The Santa House is back in downtown Bristol

By Christy Nadalin
Posted 11/16/23

Relocated this year to 240 High St. next to the historic Bristol Statehouse, the Bristol Santa House aims to be even more accessible.

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Register to post events

If you'd like to post an event to our calendar, you can create a free account by clicking here.

Note that free accounts do not have access to our subscriber-only content.

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.

The Santa House is back in downtown Bristol


The Bristol Santa House is back for 2023 and will once again provide a one-of-a-kind experience where children of all abilities can share their Christmas wishes, drop off letters to Santa, and meet Mr. Claus himself.

Relocated this year to 240 High St. next to the historic Bristol Statehouse, the Bristol Santa House aims to be even more accessible and continue strengthening Bristol’s sense of community.

“We were blown away by the response to the Bristol Santa House last year,” said Michael Rielly, Founder and Chief Merriment Officer of the James D. Rielly Foundation. “Families traveled from several states to visit. We can’t wait to build on that excitement and spread even more holiday magic with our new location.”

A project of the James D. Rielly Foundation, the Bristol Santa House is a unique holiday destination designed to bring joy and Christmas cheer to children and families, regardless of their physical, mental, or financial challenges. Last year, the Santa House attracted visitors from all over the northeast, becoming a popular attraction in Rhode Island and southern New England.

While the Bristol Santa House welcomes all children (and adults), it’s their mission to provide this experience to children with special needs and their families in an environment catered specifically for them. According to “Family Services Elf” Lori Cruz, the organization is partnering with numerous agencies and schools that provide services to children with developmental and intellectual disabilities to secure reservation times for their students and their families to enjoy this immersive experience with Santa. They are also working with individual families to do the same.

For families in need of a scheduled reservation time, you can contact them at

Visits with Santa Claus are always free; wait times may vary. Please arrive at least forty-five (45) minutes prior to closing. Hours are subject to change, but for a current calendar of dates and times or for information on opportunities for sponsorship or support for the Bristol Santa House, please visit the website. Volunteers are also very welcome, and there is an application on the website under the “Get Involved” tab.

2024 by East Bay Media Group

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email