Give Santa a wave at Linvilla Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
Give Santa a wave at Linvilla Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Where to Take Pictures with Santa Near Philly

Whether kids gleefully show Santa Claus their wish lists or find the big guy to be a little intimidating, pictures with Santa are a yearly tradition for many families. Children in Philadelphia can find Santa riding a train, on the farm, at brunch, and of course at one of his favorite hangouts–the mall. Whichever spot your family chooses, Santa pictures make special memories that last well beyond the holiday season.

We've made a list of where to take Santa Claus pictures in the Philadelphia area, with plenty of places that offer seasonal entertainment once the photo session is complete. For even more seasonal entertainment options, check out the Best Holiday and Christmas Events in Philly.

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Best Places for Pictures with Santa Near Philly

Santa's House at Christmas Village—Philadelphia

Through December 24
For 2021, Santa is back at his house in LOVE Park this year. Bring the whole family to take pictures with Santa and ride the carousel, Ferris wheel, and kiddie train, all while making heartwarming memories that will last for years to come.

Christmas Candylane—Hershey

Through January 2, 2022
Head to the sweetest place on Earth and visit Santa and his reindeer at their stables before they head back to the North Pole. Please note: while pictures with Santa run until December 24, Candylane runs through January 2.  

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place—Langhorne

Through January 2, 2022
Families can make reservations to have pictures with Santa at Sesame Place while visiting favorite furry characters. Participants must pay for admission into the park.

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium—Camden, NJ

Through December 24, 2021
At Christmastime, Scuba Santa makes an appearance at Adventure Aquarium. Watch Scuba Santa, who greets families and waves for photos, swim alongside sharks, sea turtles, and rays on his daily dives in Ocean Realm. 

Christmas Around the Farm—Media

Through December 19, 2021
Visit Linvilla Orchard for your family Santa Claus pictures this year. A reserved, timed ticket is required, but there is no reservation fee. Santa will be in an outdoor covered location and has brought his Noelziphone, a special device that children can speak in to give Santa their wish list while remaining socially distanced. This year, elves won't be able to help with family photos, so bring your phones or cameras. 
 

Stroll through the Elmwood Park Zoo Wild Lights tunnel. Photo courtesy of the zoo
 

Elmwood Park Zoo—Norristown

Through December 30, 2021
Elmwood Park Zoo’s Wild Lights is one part animal and one part holiday. Live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and of course Santa photo ops await guests. For another option at the zoo, book Brunch with Santa and enjoy your family photos with crafts and food.

Tinseltown at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center—Oaks

Through January 2, 2022
Visit the jolly big guy and then ice skate and roam the Expo Center's wintertime village. Please note: a Santa photo ticket does not grant guests access to Tinseltown, and Santa's last day for photos is December 24. 

Dutch Winter Wonderland—Lancaster

Through December 31, 2021
Thousands of lights, Santa pictures, and of course, rides. Dutch Wonderland transforms for a magical Christmas experience. The park is also offering "Cookies with Santa" each Saturday leading up to Christmas.  

Carnival of Lights—Pottstown 

Through January 1, 2022
A visit with Santa is included with admission, so bring your Christmas list to sit on Santa’s lap or on a toy box adjacent to Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Admission includes amusement rides, games, and magnificent light displays.  

Breakfast with Santa at the Radisson Philadelphia Northeast–Trevose

December 5, 2021
Break out those coordinated outfits and head to the Radisson Hotel in Trevose to greet Santa over eggs and bacon, and elf pancakes. Children can expect games and crafts, and every kid who attends receives a complimentary gift. Tickets must be purchased online by December 2.

Brunch with Santa at The Olde Bar–Philadelphia

December 5, 2021 and December 12, 2021
A buffet-style brunch is spread before families visiting this Philadelphia restaurant, where Santa will make his way from table to table. The atmosphere is festively decorated for the season.

Lunch with Santa at Twelves–West Grove

December 11, 2021
Grab a bite and a pic at the same time when Santa visits Twelves Grill and Cafe. Reservations must be made in advance.

SANTAFEST– West Chester

December 11, 2021
Santa touches down by helicopter at the American Helicopter Museum, ready with Mrs. Claus to greet guests and take pictures. Children should bring their wish lists so Santa can make sure he hears every request inside the colorful workshop. The event will have also have crafts, music, and holiday movies in the theater.

Santa Pictures at Malls Near Philly

Most local malls welcome Santa and some elves this time of year. Here are a few locations that stand out, with plenty of things to do after the photos are snapped.

Fashion District—Philadelphia

December 2-24, 2021
St. Nick makes his way to the Fashion District for pictures at the 9th & Market entrance. Do what makes your family comfortable: sit with Santa or remain socially distanced; keep your mask on or take it off. Don't miss the Deck the District Light Show while you're there. Reservations are recommended.

Santa Photos at Cherry Hill Mall–Cherry Hill, NJ

Through December 24, 2021
The Grand Court at Cherry Hill Mall is hosting Santa Claus to make special family memories. Reservations aren't required but are strongly recommended.

King of Prussia Mall—King of Prussia

Through December 24, 2021
Get ready to smile with the jolly guy from the North Pole at two different locations–both The Court and The Plaza have Santa set-ups. It's best to make reservations in advance. 

Plymouth Meeting Mall–Plymouth Meeting

Through December 24, 2021
The Plymouth Meeting Mall is one more place to snap pictures with Santa, and you can bring your four-legged family members on select dates. This is a small mall with big family fun. After the photos, hit up Dave and Buster's or the Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND.

 
Writer Corrie Stango contributed to an update of this post in November 2021.
Uno Tournament
Greater Olney Branch - 4:00 PM Pick
Dasher's Lightshow: A Christmas Drive-thru
Philadelphia Mills Mall - 5:30 PM Pick
Christmas Around the Farm
Linvilla Orchards - 9:00 AM
Wintergarden
Dilworth Park - 9:00 AM
Brandywine Railroad Exhibition
Brandywine River Museum - 9:30 AM
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