Santa Sightings: Where to See Santa with Kids in and Around Boston
This time of year, kids can find Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most holiday events in the area - tree lightings, holiday walks, craft fairs, even at the Boston Pops performances. We've rounded up some of our favorite places where the kids can see Santa in and around Boston.
All the kids have to do is be sure they're good, for goodness sake!
MALLS and SHOPPING AREAS - in every direction
- Prudential Center. Daily through 12/24. Visits free; photo packages start at $20
- Faneuil Hall. Daily through 12/24. Visits free.
- Natick Collection, Natick. Daily through 12/24. Visits free; photo packages start at $25
- Burlington Mall, Burlington. Daily through 12/24.
- Cambridgeside Galleria, Cambridge. Through 12/24. Visits free; photo package prices vary
- South Shore Plaza, Braintree. Through 12/24; photo packages start at $20
- Northshore Mall, Peabody. Through 12/24; photo packages start at $20
Smolak Farms - North Andover
Santa visits the farm each Sunday from 12/1 through 12/15 and also Saturday 12/14. Check the Farm’s calendar of other holiday workshops and special events throughout December.
Marini Farm - Ipswich
Santa visits the farm on 12/7 from 12n-4pm. Enjoy a hayride with the man in the red suit!
Verrill Farm - Concord
Santa visits on 12/7 from 3pm-5pm. Great photo pop, plus live music and free cider for all.
MORE SANTA SIGHTINGS
ZooLights at the Stone Zoo: Santa awaits visits from children in Santa’s Castle daily; photos available through 12/23. Free with ZooLights admission; photos extra.
Santa's Wonderland, Bass Pro Shops at Patriots Place, Foxborough: Enjoy a free photo with Santa, games crafts and more at Santa’s Wonderland.
The Enchanted Village, Jordan's Furniture, Avon: Santa listens to holiday wishes from the little ones. Free
Festival of Trees, Mass Hort, Wellesley: Santa visits the Carriage House at Mass Hort’s headquarters on 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/14.
GIVING TO OTHERS
Globe Santa: Whether kids are on the giving or receiving end of the Globe Santa, the program epitomizes the spirit of the man in the red suit.
Since 1956, Globe Santa has been The Boston Globe's annual appeal for needy children in Greater Boston. The Globe Santa Fund collects donations from the general public to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children. The program reaches more than 32,000 families and 56,000 children in 167 communities every year. Visit the website for information about donations.
Updated November 2013. Originally published November 2011.