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Legendary Santa and Accompanying Programs are presented by

Genworth

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Fawn Shop is presented by

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Holiday Village is presented by 

Genworth Foundation

Supper with Legendary Santa is presented by

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Sensitive Santa is presented by 

ACECF

PLAN YOUR VISIT


Each year, 25,000 children and families head to the Children’s Museum to visit with Legendary Santa and Snow Queen. Legendary Santa is open daily Black Friday through Christmas Eve. Visit the interactive calendar to decide which days works best for your family!


Families come from across the country and even across the ocean to take part in the magical tradition of seeing Legendary Santa. To ensure your family’s visit is the best it can be, here are some insider suggestions and tips:

Come EARLY! Weekdays early in the season typically have seen shorter wait times. If you have a tight schedule, we recommend considering Sunrise With Santa or Sunset with Santa- where you are guaranteed to see Legendary Santa within an hour- including his ceremonial descent down the chimney.

Save A Space! Have someone in your group hold your space while you and the children explore Holiday Village- a free exhibit that explores holidays from six different cultures- or the Fawn Shop – a special shop where children can purchase presents for the special people in their lives. In addition, the Children’s Museum is also open daily from 9:30am-5:00pm and is $9 per person. We recommend bringing a change of clothes if you are exploring the museum- the art studio and water table can be very tempting!

Capture the Magic! While visits to see Legendary Santa are always free, you can capture the magic of your family’s visit with a professional picture package. Both print and digital packages are available and begin at just $19.95. No flash photography is permitted inside Santaland.

Catch a Chimney Time! Legendary Santa makes his ceremonial descent down the chimney several times each day- he even heads out to check on the reindeer so he can come back down the chimney to delight new families! Unfortunately catching a Chimney Time cannot be guaranteed so we recommend considering a Sunrise with Santa or Sunset with Santa – where you are guaranteed to see Legendary Santa within an hour and always starts with a Chimney Time. (Note: Chimney Times are streaming live on a TV screen near the line in the Children’s Museum lobby so families can watch the show even if they aren’t within Santaland.)

Join the Legendary Santa Club! Kicking off each year on July 25, the Legendary Santa Club is the perfect option for true fans of Legendary Santa. Your membership includes a Santa Express Pass which will whisk you straight into Santaland during Legendary Santa Club days bypassing the line in the main lobby of the Children’s Museum, one FREE emailed photo, 20% off additional photo packages, complimentary museum admission, and 2 Fawn Shop Bucks. Each Legendary Santa Club membership includes up to six family members. Children under the age of 12 months are not counted towards this total.

For a full list of FAQs, click here.


Legendary Santa Club Membership

True Legendary Santa fans can join in on exclusive benefits and perks of being part of the Legendary Santa Club.

  • Santa Express Pass: Your family will skip the main queue for Legendary Santa and be whisked into Santa Land during Legendary Santa Club Days, December 2-6.*

  • FREE emailed photo ($19.95 value)
  • 20% Off Additional Photo Packages
  • FREE Admission to Children's Museum
  • 2 FREE Fawn Shop Bucks

July: $50
August-October: $60
November: $75**

Each membership includes up to six family members. Children under the age of 12 months are not counted towards this total. Guests who purchase their Legendary Santa Club Membership before November 15 will receive their membership card in the mail. Memberships purchased November 16-November 27 will be available for pick up at the front desk of the Children’s Museum upon arrival.

*Legendary Santa Club Days for the 2019 holiday season are December 2-6 from 2pm-5pm.. Please note that Legendary Santa leaves promptly at closing time and if the wait exceeds the hours of operation the line will close to both Legendary Santa Club Members and general visitors alike.

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Sunrise with Santa

Sunrise with Santa is a ticketed program which allows a limited number of families to share in the delight of Legendary Santa without having to wait in a long line. Enjoy the magic of watching Legendary Santa come down the chimney along with a professional photo opportunity.

The program begins promptly at 8:00am on the dates listed. Please arrive at Children's Museum Downtown 15 minutes prior to your session’s start time.

Sunrise with Santa is available for up to 6 family members and reservations must be made in advance. Children under the age of 12 months do not count towards this total. 

To receive an email when registration opens please sign up for Sunrise and Sunset with Legendary Santa Updates.

Sensitive Santa

Families with children who have sensory or other special needs are invited to an exclusive, sensory-friendly evening with Legendary Santa, presented by Altria Companies Employee Community Fund, including special access to the Genworth Foundation Holiday Village, Children's Museum Downtown's Exhibits, and the Fawn Shop!

2019 Sensitive Santa Dates: December 5, December 6, December 9 from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

Guests will receive one free e-mailed photo. Additional photo packages will be available for purchase. Space is limited in order to provide a calm, quiet environment for all participants. Guests will have the opportunity to select a timeslot to visit with Legendary Santa that works best for their family. The Museum’s exhibits, Fawn Shop, and Holiday Village will be open for the duration of the event.

Registration will open on November 15th and available time slots are expected to fill quickly. To receive an email when registration opens please sign up for the Children’s Museum’s Special Needs Program Updates

Sunset with Santa

Sunset with Santa is a ticketed program which allows a limited number of families to share in the delight of Legendary Santa without having to wait in a long line. Enjoy the magic of watching Legendary Santa come down the chimney along with a professional photo opportunity.

The program begins promptly at either 6:00pm or 7:00pm on the dates listed. Please arrive at Children's Museum Downtown 15 minutes prior to your session’s start time.

Sunset with Santa is available for up to 6 family members and reservations must be made in advance. Children under the age of 12 months do not count towards this total.

To receive an email when registration opens please sign up for Sunrise and Sunset with Legendary Santa Updates.

Tea with Santa

Join Legendary Santa and the Singing Elf for a warm afternoon of seasonal beverages, tasty treats and merriment in an intimate setting. This long standing tradition will once again be held in the Old Miller & Rhoads Tea Room, located in the Hilton Richmond Downtown.

The program begins promptly at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 7, 14, 21; Sunday, December 8, 15, 22; and Friday, December 20. Please arrive at Hilton Richmond Downtown 15 minutes prior to your Tea with Santa start time. Tickets are $45 per person or $40 per person for Children's Museum members with discount code.

Reservations must be made at least 48 in advance.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 4 at 12:00pm.

Questions about Tea with Santa? Please contact the Richmond Hilton Downtown directly: 804-344-4300.   

Private Holiday Parties

Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holidays with your staff, clients, or friends and family? Holiday Parties with Legendary Santa are perfect for company celebrations, client appreciation parties, or friends and family gatherings!

Click here to download the Holiday Party packet and start booking your event today.