Is your little one eager to visit Santa and whisper holiday wishes into his ear? Are you hoping to get a great Christmas photo with the jolly old elf himself? Here’s a list of places around town where Santa is making himself available for boys and girls of all ages to have a quick chat and a photo!
Ohio Theatre presents a holiday concert complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Note: Unlike previous years, there is no information available about a personal meet and greet with Santa. Please contact the event directly to ask if that is an option.
39 E. State St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Friday November 30, 8:00 pm
Saturday December 1, 3:00 pm
Saturday December 1, 8:00 pm
Sunday December 2, 3:00 pm
Columbus Zoo, Wildlights
Santa is available at Wildlights to delight families at Santa’s Holiday Home at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost.
4850 W. Powell Rd
Powell, OH 43065
November 16 – January 6, 2019
Sunday through Thursdays (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Fridays and Saturdays (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Additional Fees for photography may apply.
Franklin Park Conservatory
Candlelight dinner, family crafting fun, decorating cookies, and visits with Santa! There are several holiday events throughout the month of December. Check their event page for more. Breakfast with Santa is sold out.
1777 E. Broad St
Columbus, OH 43203
The magic begins with Santa’s Grand Arrival at his Winter Wonderland near Sears. Tell Santa everything on your Wish List and capture the moment with a photograph.
Columbus, Ohio 43232
November 17 – until Christmas
12 pm – 8 pm
Please check website for scheduled breaks and a special Pet Photos with Santa event.
Photo package prices vary, check venue for details.
Easton Town Center
Capture your child’s holiday memory of his or her visit with Santa at his house in the Station Building. $5 for your first 5×7, or take a photo with your own camera!
160 Easton Town Center
Columbus, Ohio 43219
November 16 – December 24
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Breaks: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm and 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Breaks: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(There will be minimal breaks December 20-24)
Offering a virtual line, where families sign up and then are free to shop until they are texted! Photo $5.00.
Hilliard, Ohio Historical Society presents Santa in the Caboose
Sunday, December 10th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
at the Historical Village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia Street.
Free. Activities include take your photo with 1800s Santa (bring your camera or cell phone), horse-drawn wagon rides, live music in the chapel, activities in the one-room schoolhouse, refreshments and the village is adorned in lights and period decorations.
Polaris Fashion Mall is offering Holiday events for the whole family throughout the Holiday Season. Please check out their website to see all the fantastic Holiday events they have planned in addition to the events listed below.
Sunday, November 11th at 1:00 pm
Begin your Holiday Cheer at Polaris Fashion Place as we kick off the season. Join us for our famous holiday parade throughout Polaris Fashion Place. Welcome Santa as he marches with the Worthington Kilbourne Marching Band and all your favorite costume characters.
November 18th from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Enjoy cookies with Santa Claus! Decorate your own Cheryl’s cookie and enjoy story time with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Aquatot’s Swim School, face painters and Matt the Balloon Guy will be there too!
November 25th AND December 16th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Paws & Claus – Pet Pics with Santa — Bring your whole family and visit Santa after the mall closes. Enjoy doggie games, treats, crafts and more. Please see website for Pet Photo Guidelines.
December 1st AND December 8th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy a California Pizza Kitchen breakfast and holiday activities with Santa. Please see website for more details.
December 2nd AND December 9th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Sensitive Santa is an event for families with children with all spectrums of special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit the Santa Photo Experience. Please see website for more details.