Best Places to See Santa in Philadelphia

Where and when to find Santa for Pictures in Philly

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, that holly jolly season is almost upon us, and that means Santa is coming to Philadelphia! Whether you are looking for the traditional Santa visit at the mall, a special adventure, or you want to see Santa at a winter festival, there are Santa celebrations running nearly all holiday season long, leading right up to the final night before he takes off in his sleigh to visit all the good little kids. 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 Christmas list.

Make it a Santa Spectacular:

Santa's Grand Illumination and A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place- Langhorne
November 18, 2017-December 31, 2017
During this Christmas celebration, Santa illuminates the night on November 18 to kick-off A Very Furry Christmas! After some holly jolly singing and dancing with Santa’s trusty elves and everyone’s favorite characters, Santa arrives on a horse-drawn carriage to light up the night with millions of twinkling lights! The festive, family-friendly Very Furry Christmas celebration transforms Sesame Place into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations, and whirling rides. Featuring Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping, and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop.
 
Winterfest 2017Philadelphia
December 2, 2017
Although the Tacony library is temporarily closed for building renovations, it will reopen on December 2 for Winterfest. The event will be free; taking place rain or shine. Enjoy face painting, holiday celebrations, fun learning activities, food, music, giveaways, and more.
 
Please Touch Museum- Philadelphia
Dates TBA
Meet Santa at your child's favorite place! This meet and greet is free with museum admission. Dates for this event are not yet available for 2017.
 
Breakfast with Santa- Philadelphia
December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 2017
The Philadelphia Zoo turns into a winter wonderland as visitors enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with Santa Claus. Your kids can meet Santa and tell him what's on their wish list. Take professional photos with Santa (for purchase), or bring your own camera. 
Note: A previous version of this article included Zoo Noël, which is not occurring in 2017.
 

Find Santa at the Mall:

King of Prussia Mall- King of Prussia
November 11–December 24, 2017
Holiday photos with Santa are in full effect at the King of Prussia Mall. Santa will be in Nordstrom Court and Bloomingdale's Court during holiday hours. 
Cherry Hill Mall- Cherry Hill
November 12, 2017
Experience SantaFest 2017, which includes festive music, dancing and singing holiday characters, a magical elf, arts & crafts, and delicious treats. Then, have pictures with Santa himself! The event is free, but tickets are required. 
 
Willow Grove Park Mall- Willow Grove
November 11–December 24, 2017
On November 11, Santa arrives for the season. Visit him at the Elevator Court near Macy's for SantaFest, a festival during which families can participate in holiday activities. Throughout the season, Santa is available for pictures. To expedite your experience, photo sessions can be booked online. The Willow Grove Park Mall is open daily. 
 
Exton Square Mall- Exton
November 11–December 24, 2017
Santa arrives for the season in the sidecar of a Harley Davidson on November 11. Visit him at the North Court for SantaFest. Throughout the season, Santa is available for pictures. To expedite your experience, photo sessions can be booked online. The Exton Square Mall is open daily. 
 
Springfield MallSpringfield
November 18–December 24, 2017
Santa arrives for the season atop a Springfield Township Fire Co. truck on November 18. Visit him at the Center Court for SantaFest. Throughout the season, Santa is available for pictures. To expedite your experience, photo sessions can be booked online. The Springfield Mall is open daily. 
 

Philadelphia Classics:

Santa's house at Christmas Village- Philadelphia
Dates TBA
Santa will be in attendance at his house in LOVE Park after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Bring your children or even the whole family to take pictures with Santa and make heartwarming memories that will last for years to come! The exact times and dates will be posted in November. 

Franklin SquarePhiladelphia
November 9-December 31, 2017 (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Take a weekend visit to Franklin Square and enjoy milk and cookies with Santa. He will make his way outdoors to the fountain where he’ll pose for photos with those on his “nice” list. More details will be available in November.

Special Needs Santa Events:

Caring Santa at King of Prussia Mall- King of Prussia
November 19, 2017 9 AM-10:30 AM
Children with special needs are invited to visit Santa in an appropriate environment this holiday season. Make your reservations to reserve your spot.
 
Caring Santa at Philadelphia Mills Philadelphia
December 3, 2017 8 AM-10 AM
This Santa event takes steps to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with Santa Claus. The subdued environment is likely to include:
• Silenced in-mall music, stopped escalators located near the photo set, dimmed lights and shut-down fountains for the duration of the event.
• Eliminated queue lines by using a numbering system where guests approach the set when their number is called.
• Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the wait period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.
Make sure to register for this special event!
 
Note: A previous version of this article included Zoo Noël, which is not occurring in 2017.
 
Photo courtesy of the author. This post was updated with the most current information in 2017.
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location: 
Willow Grove Park Mall
Easton, Moreland & Old Welsh Roads
19060 Willow Grive , PA 40° 8' 13.4052" N, 75° 7' 17.0076" W
Pennsylvania
Exton Square Mall
260 Exton Square Parkway
19341 Exton , PA 40° 1' 53.562" N, 75° 37' 25.2948" W
Pennsylvania
Springfield Mall
1250 Baltimore Pike
19064 Springfield , PA 39° 54' 54.3564" N, 75° 21' 7.1856" W
Pennsylvania
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
19047 Langhorne , PA 40° 11' 3.0624" N, 74° 52' 20.9532" W
Pennsylvania
Holy Innocents St. Paul Episcopal Church
7001 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 40° 1' 36.444" N, 75° 2' 26.0196" W
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W GIRARD AVE
19104 Philadelphia , PA
Pennsylvania
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic Memorial Hall Fairmount Park
19131 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 46.1496" N, 75° 12' 32.7852" W
Pennsylvania
King of Prussia Mall
160 N Gulph Rd
19406 King of Prussia , PA 40° 5' 16.5084" N, 75° 23' 23.1864" W
Pennsylvania
Cherry Hill Mall
2000 NJ-38
08002 Cherry Hill , NJ 39° 56' 32.5932" N, 75° 1' 30.6948" W
New Jersey
Philadelphia Mills
1455 Franklin Mills Cir
19154 Philadelphia , PA 40° 5' 15.5292" N, 74° 57' 39.7044" W
Pennsylvania
Christmas Village
City Hall 1400 JFK Blvd
Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 11.9988" N, 75° 9' 48.2472" W
Pennsylvania
Franklin Square
2oo 6th Street
Philadelphia , PA 40° 0' 16.4628" N, 75° 8' 22.3152" W
Pennsylvania