendations for COVID-19 safety. A ticket lottery will take place for these limited spots. CLICK HERE to enter between November 28th and December 2nd at noon. Winners will be drawn during a Facebook live at 3:00 p.m. December 2nd, and winners will be notified by email as well. Winners may have invite up to four friends/family members. Limit one entry per person.

Masks will be required at the event and attendees will need to stay with their family/friend groups they arrive with and socially distance from other groups. Hot beverages may be brought inside the event but must be enjoyed by pulling down masks instead of removing them.

We will also be live streaming the event on the DTSB Facebook page for those who aren't able to win tickets. 

This year's Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will feature live holiday music by 80/90 and a performance by the IU South Bend Kickline. There will also be holiday giveaways, a holiday photo op, and a Santa letter writing station.


Be sure to check out the Gingerbread Village Display in a new location this year - in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott!


Santa will make his grand entrance to downtown a little after 6:00 p.m. for the lighting of the Gridiron Tree.


Santa’s House will then officially open for visitors at approximately 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To avoid people crowding in a line to see Santa, visits will be done through timed reservations, which can be made online. The link for each weekend's Santa visits will appear on this site the Tuesday before each weekend.


Date: Friday Dec. 4th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Gridiron – next to the South Bend Chocolate Cafe



Free two-hour on-street parking is available on most downtown streets and in all three parking garages.

Parking is free every weekend and after 5:00 p.m. on the weekdays on-street and in the garages.

Get more information on our parking garages at the below button.



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