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Santa, here?! I Know Him! I Know Him!

Before Santa makes his list and checks it (twice!) find him to make sure you're on the right one, and take your pic!

We may never stop quoting that movie! (It’s from Elf, of course.) Christmas is almost here and everyone wants to see the big man in red to make sure they’re on the nice list before he packs up his bag and sets off on Christmas Eve! We found out just where Santa will be hanging out—in the malls and elsewhere around town—so that you won’t miss him.

The Malls, as always!

Exton Mall

260 Exton Square Pkwy, Exton
Nov. 19 – Dec. 24
Monday to Friday, 12 – 8 pm (Santa break 3 – 4 pm); Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm (break 1 – 2 pm and 4:30 – 5:30 pm); and Sunday 12 – 6 pm (break 2:30 – 3 pm). Extended hours begin Dec. 9.

Visit Santa on the upper level North Court to capture your Holiday Memories. Reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you get your face time with Santa!

King of Prussia Mall

160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia
Nov. 10 – Dec. 24, Monday to Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

The ultimate holiday tradition awaits! Reserve your visit and photo with Santa at one of two locations: The Plaza or The Court.

Plymouth Meeting Mall

500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
Nov. 19 – Dec. 24
Monday to Friday, 12 – 8 pm (Santa break 3 – 4 pm); Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm (break 1 – 2 pm and 4:30 – 5:30 pm); and Sunday, 12 – 6 pm (break 2:30 – 3 pm)

Visit Santa in Fountain Court and capture the moment with a family photo! Reservations are highly recommended to make sure you get to sit with the man in red.

Springfield Mall

1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield
Nov. 12 – Dec. 24
Monday to Friday, 12 – 8 pm (Santa break 3 – 4 pm); Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm (Santa break 1 – 2 pm and 4:30 – 5:30 pm); and Sunday, 12 – 6 pm (Santa break 2:30 – 3 pm)

Find Santa in the central pavilion area, and make your reservation for photos ahead of time to ensure your visit!

Around Town

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown
Nov. 18 – Dec. 30, daily from 5 – 9 pm (closed Dec. 3 & 4)

We already told you all about this fun walk through a vibrant, holiday light experience in our Holiday Light post, but don’t forget that Santa is there each night until 12/23, too! Visit him in his workshop for photos and a chat.

Northern Star Farm

112 East 3rd Ave, Trappe
Nov. 19 – Dec. 18, Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm

It’s a Winter Festival on weekends at Northern Star Farm. Meet and greet Santa, live reindeer, and everyone’s favorite Italian Christmas donkey, Dominic, and pose against their professional photo background. In addition there are pony rides, a cow train, hay rides, playland, and more!

Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular

100 Station Avenue, Oaks
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, Tuesday – Sunday, 4:30 – 9:30 pm (plus Dec. 19, 20, 26, 27)

Tinseltown is a walk-through lights experience with over a million lights all fashioned to showcase holiday and winter favorites, Philly icons, a 2-lane, 160-foot ice slide, an ice-skating rink, carolers and the Mistletoe Marketplace. Visit Santa for photos, and check for your name on his “nice or naughty” chalk board!

Christmas Around the Farm at Linvilla Orchards

137 West Knowlton Road, Media
Weekends, Nov. 25 – December 18 (see hours)

Santa will be in an outdoor covered location and has brought his Noelziphone to Linvilla! The Noelziphone is a very special device (found only at Linvilla) that children can speak into to give Santa their list of wishes while still staying safely distanced! Because Santa is outdoors, bundle up in your best holiday coats! There will be heaters and decorations to keep you warm and make your wait enjoyable. Remember to bring your camera or phone to capture the moment! Their elves won’t be able to help by taking family photos. Tickets required; reserve your time slot.

“Lights UP!” Holiday Weekends in West Chester

Borough of West Chester
Weekends, Nov. 26th – Dec. 18 (see dates below for Santa-specific spottings!)

