Santa is the man of the hour (and the season) in Philly.
Santa is the man of the hour (and the season) in Philly.

Best Spots for Pictures with Santa in Philadelphia

Do you hear those sleigh bells jingling? That's a sure sign the most festive season of the year is almost upon us as Santa arrives in the Philly area.

Whether you are looking for a traditional visit at the mall or a special adventure such as meeting Santa on a train ride, there are great spots throughout Philadelphia to see jolly ol' St. Nick nearly all holiday season long. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite spots to get a Santa sighting and ask for those special gifts on your little one's list.

For more ways to celebrate the holiday, browse through our Philadelphia Holiday Guide, which is filled with classic traditional events and new ideas too.

While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

You'll find Santa behind plexiglass at the Springfield Mall. Photo courtesy of the mall

Pictures with Santa at Mall Near Philly

Through December 24, 2020
Santa arrives for the season on November 6. Visit him at the North Court to share wish lists and take photos. Safety measures are in place so be sure to reserve your time in advance. Virtual visits can also be booked online. The Exton Square Mall is open daily. 
Springfield MallSpringfield
Through December 24, 2020
It's time to see Santa at Springfield Mall. Visit him in his spot in Center Court during the holiday season, where he is available for pictures. Families should make reservations in advance. The Springfield Mall is open daily. 
Cherry Hill Mall—Cherry Hill, NJ
Through December 24, 2020
Get in line for some one-on-one time with Santa. Give him your wish list and snap a pic. Santa will be in the Grand Court throughout the holiday season. Check the event website for more info and to schedule your visit in advance.
Willow Grove Park Mall—Willow Grove
Through December 24, 2020
Santa can be found at Willow Grove Park Mall in the Elevator Court near Macy's and is available for pictures throughout the season. Virtual visits are available as well. Both photo sessions and virtual visits should be booked online. The Willow Grove Park Mall is open daily.
Montgomery Mal—North Wales
Through December 24, 2020
Make reservations to see Santa at Montgomery Mall. When arriving, park between Macy's and JCPenney for easy access to Santa's spot.
The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall—King of Prussia
Through December 24, 2020
Get ready to smile with the jolly ol' elf from the North Pole at The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall. It is best to make reservations in advance.
The Court at King of Prussia Mall—King of Prussia
Through December 24, 2020
Holiday photos with Santa are in full effect at at King of Prussia Mall. Santa will be in The Court every day during holiday hours.
Oxford Valley Mall—Langhorne
Through December 24, 2020
Prepare those wish lists to bring to Santa at Oxford Valley Mall. Reservations should be made online in advance. Santa can be found in Center Court so the closest spot to park is between Macy's and JCPenney.
Philadelphia Mills—Philadelphia
Through December 24, 2020
Make reservations in advance to see Santa at Philadelphia Mills. Guests can expect Santa and all of his helpers to be masked. Social distancing must be observed.

Unique Spots in the Philly Area for Pictures with Santa

Christmas Candylane—Hershey
Through December 24, 2020
Head to the sweetest place on Earth and visit Santa in the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre. Capacity is limited and masks are required. Photos with Santa are socially distanced. Children can drop off letters to Santa instead of sharing wish lists. Be sure to include an address so Santa can reply.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place—Langhorne
Through January 3, 2021
Families can make reservations to have photos with Santa at Sesame Place. Pictures are socially distanced. Participants must pay for admission into the park.

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium—Camden, NJ
Through December 24, 2020
At Christmas, Scuba Santa makes an appearance at Adventure Aquarium. This year, Santa takes a year off from diving to pose for photos from this Magic Snow Globe.

Fashion District—Philadelphia
December 4-20, 2020
St. Nick makes his way to the Fashion District for pictures with all of the good boys and girls. As a precaution for shoppers, those interested in photos must reserve a time online in advance. Families who are interested in a virtual visit with Santa can register online as well.
Ho Ho Ho Holiday Event—Jamison
December 5, 2020
New this year, Warwick Township Parks & Recreation Department and Joy of Movement Dance Center host a holiday event featuring a Santa House for children to have contactless visits. 
Santa Comes to the Museum—Wilmington
December 12, 2020
Select a session to visit the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Families can expect interesting exhibits, live bird demonstrations, crafts, and photos with Santa.
Santa House—Lansdale
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in December through December 19
Children can share their wish lists with Santa at the Santa House in Lansdale.
Christmas Around the Farm—Media
Select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in December through December 23
Visit Linvilla Orchard for plenty of holiday fun. Guests can expect to see Santa on Friday, December 11 and 18 from 2:30pm  to 3:30pm and 4 to 5pm as well as every Saturday and Sunday in December from 11am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3pm. Parents should reserve a timed ticket to allow for social distancing. There is no fee for the tickets.

Philly Locations That Won't Host Santa This Year

Santa's House at Christmas Village—Philadelphia
Santa will not be at his house in LOVE Park this year.

Franklin Square—Philadelphia
Santa will not be in Franklin Square for milk and cookies this year.
This post was updated in November 2020.
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