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
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve; extended hours begin December 7.
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve, and each family receives two free photos and a digital file.
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve, and each family receives two free photos and a digital file..
Santa is available for free visits daily through Christmas Eve. Reserve a time slot for a visit and get a discount on photos.
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.
Santa visits on December 1, 2018. It's a great photo opportunity, plus there will be live music and free cider for all.
MORE SANTA SIGHTINGS
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 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.