It’s a magical experience to get up close and personal with Mr. Santa Claus himself! If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to meet an elf or Mrs. Claus too! Santa is popping up all over Columbus this holiday season and many of the photos with Santa opportunities are free! This will be a keepsake you will hold on to for years to come and may just be a right of passage for most kids. Will they smile or scream? Will they be shy or tell him an endless wish list? Either way, this is a favorite tradition, even if I have to sit with Santa because my kids are scared of him. 🙂
Columbus Shopping Malls:
Dates: Nov. 10 – Dec.24 2017
Times: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. most days (view online schedule for specifics)
Details: During Santa’s brief time away from the North Pole, children can stop by to whisper their wish list, then have their magical moment with Santa captured forever with keepsake photos. Don’t miss the quickest way to Be Merry!
Dates: Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, 2017
Times: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Monday-Saturday, 45 minutes breaks at 1 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.), 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Sunday, break 3-4 p.m.). December 24: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Details: No more standing in long lines! You can shop, dine or just get off your feet while you save your place in line. Check in with their Santa Helpers on Level 2. You’ll be entered into a virtual line and will receive a text when it’s your family’s turn to see Santa.Have your family’s annual photo taken with Santa or take a candid pic with your own camera! Your first 5×7 is only $5.
Dates: November 24- December 24 (Tentative dates): Check their website for exact information of dates and times.
Times: The schedule will plan to follow mall hours.
Details: Come out and see Santa with a smaller crowd at The Worthington Mall! Packages can be purchased, but you may also take a photo of your own or just visit with Santa.
Dates: November 10 – December 24, 2017
Times: All day (typically mall hours 10 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.) Breaks: Mon-Sat 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Details: Skip the line with Santa’s Fast Pass!
Various Photo with Santa Locations:
Oakland Nursery (All locations)
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays – Nov. 25, 2017 – Dec. 17, 2017
Time: 12-3:30 p.m.
Details: Visit with Santa and experience the season at the Santa Wonderland which features lights, music, and plush characters.
Dates: November 24-26 (Special reindeer on November 24th (2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.) & December 9th-10th, and December 16th-17th
Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Details: Meet and share your Christmas list with Santa himself. One complimentary photo will be printed for each family. Attendees are encouraged to bring their camera for additional pictures.
Dates: Dec. 9, 10 & 16
Time: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Details: Santa’s elves help children write a letter to Santa before meeting the big man and getting a photo. In Mrs. Claus’ parlor, kids can make crafts to take home – Santa’s Favorite Hot Chocolate Mix; Everything Nice Herbal Sugar; and Mrs. Claus’ Peppermint Bath Blend.
Cost: $5 per craft/photo or three items for $12
Santa in the Caboose at Historical Village at Weaver Park (Hilliard)
Date: Dec. 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Details: Interact and take photos with Santa in his suit from the 1800s in the red caboose. Historical Village will also be open with live music, art projects, refreshments and more.