Visit Santa Claus!


Santa Claus is coming to town… Columbia SC, that is! A list of 10 places where you and your children can visit Santa Claus this season


Dutch Square Center: Free Photos with Santa starting November 23rd

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 23rd (Black Friday), then every Saturday and Sunday until December 15th. Beginning on December 15th Santa will be on site every single day cheesing for the camera. More here.


Lunch with Santa | Dec 5 from 10am-12pm

Bluff Road Park | 148 Carswell Drive | Admission $3 Adult/$3 Child

Enjoy lunch with Santa, arts & crafts, face painting and storytelling. Santa’s workshop will be available to purchase Christmas gifts. Register online here by November 30th. For more info, contact Takequita Lewis at 803-741-7272 x. 143.

Breakfast with Santa | Dec 1 from 9am-12pm

St. Andrews Park | 920 Beatty Road | Admission $5 Adult/$3 Child
(Includes admission, arts & craft breakfast & picture with Santa)

Enjoy a Saturday morning with fun-filled activities, breakfast, picture taken with Santa and entertainment! Register online here by November 26th. For more info, contact Takequita Lewis at 803-741-7272 x. 143.


Farmers Market Country Christmas | Nov 25

Santa and Lights.jpgEnjoy a winter wonderland as you shop for the perfect Christmas tree for the holidays at the State Farmers Market. There will be festive fun for children of all ages, including Christmas crafts, music, holiday treats and an antique tractor exhibit. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa! November 25th from 1-5pm. Tractor parade begins at 4pm. More here.

Columbiana Centre | Nov 9 – 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.

Elf Village at Hollow Creek Tree Farm | Nov 17

Saturday: 9am – 1pm

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, 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 $10 per child, with a cap at $35. Event will be cancelled if it rains. More here.

Santa at Lights Before Christmas | Riverbanks Zoo | Nov. 17 – Dec. 23

Santa visits with kiddies beginning at 6:00pm each evening! Enjoy a walk through the beautifully lit Zoo and work in a visit with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick while you’re there. Information here.

Sundaes with Santa | Dec 2 from Noon-4pm

The Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market will conclude on Sunday, December 2nd with Sundaes with Santa! 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! Sundaes with Santa tickets are $8 per person. Children 12 months and under are admitted FREE. Parking is $5. More here.


Saluda Shoals Park: Visits and Photos with Santa starting December 14th

Santa will be visiting Holiday Lights on the River from December 14th to December 23rd. A professional photographer will be available for photos with Santa. Photography fees and Holiday Lights admission apply. More here.


mrs-clausWingard’s Market: Mrs. Claus Pays us a Visit | Dec 15th

While Santa is busy making his lists and checking them twice, he has sent Mrs. Claus to Wingard’s Market 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.

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