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Santa Claus in The Woodlands, Texas

Pictures with Santa

santa appearances in the woodlands

Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa Claus will be very busy this holiday season making himself available at several locations between now and Christmas Day. Though he does make several stops throughout The Woodlands during the holiday season, he spends a great deal of time at The Woodlands Mall.

Santa will arrive at The Woodlands Mall on Friday, November 9, 2018 and will be ready and waiting for visitors! Children can visit with Santa throughout the day at his Holiday Living Room on the lower level near Macy's, and bring their pets each Monday, November 12 to December 17, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, which are planned to be pet friendly.


Santa's happy to hear holiday wishes and have his elves take a commemorative photo; so take advantage of this perfect photo opportunity for your family and friends while letting the kids whisper their gift ideas to Santa!

Start a new tradition and see Santa with the whole family - dress your best and enjoy high quality photos your family can cherish for years to come.



Once again in 2018, don't wait in line! Reserve your time with Santa and save on your photo package! Photo pre-purchase is required to book your time, however all guests can enjoy savings by pre-purchasing a photo package online without making a reservation. Photo purchase and reservations are not required to visit with Santa.


Santa's Hours at The Woodland Mall

Santa will be at The Woodlands Mall from November 9 - December 24, 2018; 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Monday - Saturday, and noon - 6:00 PM on Sundays through December 16. December 17 - 24, Santa's hours vary, but are generally from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, as Mall hours allow. Check The Woodlands Mall's official website for complete details. Santa is away from the Holiday Living Room on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 4:00 PM, when he will leave to get ready for The Woodlands Lighting of The Doves ceremony; and of course off at the North Pole for Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. On Chistmas Eve, December 24, Santa arrives at 8:00 AM and will be in all day until he leaves at 6:00 PM to start his deliveries.

pet pictures with santa in the woodlands mall

St. Nick's Pet Pics are scheduled for November 12, 19 and 26, and December 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: Cats and dogs on a leash or in an appropriate carrier only, please. Animals, other than those servicing the disabled, are not allowed in the shopping centers other than during St. Nick's Pet Pics.


Pet owners are asked to enter the mall's southeast entrance by Dillard's and Urban Outfitters.


There is also a Pet Night at Market Street December 2 - see below!

How Much Do Pictures with Santa Cost?

Visits with Santa are at no charge, however, you are asked to please not use your own camera or cell-phone cameras within the Holiday Living Room area. Photo package pricing for the 2018 Christmas season are posted on The Woodlands Mall website.

Santa at Market Street

Santa can always be counted on to spend some time at Market Street. Families can stop by "Kringle's Korner" (next to Ideal Image) to enjoy a visit with the jolly old elf.

Jolly Saint Nick arrives November 15 - and will stick around all the way till Christmas Eve, December 24.

santa will be available for pictures at market street

Children will find Santa and his helpers at Market Street during the following hours:

  • November 15: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • November 16 - December 2: Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Break 2:00 - 3:00 PM)
    Friday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Break 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
    Sunday 12:00 - 6:00 PM (Break 3:00 - 3:30 PM)
  • December 3 - 14: Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Break 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
    Sunday 12:00 - 7:00 PM (Break 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
  • December 15 - 16: Saturday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Breaks 2:00 - 2:30 PM; 5:00 - 6:00 PM)
    Sunday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Break 3:00 - 4:00 PM)
  • December 17 - 23: Daily 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Breaks 1:00 - 1:30 PM; 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM).
  • December 24: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Break 1:00 - 2:00 PM)


An early visit and photo opportunities with Santa will delight your little ones at the Junior League Holiday Market. For 2017, children under age 10 will not be required to have admission tickets for pictures with Santa. Santa will be available for holiday photos on Saturday November 17 from 10:00 AM until noon, and from 1:00 - 5:00 PM; and on Sunday November 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.


All information regarding Santa's availability at various locations throughout The Woodlands for November and December 2018 is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed, as of November 13, 2018.

santa appearances in the woodlands

Tips For Great Santa Visits & Photos

Visiting Santa should be a fun tradition, but some kids need more prep than others. What can you do to make sure your kids have a good time and get great Santa photos? Here are tips from Kevin Haislip, a Santa in Grapevine, Texas, for parents of kids ages 2 to 5:


Talk up the visit to Santa for a few days, such as: "This weekend, we're going to visit Santa. You can sit on his lap and tell him what you want for Christmas. Santa is really nice." Kids do better when visiting Santa isn't a surprise or last-minute because they get a chance to get used to the idea. "A big man in a red suit with a white beard can be a bit intimidating to a child, even if Santa is jolly," Haislip says. What to wear? "Dress your kids up in their holiday outfits," Haislip says. "It makes the trip to Santa more of an event and adds to the excitement."


Have your child bring something with her, such as a favorite stuffed animal so she has something familiar (and distracting) to cling to. To reduce the fear factor even more, Haislip recommends sitting down with your child and writing Santa a letter. Have your child give Santa the letter when you arrive.


Allow Santa and his elves to do their job. If your child still doesn't want to sit on Santa's lap, let Santa and his helpers try to coax your child into it with some playfulness or a candy cane. "We want your child to have a good time and look forward to seeing Santa again later." If that doesn't work, feel free to try again another day. It can take time for kids under age 5 to feel comfortable. "I had a 2-year-old girl come to me five times in three weeks and only on the fifth time did she finally sit on my lap. She visited me two or three times after that all giggly and happy. We became best of friends by the time it was Christmas Eve," Haislip says. Get ready for a quick pic. "We get the best photos within the first 10 to 15 seconds after the child sits on Santa's lap," Haislip says. After the photograph is taken, then Santa can spend some fun time with your child.


Keep your child home if he's sick. And make sure you child has gone to the bathroom before getting in line.


Most children 6 and up don't have too much fear of Santa and usually are quite ready to see him, Haislip says. But following many of these tips for the older children as well can make the photo op much more memorable.


- Source: Shop Smart Mag

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