{SOLD OUT} Cookies with Santa: Tickets on Sale Now!

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Ho ho ho! ?? We’re back with our 3rd annual event with Santa on Sunday, December 1st! Featuring #rochmn’s FAVORITE Santa (yep, THAT magical Santa), this popular family-friendly holiday event is a favorite for Rochester, MN area families. We’re grateful to our title sponsor, Custom Alarm for making this special memory-making event possible! 

Who :: all Rochester area families!

What :: Join Rochester MN Moms Blog as we enjoy all things merry!! There will be all sorts of things to do besides wait in line to see Santa!  Enjoy activities, dancing , cookies, and other snacks (and special treats for our friends with allergies), and of course…Santa!

When :: Sunday December 1st // 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM OR 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM OR 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Where :: Rochester Art Center // 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester MN, 55904

Ticket Price :: $16 per person/attendee. Everyone twelve (12) months of age and older needs a ticket to attend unless you have 1) an infant 12 months and younger that is attending with their older siblings. If an infant 12 months and younger is attending on their own with no siblings, then they need a CHILD ticket. There are no exceptions to this policy; it is for your own safety and high quality experience, as well as our own planning purposes. Tickets can be purchased at the bottom of this page. 

All tickets include the following:

  •  The opportunity to tell Santa your Christmas wishlist thanks to Michelle Broadwater Gappa – Farmers Insurance Agent
  • One digital, professional photo per family with Santa with a link to download thanks to Erin Young Portrait Design
  • A beautiful Santa photo scene from Waterfolk Studio
  • Access to the event and all the fun!
  • Cookies! Plus a fun snack bar including chocolate milk. (Treats will also be available for our friends with allergies!) Thanks to People’s Food Co-op for providing their YUMMY cookies for this special event and Costco for providing all of the other goodies! 
  • Coffee for the adults from Moka!
  • A coloring activity featuring The Coloring Table!
  • A Letters to Santa station thanks to First Alliance Credit Union
  • A fun photo scene to take selfies thanks to Card My Yard Rochester MN
  • Fun holiday activities and crafts
  • An extra special visit from Mrs. Claus
  • The Sugar Plum Fairy and her dancers from Rochester Dance Company
  • Chance to have your face-painted
  • Giveaways benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Rochester MN (see details below)
  • Swag bag for families donating $10 or more to our giveaway benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Rochester MN (see details below!)

Please note all of the details below as you prepare to purchase tickets:

❄️ Everyone attending MUST have a ticket purchased or reserved, even if your ticket is “free”. We need to keep a strict count of all people (parents, children and babies) who will be in attendance, since our space is so limited.

❄️ Tickets are $16 per person/attendee

❄️ Children under 12 months are free (a ticket MUST be reserved for them), with the understanding that they are attending the event with older siblings. This free ticket DOES NOT include food, activities, swag bag, or giveaway opportunities. If the child under 12 months has siblings at the event, he/she is welcome to join in on the family photo with santa. 

❄️ If your child under 12 months is the ONLY child you are bringing, and does not have siblings at the event, you MUST purchase a CHILD ticket. 

❄️ Each adult in attendance must have a ticket. These tickets include food, activities and coffee.

❄️ Tickets are transferrable, but are NOT refundable.

❄️ You are able to purchase tickets for friends or family members.

❄️ We have THREE time slots to choose from; 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM OR 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM OR 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Please make sure that you select the tickets for the time slot that you would like to attend. We have limited quantities per time slot due to space and time restrictions. If a ticket type is sold out for a particular session, you cannot purchase a ticket for another session to attend a sold-out session.  The tickets you purchase are ONLY for the session they are purchased for. 

❄️ You are able to use your cell phones or cameras to take pictures at the event however, we do ask that you are mindful of the photographer as well as the families waiting behind you.  We encourage you to to take photos off to the side and allow the photographer to get the best capture of your family with Santa!