Santa will make multiple appearances during the Chester County Hospital “Lights Up!” Holiday Weekends presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. Transformed into a winter wonderland, the streets of historic West Chester are bathed in the glow of thousands of holiday lights every evening from November 26 to January 2. Each weekend features holiday festivities, shopping and dining, and a schedule of family-friendly activities. On Friday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 pm, Santa has agreed to make his much-anticipated appearance during the Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade. On Friday, Dec. 9, between 3:30 – 4:30 pm, stop by S&T Bank at 2 N. Church Street and say hello to Santa. And on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 – 5 pm, there will be FREE photos with Santa and FREE hot chocolate and coffee! 

Santa, Mrs. Klaus & Reindeer at Burkholder Landscape

Burkholder, 359 Paoli Pike, Malvern
Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, from 10 am – 5 pm

Santa will be visiting Burkholder for photo opps on four Saturdays during the holiday season: 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17. And on Dec. 17, Santa will be joined by Mrs. Klaus and one of his reindeer! Get in on the fun at this family-friendly event at Burkholder where you can warm up around the fire while roasting marshmallows, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or beer, purchase tasty food truck cuisine, and shop their holiday market. Trees, wreaths and greens are also available.

Santa Claus comes to the Square!

The Lawn at Suburban Square, Anderson & Coulter Avenue, Ardmore
December 3 & 4, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

On Saturday, Dec. 3, see Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Suburban Square on a fire truck at 9:30 am. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season Suburban Square’s favorite magician Bill Kerwood and live holiday music throughout the day.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an encore appearance at the Square. They will be then be making their rounds around Suburban Square throughout the day including cookie decorating at The Farmer’s Market between 11:30 am–12:30 pm, and between 3:30–4:30 pm. Don’t miss their surprise visit and storytelling with Silly Joe for Family Sundays on the Lawn between 1–3 pm.

Brunch With Santa at Winterthur

Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE
December 10, from 9 am – 2 pm

Join Winterthur for a one-of-a-kind brunch with everyone’s favorite holiday guest! Enjoy an expansive Winterthur brunch buffet, including an omelet station and a donut wall. Santa will fly in from the North Pole, arriving for photos and to spread holiday cheer (9:30 am–12:30 pm). Reservations required.

Breakfast with Santa

310 Jefferson Street, Bridgeport
December 11, from 8 am – 12 pm

Join Santa and members of the Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company for Breakfast with Santa. The big jolly guy will make his way to Swedesburg Social Hall to enjoy breakfast with all the good little boys and girls.

Christmas on Cricket

First block of Cricket Avenue, Ardmore
December 11, from 9:30 – 12 pm

Bundle up and head over to Cricket Avenue to join Lulu’s Casita for a jolly good time as they welcome Santa (and yes, it’s the one and only “Santa Jim!”), plus the Grinch and Elf on the Shelf! The morning will be filled with holiday tunes with Roots with Ruark, ornament making, hot chocolate and cookies, a special story time with queen Queen Elsa, face painting, holiday dance circle with Ms. Lauren, and much more! To purchase tickets, please email info@luluscasita.com. The cost is $30 per child and $5 per adult.

Breakfast With Santa at Plymouth Community Center

GPCC, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting
December 17, from 9 – 10:30 am

Have some family time with Santa. Shake his hand and bring your own camera to take pictures. Enjoy a light breakfast and play in the game room. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Cost is $10 per person; family of 4 is $30. Children under 2 are free.

West Goshen Township Breakfast with Santa

Timothy’s on the Parkway, 929 South High Street, West Chester
December 17, from 9 – 10:30 am

Take a break from your busy holiday schedule to have breakfast with the big guy himself at Timothy’s in the Parkway Shopping Center. Adults and kids alike can enjoy a hot buffet breakfast while children get to spend time with Saint Nick. Cost is just $5 per person, and registration is limited to West Goshen residents. Register by Dec. 12.

Photo courtesy of the Santa Photo Experience at King of Prussia Mall. Beth Gilbert-Crowell contributed to this article.

Content Director, Main Line Parent & Philadelphia Family. Email me at pamela@familyfocus.org