Santa Sightings: Where To See Santa with Kids in and Around Boston

where to see santa with kids in 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. 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. Parents only have to pay extra for photo packages, in some cases, not face time; 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 visits daily through Christmas Eve. Visits free; photo packages start at $20

Cambridgeside Galleria—Cambridge
Santa is available for visits daily through Christmas Eve. Visits free; every family who visits with Santa Claus receives two free 4” x 6” Santa photo prints and a digital download of a single image. 

Westgate Mall—Brockton
Santa is available for visits daily through Christmas Eve. Visits free; every family who visits with Santa Claus receives two free 4” x 6” Santa photo prints and a digital download of a single image. 

Natick Mall—Natick
Santa is available for visits daily through Christmas Eve. Visits free; photo packages start at $25

Simon Malls:

Santa is available for visits daily through Christmas Eve. Parents can also sign up their children for a Caring Santa appointment on Dec. 3, when extra care will be taken to make the visit more comfortable for children with special needs.Visits free; advance registration is $10, which can be used toward an optional photo package (prices vary)

FARM STANDS

Smolak Farms—North Andover
Santa visits the farm each Sunday from 11/26/2017 through 12/17/2017 and also Saturdays 12/9/2017 and 12/16/2017. Free 

Verrill Farm—Concord
Santa visits on 12/2/2017 from 3pm-5pm. Great photo opportunity, plus live music and free cider for all. Free ($3 to make ornaments)

MORE SANTA SIGHTINGS

ZooLights at the Stone Zoo—Stoneham
Santa awaits visits from children in Santa’s Castle daily; photos available through 12/23/2017. Included with ZooLights admission; photos 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. Free

Santa Saturdays—Dorchester
Santa is available for photos in the Tropical Forest Building at the Franklin Park Zoo on the first three Saturdays in December. Included with zoo admission

The Enchanted Village—Avon 
Santa listens to holiday wishes from the little ones at Jordan's Furniture. Included with Enchanted Village admission

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. Adults, $10; children under 12, free

Paragon Carousel—Hull
Santa visits the historic carousel for photos on Dec 2 and 10. Event is free; photos (donations for the carousel) start at $10

Santa's House—Boston
City Hall Plaza: Evoking the excitement of the holiday season, Santa is taking down gift requests and posing for photos. This year, an interactive app reveals whether children are naughty or nice. Santa is in residence Saturday and Sunday. Visit free; photo prices vary

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 2013-2017.

Area/Neighborhood: