As soon as Halloween is over, it’s time to find the best places to take pictures with Santa! Here’s a round up of where to see the jolly man in red (or green). If you’re looking for an African American Santa, we have those listed too. Unless otherwise noted, there are no fees to visit with Santa, but professional pictures are additional. Note for the attractions, there is a fee to enter, but visiting with Santa is free with admission.
Pictures with Santa in Atlanta Area for Christmas
Santa will be visiting Atlantic Station in Central Park. Visit the jolly old man himself in his cozy cottage, nestled near the 50-foot tall Christmas tree. Children can share their holiday wish list and get a professional photo taken with Old St. Nick. Santa will arrive at 12noon on November 18th, prior to the Lighting of Atlantic Station. Anyone who makes a photo purchase will receive a free pair of Santa’s Magic Glasses to enjoy the holiday lights and Snow Shows in a whole new way!
And don’t forget the special Santa days. Kids can participate in Storytime, or have breakfast with the big man in red. Fur babies aren’t left out either; Atlantic Station has several pet pics with Santa dates. Check the Atlantic Station events calendar for the latest.
Make an evening of your Santa visit, have dinner at one of the great Atlantic Station restaurants, go ice skating, and then shop at the Christkindl Market. We have the scoop on what you need to know before you go.
November 1 – December 24
Families and friends are invited to take a photo and list off the top selections on their wish lists with jolly Saint Nicholas! Reservations for Santa photos are only available at santaatphipps.com. Note: No walk-up or stand in line visits will be allowed. This is a reservations-only Santa, as he is one of the most popular St. Nicks in Atlanta.
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Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market invites visitors to take photos with Santa as well as the Grinch! Atlanta’s historic community destination in Old Fourth Ward announces its 2017 holiday spectacular. Help the Grinch’s heart grow through the power of community. Expect three weeks of mischief all over the city of Atlanta, culminating in a “naughty vs. nice” Beltline face-off between Santa and the Grinch on Friday after Thanksgiving before the duo settles into their respective thrones on the second floor of Ponce City Market to greet their fans. The boldest holiday celebration in the Southeast is always free and open to the public.
NAUGHTY VS. NICE PARADE – Are you naughty or nice? It’s time to choose a team! Will it be Team Santa or Team Grinch? . If you’re feeling naughty, the public is invited to meet him at The Shed at Ponce City Market at 10:30am on Friday, Nov. 24th, with raucous brass/hip-hop band JohnBoy & SurroundSound and his merry band of misfits in tow. Follow the Green Grand Marshall as he leads community participants with LED balloons. Feeling kinder? March with Santa instead on team nice! The parade will culminate with a grand finale arrival at Ponce City Market for the official holiday kickoff at noon.
SANTA CLAUS PHOTOS. Visitors can take photos with Santa while enjoying a rotating roster of choirs, musicians, and other festive weekend entertainers. Hot cocoa, peppermint bark, holiday popsicle flavors, cider, and more will be available from Williams Sonoma, King of Pops, and the Mercury to enjoy around cozy fire pits, and Santa’s hours will be 10:30AM-6PM on Nov 24-26, Dec 17, and Dec 21-24, and 3PM-9PM on Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10, and Dec 16.
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Christmas at Silver City Farm
Go back in time with your family this Christmas, in Cumming at Silver City Farm. A gourmet breakfast is included in your ticket price. There’s also live music and cookie decorating. You’ll spend time with Santa for the ultimate photo (and a little time to remind him of your holiday list.) You’ll go home with a printed photo and memories to last a lifetime. Dec 9 and 10th, 2017 9:30am – 2pm. Admission: $18 for adults, $12 for kids 1 year and older. (Children under 12 months old are free of charge.)
The Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting is a great way to start the holiday season! There will be music and dance performances and delicious treats will be provided by surrounding restaurants. There will also be seasonal face painting, holiday-themed balloon twisting, and ornament decorating. Last but not least, Santa will also make an appearance and be available for photos and gift requests while two Vinings Express Trains will make stops all around Vinings Jubilee. Free.
