Santa Sighting Express

Saturday, December 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm

A drive-thru holiday experience

Santa Claus is coming to Cranbrook House and your family can safely see him from the comfort of your car! 

Mrs. Claus and a few other holiday friends will also be there to welcome you to this outdoor, drive-thru event. 

Children will receive a gift from Santa and his helpers along the way. 

Photograph of Santa Claus in the Cranbrook House Library, December 2019.

Win a Cranbrook Membership
We encourage you to wear your Santa hats or favorite holiday outfits and decorate your vehicle. The most festive family will receive a complimentary Cranbrook membership featuring free general admission to Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook House & Gardens, and one walking tour of campus, provided by Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research (winner will be notified by email). 

To ensure that your family, Santa, and his elves are healthy and safe for the holidays:
•    Register in advance online. 
•    Remain in your vehicle during the drive and your visit with Santa.
•    Wear a mask when interacting with our staff and volunteers.

$20 per vehicle

Registration opens Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 6:30pm. Please click the button at the bottom of this page to register your vehicle and let us know the number of children in your family. 

Online reservations are required. This is Santa’s busy time of year and he can only see a limited number of families on his stop at Cranbrook House. 

Reservations are required by Monday, November 30, 2020 at 12:00pm. 

Refund Policy
Reservations are nonrefundable. 

Holiday Food Basket Collection
We are pleased to serve as a collection site for the Baldwin Center during our Santa Sighting Express event. The Baldwin Center works to feed, clothe, educate, and empower the underserved population in the City of Pontiac and the surrounding area. During the holidays each year, the Baldwin Center provides food baskets to underserved Oakland County families. 

Please consider bringing items from the wish list below (in a paper grocery bag or other sturdy container) to contribute to their holiday baskets. 

  • Boxed Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese
  • Boxed stuffing mix
  • Boxed dessert mixes (cake, brownie, or pudding) and canned frosting
  • Wrapped candy, such as Hershey’s Kisses or candy canes

Happy Holidays
Thank you in advance for your support of Cranbrook House & Gardens and our reimagined holiday experiences. We hope to welcome you back inside Cranbrook House as part of our traditional Holiday Splendor fundraiser in 2021!

Registration for this event has closed.