Where to Get a Photo With Santa in the Washington, DC Area

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Christmas is just a few weeks away, and Santa’s social calendar is totally booked with events in and around Washington, DC despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Although he brings joy to children everywhere especially on Christmas day, Santa is spreading the spirit of the season with appearances in November and December. There are many different ways to see Santa, from traditional photo opportunities to in-person special events reimagined with social distancing and mask-wearing. Check out the options below to help you decide how your family will get a photo with Santa this year.

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Traditional Photo Opportunities With Santa

If you are strapped for time and need an efficient way to get a photo with Santa and do some Christmas shopping at the same time, check out these DC-area malls. All of them offer a traditional photo opportunity experience in a winter wonderland-themed setting. Reservations are required in advance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check each location’s website for details.

November 7 – December 24
Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Stores, 
Hanover, MD and Gainesville, VA

November 14 – December 24
Santa’s Back!
Mall at Prince George’s, Hyattsville, MD

November 20 – December 24
Photos with Santa
Tysons Corner Center, 
Tysons Corner, VA

November 27 – December 24
Lights. Camera. Santa.
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Arlington, VA

November 27 – December 24
Safe Santa
Westfield Wheaton, Wheaton, MD

Special Family Experiences That Include Visits With Santa

Surround yourself with snow, sweets, and Santa at these joyful family experiences. Each venue offers a unique way to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the season with your family. Santa usually makes an appearance at each one, so be sure to try to spot him if you can! Check the location’s website for details and requirements for your visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 20 – January 3
B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
B&O Railroad Museum,
Baltimore, MD

November 27 – December 21
Christmas at Cox Farms
Cox Farms, Centreville, VA
Note: It’s not clear that Santa will make an appearance at Cox Farms; check the website for details.

November 28 – December 24
Santa at Mosaic
District Avenue, Fairfax, VA
Santa will be available on specific dates between November 28 – December 24. Check the website for details.

December 5
Santa Fly-In
College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD
10:30 am: View the fly-in live on Facebook
Afternoon: Register to get a photo with Santa and pick-up a craft activity pack.

Before You Go

Make sure you check the event and venue’s website for information on dates, times, cost, and reservation information. Many opportunities now require reservations in advance, so make sure to plan ahead and book quickly. Make sure that you are thoughtful of the COVID-19 pandemic so that Santa can make his trip around the world safely!

If you have additional suggestions or experiences to share about the opportunities mentioned in this post, please comment below!