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 3rd

Austin. Kick off the holiday season at Lights of Love! Drawing on the original vision that began 27 years ago, Lights of Love will be held once again at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Lights of Love is a festive event for children and families to experience holiday fun and the magical moment when hundreds of sparkling lights suddenly illuminate the Ronald McDonald House and its big, bright holiday tree. Many activities are planned including cookie decorating, kids’ crafts, snow slide, music, photos with Santa Claus and much more!


A Magical Evening With Santa

December 10th

Cedar Park. Every year in homes across the world, while children are fast asleep, the magic of Santa happens. That is, of course, unless you join us at Brungot Farms for the one night that Santa’s magic comes to life right before your family’s eyes. For one night only, Santa will make a special trip from the North Pole to help Brungot Farms raise awareness and funds for Operation Christmas Spirit, a program to help bring the magic of Christmas to as many homes in the Austin and Cedar Park area as possible. On Sunday, December 10th, Brungot Farms will once again host A Magical Evening with Santa and we need you!

Help us decorate one of Brungot Farms’ gorgeous Christmas trees while gathered around a warm fire, waiting for Santa to arrive. (He’s known to sneak in when you least expect it). Once he arrives, he will join in the fun and help everyone decorate fresh cookies to take home, lead sing-a-longs, and tell his favorite stories.  Sessions tend to sell out quickly so reserve your spots now! Plus, this year we have added a special session, a PJ Party with Santa! Take part this fun new event by coming dressed ready for bed in your favorite holiday PJ’s!


Afternoon with Santa

December 10th 

Austin. Join us for a Driskill Holiday Tradition. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will be certain to cherrish the merry memories made at this annual tradition. An afternoon with Santa is slated for Sunday, December 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wee ones will delight in taking photos with St. Nick, decorating cookies and partaking in holiday crafts.


Christmas Family Night 2017

December 1st

Round Rock. Round Rock’s annual holiday festival is back to its original home on Main Street! The holiday celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Download the 2017 Christmas Family Night Map (Coming Soon)

During Christmas Family Night, Main Street is decorated with small wooden houses which host various games and activities. The event kicks off with a welcome from Mayor Craig Morgan, followed by the illumination of the all NEW Hometown Holiday lights. Then Santa makes his grand entrance.

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 and snacks.

Enjoy performances throughout the evening.


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 “Monopoly”-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 28, 2017.


Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

December 1st

Cedar Park. The Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop will feature live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is free.  

Every year The City of Cedar Park hosts a holiday coloring contest for kindergarteners and first graders. The first place winner gets to pull the switch to light the big oak tree at the annual Tree Lighting

Meet And Greet With Santa

November 25th – December 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 10th

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 25th – December 17th

Austin. Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the North Pole Flyer with us in 2017! Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer train ride! This 2 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 2nd

Pflugerville. Join us for the Pfestival of Lights and Christman Parade on Saturday, December 2.

  • 5 p.m.: Parade begins
  • Approx. 5:45 p.m.: Tree lighting on Main Street
  • 5 – 8 p.m.: Pfestive performances by the Pflugerville Recreation Center Classes, Dance Elements, Pflugerville High School Choir and Carpe Sono. While you listen to music or wait for the parade, enjoy cookies thanks to HEB and hot chocolate at City Hall.

After lighting the tree, Santa will be available for pictures until 8 p.m. so bring your camera!


Photos with Santa

November 25th – December 23rd

Austin. Santa will bring his holiday cheer to The Arboreum every Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm November 25-December 23. Tell him your wants and wishes and snap a photo with him near the big tree next to Lamps Plus! This is free and open to the public. Don’t forget to bring your camera or phone to take your photos.


Photos with Santa Benefiting Lizzy’s Animal Hospice 

All proceeds benefit the pups at Lizzy’s Animal Hospice, which provides a home environment for companion endearing or terminally ill animals who are or would ultimately end up in a shelter. Bring your kids and their pets — unique pets included and welcome.

  • December 9 – Tomlinson’s Circle C, 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 480, Austin, TX 78749 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Santa photos
  • December 16 – Tomlinson’s Lakeway, 2303 Ranch Road 620 S., #180, Lakeway, Texas 78734 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Santa photos
  • December 17 – Tomlinson’s 12th Street, 916B 12th St, Austin, TX 78703 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Santa photos

Round Rock Premium Outlets 

Pet Photos With Santa

December 10th

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 3rd

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 10th

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’s Arrival & Tree Lighting

November 24th

Bee Caves. Join us for the annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival event on Black Friday, November 24th! The fun starts at 6:00 pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor Central Plaza with children’s activities like face painting & flash tattoos. The program will begin at 7:00 pm where you can see Santa, watch fireworks and enjoy live music by All Time Low


Santa at The Domain

Santa’s Waiting

November 1oth – 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

Sit. Stay. Say Cheese!

Bring your furry friend to visit Santa from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Sunday, December 10.

Find Santa in Dillard’s court.  Park and enter through the main mall entrance by Bucca di Beppo.

Photo packages available for purchase. This event is not open to exotic pets, and all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.

Santa’s Waiting

November 13th – December 24th

Where is Santa? It’s time for holiday photos with Santa. Santa will be on the Lower Level Dillard’s Court


Santa In The Garden 2017

December 3rd

Austin.

This PARD event takes place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will continue the program 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightening
  • Join us at Austin Area Garden Center for Santa in the Garden 2017.
  • Skip the lines at the mall and bring the family to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus.
  • Enjoy shopping in our Chrysalis Gift Shop & enjoy 20% off the entire store during the event.
  • Bring your own camera to capture this special event!
  • Tasty treats & fun crafts.
 

Santa On The Terrace

November 24th

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

Check out how Santa arrives on each of these dates! We love how our real life heroes are honored. Much luv!

  • November 30th Antique Galaxy Fire Truck 6:15 PM
  • November 30th WWII  Aircraft San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM
  • December 1st Monster Trucks San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM
  • December 2nd San Marcos Police Dept Tanker San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM
  • December 6th Miller Middle School Choir/Hayride – San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM
  • December 7th MILITARY NIGHT – San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM
  • Decemebr 8th Pink Heals Hays County Firetruck – San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM
  • December 9th San Marcos Fire Dept Riverboat – San Marcos Activity Center 6:15 PM

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.


Santa’s Arrival at The Galleria

November 24th

Join us for the annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival event on Black Friday, November 24th! The fun starts at 6:00 pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor Central Plaza with children’s activities like face painting & flash tattoos. The program will begin at 7:00 pm where you can see Santa, watch fireworks and enjoy live music by All Time Low!