Craving a visit with the Jolly ‘Ole Elf? He’s coming by firetruck, boat, and sleigh! Here’s our (cool) list of where to see Santa in Baltimore.

We’ll update this as we hear about more “Santa Spottings!” Email us at [email protected] to add your favorite Santa sighting to the list!

where to see santa in baltimore

Santa’s House at the Christmas Village in West Shore Park
For the first time ever, Christmas Village will feature a Santa’s House in 2016! Being located conveniently in the middle of the heated festival tent right at the main food court, Santa will be in attendance every day from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve! Bring the kids and family including your dogs (and other pets if you dare) to make Christmas memories that last by taking pictures with Santa! Bonus, on Family Fridays you can by a Kids Package and get a $5 off coupon for a picture with Santa.

The Shops at Kenilworth
A popular Santa photo opp in Baltimore County is at the Shops at Kenilworth. Make sure to reserve your spot for ther Saturday morning breakfast with Santa and magic show for $10 a person at 8:30 a.m. on December 3rd. Don’t worry about long lines–even after a long wait, the promise of a visit at the beloved train garden downstairs and a cupcake or some macaroons downstairs at Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings are often enough to keep impatient visitors in line. MORE

Mondawmin Mall
Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line! Plus, save 30% on your photos by pre-ordering a package online. Visit before December 9 to save an extra $5. Visit the Santa photo checkout area for details (you can even receive a coupon for $30 to spend towards Tiny Prints!) MORE

Other Malls Around Town

Santa has already made himself comfortable at the local malls around Baltimore. Check the website for hours, coupons, reservations (not required), and special events including pet nights and family portraits for The Mall in Columbia, White Marsh Mall, Towson Town Center, Westfield Annapolis, Harford Mall, and Arundel Mills.

other santa sightings around town & special events

Santa at Homestead Gardens
10 AM – 4 PM on Saturdays, 12 PM – 4 PM on Sundays through December 18th | Homestead Gardens

Santa Claus makes his grand debut Saturday after Thanksgiving – arriving in his alternative sleigh….a firetruck! He will be at both the Davidsonville and Severna Park locations every Saturday and Sunday through December 18th. MORE

Greetings & Readings
December 3, 10, 17th | 1 PM – 5 PM | Hunt Valley

Santa is helping to light the tree at Hunt Valley on Friday, November 25th. He’s then heading to Greetings & Readings from 1 PM – 5 PM on Saturdays in December (3rd, 10th, and 17th). You might want to tack-on a story time at 11, too. 

Santa in Ellicott City
December 3rd |  12 PM – 4 PM | Ellicott City

Bring the family to visit Santa in Ellicott City’s historic log cabin on Main Street!  Santa will arrive in an antique firetruck escorted by our friends from the Howard County Fire Department. Parents are welcome to take photos. MORE

Christmas on Walthar
December 3rd | 5 PM | Walthar Gardens

Head to Walthar Gardens for an evening filled of live music, photo booth, face painting, crafts, Santa mail, Santa visit, polar express dining cart for coco and cookies, and tree lighting with community carols. Children will also be able to pick up their passport to Sprout’s polar express local business challenge. All of December, Sprouts will post season adventures! The experience ends with a Christmas story read by Red Canoes’ very own Josie! MORE

Saturdays with Santa at the Pandora Ice Rink
December 3rd, 10th, and 17th |  11:00am – 1:00pm | Inner Harbor

Santa and holiday cheer! Stop by the M&S Grill Atrium before or after you skate to take your own treasured holiday photographs with you, your family, and Santa. Then go skating! MORE

Old Thyme Christmas in Fells
December 3rd | All Day | Fells Point

Come welcome St. Nick to Fell’s Point as he arrives via tugboat at 9am! Then have breakfast with St. Nick at either Barcocina or Points South Latin Kitchen. Don’t forget to stop by the North Pole Picture Room for a professional pic! Holiday music on the square, a kid’s zone with games and entertainment, live carolers, and more! Tree lighting and boat parade are at 5 PM and 6 PM respectively. MORE

Breakfast with Santa at the B&O Railroad Museum
December 3rd and 4th | B&O Railroad Museum

Join the B&O for their annual breakfast buffet with Santa! Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and then take a train ride with Santa. MORE

The Mayor’s Christmas Parade
December 4th | 1 PM | 36th Street, Hampden

Head to Hampden on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 1PM for the Mayor’s Christmas Parade. Sponsored by community associations and businesses in North Baltimore’s Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods.The attendance along the 2.5 mile route reached 25,000 people last year at the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade to view Santa Claus and about 160 marching units. The parade will feature floats, local TV and Radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, great bands, Mummers of Philadelphia, Miss Yuletide and Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course Santa! MORE

Santa at the Conservatory
December 4th | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Rawlings Conservatory

Join the Rawlings Conservatory for treats and jolly fun on Sunday, December 4! Admission is free, though donations are encouraged and appreciated. $5 per person recommended.  Santa is visiting the Conservatory’s annual Poinsettia Display (and won’t that make for awesome photos?!?) Enjoy a truly B-MORE Holiday! This year they’ll feature some of Baltimore’s neighborhoods and iconic holiday celebrations. MORE

Patterson Park Pagoda Lighting
December 4th | 5 PM – 7 PM | Patterson Park Pagoda

Join Friends of Patterson Park as they make our Pagoda Lighting an annual holiday tradition! Live music, food trucks, Santa and more! MORE

Baltimore Streetcar Museum
December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th | 12 PM – 5 PM | Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Santa returns this year to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum! Enjoy a ride on an authentic streetcar with Santa, see their decorated tree, listen to Christmas tales, and enjoy holiday refreshments and music! Museum opens at 11:30 AM on each day of the event and streetcars depart every 20 minutes.  Adults are $10, children under 12 are $8. MORE

Cookies (& Santa) with The Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department at Wee Chic
December 11, 11 AM – 1 PM | Wee Chic Boutique

Join Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire department and Santa at Wee Chic. Check out the Chestnut Ridge Fire Engine, snack on cookies and hot chocolate and mingle with Santa!! MORE

Play Cafe Baltimore
December 16th & 13th | 6 PM – 8 PM | Play Cafe in Hampden

Ho Ho Ho!! Santa Claus will be at Play Cafe the first two Tuesdays in December from 6 P M – 8 PM. Have dinner with them and visit with Santa! 34th Street Christmas lights are feet from their door so take a look at those while you’re at it! It doesn’t get much more festive, does it? *This is a free drop‐in program, however normal Play Cafe $5 food and beverage minimum applies. MORE

Sing-a-Long Trains
December 2nd, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th | Times Vary | Steam Into History, New Freedom, Pennsylvania

The popular Santa Sing-a-long trains are back on the schedule this year with holiday cheer for all ages. On your trip north, Jeff Greenawalt will read the Night Before Christmas in anticipation of a visit from the man in red. There will be a lot of excitement on the way back when Santa boards the train and helps Jeff sing familiar Christmas Carols. Friday evening runs will be pulled by the diesel engine and include short visits with Santa in the caboose. Saturday and Sunday runs will be pulled by the steam engine with hot chocolate, cookies and music in the station prior to departure. MORE

Breakfast with Santa at The Manor Tavern
December 18th | 10 AM – 2 PM | Manor Tavern, Monkton

Join the Manor Tavern for a festive breakfast with Santa, including holiday crafts and photos! MORE


Jennifer Auvil contributed to this article