2014 Santa Sightings in Austin and Central Texas

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He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice. Now, the big question — naughty or nice?

Santa is one busy man this holiday season. If you want to snag a date with the jolly old fellow, here’s an insider’s peek into his calendar from now until the big day.

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Meet Santa at the Hill Country Galleria and tell him what you want for the holidays!  Kids of all ages are welcome, pets are welcome, too!  Bring your own camera and take fun holiday photos! There is no charge for this event as you will be taking your own photos with your phone or camera (no professional photographer onsite).

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Santa will be available various dates and times beginning November 20- December 24, 2014. For the complete schedule, check www.HillCountryGalleria.com.

You can get your first glimpse of Santa at the 8th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival on Thursday, November 20th. The Hill Country Galleria’s 8th Annual Tree Lighting kicks off at 6:00 p.m. in the amphitheater. Enjoy a free holiday concert by The Vintage 15, face painting and holiday carolers. Santa will arrive at 7:00 p.m. escorted by the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes. The lighting of the holiday tree will take place afterwards, followed by a fireworks show. Annaka Chesnut from the CW will be on hand to help welcome Santa.

Win Front of the Line and a $50 gift certificate here.

Hill Country Galleria
12700 Hill Country Blvd.
Bee Cave


Make a Date with Santa at the Domain – Friday, November 14 – Wednesday, December 24

Visit Santa in his new workshop, located in Domain II across from iPic Theaters. Enjoy holiday crafts and lounge seating while you wait to see the big guy. You can schedule your Santa photos here.

The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Plaza

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday, December 6

From 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Domain II, have fruit, muffins and juice with Santa himself while you enjoy entertainment, including a juggling stilt walker, ZACH Theater performers, DJ Mixer Rogers, Joe McDermott and special character appearances. Parents can enter a prize giveaway, and kids can enjoy activities writing letters to Santa, face painting, caricature artists, balloon twisters, reindeer games and a cookie walk. FREE!

Make a Date with Santa at Barton Creek MallThursday, November 6 – Wednesday, December 24

Make an appointment to visit the big man in red at Barton Creek Mall online here.

Pet Photos with SantaSunday, November 23 & Sunday, December 7

Bring your furry friends to Barton Creek Mall from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for their photos with Santa! Please keep all pets on leashes or in crates for everyone’s safety.

Santa on the Terrace Friday, November 28

Sip delicious hot chocolate, enjoy some of Austin’s most delicious food trucks, and kick off the holiday season in the greatest winter wonderland in town. Taking place at the Long Center from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., kids can get a free photo with Santa overlooking the best view in town, and you can take advantage of the lowest discounts in town for future Long Center programming. FREE.

Hot Rod Santa 2014Saturday, November 29

Join Murpho’s Rods and Customs and CherryBones Photography November 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for the 3rd annual Hot Rod Santa Photo Shoot! Pictures are $10 and proceeds benefit the Austin Children’s Shelter. Donations are also accepted for the teens at the Shelter.

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children ParadeSaturday, November 29

This parade starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Texas Capitol and moves south on Congress, all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. The hour-long procession features giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa! At a designated time towards the end of the parade, Santa’s Helpers will line the parade route and help spectators donate new, unwrapped toys to Operation Blue Santa, which brings Christmas magic to children under 15 years old that otherwise might not receive any gifts. FREE.

Photos with Santa at the Omni Barton CreekSaturday, November 29

Enjoy photos with Santa during Barton Creek’s Fall Fest from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Canyons Room. For more details, contact the Concierge at (512) 329-4539.

Gingerbread Village Open HousesTuesday, December 2 & Wednesday, December 3

Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies in the Four Seasons Lobby from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 3rd as you ooh-and-aah over the details of our “Candy Land”-themed Gingerbread Village in the Lobby. The hotel’s talented pastry chefs — along with special guest, Santa — will also be on hand for photo opportunities and to answer questions about the houses, which will be on display from November 25 through December 31, 2014. FREE.

