Where to Find Santa This Christmas

Here’s a round-up of Santa-sanctioned events — primarily photo ops — around metro Boston.


Arsenal Project mall (in the ‘bridge’ area)

Santa Dance Party – Santa is hosting an interactive dance party with his elves. Kids can also enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, balloons, and refreshments. December 11 from 11am-1pm. FREE. Watertown, MA

Burlington Mall (center court near Johnny Rockets)

Photos with Santa – Photos are available Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm (closed Thanksgiving Day). Burlington, MA

Festival of Trees

Mass Horticultural, Wellesley: Santa visits the Carriage House at Mass Hort’s headquarters. Special events include horse-drawn hayrides, a visit with Santa, kids’ craft workshops and pajama story hour. Repeating every week — Sundays, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays, now through December 11, 2016. Check the website for specific times. Admission is $10 per person, children 11 and under free, Mass Hort members: $8 Horse-drawn wagon rides $5 per person in addition to admission. Wellesley, MA

Jordan’s Enchanted Village

Enchanted Village (free) – Jordan’s Furniture restored its original animatronic Christmas display from the 1960’s and now houses it permanently at its Avon, MA store. (We should mention some people love it; others find it a little creepy.) This location also includes ice skating ($5/includes skate rental), laser light show ($5) and POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience ($6). Santa photos may be available. November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017 (closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Days) Click here for hours.  Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr, Avon, MA

Natick Mall (Neiman Marcus Court)

Photos with Santa – You can reserve a time for a photo between now and Dec. 24. Visiting with Santa is free, though, and does not require a reservation.  Natick, MA

The Shops at the Prudential Center (Belvidere Arcade)

Photos with Santa – Photo packages start at $19.99, now through December 24.  Back Bay

Watertown Mall (next to Carter’s)

Photos with Santa – Photos are available November 25-27, December 2-4 and December 9-24. Watertown, MA

Santa Visit Just for Children with Special Needs

Where:  The Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston Street, Newton

When:  Sun, December 4, 2016 from 7 – 9:00AM

Pet Photos with Santa

Where:  The Shops at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston Street, Newton

When:  Sun, December 11, 2016 from 8PM – 9:30 PM

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