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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 2-24

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

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. The list of 2023 "I Believe" sticker promotions are coming soon!

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Fridays – Dec. 8, 15, 22

5:00 p.m.. to 9:00 p.m.
(Santa visits will pause for an hour on Dec. 8 as Santa takes part in the Holiday Light Parade from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 2

6:30-9 p.m.

(following Santa's arrival and Tree Lighting)

Remaining Saturdays– 9, 16, 23
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sundays – Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.



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 Joe Baughman & The Righteous Few and performances by the IU South Bend Kickline, South Bend Civic Theatre, Southold Dance Theatre, and more. There will also be holiday giveaways, a holiday photo op, roving mascots, and a Santa letter-writing station.


Be sure to check out the Gingerbread Village Display 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.


**DATE CHANGE** Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 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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