Santa Sighting

Saturday, December 2, 2023
9:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday, December 3, 2023
9:00am - 1:00pm

Visit with Santa and have your family photo taken inside the magical Cranbrook House Library. A scavenger hunt and hands-on activities will add to the fun for children and parents will enjoy shopping in the gift shop. Children will receive a complimentary favor and guests will also get to see Mrs. Claus!

Photograph of a girl visiting with Santa during Holiday Splendor at Cranbrook House, December 2018.

$50 per family

This is Santa's busy time of year and he can only see a limited number of children on his Cranbrook House stop. Only eight families will be admitted per time slot. Reservations are required by Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 12:00pm. 

Photograph of a family with Santa during Holiday Splendor at Cranbrook House, December 2018.

Become a Member to Register Early
The Santa Sighting often sells out. Become a Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary member to be among the first to reserve a space with Santa. Members also receive:

  • Free admission on regular tours of Cranbrook House & Gardens.
  • Free or discounted reciprocal admission at 345+ gardens.
  • Special event discounts and access to members-only events.
  • Volunteer opportunities, and more! 
Photograph of Santa with a baby during Holiday Splendor at Cranbrook House, December 2018.

How to Register
Santa Sighting registration opens Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 12:00pm for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary members. An email with early access to the online registration will be sent to all current members from* 

Registration opens on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 12:00pm for the public. Links to register will be available at the bottom of this page when registration opens to the public.

*Time of email receipt may vary based on your data connection, email client, and other factors.

Photograph of three boys with Santa at Cranbrook House during Holiday Splendor, December 2018.

Refund Policy
Reservations are nonrefundable. Your Santa Sighting registration helps fund general operations at Cranbrook House & Gardens. Thank you for your support!

Cranbrook House & Gardens is a historic facility preserved and maintained as closely as possible to its original design. For information on accessibility, please click here.  

Restrooms are available in the lower level of Cranbrook House during the event.

Photograph of children with Santa.

Mittens for Detroit Collection
Cranbrook House is proud to serve as a Mittens for Detroit collection site during our Santa Sighting. Mittens for Detroit, Inc. is a nonprofit with the purpose of collecting, purchasing, and distributing new mittens and gloves to children and adults in need in Detroit, and other underserved cities. Please consider bringing a pair of new gloves or mittens to donate.

Photograph of the Mittens for Detroit tree at Holiday Splendor 2019 in Cranbrook House.

Cranbrook House
380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Parking is available onsite in our main lot. Additional parking is available on Lone Pine Road. Accessible parking is available just south of the Cranbrook House Courtyard.  

Click here for a map 

The Nice List: Thank You to Our Supporters
The holiday setting for photos with Santa is provided courtesy of The Herb Society of America - Southern Michigan Unit

Family Photo/Photography Policy
A complimentary digital photo of each child with Santa is included with your registration. A link to download your photo will be sent to you by Friday, December 8, 2023 (please add and to your contact list to ensure delivery).

Please note that the photo link will contain a folder for each family organized by last name. 

We also welcome you to bring your own camera for personal use only. Tripods and other photography equipment are not permitted.

By registering for the Santa Sighting, you agree to the photography and refund policies stated above. 

Registration opens Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 12:00pm for Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary members and Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 12:00pm for the public.