Where to Find Santa Claus in Dallas

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It probably goes without saying, but up-close-and-personal Santa visits are dicey this year, and some spots have cancelled Santa altogether. We have to protect these guys; they’re senior citizens! You’ll notice that 2020 Santa visits are predominantly a contactless experience, with some utilizing clear acrylic barriers in creative ways. There are also some pretty cool virtual options, if you’d like to go that route!

Note: Personal responsibility is huge here, as it is with any public activities during this time. Please wear your masks, social distance, and stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID. Double check before heading to any locations to be sure they’re still open as planned.

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The 10 Best Santas in Dallas

{In no particular order!}

1. Gaylord Texan :: Grapevine

At the Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas you can get a socially-distanced photo with Santa, as well as a whole North Pole experience. Adventures range from walking through an outdoor lights attraction to snow tubing, snowball games, and more. From November 13 to December 24, 2020 you can see Santa M-F: 4-9pm, Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun:10am-8pm. Photo pricing packages start at $30, and tickets must be purchased online in advance. FYI, face masks must be worn, even in photos!

2. Grapevine Mills :: Grapevine

There’s a reason Grapevine is called the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” They typically have 1,400 Christmas-themed events over the course of the season, one of which is Santa at Grapevine Mills. You’ll find him in the Courtyard (near Converse and Entry 4) from November 27 to December 24, 2020. Santa visits will be masked and socially-distant this year and reservations are required. Monday-Saturday from 1-7pm, Sundays 1-5pm. Photo packages start at $39.99. Note: Caring Santa is a private experience designed for children with special needs. We will update here if/when details become available.

3. The Galleria :: Dallas (and Virtual)

The Galleria brings us both in-person and virtual Santa experiences this year. Santa will be in residence daily from November 20 to December 24, 2020. Hop aboard his sleigh for an in-person, contactless photo with Santa ($40) or schedule a virtual visit from home ($25; includes a keepsake recorded video). Advanced reservations are required. Please read the comprehensive FAQ here. Santa times vary, so check the link for a calendar with daily hours. Note: Santa Cares is a private photo session designed to support children with sensory, physical, and developmental needs. November 29, 8-11am, by appointment.

5. NorthPark Center :: Virtual

This jolly Santa is a popular man (with his own Facebook page!) and he’ll be switching over to all-virtual visits with kids this year, from November 27 to December 23, 2020. Each visit will include a private conversation with Santa live from his cozy home at the North Pole, along with a shareable commemorative photo and video. Packages begin at $24.95, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Children’s Health. Note: Santa will also do a virtual story time every Saturday at 10:30am. See here for visits and story time hours.

5. The Shops at Willow Bend :: Plano

The Willow Bend Santa experience is located in Macy’s Court near Crayola Experience. Santa will be seeing kids in a no-contact fashion from November 27 to December 24, 2020. See link for specific times and COVID safety guidelines. Photo pricing packages start at $39.99.

6. Southlake Town Square :: Southlake

From November 22 to December 24, 2020, kids of all ages can visit with the man in the big red suit at Santa’s Village in the pavilion in Rustin Park. Join him for contactless photos! Detailed hours and safety protocols at the link. For reservations and photo pricing information, contact the Southlake Holiday Concierge at 817.229.8774.

7. Bass Pro Shop :: Garland & Grapevine

You don’t have to be a camping and fishing family to love the Santa at Bass Pro Shops. From November 7 to December 24, 2020 you can get a FREE picture with Santa (he’ll be behind a clear acrylic barrier), plus free crafts and activities in Santa’s Wonderland. See link for all the deets and safety measures. Additional photo packages available for purchase. Advanced reservations are required.

8. The Arboretum :: Dallas 

Santa will set up shop in the garden’s Christmas Village to visit with children and take photos. From November 27 to December 22, 2020 kids can see Santa nightly from 6-9pm, Sunday-Wednesday and 6-10pm, Thursday-Saturday. Santa visits are included as part of the 12 Days of Christmas at Night experience. See link for COVID protocols. Advanced registration required.

9. Main Street :: Grapevine 

One more Grapevine Santa because you can’t escape Grapevine at Christmas!!! The city has Photos with Santa in the North Pole Neighborhood or Story Time with Santa (with photos after). Please note that they’ve moved the North Pole Neighborhood to inside the Grapevine Visitor Information Center. Book your reservations HERE and find more details on pricing, booking story time, and an FAQ page with info on where to park. November 27 to December 23, 2020 but with kind of sporadic dates and times, so you’ll want to consult the links.

10. East Dallas Santa :: Virtual

East Dallas Santa is all about that virtual life, offering Zoom visits, virtual parties, and pre-recorded personalized videos for children. You can also schedule a bedtime story with Mrs. Claus! See the link to schedule between November 15 to December 26, 2020. Visits start at $25.

Thanks again to Reliant for sponsoring our holiday guide!

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