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TREE LIGHTING & SANTA

SANTA'S HOUSE

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 6th – 24th


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

Bring your own camera and take photos of Santa with your loved ones.


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.

 

Coming soon the full list of this year’s “I Believe” promotions.


When the weather outside is “frightful” Santa moves inside the South Bend Chocolate Cafe.

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Join us at the Gridiron by the South Bend Chocolate Cafe at 5:00 PM for live holiday music a letters to Santa station, roving costumed characters like The Grinch, Rudolph, Stu, and Swoop, plus live reindeer, holiday photo ops, giveaways and more!

 

Santa will make his grand entrance to downtown in a horse-drawn sleigh a little after 6:00 P.M. for the lighting of the Gridiron Tree and a fireworks show.

 

Santa’s House will officially open for visitors after the fireworks, approximately 6:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. If the line is too long on the night of the Tree Lighting, don’t worry – you will have chances to visit Santa throughout the month of December.

Free cookie decorating will be taking place in the DoubleTree atrium from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. that evening and you’ll find a variety of First Fridays activities and promotions all around downtown.

 

Date: Friday Dec. 6th, 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Location: The Gridiron – next to the South Bend Chocolate Cafe

COOKIE DECORATING

While you are downtown visiting Santa, head to the South Bend Museum of Art (inside the Century Center) for free cookie decorating, to view the Gingerbread Village and vote on your favorite, to participate in a holiday-themed art project and more!

 

You can get there by crossing the street behind the former College Football Hall of Fame, or try out the pedestrian skyway that connects the DoubleTree and the Century Center.

 

For the evening of December 6, cookie decorating will take place inside the DoubleTree atrium in order to accommodate the high volume of people that come to the Tree Lighting Ceremony and December First Fridays.

 

Date: December 6th – 24th
Location: The South Bend Museum of Art – 120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

VISITS WITH THE GRINCH

Visit The Grinch and Rudolph inside the South Bend Chocolate Cafe during the same hours as the Santa House (see below.)

 

The Grinch will be there the first weekend of December, and Rudolph will be there the second. They will continue to alternate weekends throughout the month.

HOURS

Fridays – Dec. 6, 13, 20

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


Saturdays – Dec. 7, 14, 21
12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

 
Sundays – Dec. 8, 15, 22
12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.


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

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

PARKING

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 PM on the weekdays on-street and in the garages.

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