Stories from the Midland Area Community Foundation

Midland Area Santa House announces 2022 operations

November 23rd, 2022

The annual Midland Area Santa House and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 29th, in Downtown Midland. Before the lighting ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel from the Tridge to Main Street at 6:30 PM, where they will join the crowd at the Courthouse to lead a countdown. From there, they will open the Santa House and welcome families until 9:00 PM. The ceremony features a Mid Michigan Brass Band performance and hot cocoa from the Salvation Army of Midland. This free family event is organized by the Midland Area Community Foundation, which operates the Midland Santa House and Northern Star Train.

The Midland Area Santa House, located at the corner of M-20 and Main Street, is an iconic landmark in Midland. The present house was built in 1987 with assistance from the Midland Area Community Foundation and generous donors. Annual operations are made possible by the donation of time from volunteers and by endowed funds held at the Midland Area Community Foundation.

“The magic of the holiday season truly comes alive once Santa treks across the Tridge,” said Kevin LaDuke, Communications Officer for the Midland Area Community Foundation. “We hope you’ll join us in Downtown Midland as we light up the night, signifying Santa’s arrival.”

The Midland Area Santa House will be open daily from November 29th to December 23rd. The three days following Santa’s arrival are sensory-friendly nights. To coordinate your sensory-friendly visit, please get in touch with the Midland Area Community Foundation at 989-839-9661. There will be no appointments required to visit Santa this year.

“We believe the Midland Area Santa House should be a destination for all community members,” said LaDuke. “We’ve teamed with Disability Network of Mid-Michigan for a walkthrough of the house, and we’re looking forward to hosting these three sensory-friendly nights.”

Volunteers are currently being called upon to facilitate visits with Santa and rides on the Northern Star Train by stepping into the role of “elf.” Volunteers who would like to help assist with Santa excursions will be surrounded by all the wonders of the Santa House for three-hour timeslots. Volunteers who’d like to help with the Northern Star Train assist with organizing rides through beautifully decorated Downtown Midland.

Those seeking to volunteer and help offer the Santa House experience can visit or call 989-839-9661 to sign up for a time slot. Additional information can be found on the Santa House Facebook page at

For questions about the Midland Area Santa House, contact the Community Foundation at 989-839-9661 or