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, like tree lightings, holiday walks, and craft fairs. We've rounded up some of our other 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, Boston: Daily through 12/24. Visits free; photo packages start at $20
Faneuil Hall, Boston: Wednesdays - Sundays through 12/24. Visits free.
Natick Collection, Natick: Daily through 12/24. Visits free; photo packages start at $25
Burlington Mall, Burlington: Most days through 12/24 (see website for full schedule). The mall offers Caring Santa, a time for kids with special needs to visit with Santa before the mall opens on December 7th.
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. This year Santa has a sparkling new home, with a big green sleigh, a 23' Christmas Tree and two new reindeer. Get details and hours here.
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.
Verrill Farm - Concord
Santa visits on 12/6 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 Patriot Place, Foxborough: Enjoy a free photo with Santa, games, crafts and more at Santa’s Wonderland. Get a Bass Pass early in the day to avoid waiting in line to see Santa. Free
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 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/7, 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. Visit the website for information about donations, and take a look at our posts about holiday giving and volunteering with kids during the holidays for more ways to get your kids into the spirit of giving.
Originally published Nov 2011 and updated Nov 2013 by Audrey T.; updated Nov 2014 by Tara D.