Santa at Jo’s I Love You So Much MuralThursday, December 4

From 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Santa will be at Jo’s iconic South Congress mural. Sit on his lap and tell him what you want this year, and maybe snap a photo, too! Vendors will be set up for a First Thursday Pop Up Party and the Texas Tycoons will play from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Candle Light Trail at Hancock Recreation Center – Friday, December 5 & Saturday, December 6

Come walk the Candle Light Trail, meet Santa and enjoy holiday refreshments and entertainment at this fun free family event. FREE.

3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop - Saturday, December 6 – Sunday, December 21 (weekends); Monday, December 22 & Tuesday, December 23rd

Santa is coming from the North Pole to Millie & Mox from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the weekends from Saturday, December 6 – Sunday, December 21 and on Monday December 22nd and Tuesday, December 23rd. Cost: Tickets are $10 per photo and sold at Millie & Mox. One photo per ticket, please. No outside cameras.

Breakfast with Santa at Buca di BeppoSaturday, December 6

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast with Santa while giving back to kids in need. A World For Children is collecting new, unwrapped gifts up to a $25 value for foster children this holiday season. Your donation will be used to fulfill children’s wish lists, purchase gift cards for foster children or to provide a Christmas party for children. Check in and toy collection happens from 8:30-9am, breakfast takes place from 9-9:40am and storytime and photos with Santa happens from 9:45-10am. RSVP with names and number of guests by Monday, December 1 to JZaligson@bucainc.com.

Annual German Christmas Market 2014Saturday, December 6

The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas with gifts for the children, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), coffee, apple cider/juice and gingerbread cookies and plenty of German style baked goodies for purchase.

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event Saturday, December 6

From 4-6 p.m. enjoy performances by The Austin Carolers, Tarrytown Dance, the Reilly Elementary School Choir and the Lamar Middle School Jazz Band while you watch the holiday tree lighting at the Triangle. Train rides, balloon twisters, face painting, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and ornament decorating with also be available. FREE.

Photos with Santa at PetcoSaturday, December 6 & 13

Spread holiday joy and help animals in need by participating in Petco’s annual Photos with Santa event, held two Saturdays in December from 1-4pm. Pose with or without your pet next to Santa and bring home at 4”x6” photo in a keepsake frame. The Petco Foundation will receive 100% of your $9.95 donation to benefit homeless pets. Contact your nearest Petco location for more information.

Deck the DistrictSaturday, December 6

The 2SD Holiday Window Walk is an annual competition open to local theatrical design students, where 2SD businesses let their storefront windows become the students’ canvases for an opportunity to win collegiate scholarships. On Saturday, December 6, the winning window design, chosen from a theme of lyrics from holiday songs and Christmas carols and lines from classic holiday stories and films, will be announced during the “Deck the District” event from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where window walkers can stroll the 2ND Street District, enjoy carolers and an appearance by the one and only Santa Claus, and take advantage of the in-store specials at 2ND Street District shops.

Santa is Coming to Big FrogSunday, December 7

Santa is coming to Big Frog of South Austin from 1-4 p.m. to help celebrate the company’s 3rd Anniversary Party. Have your picture taken with Santa in-store and get your photo printed on a free white t-shirt while you enjoy free food and holiday music from a saxophone quartet.

Delysia Chocolate Culinary Center Holiday EventSunday, December 7

This free holiday event will take place from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Delysia’s chocolate culinary center. Children will have the opportunity to make their own chocolate bar and visit with Santa Claus. There will also be a screening of a children’s holiday classic to commemorate the festive season. FREE.

Trail of LightsSunday, December 7 – Sunday, December 21

Visit the North Pole at the Trail of Lights to share your holiday wish list with Santa at Santa’s House, pick up a free book from the H-E-B Read 3 Book Train and stop in Santa’s Workshop for a photo and a variety of interactive experiences. Cost: Entry to the Trail of Lights is free from Mondays to Thursdays; on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays tickets are $3 each online or at H-E-B stores. Parking passes and shuttle tickets are also available online.

