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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. (Some 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 

NorthPark Center // Dallas
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: NorthPark Center’s many holiday festivities kick off the day after Thanksgiving including, most notably, a new Santa experience with Joel Lagrone. He’s not only an aerospace engineer (how else would he fly his sleigh?) but he’s also a guitarist and singer. And each day through Christmas Eve, Santa kicks off his day of visits with an all-new Stories & Songs with Santa with original sing-alongs with sleigh bells and rock ‘n’ roll guitar.
Stop by Macy’s Court on level one at 10:30am Mondays–Saturdays and at noon on Sundays. Visits begin at $25 (includes donation to Children’s Health) and must be booked online in advance. All bookings will be released at noon on November 20.

Galleria Dallas // Dallas
When: Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2022
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. Combo tickets are available with the photo op/exhibit SNOWDAY. From there, you can catch the next Express Train to Santaland with daily non-stop service to the North Pole. These trains leave 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 Sunday, Dec. 18 during Santa Cares, an exclusive time for kids with all spectrums of special needs.
Plus: Bring your pet (100 pounds and under) for photos with Santa on Wednesday nights from 6pm to close. Pet tickets are available on the ticketing page and are the same price as for kids.

Dallas Arboretum // Dallas
When: Select days Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2022
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 from noon–3pm 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 50-foot-tall musical tree.

Fair Park // Dallas
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, 2022 during Enchant Christmas attraction on the Esplanade
What to know: Make your Santa visit even more magical by visiting him at Enchant Christmas. You can choose a Santa photo packages, and snap your own pictures. (We think the moon backdrop is so darling.) Enchant Christmas also features ice skating, a maze and a Hallmark lounge, all continuing through New Year’s Day.

Dallas Farmers Market // Dallas
When: Saturdays Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 17, 2022 from 11am–3pm
What to know: Pets are also welcome to meet Santa during these three special days at the market. Printed 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, 2022
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. 4 from 9–10:30am, 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. 1 from 5:30–8:30pm.

Irving Mall // Irving
When: Nov. 22 – Dec. 24, 2022
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 Thursday, Dec. 8, from 10–11:30am.
Plus: Pet photos with Santa Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6:30–7:30pm


See Santa in Tarrant County

Cowboy Santa at the Stockyards // Fort Worth
When: 11am–7pm every Wednesday – Sunday through Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Meet Cowboy Santa at Mule Alley, next to Avoca Coffee Roasters off East Exchange Avenue, and stick around for stories with Mrs. Claus and ice skating at the inaugural Stockyards Rodeo Rink.

Grapevine Mills // Grapevine
When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Reservations are encouraged via whereissanta.com. Meet in the Courtyard near Converse.
Special Needs: On Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9–10:30am, Caring Santa meets exclusively with children with special needs and their families.

North East Mall // Hurst
When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: 
Reservations are encouraged via whereissanta.com.
Special Needs:
 Caring Santa meets exclusively with children with special needs and their families on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9–10:30am.

Hulen Mall // Fort Worth
When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Make your reservations for Santa visits on the lower level at Center Court. Register at whereissanta.com. Pet nights are on Mondays Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5 from 4–7pm.
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9–10:30am.

The Parks at Arlington // Arlington
When: Nov. 18 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Make your reservations for Santa visits on the lower level at Center Court. Register online at whereissanta.com. Pet nights are on Mondays Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5 from 4–7pm.
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9–10am.

Gaylord Texan Resort // Grapevine
When: Nov. 11 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Photo packages vary. Reserve your spot online for Santa, and afterward explore the Gaylord’s many other Christmas attractions including ICE! Featuring The Polar Express with magnificent sculptures hand-carved from more than two million pounds of ice.

Cabela’s // Allen and Fort Worth
When: Nov 5. – Dec. 24, 2022
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. 5 – Dec. 24, 2022
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: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Come to the plaza and visit Santa in a very special holiday snow globe. A $10 donation benefits The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever, list of 20 organizations that help the hungry, homeless, or helpless in Tarrant County. Or make your timed reservations on eventbrite.com.


See Santa in Collin County

The Shops at Willow Bend // Plano
When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Families will find Santa in his festive holiday home on the lower level in Macy’s Court. Register in advance here. Plus, when you book online, guests will receive one free personalized phone call from Santa before their visit. Those purchasing a photo package online or in person will also receive a free personalized video from the North Pole after their visit.
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day, in cooperation with Autism Speaks, on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 10–11:30am.

The Shops at Legacy // Plano
When: Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 3–18, and Dec. 22–23, 2022
What to know: Meet Legacy’s Red-Suited Santa at Santa’s Village, located off Bishop Road next to Kilwins ice cream shop. Book your appointment online. Photo packages available.

Fairview Town Center // Fairview
When: Saturdays Nov. 12 – Dec. 17, 2022, from 3–7pm
What to know: Register online for your Santa visit, available between 3pm and 7pm on Saturdays. Pets are welcome and all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. You can register online, too, for breakfast with Santa available on four select days: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, or for cookies with Santa on Dec. 1 and 8—both held at Profound Foods.

Stonebriar Centre // Frisco
When: Nov. 11 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Register online at whereissanta.com. Pet nights are welcome on Mondays Nov. 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 from 4–7pm
Special Needs: Santa Cares Day on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9–10am.

Cabela’s // Allen
When: Nov. 5 – Dec. 24, 2022
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. 20 – Dec. 23, 2022
What to know: Visit Santa in his magical Bavarian Village for photos and wishes. 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. 4 from 9–11am, a time exclusively set aside for kids with special needs and their siblings.

Christmas in the Square // Frisco
When: Santa visits Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2022
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 evening.

Home for the Holidays // McKinney
When: Nov. 25–27, 2022
What to know:
 Catch Santa at this weekend festival in the heart of Historic Downtown McKinney.

Heritage Farmstead Museum // Plano
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, 2022, 6–9pm
What to know: Visit with Santa during the farmstead’s holiday experience Lights on the Farm, which continues through Dec. 30. 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. 19 – Dec. 24, 2022
What to know: Santa makes his grand entrance on Nov. 19 during the Our Village Glows festival from 5:30–8pm. Come welcome him visit from visit Santa inside his “tree house,” located inside the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree at the shops’ Central Park.

Holiday Lighting Festival // Denton
When: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, 6–9pm
What to know: Join this annual festival held on the square surrounding Denton County’s historic courthouse.

Bakersfield Park/Flower Mound CAC // Flower Mound
When: Saturday, Dec. 3
What to know: You’ve got two chances to see Santa on Dec. 3: 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.


Home Visits

East Dallas Santa // Dallas
When: Flexible dates 2022
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 214/450-0905 or email santa@eastdallassanta.com for pricing and to reserve your visit.


Photo courtesy of Style of Sam