Santa, Snacks, and Stories

Gazette.BrucemoreSanta.JustinTornerPhoto-4.jpg Children are invited to Brucemore for a festive and memorable evening of holiday tradition. The mansion’s holiday décor and the estate’s seasonal spirit add to the evening’s activities. Children will participate in a craft, listen to holiday stories, and give Santa their wish-lists. In between activities, children and parents are invited to view the first and second floors of the mansion and to ask any questions to the available stationary guides. 


  • December 8 with check-in options at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m.
  • December 9 with check-in options at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m.
  • December 15 with check-in options at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m.
  • December 16 with check-in options at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m.


  • Tickets will go on sale November 1, 2019.
  • Infant through age 12 qualify for child pricing. 
  • $7.00 per child of a Brucemore member in advance
  • $10.00 per child of a non-member in advance and all children day-of (if space is available)
  • $5.00 per adult in advance and day-of

Sponsored by: University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Photo Copyright 2013, Justin Torner. All Rights Reserved.




  • Arrival and Parking: We ask that you arrive via our main entrance, 2160 Linden Drive SE. There is on-site parking near the mansion. 

  • Check-in: Please arrive with your tickets printed at the mansion at the time selected. The varied check-in times will help lessen the wait! Please do not arrive more than five minutes before your check-in time as there isn't a large waiting space. Upon checking in, families may spend as much time as they'd like participating in the various activities.

  • Accesibility: Activities are offered on two floors of the mansion. The first floor is accessible for visitors with limited mobility; however, an elevator is not available for the second floor. 

  • Capacity: Each check-in time is limited to a certain number of people per time. 

  • Will Call: If you selected Will Call, your tickets will be available at the mansion. 

  • Photography: Photography is allowed in the mansion for this event only. 

  • Coats and bags: We are unable to store personal possessions while you are on the tour, including coats. You may wish to consider leaving large bags or other items in your vehicle.

  • Ticket policies: All ticket sales are non-refundable. Tickets to Brucemore produced programs may be returned up to 24 hours prior to the program as a tax-deductible contribution or as an exchange for a different date or time of the same program, subject to availability. Other policies may vary.