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Where to See Santa in Dallas-Fort Worth

where to snap a pic with Old Saint Nick

At the heart of so many families’ Christmas traditions are the annual visits to Santa Claus himself, where upon his lap your kids can look him in the eye and shyly plead their case for why they’ve been a good boy or girl (wink). And thanks to his many helpers, Santa can meet all the local children and hear their requests for the top toys on their Christmas wish lists. See below for the many spots around Dallas-Fort Worth where you can meet with St. Nick and snap a keepsake photo.

Santa is also available during special hours for kids with sensory sensitivities. (Most are offered by Autism Speaks in partnership with Cherry Hill Programs.) Even if your kids aren’t requesting to meet with Santa this year, you can still spot him at many of the Christmas light shows and holiday events you’ll find on our calendar.

See Santa in Dallas County 

Galleria Dallas // Dallas
When: Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Come see Santa in-person at Santaland, on level one near Banana Republic. Families are welcome to bring their phones or digital cameras to take photos with Santa. Tickets with a 15% discount are available when you combine Santa tickets with the fun photo op/exhibit SNOWDAY. From there, you can catch the next Express Train to Santaland with daily non-stop service to the North Pole. Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the luxury trains leaving every 15 minutes. You’ll arrive in a magical moonlit forest and journey through an enchanted path filled with starry lights, polar bears, and extra photo ops leading to Santa’s majestic cabin hideaway.
Special Needs: Book your visit between 8 and 11am on Dec. 5 during Santa Cares, an exclusive time for kids with all spectrums of special needs.
Plus: Bring your “furry friend” (100 pounds and under) during four designated Santa Paws nights on Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. From 6–9pm.

Dallas Arboretum // Dallas
When: Select days Nov. 9 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Santa is back at the garden in the perfect holiday setting: The Christmas Village. Share your Christmas wish with the jolly old man, and take a photo to commemorate the occasion. Keepsake family photos are available for a donation to the Volunteer Advisory Board during daytime Santa hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Santa is only one of the reasons to come visit the arboretum during the holidays. You won’t want to miss the chance to see The 12 Days of Christmas and the new 50-foot-tall musical tree.

Dallas Farmers Market // Dallas
When: Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, 2021 from 10am–2pm
What to know: Pets are also welcome to meet Santa during these two special days at the market (Dec. 11 is tamale day). Print photos are $15 each. If your shy child would rather mail their letter to Santa, you can do that here too.

Firewheel Town Center // Garland
When: Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Reservations are encouraged via simon.com/santa. Families may choose to sit with Santa or physically distanced, and Santa’s helpers will wear masks during each visit.
Special Needs: On Sunday, Dec. 12 from 10–11:30am, Caring Santa meets exclusively with children with special needs and their families.
Plus: See Santa again at the special event A Garland Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5:30–8:30pm.

Town East Mall // Mesquite
When: Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Make your reservations for Santa visits on the lower level in the Dillard’s Wing. Pet nights are on Mondays through Dec. 20.
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day on Sundays Dec. 5 and 12 from 9:30–10:30am.

Irving Mall // Irving
When: Dec. 3–24, 2021
What to know: Santa will be waiting for good boys and girls at Center Court outside of Burlington. Reservations are highly encouraged for all guests to help minimize wait times.
Special Needs: Sensitive Santa on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 9–10:30am. Only 1 ticket per family is needed as a reservation.

Hillside Village // Cedar Hill
When: Nov. 21 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Santa’s coming to Cedar Hill, specifically Suite 406 near Razzoo’s. Check the Facebook page for times. Plus, you can bring your dogs to visit during Santa Paws days: Mondays Nov. 22 and 29, Dec. 6 from 5–7pm.


See Santa in Tarrant County

Cowboy Santa at the Stockyards // Fort Worth
When: Wednesday through Sunday Nov. 26 – Dec. 23, 2021, from noon to 6pm, and on Christmas Eve from noon to 4pm (including Monday, Dec. 20 and Tuesday, Dec. 21). 
What to know: Meet Cowboy Santa at Mule Alley, located next to Avoca Coffee Roasters off E. Exchange Ave. 
Plus, Mrs. Claus leads a story time reading on select days: Dec. 4–5, 11–12 and 18–24 at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Grapevine Mills // Grapevine
When: Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Reservations are encouraged via simon.com/santa. Families may choose to sit with Santa or physically distanced, and Santa’s helpers will wear masks during each visit.
Special Needs: On Sunday, Dec. 5 from 9:30–10:30am, Caring Santa meets exclusively with children with special needs and their families.

