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