Santa’s Stops

Visit Santa

Elf Village | Nov 18

Saturday: 9am – 2pm

Join Central Carolina Performing Arts at Hollow Creek Tree Farm in Gilbert as they usher in the Christmas season with an early visit from Santa and his elves! Come join them as they build a snowman with Princess Anna, sip hot cocoa and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, make Christmas ornaments, eat a snow cone, check out what the elves are doing, and take pictures with Santa. The Elf Village will get your family ready for a fun holiday season! Entry Fee is $7.00 per child. Event will be cancelled if it rains. More here.

Columbiana Centre | Nov 10 – Dec 24

Santa will be at Belk Court Monday – Saturday from 12 – 8pm (break from 3-4pm) and Sundays from 12 – 6pm (2:30pm – 3pm break), with special hours December 15 – December 23 from 9am – 9pm (12pm – 12:45pm break & 3:45pm – 4:30pm Santa will be on break), December 17 from 10am – 9pm and on Christmas Eve from 9am – 5pm, with break from 12:30-1:30pm. Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa. Website here.


Saluda Shoals Park: Visits and Photos with Santa

Santa will be visiting Holiday Lights December 8th to December 23rd. A professional photographer will be available for photos with Santa. Photography fees and Holiday Lights admission apply. More here.


Dutch Square Center: Free Photos with Santa

Take a free photo with Santa at Dutch Square Center located at 421 Bush River Road this holiday season! They do not have a picture operation, so just bring your own camera to snap the picture, while capturing a sweet moment in time. Santa will be at the mall for the first day on Friday, November 24th (Black Friday), then every Saturday and Sunday until December 16th. Beginning on December 16th Santa will be on site every single day cheesing for the camera. More here.

Farmers Market Country Christmas | Nov 26

Special guest Santa Claus will be at the SC State Farmers Market passing out candy canes and listening to Christmas wishes on November 26th from 1-5pm. Children can also make and take home Christmas crafts while you listen to festive music and enjoy holiday treats from food vendors. More here.


Sundaes with Santa | Dec 3

The Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market will conclude on Sunday, December 3rd from noon – 4pm with Sundaes with Santa, their newest children’s event. Dress your children in their Sunday best for photos with Santa, enjoy games and crafts with your family, and top off the fun with an ice cream sundae bar! Parking is $5. More here.


Wingard’s Market: Mrs. Claus Plays us a Visit | Nov 25, Dec 2, and Dec 9

Times: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

While Santa is busy making his lists and checking it twice, he has sent Mrs. Claus to Wingard’s to check on his favorite Wingard’s children.  Come let your little ones climb up on Mrs. Claus’s lap for those special memory-making photos while they enjoy one of her delicious holiday cookies. Website here.

Selfies with Santa | Dec 9

Held at 102 Lexington Ave. in Chapin from 12pm – 2pm by the Chapin American Legion Auxiliary Unit 193. Visit with Santa, enjoy snacks, and have fun at a coloring station during this event. Take pictures of your child with your camera or cell phone in a stress free environment! There is no charge for this event, but donations are being accepted. Proceeds from this event will benefit Veteran programs in the Columbia area. Contact Carmen Goulet at 803.556.3653 for more information.

Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus after the Van Wyck Christmas Parade | Dec 9

The parade and candy toss begin at 12 noon at the intersection of Steele Hill Road and Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck. Santa will arrive at the Community Center Building for photographs after the parade. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!


Skating with Santa | Dec 16

Celebrations Skating Rink in Leesville! Everyone is invited to come enjoy a skate party with Santa. This will be an epic event. There will be a face painter and a photographer onsite. Pictures are $5 each and will be printed onsite. This is a perfect holiday outing and photo opp for the entire family! Admission is $10 per person and this price includes skates. More information on Facebook.



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