North East Mall // Hurst
When: Nov. 12 – Dec. 24, 2021; open Monday–Saturday from 11am–8pm and noon–6pm on Sunday.
What to know: 
Reservations are encouraged via simon.com/santa. Families may choose to sit with Santa or physically distanced, and Santa’s helpers will wear masks during each visit.
Special Needs:
 Caring Santa meets exclusively with children with special needs and their families on Sundays Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 from 10–11:30am.

Hulen Mall // Fort Worth
When: Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Make your reservations for Santa visits on the lower level at Center Court. Pet nights are on Mondays through Dec. 20.
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day on Sundays Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 from 9:30–10:30am.

The Parks at Arlington // Arlington
When: Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Make your reservations for Santa visits on the lower level at Center Court. Pet nights are on Mondays through Dec. 20.
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day on Sundays Dec. 5 and 12 from 9:30–10:30am.

Gaylord Texan Resort // Grapevine
When: Nov. 12 – Dec. 24, 2021; Monday–Friday 4–9pm; Saturdays 10am–9pm; Sundays 10am–8pm; extended hours 10am–9pm on select days: Nov. 22–28 and Dec. 13–21.
What to know: Photo packages vary. Reserve your spot online for Santa, and the many other Christmas fun activities returning this year, including snow tubing and snowball throwing, plus the Gaylord’s new attraction featuring Elf.

Cabela’s // Allen and Fort Worth
When: Nov 6. – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Advance reservations are required in all locations. You’ll get a free 4×6 photo and a free digital video greeting card (which you can share on social media, if you choose). Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store.

Bass Pro Shops // Grapevine and Garland
When: Nov. 7 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Advance reservations are required in all locations. You’ll get a free 4×6 photo and a free digital video greeting card (which you can share on social media, if you choose). Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store.

The Shops at Clearfork // Fort Worth
When: 2021 dates TBA
What to know: A $10 donation to see Santa is requested if visiting the big man at the plaza. Or, you can reserve a time with him.

Southlake Town Square // Southlake
When: Nov. 20 – Dec, 24, 2021
What to know: Visit with Santa under the pavilion in Rustin Park. Photos are contactless and require reservations. For pricing information, call the Southlake Holiday Concierge at 817/229-8774.

Pictures & Cookies with Santa at Therapy and Beyond // Colleyville and Fort Worth
Special Needs: These two Santa events are free and open to the autism community. Register to see Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Colleyville location from 11am–1pm, or on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10am–noon in Fort Worth.


See Santa in Collin County

Santa at The Star // Frisco
When: Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Santa Claus greet families in his custom Dallas Cowboys cottage, located across from Ascension. Photo packages include a printed 5×7 photo and an exclusive Cowboys gift for each child. Save $5 on your photo package when you book their appointment before Dec. 3.

The Shops at Willow Bend // Plano
When: Nov. 12 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Held in Macy’s Court. Pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience online is encouraged. Walk-up visits are available as space permits at participating locations. Photos on Dec. 22–24 are walk-ups only.
Come by on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 11am–1pm to meet Frosty the Snowman, and  enjoy balloon artists, stilt walkers and coloring sheets. Pets are welcome to meet Santa on select Mondays from 4–7pm on Mondays Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20.

Cabela’s // Allen
When: Nov 6. – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Advance reservations are required in all locations. You’ll get a free 4×6 photo and a free digital video greeting card (which you can share on social media, if you choose). Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store.

Watters Creek // Allen
When: Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Visit Santa in his magical Bavarian Village for photos and wishes November 26th through December 24th.  Precautionary measures have been made to enhance the safety of your Santa experience. Reservations are recommended and walk-in visits are offered as space allows. Make your reservations now at watterscreeksanta.com.
Special Needs: Visit with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 9–11am, a time exclusively set aside for kids with special needs and their siblings.
Plus: Join a PJ Party with Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 6–8 pm, and bring your pets for their own special time with Santa on Nov. 29, Dec. 6 & 13 from 4pm to close. Five dollars from the sale of each photo package will be donated to Animal Rescue Crusaders of Texas (ARC).

Stonebriar Centre // Frisco
When: Nov. 13 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Go online to book your visit with Santa, on the lower level near the Macy’s wing. Pet nights are on Mondays Nov. 29 – Dec. 20.
Special Needs: Children of all spectrums of special needs and abilities are welcome to join us before the mall opens for Santa Cares Days: Sundays Dec. 5 and Dec 12, from 9:30–10:30am.