Santa Claus is Coming to ToybraryTuesday, December 9, 10 a.m. – noon

Come by with your little elves to get their pictures taken with Santa. There won’t be a long line this year — each parent will receive a number when they pay ($10 per child). You and your kids can play in the play area until your number comes up.

Breakfast with SantaSaturday, December 13, 9 a.m. – noon

Enjoy breakfast, live music, character appearances, holiday games (with prizes), letters to Santa, face painting, balloon twisting and more.

Santa in the Garden  Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Austin Area Garden Center presents Santa In The Garden 2014 at the Zilker Botanical Garden. There will be yummy treats, Christmas storytelling, and crafts for all to enjoy. Be sure to bring your own camera and Christmas list for your visit with Santa. Mom and Dads can get their last minute shopping done in the Chrysalis gift shop which will be offering a 15% discount on the entire store.

Cookies with St. Nick Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Frost invites families to avoid the “busy sidewalks” this holiday season and jingle on into four Frost Bank branches for photos with Santa. The lights will brightly shine on the Christmas tree to make guests feel right at home. Guests can enjoy holiday cookies and drinks as they await their chance to cozy up next to jolly St. Nick. Naughty or nice, Santa will present children with candy canes and complimentary framed photos to capture the moment. For locations, check out our post here. FREE.

Santa Claus is Coming to Precision Camera Saturday, December 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Both young and old are invited to come early to be the first in line for a photo opp with the jolly old fellow. Take home a free 5×7 print with the man himself, Santa! FREE.

Tex-Arts Holiday Extravaganza – Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14, starts at 2 & 6 p.m.

The Fourth Annual TexARTS Holiday Extravaganza will put the sparkle in your holiday season! Bring the whole family to experience this holiday spectacular starring the TexARTS Broadway Company. This holiday revue features Rockette-style numbers, classic and current holiday hits, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! This perfectly wonderful showcase is sure to put the happy in your holidays! Tickets start at $15. TexARTS, Kam & James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohman’s Spur.

Donn’s Depot Honky-Tonk Christmas Bazaar! – Sunday, December 14, 1-6 p.m.

Come join the fun at the first-ever Donn’s Depot Honky-Tonk Christmas Bazaar! Enjoy live music, holiday cocktails and seasonal beers while you shop for one-of-a-kind items for friends and family! Come see why everyone is talking about the most festive bar in town! Free admission, free on-site parking, Santa from 2-4, dozens of vendors, kids allowed! Avoid the holiday stress and spend your Sunday with us!!! See you there! FREE.

Story Time with Santa at Northwest Recreation Center Friday, December 19, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Wear your favorite pajamas and enjoy a snack of mils and cookies while listening to a winter classic. Don’t forget your camera to take pictures with Santa. This event is designed for walking toddlers to children 5 years of age. $2.50 per child.

Santa on Horseback at Texas National Outfitters Friday, December 19, 4-7 p.m.

Take photos with Santa on horseback. FREE.

Santa Special at the Carver Museum & Cultural Center – Saturday, December 20, 1-3 p.m.

Come take pictures with Santa. Call (512) 974-4926 for reservations by Monday, December 15th at 6pm.

Farmer Santa at the HOPE Farmers Market – Sunday, December 21, 11a.m.-3 p.m.

Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Farmer Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out local veggies to all of the good girls & boys (of every age)!
Visit Plaza Saltillo and have your photo taken with them and, while you’re here, spend some time playing with toys at the Toybrary Austin tent!


Breakfast with SantaSaturday, November 29Advertisement
Kids can have breakfast with Santa at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa from 9:00 a.m. until noon. After indulging in a wonderful breakfast spread, all will join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a meet-and-greet as well as photographs. While folks visit with jolly ole St. Nick, they can enjoy holiday-themed activities and arts and crafts, a jump house and more – including a holiday sing-a-long with the K.R. Wood Camp Cookie Duo. The cost is $32 for adults, $15 for ages 6-12 and complimentary for ages 5 and under. The event is open to guests as well as the general public; reservations are required (and can be made by calling 512-308-4860).


