Where To See Santa

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Austin offers many opportunities to see Santa, whether for a timeless holiday photo or for a special meal or storybook tea. Special events feature Santa all around the ATX this holiday season, so be sure to make a visit to the jolly old elf this season!


9th Annual Lights of Love 

December 2nd

Austin. Join us for an evening of holiday festivities! Friends, family and even four-legged companions will enjoy an evening of traditional holiday fun including a walk around Mueller Lake adorned with holiday lights, a visit with Santa Claus, a snow slide, gingerbread house decorating, kids’ crafts, hot chocolate, photo booth, holiday music and much more under the Hangar!

This year we are bringing back the tradition of “buying a light” for $20 to honor loved ones and to support our children and families. BE THE LIGHT for our families and help light up the Mueller Lake trail with your own personal light sign! Gather your friends and family and form a Lights of Love team to help us reach our goal to raise $130,000. But most importantly, come out and have some holiday fun!


A Magical Evening With Santa

December 10th

Cedar Park. Magic will be in the air Saturday December, 10th and all for a good cause. Magical Evening with Santa is a fundraiser for our Operation Christmas Spirit Project. Providing Christmas Trees & Spirit Boxes to families that could use some extra Holiday spirit! 

We hope you will come join us, to Decorate Cookies, have story time, sing songs, and just great fun with Santa! Snacks & Beverages will be served. Event will be located at the new Dining Hall at the Camp Twin Lakes YMCA in Cedar Park, TX.


Afternoon with Santa

December 11th

Austin. Meet Santa & capture photos at this family event while enjoying cookie decorating, crafts and hors d’ourvres.Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call 512-439-1234.
$30 per person plus tax.


Christmas Family Night 2016

December 2nd

Round Rock. Round Rock’s annual holiday festival is heading back to its original home on Main Street after a temporary relocation to Old Setters Park. During Christmas Family Night, Main Street is decorated with small wooden houses which host various games and activities. This free event includes activities for the entire family including live music, dancers, candle making, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and more. Children should bring their “wish lists” for Santa Claus and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, activities, performances and snacks.


Gingerbread Village Open Houses

November 28th –  29th

Austin. Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies as you ooh and aah over the details of our “Classic Fairy Tales”-themed Gingerbread Village in the Lobby. Our talented pastry chefs—along with special guest, Santa—will also be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about the houses, which will be on display from November 21 through December 25, 2016.


Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

December 9th

Enjoy the lighting of the tree, live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is free.


Johnson City Texas Lights Spectacular Event

November 25th -26th

Johnson City, Texas comes vibrantly alive during this event which includes a collection of fun activities for the young and not-so-young. Santa makes his appearance as well and is clearly the favorite of the smaller folks. See him in the Memorial City Park, and have the kids ready with their wish lists. The 4-H club takes pictures and sponsors Santa as their fundraiser.


Meet And Greet With Santa

November 25th – 27th & December 1st – 24th

Bee Caves. Meet Santa and tell him what you want for the holidays!  Kids of all ages are welcome, pets are welcome too!  Bring your own camera and take fun holiday photos!


Milk and Cookies with Santa

December 4th

Austin. Santa and Mrs. Claus will happily take photos before and after the event. The Caswell House will also have a photographer. Instructions for obtaining photos will be available at the event.


North Pole Flyer

Saturdays & Sundays November 18th – December 18th

Austin. Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer train ride! This 2.5 hour excursion on a real train features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa and Christmas cookie. Each car is decorated for the season where passengers enjoy a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book-our railroad’s own Christmas Story!


Pfestival of Lights 

December 3rd

Pflugerville. Come Celebrate Prlugervilles Holiday Pfestival and enjoy these pfun and pfree activities: 

  • Pfree Arts and Crafts projects to take home
  • Pfree Hot Chocolate
  • Pfree Cookies
  • Yulelog fire to warm up!
  • Pfree Photos with Santa Claus (you bring the camera!)
  • Pfree Glow-in-the-dark Necklaces
  • Also:  Pflugerville Animal Trailer on site — apply to give a pet a Pforever Home for the Holidays!

Photos with Santa

November 25th – 26th

Austin. Spend your Black Friday at The Arboretum and be sure to get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Our photographer will snap a pic for you and provide one printed copy, for free! Bring your kids, significant other, or pet and make a memory that will live forever. Santa will be here Friday 11/25 and Saturday 11/26 from 12-4PM located near the Fireplace near Amy’s Ice Cream.

Round Rock Premium Outlets 

Caring Santa

December 4th

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Santa in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other development needs of kids with all abilities.

Pet Photos With Santa

December 11th

Sit. Stay. Say Cheese! Bring your furry friend to visit Santa and have a special commemorative photo made to remember your visit. Cats and dogs are welcome to visit Santa and have photos made on this special limited engagement session. This event is not open to exotic pets, and all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Santa’s Waiting

November 18th – December 24th

It’s time for holiday photos with Santa. Come by and say hello to Santa and take your picture.


Santa at Barton Creek Square

Caring Santa 

December 4th

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Santa in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other development needs of kids with all abilities.

Pajama Party With The Elves

December 3rd 

Don’t miss our Pajama Party with The Elves on Saturday, December 3! Join us for music, dancing, activities, and snacks. Dress your little one in their favorite pajamas and enjoy a fun-filled morning you won’t forget. Beginning at 10 AM, take a photo with Santa to capture the memories at our brand new Santa set.