Christmas in the Square // Frisco
When: Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Meeting Santa is only one of the festivities at Frisco Square this year. Go ice-skating, pick out the perfect tree from the Christmas tree lot, and watching the holiday lights show every night from 6–10pm.

Home for the Holidays // McKinney
When/what to know: Catch Santa at this weekend festival Nov. 26–28, 2021, and again on Dec. 4 during Breakfast with Santa, available to McKinney residents for $10 and non-residents for $15.

The Shops at Legacy // Plano
When: Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021 from 11am–2pm
What to know: Meet Santa and a real reindeer during the shopping center’s festival The Legacy North Pole. $10 for a photo, $10 for an unlimited pass on the frozen ice slide.

Heritage Farmstead Museum // Plano
When: Nov. 26 through Dec. 26, 2021 from 6–10pm
What to know: Visit with Santa during the farmstead’s new holiday experience Lights on the Farm. Admission is available online in advance for $10 adults and $7 children; or at the door for $15 adults and $10 children. Santa will be located in his farm-shop and guests can write Santa a letter while they wait for their turn.


See Santa in Denton County

The Shops at Highland Village // Highland Village
When: Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Come visit Santa inside his “tree house,” located inside the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree at the shops’ Central Park. You’ll get a professional digital picture and even a set of reindeer antlers to remember your experience. Book your time slot online or through the Eventbrite app.

Flower Mound Community Activity Center // Flower Mound
When: Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11, 2021
What to know: You’ve got two chances to see Santa on Dec. 4: first at the Reindeer Run 5K and Grinch Sprint at Bakersfield Park (the Grinch will be joining him), and at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center during the Christmas Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Ceremony later than evening. Register online to join Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 11.

Music City Mall // Lewisville
When: Nov. 20 through Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: At noon on Saturday, Nov. 20, Santa makes his grand entrance by helicopter in the parking lot, and staying for the family festival until 4pm. Come enjoy the snow globe selfie area, meet and greet with Olaf and Elf on the Shelf, free treats, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Make your reservation online to see Santa anytime between then and Christmas Eve.

Holiday Lighting Festival // Denton
When: Friday, Dec. 3, 2021,
What to know: Join this 31st annual festival held on the square surround Denton County’s historic courthouse. Santa will be available for drive-up, contact-less selfies for $5.


Virtual Santa

Virtual Visit with NorthPark Santa
When: Nov. 26 – Dec. 23, 2021
What to know: Children and families will again have the chance to see and speak virtually with NorthPark’s renowned Santa of 33 years with a donation to Children’s Health beginning at $25. Each virtual visit takes place via a secure link and includes a private conversation with Santa live from his cozy home at the North Pole along with a shareable, commemorative photo and video. Appointment time slots are released in weekly increments, each Sunday at noon.

You can also join the virtual Story Time with Santa Claus. NorthPark’s celebrated Santa has been a special tradition in North Texas for decades, delighting thousands of children and families with his masterful storytelling. Santa will present his famous tales from the North Pole virtually on NorthPark’s Facebook page at 10:30am on Fridays, December 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Neiman Marcus
When: Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Schedule a video call with the man himself, available with a donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. You’ll get to help others and chat with Santa—definitely a win-win. When your call’s over, you’ll receive a video recording of your chat, plus a keepsake ornament and a promo code for 15% off one Neiman Marcus purchase through Dec. 31, 2021.

Stonebriar Centre
When: Virtual visits now through Jan. 7, 2021; in-person visits now through Dec. 25; now through Dec. 23, Monday–Saturday 11am–7pm, Sundays noon–6pm; Dec. 24 9am–5pm
What to know: Visit with Santa virtually and consider adding on “Storytime with The Clauses” or a pre-recorded personalized Santa video. Alternatively, visit in person. Reservations are required for both.

WhereIsSanta.com
When:
Dec. 10–24, 2021 available daily from 2–8pm Central. At least a 24-hour advance notice required.
What to know: Schedule a live video call with Santa straight from your living room. Bundles can also include a story time reading.


Home Visits

East Dallas Santa // Dallas
When: Now through Dec. 24, 2021
What to know: Book Santa Brent for a magical visit right in your own living room, where he’ll deliver gifts (provided by you), sing songs, tell stories, and visit with each child. If you want, Mrs. Claus can take photos and transfer them to a flash drive for you to share or print. Call or email for pricing and to reserve your visit.


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