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The Best Places to See Santa in Collin County

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus way! If you like to get a good picture with your kids and Santa then we have the perfect list for you. We have all the details below on Santa’s around town and some that have been around for years and years. I will even tell you my personal favorite so read all of them! Here’s a list of the best places to see Santa in Collin County!

Willow Bend Mall

This is a fun place to visit Santa at the Ice Palace!

Visit with Santa now until – Saturday, Dec. 24 during all mall hours with the exception of the following dates:
•    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m.  – 9 p.m.
•    Thursday, Nov. 24, Closed
•    Saturday, Nov. 26 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
•    Christmas Eve, Santa heads back to the North Pole at 6 p.m.!

Santa will take periodic milk and cookie breaks at:
•    Monday – Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
•    Sunday, 3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Stonebriar Mall

Visit Santa from now until December 24th.  JC Penny/Dick’s Sporting Goods Court

Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa—just reserve your time and skip the line! Save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th).

Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa.

Regular Hours: 
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Special Hours:
12/15 – 12/23: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
12/17 Hours: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Christmas Eve: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, No Breaks

*Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

Pet Nights
Mondays from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (November 13 – December 11)

Collin Creek Mall (Plano)

Santa’s hours will be:
from now until Dec. 24th:
Monday through Saturday during the holidays 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday during the holidays noon to 6:00 pm
Christmas Eve: Santa will be departing by 5:00 pm

Santa will take breaks periodically during the day to feed his reindeer and have a cookie snack!

Watters Creek (Allen)


Daily from November 18th through December 24th

Everyone’s favorite jolly guy will be available to take photos with children and listen to holiday wishes November 18 through Christmas Eve. Visit him at his home away from home on Village Green Drive between The Cellar and Tangerine Salon. Holiday photo packages start at $25.95.

Click here for Santa hours. 

Please note the times that Santa feeds his reindeer from 2 – 3pm daily

The Galleria Mall

A must for every holiday season, straight from the North Pole, Santa invites all children to his new Village to hear gift requests and take photos.

Click here for Santa’s daily schedule 

North Park Mall

This is probably the most popular Santa ever. I have friends that grew up in Dallas and had pictures made with him now they take their own kids to see this Santa. He is very authentic looking and it’s quite the ordeal to actually see him! If you want to see this Santa the best thing to do is to go super early (or send someone down there early to get a ticket).

Tickets are available starting at 9AM, Monday – Saturday, and 10AM on Sunday.

Monday – Saturday
11AM – 2PM
2:30 – 5PM
5:30 – 7PM

12:30 – 3PM
3:30 – 5PM

Christmas Eve
10AM – 2PM


They also have storytime with Santa!

Monday – Saturday


Fairview Santa


The only way you can see this Santa is by appointment only. They started this system a few years ago and I literally have praised them since. It’s the best! You make an appointment online, they tell you when to come and there is hardly any waiting. It’s AMAZING!

When you book your appointment you put down a $20 deposit and when you visit Santa this will include 1 photo! It’s so nice.

Appointments are going on now through December 24th.

We are very sad to share that “The Big Guy” recently passed away. He was a legend around North Dallas families always bringing smiles and happiness to every child. He was very loved by many Plano Moms (myself included). 



Other Places to See Santa This Year:

Breakfast With Santa (Craig Ranch Fitness)

Saturday, December 2nd at 9 am. $5 per person for a breakfast plate. There will be a life-size gingerbread house and tons of fun for the whole family! RSVP today at

Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas

Wednesday Nights November 15-December 20, 6-9 p.m., Near the Elves’ Workshop – Ann Stuart Courtyard Santa is back in the garden this year in the perfect holiday setting resplendent with twinkling lights

Breakfast with Santa (Plano)

Saturday, December 9th. Santa is making a special trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center to eat breakfast with you and your family. While enjoying tasty breakfast treats, create your Santa wish list and holiday crafts. Little ones can enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa and receive a souvenir photo. $9 per family

The Shops at Legacy

December 2-24th Book your appointment by calling (972) 834-4300, or online at Photo packages start at just $30!

The Star in Frisco

From now until December 24th (by appointments only)

Bass Pro Shop (Grapevine)

Get a free photo with Santa from now until December 24th! Call ahead and make sure to check on hours.

 Enchant Christmas

Free once you’ve entered the gates of Enchant. He was a really sweet Santa!

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Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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