Free Photos with Santa Claus at Cabela’s (Buda)Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7

Santa Claus will be visiting Cabela’s from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 in Santa’s Village. Have your picture taken with Santa for free and receive a free 4×6 Cabela’s keepsake frame! Free hot chocolate and cookies will also be served and there will be fun activities to keep everyone in line entertained. FREE.

Cedar Park

Pet Photos with Santa - Sunday, November 23 & Sunday, December 7

Bring your furry friends to Lakeline Mall from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for their photos with Santa! Please keep all pets on leashes or in crates for everyone’s safety.

Make a Date with Santa at Lakeline MallThursday, November 6 – Wednesday, December 24

Make an appointment to visit the big man in red at Lakeline Mall online here.

Kidgits Club Holiday CelebrationSaturday, November 15

From 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., enjoy family-friendly holiday crafts and a special story read by Father Christmas at Lakeline Mall. After meeting everyone on the nice list, Santa will return to his throne in Winter Wonderland, where he will continue to pose for photos and listen to holiday wishes through Christmas Eve. Cost: Free for Kidgits Club members, only $5 to become a member.

Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop - Friday, December 5

The Parks & Recreation Department in Cedar Park hosts an annual coloring contest for kindergartners and first graders. The winner will flip the switch to light over 60,000 lights on the largest live oak tree at Heritage Oak Park. The tree lighting takes place from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Santa’s Workshop will open immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Bring the whole family for what promises to be a festive evening. FREE.

Breakfast with Santa and Craft FairSaturday, December 6

Visit Santa from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Little Acorn Academy and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Stroll through the craft booths for candles, jewelry, Christmas decors and more from local vendors. Photos with Santa are FREE, and pancakes are $1.

Caring Santa at Lakeline MallSunday, December 7

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a special photo session with Caring Santa from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other development needs of kids with all abilities. Families are asked to use the Food Court entrance and take the escalators or elevator downstairs to the Santa Set. RSVP at www.lakelinemallcaringsanta.eventbrite.com.

Santa Skate and Ugly Sweater PartySunday, December 14

Want to get in the Christmas spirit? Look no further! Head to Chaparral Ice from 1-4 p.m. for ice skating, Santa, and ugly sweaters! This event features FREE photos with Santa (bring your own camera), Christmas-themed skating exhibitions, a hot cocoa bar and festive treats from Spice Girls Kitchen (Ice Girls Cafe), and holiday tunes! Regular admission for ice skate rental applies.

Afternoon with SantaSunday December 14

From 2-5 p.m., meet Santa and capture photos at this family event at the Driskill Hotel downtown. A photographer is available for personal photos are permitted. Reservations are required and can be made at (512) 439-1234. $25 per person, plus tax.

Dripping Springs

Photos with SantaSunday, November 30

Get a photo with Santa for a donation to Without Regrets, a charity which provides gravely ill parents and their minor children with memorable family experiences. Bring your own camera and take as many shots as you want. This event takes place at The Barber Shop in Dripping Springs from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.


Holiday by the Tracks - Saturday, December 6

In Veterans’ Memorial Park and in historic downtown Elgin, have photos taken with Santa, enjoy live music, a farmers market, shopping specials, a holiday cookie contest, an art show, a lighted parade (starting at dusk) and a live nativity. Events take place from 9am-3pm, with the exception of the parade and nativity.


Visit Santa at Wolf Ranch Town CenterSaturday, November 29; Saturday, December 6, 20; Sunday, December 7, 14, 21

Wolf Ranch Town Center will be partnering with Operation Brown Santa and will have Santa available to the public on December 6th (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 7th (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 14th (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), 20th (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and 21st (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Wolf Ranch will also have a special event to welcome Santa on November 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. near the fireplace.

