Legendary Santa

In-person visits are sold out for the 2021 season. Thank you so much for making Legendary Santa part of your holiday traditions! Limited virtual visits are still available below.

As Richmond legends since 1936, Legendary Santa and the lovely Snow Queen have been delighting families for 85 years. It all started on the 7th floor of the historic Miller & Rhoads department store and now 25,000 children and families head to the Children’s Museum to continue, or start, their family tradition. Here are some tips for getting the most out of the day.

Have additional questions not answered on our FAQ page? Please email santa@cmorva.org.

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Everyone becomes a believer when they listen for the sleigh bells and see Santa’s feet appear in the chimney. Adults turn into children again when Santa cries out “Merry Christmas!” after his ceremonial decent. When it is your turn to walk onto the stage, you are first greeted by the Snow Queen who gives a Snowflake of Courage to Santa’s smallest visitors. Eyes widen and jaws drop when Legendary Santa leans from his green and gold throne to call each child by name to come tell him what they want for Christmas.

An emailed professional photo is available with the Legendary Santa ticket; additional packages are also available for purchase (more details coming soon). Please note, no flash photography is permitted inside Santa Land.


Admission to the Children's Museum is not included with the Legendary Santa visit.

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Chimney Visit

Chimney Visit tickets are sold out for the 2021 season. Thank you so much for making Legendary Santa part of your holiday traditions!

The Chimney Visit allows a limited number of families to enjoy the magic of watching Legendary Santa come down the chimney along with an emailed photo. Please arrive at Children's Museum Downtown 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Tickets are $65 for up to 6 family members and must be purchased in advance. For complete details, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Chimney tickets do not include museum admission.

Regular Visit

Regular Visit tickets are sold out for the 2021 season. Thank you so much for making Legendary Santa part of your holiday traditions!

Regular ticketed visits this year will assist with limited time in line as well as safety precautions that are necessary due to the pandemic. Each visit will include an emailed photo, with additional photo package purchases available. Please arrive at Children's Museum Downtown 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Tickets are $30 for up to 6 family members and must be purchased in advance. For complete details, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Regular visits do not include museum admission.

Virtual Santa

Due to the positive reviews we received in 2020, virtual visits are back for the 2021 season! Families can enjoy a special visit with Santa from their own home!

Tickets are $35 for a personal virtual visit with Santa for up to 10 minutes.

Sensitive Santa

Families with children who have sensory or other special needs are invited to Sensitive Legendary Santa! Save the date for Wednesday, December 1st, Friday, December 3rd, and Thursday, December 9th.

One ticket includes a visit with Legendary Santa for up to six individuals, plus one free emailed photo.

Sensory Guide to Legendary Santa

The Children’s Museum holds the right at any time during the Legendary Santa season to update any and all procedures for the safety of our team and guests.