Pet Photos With Santa

November 13th – December 22nd

Sit.  Stay.  Say Cheese!  Bring your furry friend to visit Santa and have a special commemorative photo made to remember your visit.  Cats and dogs are welcome to visit Santa and have photos made on this special limited engagement session. This event is not open to exotic pets, and all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.


Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting

November 25th

Bee Caves. Join us on Friday, November 25th for the 10th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival event!  Get a head start on your holiday shopping at over 100 stores & restaurants at the Hill Country Galleria. And while you’re here, see Santa & help us light the synchronized holiday tree! Get the first look of our new Central Plaza! The fun starts at 6:00 pm with the first look of the Central Plaza and face painting.  The program will begin at 7:00 pm with dance performances, see Santa, help us light the holiday tree, watch fireworks and enjoy live music by Andy Grammer!


Santa’s Corner Junior League Of Austin

November 18th –  November 20th

Austin. Our biggest fundraiser of the year will be held November 16-20, 2016 at Palmer Events Center.  


Santa at The Domain

Santa Photo Experience

November 18th – December 25th

Visit the all new Beneath the Tree Santa Photo Experience, where children sit inside a 10-foot tall drum situated under a 34-foot tall tree. Enjoy a story, share your wishlist and capture a picture to save the memory. 

Santa’s Waiting

November 11th – December 24th

It’s time for holiday photos with Santa! Come by and say hello to Santa and take your picture. 


Santa at Lakeline Mall

November 13th – December 11th

Pet Photos With Santa

Bring your furry friends to have their photo taken with Santa Clause himself. We will have two Pet Photo nights this holiday season: Sunday, November 13th from 7- 8 pm and Sunday, December 11th from 7- 8pm.

The event will take place after mall hours so bring the whole family out for this special photo opportunity.

Caring Santa

November 20 & December 4

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Santa in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other development needs of kids with all abilities.

Santa Celebrity Saturdays

November 20 – Chief Commander Todd Smith at 12 pm

November 26 – Jennifer Auh from the KVUE News Daybreak Team

December 10 – the Fox 7 Morning News Team

Lakeline Mall is inviting Austin celebrities to join in the joy and magic of the holiday season at Santa Celebrity Saturdays.  Every week from November 5 through December 24, local celebrities are invited to arrange a visit Santa’s Wonderland to pose for photos and greet families as Santa’s special guest. 

Santa’s Waiting

November 3rd – December 24th

It’s time for holiday photos with Santa. Come by and say hello to Santa and take your picture.


Santa In The Garden 2016

December 3rd

Austin. Join us at Austin Area Garden Center for Santa in the Garden 2016.Skip the lines at the mall and bring the family to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.Tasty treats & fun crafts. Bring your own camera to capture this special event!


Santa’s Wonderland

November 13th – December 24th

Round Rock. Come to Bass Pro Shops and check out Santa’s Wonderland with a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo plus free crafts games and activities!  


Santa’s Workshop at Hotel Ella

December 11th & 18th 

Austin. Kids’ Holiday Crafts presented by Event Vines

  • Reindeer & snowman holiday cards
  • Snowman gift boxes

Santa’s Workshop Cocktail Specials ($6)

  • Winter Apple Sangria, chilled red wine, green apple, citrus, brandy, baking spices
  • Peppermint Mojito, white rum, minted simple syrup, fresh lime, seltzer 
  • Mimosas and all other featured brunch cocktails

Santa On The Terrace

November 25th

Austin. Join us on the City Terrace and take some time out of the busiest holiday of the year to celebrate the season. Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa overlooking the best view in  Austin! Enjoy some holiday treats with all sorts of fun entertainment. Activities will be planned for the whole family, so bring everyone.


Sights and Sound in San Marcos

Santa by Helicopter 

November 3oth

Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus on opening night.  Santa will fly in promptly at 6:30pm and land at the back of the park on the soccer fields. Welcome Santa & Mrs. Claus with a warm holiday welcome and walk through the park to Santa’s photo area. Don’t forget to bring your wish list!

Santa by Pink Heals Fire Truck 

December 1st

Greet Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrive by the famous Pink Heals Hays County Fire Truck “Baylie” as a way to bring awareness and show our support for fighting cancer among our fellow neighbors, friends and family members.

Santa by Dick’s Classic Car Parade

December 2nd

Ever see Santa in a vintage Cadillac?  You will at Sights & Sounds of Christmas on Thursday night. Bring the whole family and watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus ride into the park in style at the Sights & Sounds of Christmas. Santa arrives at 6:30pm by Dick’s Classic Car Parage at the front main gate of our event.  See you soon!

Santa arrives by River Boat!

December 3rd

You’ll know Santa has arrived when you see the big spot light coming down the historic San Marcos River. Follow Santa down the river as he steps out to greet all the wonderful families. The river boat arrives at 6:30pm at the two bridge crossings in the park.


Teddy Bear Teas With Santa

November 26 And 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, And 18

Austin. Guests of all ages are invited to this Four Seasons Hotel Austin tradition, featuring tea service, holiday caroling and a fireside reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself! Those attending are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear, which will be donated to Dell Children’s Hospital.