Santa Pictures at All Things KidsDecember 13, 14, 20, 21; times vary

Santa’s elves have transformed the Play Zone into Santa’s Workshop and there are lots of holiday projects for the children to work on. Santa (with a real beard) will be by the fireplace ready to meet children in between North Pole flights. Walk-ins are welcome but you can use online registration to skip the lines. A professional photographer will be on site (packages start at $15).


Photos with Cowboy KringleNovember 15-December 21, times vary

Create a Christmas memory with photos with Cowboy Kringle, Gruene’s own brand of Santa! Pictures will be taken in the breezeway between The Grapevine and Gruene General Store. Packages are available.


Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 13

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Old Hutto Middle School across from Fritz Park. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until approximately 10 a.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Adults are $5, children are $10 (includes craft).


Stuff the Stocking with SantaSaturday, November 29

Help support the Hays County Food Bank this holiday season by donating any non-perishable food item and take a picture with Santa at Kyle United Methodist Church from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.! Bring your own camera or access your photo through the church’s Flickr account. Enjoy free hot cocoa and Christmas treats.


Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting- December 6 at 5 p.m.

We will have Pictures with Santa, Holiday Hayrides, Yule Fire, Choral Performances, Christmas Parade, and Tree Lighting.City Hall, 200 West Willis Street.

New Braunfels

Downtown Holiday Lighting & Santa’s Arrival - November 21

At 6:00 p.m. in the Main Plaza of downtown New Braunfels, celebrate the spirit of the season with the lighting of the tree and a visit with Santa. FREE.

Painting with SantaNovember 22 & December 5

From 10:30 a.m. until noon on November 22nd and 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on December 5th, paint your handprint on a plate with the jolly man and Mrs. Claus at Clay Casa. Take your photos with Santa while you are there. $30 per person. Call (830) 629-5475 to reserve your spot.


Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft ExtravaganzaSaturday, December 6

The Hendrickson High School senior class is hosting a Breakfast with Santa and Holiday Craft Extravaganza to raise funds for their Senior Celebration. From 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., kids can enjoy a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa and crafts in the Hendrickson High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Admission to the Holiday Craft Extravaganza is free, and kids can enjoy games and activities at the Kid’s Corner.

Breakfast with SantaSaturday, December 6 & 13

Breakfast, story time, cookie decorating and visit with Santa at the Hawaiian Falls Aloha Banquet & Event Center from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays. Bring your camera to capture your special photo. Reservations required.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus - Friday, December 12

From 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Claus arrives to spend an evening at Kaleidoscope Toys to read some of your favorite Christmas stories. The North Pole Bakery has also sent along some treats to share. Don’t forget your camera to capture this special event! Reserve the total number of children and adults attending through Eventbrite. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person for the Round Rock Serving Center. Donations will also be accepted.

Christmas Parade and Festival of LightsSaturday, December 13

The city of Pflugerville’s Parks and Recreation Department will be merging its annual Holidays at Heritage Park event with the annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Parade. Blending the two events will make a larger, more fun holiday celebration for the community. The city will bring a stage with live performances from local elementary schools and dancers from the Recreation Center. There will be arts and crafts activities for children, a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, the traditional tree lighting, and photos with Santa Claus at the end of the parade. For information, call 512-990-6113.

Round Rock

Meet and Take Photos with SantaFriday, November 21 – Wednesday, December 24 (Closed on Thanksgiving Day)

Santa is located inside the Food Court at the Premium Outlets. Photos available for purchase.

Santa Parade – Saturday, December 6, 13 and 20

Santa, merrily waving and tossing candy to young and old, will be riding a firetruck through Brushy Creek community on Saturday mornings this month, starting at 10 a.m. Santa will ride through Brushy Creek South, Fern Bluff, Oakbrook and the Village of Brushy Creek on December 13. Santa’s entourage will visit Cat Hollow and the Meadows of Brushy Creek on Dec. 20.

Caring SantaSunday, December 7

Caring Santa is a free private photo event for special needs children and their families at the Premium Outlets from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Santa is located inside the Food Court. RSVP here.