The Avenue Forsyth
The Collection’s Annual Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting will be held on Sunday, November 26th at The Collection Forsyth featuring musical guests Cole Thannisch and Allie Odom. There will be photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, activities for kids of all ages, complimentary carriage rides, and a lively countdown to light-up the beautiful Christmas tree! The Holiday Celebration will begin at 4pm and the tree lighting will happen at twilight.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Each evening Santa makes his grand entrance during the 6 pm parade and greets children until the Snowfall Celebration begins. There is a fee to enter Stone Mountain Christmas, but no additional fee to see Santa (although pictures are extra and you may not use your own camera). In addition to visiting Santa, kids can also visit the Snow Queen prior to her nightly “flight”. There is an abundance of other activities included in the admission price including several musical shows, story times, and a holiday sing-a-long train ride. DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE.
Candlelight Tours at Atlanta History Center
Ho-ho-ho! Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through beautifully decorated gardens. Guests are welcomed by a lively Christmas Market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. Visit the three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the 1930s. Members can visit the Candlelight Tours Lounge for exclusive benefits including photos with Santa, cookie and ornament decorating and more. Candlelight Nights will take place on the evenings of December 15th and December 22nd. This holiday program is $20/non-members, $15/members, $10 for children. See more here.
Bass Pro Shop
For the ninth year, Bass Pro Shop welcomes families to their massive Christmas village transformation starting at 5pm on November 11, 2017. It will feature free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including crafts, games and holiday magic for the whole family.
To avoid the lines at Bass Pro Shop Santa’s Wonderland, schedule Santa time using the free Bass Pass system (similar to Disney’s Fast Pass system). Just visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass and return at the time marked. All visitors receive a free 4 x 6 studio-quality photo and a custom Christmas video to share online with family and friends. Free Bass Pass reservations are available in-store on a first-come, first-served basis. Weeknights have the most availability.
To find Santa’s Wonderland hours and times at a Bass Pro Shops, visit www.BassPro.com/Santa.
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Santa at Avalon
Ho! Ho! Ho! Join jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon for a dose of Christmas magic this holiday season! Santa will be making his way from the North Pole starting November 20th through December 24th. He will be around for the holiday season to spread Christmas cheer, take photos with children and families, share magical moments with those who visit him and more. Santa reservations are already sold out for the year as of November 11th, but walk ups are available every day. Note: personal camera photos are only allowed if you are purchasing photos.
One of the most unique things about this Santa experience is that it can be super personal. Santa at Avalon uses RFID technology which helps Avalon seamlessly deliver personalized experiences. Parents can stop by Concierge or go online to register their children and pick up an “I Am Santa’s Gift” tag. The registration form includes questions about the child’s name, age, Christmas wishes and even an option to enter requests such as: clean their room, stop fighting with siblings, etc. When the child approaches with the tag, Santa’s iPad – hidden inside his Naughty or Nice book – populates with the child’s registration form, allowing for a magical conversation between Santa and the child.
There are several special events at The Avalon this holiday season including:
- Pet Photos with Santa: Sunday, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 4PM to 7PM. Bring your furry friends for photos and treats with Santa! Walk-ups only for this event.
- Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th Make it a tradition and join Santa for an authentic breakfast with all the good boys and girls. Breakfast with Santa will be held at Chick-fil-A on Saturday and Oak Steakhouse on Sunday. To RSVP for Chick-fil-A, click here. Oak Steakhouse reservations have been fully booked.
Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa—just reserve your time and skip the line at Cumberland Mall! You can save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th). Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa. Check out hours and make a reservation here.
Want to create a ‘fur-rever’ memory with your 4 legged family member? Bring your dog or cat to get their photo with Santa! Pet Nights will be on Mondays from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (November 20 – December 11).
Where is Santa? Well, Santa Claus has landed at your favorite Simon mall! During Santa’s brief time away from the North Pole, children can stop by to whisper their wish list, then have their magical moment with Santa captured forever with keepsake photos.
Photos with Santa: November 17 – December 24
Sugarloaf Mills invites all children who are making their wish lists and checking it twice to take pictures with Santa this holiday season in the AMC Theatres Court. For the full Santa schedule, please visit simon.com/sugarloafmills Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at simonsanta.com.
Caring Santa: December 3 from 8-10 a.m.
Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to visit Santa and have their photos taken. This December, guests can look forward to breakfast, holiday crafts and quality time with the man in red. Reservations are required to attend. To reserve a spot, please visit Eventbrite.
Pet Photos with Santa: December 10 from 6-8 p.m.