***Disclaimers:  No tickets will be sold at the door, and you must be registered to attend so that we can plan accordingly. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS. NO RAIN CHECKS. THIS EVENT WILL HAPPEN RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE. Tickets are transferable but not refundable. In the event that you cannot attend the event, we will do our best to assist you in finding another party to exchange/give/or sell your ticket if the need arises and/or if time allows. Photos will be taken at the event and of attendees for use on the blog and on social media by Rochester MN Moms Blog and sponsors. If you would not like your photos to be used, please notify us at check-in at the event or email us at: info@rochestermnmomsblog.com. Your email will be added to our email list for communication purposes.  Purchasing a ticket is permission to add your name to this list.***

Thank you to Custom Alarm - our Title Sponsor!

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No One Gets in But Santa!

Custom Alarm is Rochester’s premier locally owned security company.  With over 50 years of experience, Custom Alarm is the business that is equipped, knowledgable and confident to keep your family secure.  Custom Alarm can help you transform your home into the most convenient, comfortable, and cost-efficient space you’ve ever lived.  Contact them today

Our Santa Partner

Michelle Broadwater Gappa | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Michelle Broadwater Gappa is a lifelong resident of Minnesota, and is proud to serve Rochester and the surrounding area as your local Farmers® agent.

Michelle’s agency will ensure the insurance process is straightforward and personalized to help you select the most comprehensive, cost-effective solution. With 26 years in the insurance industry, she has the knowledge and skill-set to help you better understand your coverage options–whether that’s auto, home, life, commercial, and more.

Letters to Santa!

First Alliance Credit Union has grown to serve over 16,000 members in the 5 South East Minnesota Counties of Olmsted, Dodge, Goodhue, Wabasha, and Winona. Today, membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, owns a business, or attends school in our 5 county communities. Depositing $5 is all it takes to open an account at Rochester’s original credit union.

Thanks to First Alliance for providing our Letters to Santa station!

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Santa's Helpers

Thanks to Erin Young Portrait Design for taking your family’s special Santa photo!  You’ll be able to view your image and send to your email right at the event.  Waterfolk Studio is curating a beautiful setting to take your Santa photos in.  You’ll be sure to cherish this photo for years!

Cookies and Snacks

Thank you to People’s Food Co-op for providing our YUMMY cookies, Costco for providing our tasty snacks (including allergy sensitive treats!), and Moka for the tasty Frosty blend coffee!

The Special Details

No event is complete without the special details!  From photo scenes to our programs, to costumed characters and more, these businesses put the special finishing touches on our event and we’re so grateful!

Activity & Table Sponsors

Thanks to these Rochester businesses for providing fun activities for you and your children during this holiday event!


A scooter, a big chocolate santa, a basket full of goodies and toys, a 5′ bear and MORE!

We are hosting some wonderful giveaways at each session benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester MN. If you are planning to participate, please bring cash. Tickets are $5/each or 6/$20 — 100% of the proceeds will benefit families staying at Ronald McDonald House over the holidays by stocking their Snowflake Room.  This very special room is full of items for guests and their families to “shop” to be able to gifts to one another at a financially trying time in their family’s life. If you plan to participate – please bring correct change if possible (we will have a limited amount of change on hand). Giveaway winners will be announced 15 minutes before each session attends.  Must be present to win. If you are interested in donating further to Ronald McDonald House, their wish list is linked below!


We have a limited number of swag bags with some amazing items in them! You can receive ONE swag bag when you spend $10+ in our Giveaway for Ronald McDonald House. Please note that quantities are limited at each session. One per family, please.


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Please note, no tickets will be available at the door. ALL tickets must be purchased beforehand and we are only selling a limited number and expect them to go fast. Due to the nature and planning of this event, we cannot accommodate cancellations or refunds, but we do allow attendees to sell or transfer their ticket to an interested party. By purchasing a ticket you are permitting Rochester MN Moms Blog to take photos of you at the event for promotional use. All attendees will be added to the Rochester MN Moms Blog subscriber list for event communication purposes. This event will be held despite weather conditions.