Santa is out and about in full swing right now! There are many opportunities and places to take your kids to visit with him! Here are a few places we found around and about Atlanta where you can find Santa. Most local indoor and outdoor malls have visiting hours with Santa as well!
White Columns Annual Holiday Market December 7
10 a.m. – 2pm White Columns Country Club Save the date for this can’t miss event! Support local artists and vendors while you shop for the holidays. Enjoy refreshments and free gift wrap for items purchased at the event. All table reservation fees donated to UMCH which helps over 14,000 children in Georgia’s foster care system.
A Night with the Nutcracker December 7
Forsyth County Public Library 5:30-6:30 pm Wear your pajamas and spend the evening with Clara and the Toy Soldiers as dancers from the Sawnee Ballet Theater present scenes from The Nutcracker ballet, followed by crafts to celebrate the classic story and the holiday season.
Pet Photos with Santa Claus December 8
Waggy World 12-2pm Need a cute idea for a greeting card, gift, or holiday keepsake? Bring your furry friends to the park for a fun photo with Santa Claws! Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 12pm-2pm on the event lawn near Waggy World at Wills Park. Free event; certain restrictions apply. For more information, call 678-297-6100.
The surrounding stores will stay open, so everyone can get some extra holiday shopping done, then get their gifts wrapped at the complimentary gift-wrapping station.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to give back to the community by donating to the Holiday Food Drive for the North Fulton Community Charities. Bags for non-perishable food donations can be picked up at the Dec. 1 event and brought back on Dec. 8 for a booklet filled with holiday discounts to more than 50 local businesses.
Downtown festivities on the Village Green – 4-8 pm
- Photos with Santa
- Enjoy the strolling holiday characters
- Singing carolers throughout the downtown Village Green
- Have fun catching snowflakes in the falling snow
- FREE children’s crafts, face painting, balloon twisting and more!
- Help your community by donating to our Holiday Food Drive for the North Fulton Community Charities. Bring a bag of non-perishable food and receive fun discounts to local businesses
Breakfast with Santa gives our special guests time with the Big Elf himself, lots of delectable goodies, music, and holiday crafts.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 8
Times: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Location: Park Place at Newtown School
Cost: $20 per resident child, $30 per non-resident child
Registration: Registration is required and space is limited. Participants can register through the Rec1 Online Service Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult (limit of two adults per family).
Jolly Jingle Jam Alpharetta Dec 14
Alpharetta Community Center 9:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy light refreshments, a candy cane hunt, making amazing holiday crafts, and have a picture taken with Santa! Jolly Jingle Jam is for 2-5 year olds and the adult in their life.
While this is a FREE event, we ask those attending to bring a new unwrapped gift for Toys-for-Tots. Your little elf will be able to spread some holiday cheer by bringing in a new toy, and this event will put everyone in the holiday spirit!
Registration is required at www.alpharetta.ga.us/recreation. For more info, call 678-297-6100<
Bass Pro Shop Discover Mills Mall Santa’s Wonderland
The magic returns! Now through 12/24 have your photo taken with Santa and receive a Free 4×6 studio quality photo in-store. Other photo packages and Christmas Cards available for purchase and instant print at the store. Get your Bass Pass to avoid long lines. Be sure to check out FREE crafts, games, activities and more at the store!
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa Duluth December 15th
Santa makes his final stop in Duluth at Red Clay Music Foundry. Join Santa and his elves at 3116 Main Street from 10 AM-Noon. Free crafts (while supplies last) will be available for kids. Get a FREE professional picture taken with Santa while kids tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa pictures will be posted on the City’s Facebook for download at a later time. Children can bring letters to Santa to take back to the North Pole! Time is limited so please arrive early. The event is free to the public.
Join us for our lighted Christmas Parade through downtown (from Forsyth Central High School to the Cumming Fairgrounds) beginning at 5 p.m.! Anyone interested in participating in the parade should email email@example.com to request a registration form. After the parade, come to the Fairgrounds for our Christmas Festival featuring photos with Santa, Christmas lights and music, hayrides, ice skating, s’mores, hot cocoa, and more! (No parking or admission fees to the festival.)
Hunters Tree Farm Alpharetta
Pick your tree, visit with Santa (opening weekend and Saturday’s 11 am-2pm), make ornaments, enjoy a hayride and hot chocolate. Pony rides on opening weekends and Saturdays. Free hayrides. Hunter’s is a tradition for our family – love buying local and the smell of a fresh leyland cypress! Choose and cut your own tree or pick from their selection! Closed Sundays.
Open through December 24. North Point Mall.
Embark on an exciting adventure at Santa’s Toy Factory. Put on your safety hat, test new toys and even digitally design your own! Book between Monday and Wednesday and save $5 (through December 9th).
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
12/15 – 12/23: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Christmas Eve: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Up on the rooftop click, click, click! Visit Jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy North Pole-inspired cottage and make sure you’re on the nice list. Santa will be at Avalon throughout the season spreading holiday magic and taking photos with families to cherish for a lifetime.
Santa at Avalon reservation appointments are now full but he does accept walk-ups daily!
Hours: Click here to view Santa’s daily hours.
Santa Events: Story Time with Santa
Settle into Santa’s House for holiday stories read by Santa each Monday of the holiday season! Tickets are $10 per child.
Click here to book 6PM story time.
Click here to book 6:30PM story time.
Pet Nights with Santa
Bring your furry friends for the paw-fect holiday photo opportunity with Santa at Avalon! Head to Santa’s Cottage during the holiday season every Tuesday from 4PM to 7PM. No appointment necessary.
After kicking off the holiday season with The Collection’s Annual Tree Lighting, Santa’s Workshop opens inside of Crush next to LensCrafters. Bring the kids to visit Santa’s Workshop on select dates in November and December.
Photos with Santa are available and afterward, visitors are encouraged to visit the shops and restaurants at The Collection for fun holiday gifts, great food and drinks.
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Complimentary Santa Photos:
Saturdays, 1PM-5PM, Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Professional photography offered on Saturdays, as well as free visit + photos
Sundays, 1PM-5PM, Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd- Free Santa visit + photos (No Professional Photographer)
The spirit of Christmas lasts forever with our Ultimate Santa Package! This package will have you feeling the excitement of Christmas from beginning to end. http://www.lanierislands.com/magicalnightsoflights/attractionIn addition to luxurious accommodations, guests will also enjoy a Christmas keepsake ornament, a special bedtime holiday story with cookies and milk while being tucked in by Santa’s elf and a festive Breakfast with Santa Claus! The scenic, twinkling drive through the Magical Nights of Lights is included for all of our overnight guests.*
Happy Holidays from AlpharettaMoms! Please also visit our A-Z Around and About Alpharetta article which highlights other venues with holiday events and where Santa can be found!