Don’t forget about your pet for holiday photos! Shoppers are invited to bring their furry members of the family for a photo with Santa. Guests should use Entry 4 and refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals. Advance registration on Eventbrite is recommended.
Georgia Tech Alumni Presents Santa Buzz
On November 19, 2017, Georgia Tech fans can take advantage of the opportunity to get the family portrait taken with Buzz! There is a cost of $25/family. Your professional, high quality digital photo will be emailed to you for unrestricted use after the event. Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis but families who pre-pay will be given priority in line upon arrival.
Photos with Buzz will begin at 4:00pm. Your payment helps support scholarships to Georgia Tech! Go Jackets!
Macy’s 70th Annual Great Tree Lighting, an iconic holiday tradition in Atlanta, will take place on Sunday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at Macy’s Lenox Square. The 70th Anniversary celebration will feature live performances by Grammy award-winning singer CeeLo Green, rising country singer RaeLynn, Atlanta native and “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Angelica Hale, and contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns. The event will conclude with a fantastic fireworks finale. The Great Tree will be lit from Sunday, November 19 through January 1, 2018.
Photos with Santa: November 3 – December 24
Families are invited to capture their special holiday moments with Santa in the Macy’s Court. For hours and a full schedule, please visit simon.com/lenoxsquareSave time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at simonsanta.com.
Pet Photos with Santa: November 12 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and December 10 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Pets have Christmas wishes too! On November 12, families are welcome to bring their furry best friends for an unforgettable picture with Santa Claus in the Macy’s Court. Guests can enter the mall through the Main Mall entrance near Sprinkles and Nike. Please refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals. Advance registration is recommended on Eventbrite.
Caring Santa: December 3 from 8-10 a.m.
Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa. Lenox Square has made necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. The event will be held during private mall hours in the Macy’s Court in order to provide a calmer, sensory-friendly environment. Due to this, families are asked to enter the mall using the Main Mall Entrance in between Sprinkles and Nike. Guests can register in advance on Eventbrite.
The annual Christmas Open House is on November 9, 2017 to celebrate the beginning of the most wonderful season of all. They will showcase beautiful holiday decorations for your home and gifts that anyone would love to give or receive.
Christmas Trees from the Enchanted Forest are available November 18 through December 17.
Mall of Georgia
Head to Mall of Georgia on Saturday November 19, 2017 for their Tree Lighting event. Spend the day in the Village, enjoy live performances, and stay for the Movies Under the Stars presentation of The Polar Express. There will be holiday activities for the family, including a visit from Santa and Papa Elf.
Breakfast with Santa: December 2, 2017
Join Santa for a delicious breakfast while enjoying holiday crafts and story time with Santa and Papa Elf. Saturday, December 2 from 8:30AM-10:00AM in the Dining Pavilion. Event is free for Family at Mall of Georgia members (sign up is free and you can sign up at the event). Adults $5. RSVP required. To RSVP please email email@example.com.
Photos with Santa: November 3 – December 24
Families are invited to stop by Von Maur Court to capture the spirit of the holidays in a photo with Santa – perfect for holiday cards to send to friends and family! For Santa’s day-to-day schedule and to make an appointment, please simon.com/mallofgeorgia Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at simonsanta.com.
Pet Photos with Santa: November 12 from 6-8 p.m. and December 10from 8-10 p.m.
Looking for the paw-fect holiday photo? Guests are invited to bring their four-legged friends to visit Santa’s workshop and take a photo with the jolly man in red! Shoppers are asked to use the Savvii Formal Wear entrance, as well as refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals. To RSVP, please visit Eventbrite.
Caring Santa: December 3 from 8-10 a.m.
Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa. Mall of Georgia has made necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. The event will be held during private mall hours in the Von Maur Court in order to provide a calmer, sensory-friendly environment. Due to this, families are asked to enter the mall using the Main Mall Entrance in between Belk and Von Maur. Guests can register in advance on Eventbrite.
North Georgia Premium Outlets
Photos with Santa: November 17 – December 24 in the Food Pavilion
Families can get in the holiday spirit by having festive photos taken with Santa! Visit premiumoutlets.com/
Pet Photos with Santa: December 10 from 6-8 p.m.
Shoppers are invited to bring their furry friends to meet Santa and have the paw-fect holiday photo taken in the Food Pavilion. Guests are to refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals, and all animals in attendance should be leashed. To RSVP, please visit Eventbrite.
