Santa Photos in Boston: Where Kids Can See and Meet Santa

Where to See and Take Photos and Free Pictures with Santa Near Boston

This time of year, kids can find Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most holiday events in the area, like tree lightings, craft fairs, and festive breakfasts. We've rounded up some of our other favorite places where the kids can see Santa in and around Boston, especially for a photo.

These visits pair well with holiday shopping or a fancy meal out...after all, children might be happy they're already wearing their holiday finest for a photo with the man of the hour. See our list below for more than a dozen places where you can get a photo with Santa near Boston; most visits are free (with photos being available for purchase). All the kids have to do is be sure that they're good, for goodness sake! 

MALLS and SHOPPING AREAS - in every direction

Prudential Center—Boston
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve; extended hours begin December 7.

Cambridgeside Galleria—Cambridge
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve, and each family receives two free photos and a digital file.

Westgate Mall—Brockton
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve, and each family receives two free photos and a digital file.. 

Natick Mall—Natick
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve. Reserve a time slot for a visit and get a discount on photos.

Simon Malls:

Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve. Parents can also sign up their children for a Caring Santa appointment in Burlington or the Northshore Malls December 2 and 9, when extra care will be taken to make the visit more comfortable for children with special needs.

Photo courtesy of Verrill Farm ​


Smolak Farms—North Andover
Santa visits the farm select Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving through mid-December.

Verrill Farm—Concord
Santa visits on December 1, 2018. It's a great photo opportunity, plus there will be live music and free cider for all. 


ZooLights at the Stone Zoo—Stoneham
Santa awaits visits from children in Santa’s Castle daily; photos available through December 23, 2018. The visit is included with ZooLights admission, but photos cost extra.

Santa's Wonderland—Foxborough
Santa comes to the Bass Pro Shops at Patriot Place daily through Christmas Eve. Enjoy a free photo with Santa, games, crafts and more at Santa’s Wonderland. Get a Bass Pass early in the day to avoid waiting in line to see Santa.

Santa at the Franklin Park Zoo Coca Cola Caravan—Dorchester
Santa is available for free photos in the Tropical Forest Building at the Franklin Park Zoo on December 8, 2018. The visit is included with zoo admission.

The Enchanted Village—Avon 
Santa is available to listen to holiday wishes from the little ones at Jordan's Furniture, where village admission is free until daily capacity is reached.

Festival of Trees—Wellesley
Santa visits the Carriage House at Mass Hort’s headquarters at various times, so call ahead (617-933-4900) during business hours to see if and when he's expected. Visits are included with admission.

Top photo by Nate Pesce courtesy of Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office/CC BY 2.0

Originally published Nov 2011 and updated annually through 2018.

Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
02199 Boston , MA 42° 20' 50.6076" N, 71° 4' 55.3008" W
CambridgeSide (Galleria)
100 CambridgeSide Place
02141 Cambridge , MA
Phone: 617-621-8666
42° 22' 5.5056" N, 71° 4' 34.23" W
Westgate Mall
200 Westgate Drive
02301 Brockton , MA
Phone: 508-588-8916
42° 5' 37.788" N, 71° 3' 12.5712" W
Natick Mall
1245 Worcester St.
01760 Natick , MA
Phone: 508-655-4345
42° 18' 2.9052" N, 71° 23' 2.886" W
The Shops at Chestnut Hill
199 Boylston Street
02467 Chestnut Hill , MA 42° 19' 17.4468" N, 71° 10' 32.4192" W
Burlington Mall
75 Middlesex Turnpike
01803 Burlington , MA 42° 28' 56.73" N, 71° 12' 53.6256" W
South Shore Plaza
250 Granite Street
02184 Braintree , MA 42° 13' 19.4376" N, 71° 1' 25.3884" W
Northshore Mall
210 Andover Street
01960 Peabody , MA 42° 32' 22.6824" N, 70° 56' 35.7828" W
Smolak Farms
315 South Bradford Street
01845 North Andover , MA 42° 41' 25.0332" N, 71° 4' 28.866" W
Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Road
01742 Concord , MA 42° 25' 28.3728" N, 71° 22' 26.5476" W
Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
02180 Stoneham , MA 42° 27' 45.936" N, 71° 5' 38.1156" W
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
02121 Boston , MA
Phone: 617-541-5466
42° 18' 10.1772" N, 71° 5' 15.6876" W
Bass Pro Shops
1 Bass Pro Drive
02035 Foxborough , MA 42° 5' 5.2656" N, 71° 16' 20.8344" W
Jordan’s Furniture
100 Stockwell Drive
02322 Avon , MA
Phone: 508-580-4900
42° 8' 3.9084" N, 71° 3' 59.3676" W
Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Gardens at Elm Bank
900 Washington Street
02482 Wellesley , MA
Phone: 617-933-4973
42° 16' 35.6088" N, 71° 18' 38.6856" W