Santa Claus is Coming to Kaleidoscope Toys - Sunday, December 7

Gather the kids, grab the camera and head on down to Kaleidoscope Toys to meet Santa Claus. He will be hearing the little ones’ wishes and taking pictures. This event takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and reservations are required. To make a reservation online, click here. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person for the Round Rock Serving Center. Donations will also be accepted.

Pictures with Santa- Sunday, December  7, from 2-5 p.m.

Get your pictures with Santa for only $5. Photos taken by a professional photographer. Sweet Love and Sugar Britches,106 S Mays Street.

Breakfast with SantaSaturday, December 13

Gattis School hosts a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13th from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Enjoy seeing Santa, crafts, activities, a silent auction, breakfast tacos, donuts, coffee, milk, juice and more.

Breakfast with SantaSaturday, December 13

Children are invited to have breakfast with Santa from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Premium Outlets and create cards for kids spending the holidays in the hospital. Santa is located inside the Food Court. Photo packages available for purchase. Sponsored by Seton Medical Center Williamson. RSVP here. FREE.

Santa and Spike (Round Rock Express Mascot) Visit Elfvis & the Kringles Saturday, December 13, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

This house gets all decked out for the season, including an animatronic Olaf (from Frozen) who performs songs including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” The Round Rock House is hosting a donation drive for Brown and Blue Santa programs from 6-10 p.m. Hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided while they last.

Santa Skate and Ugly Sweater PartySunday, December 14

Chaparral Ice is hosting this event, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. With paid entry, you get free photos with Santa, holiday-themed skating exhibitions, skate to a holiday playlist and hot cocoa and treats from the Ice Girls Cafe.

Pet Photos with Santa - Sunday, December 14

Make it a family affair with Fido during the Premium Outlets’ pet photo night from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Fluffy is sure to appreciate our real bearded Santa. Santa is located inside the Food Court. Photo packages available for purchase.

San Marcos

Sights and Sounds of Christmas- December 3-6, from 5-11 p.m.

Enjoy live performances, pony rides, a carnival, delicious food, an ice skating rink, FREE photos with Santa, a gift shop, arts & crafts for the kids, a petting zoo and more! On Wednesday, Santa arrives by helicopter at 6:30 p.m. promptly with Mrs. Claus at the back of the park at the soccer fields. Walk through the park to Santa’s photo area. On Thursday, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by the famous Pink Heals County Fire Truck “Baylie” as a way to bring awareness and show our support for fighting cancer among our fellow neighbors, friends and family members. On Friday, Santa & Mrs. Claus ride into the park in style in a vintage Cadillac at 6:30 p.m. as a part of Dick’s Classic Car Parade at the main event gate. On Saturday, watch the spot light coming down the historic San Marcos River, as Santa is arriving by River Boat at 6:30 p.m. The boat will arrive at the two bridge crossings in the park. Admission: Nightly Admission: $5; Presale 4 day wristband is $7  (available for purchase at the San Marcos Activity Center or the Parks and Rec Center office), online purchase event 4 Day Wristband is $10, Kids 12-and-under are FREE. San Marcos Plaza Park, 401 E. Hopkins Street.

Pancakes with SantaDecember 13, 9-11 a.m.

The San Marcos Citizens Fire Academy Alumni invites residents to a pancake breakfast with Santa and fire trucks. The cost is $5 for breakfast. Attendees can bring a camera for photos with Santa. Proceeds will go toward public education materials. San Marcos Fire Department Station No. 5, 100 Carlson Circle.

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About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

3 Comments on 2014 Santa Sightings in Austin and Central Texas

  1. We did the Domain last year and he was the most “realistic” looking Santa I’ve seen in a while. No fake beard there.

  2. Hi Nicole! If you do a similar list for 2015, we would love to be included! We are a local mom-n-pop photography studio that has offered Portrait With Santa the past several years. This year, we’re holding the one day event at a local Christmas tree farm, which should be fantastic! I can send you all the details, or they can be found at http://austinsantaphotos.com. Thanks in advance!

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