Caring Santa: December 3 from 9-11 a.m.
Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa. North Georgia Premium Outlets has made necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. The event will be held during private hours in the Food Pavilion in order to provide a calmer, sensory-friendly environment. Guests can register in advance on Eventbrite.
Marietta’s Winter Wonderland & Santa on the Square
After kicking off the holiday season with the Marietta Square Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 30, 2017, Santa’s Workshop opens in Glover Park in Marietta Square. Bring the kids to visit the Winter Wonderland on on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December starting December 1, 2017. There will also be an opportunity for pet photos with Santa on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 4p.m. to 9p.m.
Photos with Santa are available, and afterward visitors are encouraged to visit ice skating rink and the shops and restaurants surrounding the Square for fun holiday gifts and great food and drinks.
Photos with Santa: November 17 – December 24, during regular mall hours in Center Court. Check Santa’s day-to-day schedules and photo package pricing at www.northlakemall.com.
Santa Cares: December 3, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Santa Cares is a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with all spectrums of special needs to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Santa Photo Experience with their family in a calming environment prior to public hours.
Photo packages are available for purchase during the event. Visits with Santa are free. Space is limited and families must register in advance.
Northpoint Mall: Santa’s Toy Factory
Santa has made his way from the North Pole and is ready to greet children of all ages starting on November 11, 2017.
This is not just another sit-on-Santa’s-lap type of event. Kids get to embark on an exciting adventure at Santa’s Toy Factory. Put on your safety hat, test new toys and even digitally design your own! Reserve a spot between Monday and Wednesday and save $5 (through December 9th).
Grandparent’s Night: November 10th 5pm – 8pm
Barbie You Can Be Anything: November 12th, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Want to design your own chef’s apron? How about becoming an artist for the day and painting your own masterpiece? The possibilities are endless at the Barbie® You Can Be Anything event. Stop by Santa’s Toy Factory and see what’s imaginable. Attendees will also get a Fast Pass to see Santa.
Holiday PJ Night: November 17th and December 8th, 5pm – 8pm
All Aboard with Thomas and Friends: November 25th, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a Thomas & Friends™ themed event at Santa’s Toy Factory! There will be face painting, story time, a fun prize wheel and more.
Race to the Holidays with Hot Wheels: December 7th, 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Hot Wheels® has hit the road and their most exciting stop is at Santa’s Toy Factory! Discover challenge tracks, balloon twisters, a DJ and much more! The first 200 kids will also take home their very own Hot Wheels® car.
American Girl Welcomes Santa: November 25, December 3 and 10
Share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store, and he can’t wait to meet you and your girl. Whispering her wishes is an exciting holiday tradition, and a special pose with St. Nick is the perfect photo opportunity. You can bring your camera to capture the moment! Enjoy a delicious meal during your visit, too. This event is offered every 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Duration of event is 1 hour.
$20 per person (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable), (gratuity not included), Reservations required. Suggested for girls ages 8 and up.
Santa arrives at Perimeter Mall at 11 a.m. on November 11, 2017. He will be available for photos through December 24th. You can save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th). Photos and reservations are not required for visiting Santa.
While you’re there, visit the Nintendo Holiday Experience! Visit Perimeter Mall from November 11 to December 17 to try out the hit Nintendo Switch system and the portable Nintendo 3DS family of systems, along with some of their top games. The Nintendo Holiday Experience has something for everyone and will be an event the whole family can enjoy!
Town Center at Cobb
Photos with Santa: November 3 – December 24
Say “sleigh bells” and smile with Santa! He will be stationed in Center Court for photo opportunities. Check simon.com/towncenteratcobb for his schedule! Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at simonsanta.com.
Pet Photos with Santa: November 12 from 6-8 p.m. and December 10 from 8-10 p.m.
On November 12 and December 10 in Center Court, shoppers can bring their beloved furry friends to pose with Santa Claus! Guests are to refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals and should enter the mall through the Food Court’s main entrance between Belk and JCPenney. For advanced registration, visit Eventbrite.
Caring Santa: November 19 from 10:30 a.m.-noon and December 3 from 9-11 a.m.
Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to visit Santa and have their photos taken. Town Center at Cobb will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. Both events will be held on the Santa Set. Register online at Eventbrite to attend.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Botanical St. Nick
Meet Saint Nick clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath on Saturdays starting on November 25th. Bring a camera to take your own photos. Time with Santa is included with daily admission. Save some time for a spin around the Great Lawn on the Botanical Express Ride-on-Train!
Georgia Aquarium: Festival of the SEAson
For the tenth year in a row, guests can catch sight of SCUBA Claus diving into Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot and swimming among the whale sharks, manta rays and thousands of fish during the dive shows every Thursday through Sunday until December 25. If you’d rather see Santa on the other side of the water, he has scheduled times in the Georgia Aquarium atrium from November 18th through December 24th. There’s more than just Santa!
Wake Up Santa: November 18 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
This is one of the cutest and most unique Santa experiences in Atlanta. Kids get to help wake up Santa Claus to ring in the holidays. There are lots of interactive activities, holiday snacks and of course a Santa meet and greet with every guest. Advanced registration required. Admission does not include aquarium admission. Cost: Members and Employees: $9.95 per person, Non-Members: $12.95 per person, Children 0-12 months: Free
Breakfast with Santa: December 16th, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Start a holiday tradition by enjoying Breakfast with Santa and whale sharks, manta rays and Tank the sea turtle! Enjoy a delicious breakfast provided by our fantastic chefs at Wolfgang Puck Catering, write a letter to Santa and hand-deliver it, enjoy a holiday craft and spend some quality time with jolly ol’ St. Nick. Bring your camera so you can take a photo with him!
Advance registration required. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Cost does not include Aquarium Admission. Cost:
Non-Members: $24.95 per person, Members and Employees: $19.95 per person Children 0-12 months: Free
Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier
This is the 25th anniversary of Magical Nights of Lights and the folks at Lake Lanier will be bringing you best light show ever! Starting on November 17th and continuing through January 3rd, families can experience this drive-thru light display. Be on the lookout for the massive 65-foot Universal Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout.
After you travel through the amazing light show, share the spirit of the season with the kids, as they meet St. Nick at Santa’s Workshop. You can keep warm during the cold temperature with hot chocolate, S’mores kits and roasting marshmallows over a fire pit.
In addition, there is also a full carnival experience with 16 thrilling rides guaranteeing fun for all ages! All carnival rides require tickets, and some have height requirements.
Be sure to check out the Magical Nights of Lights promotion page for discounts throughout the season.
20th Annual Santa at Rhodes Hall
“Sensory Santa” is a sensory friendly event for children with autism and other sensory challenges. This special evening will provide the opportunity for children to connect with Santa in a special way and in a welcoming environment.
SANTA AT RHODES HALL – PET NIGHT: Friday, December 8, 5-7 p.m.
Pet Night is a one-night only personal appointment with Santa at Rhodes Hall for your pets. As long as your pets are friendly and well behaved, they’re invited! Both children and pets are allowed in pictures. This is a pets-required event, so guests without pets should reserve a regular Santa appointment. Pet Night is $30 per family and does NOT have crafts or food.
Waggy World Dog Park
Come paws; come all! You and your pet(s) can be photographed with Santa Claus! This holiday pet portraiture is a special bonding experience between owners and their pets. It can make the perfect greeting card, original gift or heartfelt keepsake. Certain restrictions apply for pets. Free! December 10 / 12pm-2:30pm (weather permitting)
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
On December 3 from 1pm to 5pm, families can have a memorable keepsake photo taken with Santa and then sip on hot cocoa and sample holiday treats. The event is priced at $75 per family including parking. For booking information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpharetta Welcome Center
Get your holiday photo taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, on December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green.
Santa on the Square in Downtown Newnan: November 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Come see Santa Claus light the Christmas tree in the Newnan downtown square. Be sure to bring a camera to take your own photos. Free.
Santa at The Battery ATL
Come see Santa Claus inside the new park surrounding SunTrust Stadium. Santa will make an appearance at The Battery weekends starting November 18. Best of all, it’s FREE and includes one free print of your photo with the big guy.
Take a peek inside the exclusive Warren City Club at this photo session with Santa. Each $30 ticket is for a visit with Santa and photo session that can include your whole family, up to 5 people. Tickets are available in hourly time slots. Families can choose to enjoy a family-friendly brunch offering that day in addition to their photo time with Santa. Note: Brunch is not included in the photo session cost.
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