Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Pictures with Santa Claus in Austin ~ 2013

Need to know where you can take pictures with Santa Claus this year in the Austin area?  Here you go!
What all the fun of the Holidays, comes the annual photo opportunity with Santa Claus. When I was a kid, we'd get the perfect outfits, trek on down to the mall and wait in a 2 hour line to see a badly costumed Santa. Not any more!!!

There are many wonderful Holiday Events throughout town that Santa will be stopping by at, but are you looking for where he (or a helper or two...wink, wink) may be permanently to take pictures with?

Here's that list! And a few fun events with Santa as well!!

Barton Creek Square Mall
2901 S Capitol of Texas Hwy Austin, TX
Monday - Sunday (Generally 10 am -8 pm)
Pet Photos: November 24 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
December 8 from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
*times vary as the season goes on
Santa is located lower level near the movie theater
Breakfast with Santa - December 7, 2013

15570 IH-35 Buda, TX
December 7,8,14,15, 2013
11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Santa is located in Big Game Country

The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace Austin, TX
Monday -Thursday (11 am - 8 pm)
Friday - Saturday (10 am - 8 pm)
Sunday (11 am - 6 pm)
Mon-Sat Santa feeds his reindeer from 1-1:45 pm and 5-5:45 pm; Sunday from 3 - 4 pm
Santa is located in Phase 2 of the Domain - north side of Dillards, in between Maggianos & Art Nova

Highland Mall
6001 Airport Blvd Austin, TX
Monday- Saturday (11 am - 8 pm) - feeding the reindeer between 3 - 4 pm
Sunday (12 pm - 6 pm) - feeding the reindeer between 2 - 3 pm
Black Friday (9 am -8 pm)
Christmas Eve (9 am - 6pm)
Pet Photos - Thursdays Dec 5, 12, & 19 6 pm - 8 pm
Santa is located on the lower level near the Center Court stairs

Hill Country Galleria
12700 Hill Country Blvd Bee Caves, TX
Monday - Friday (4 pm - 8 pm)
Saturday (12 pm - 8 pm)
Sunday (12 pm - 6 pm)
*Meet Santa and take your own pictures for FREE!!

Lakeline Mall
11200 Lakeline Mall Dr Cedar Park, TX
Monday - Sunday (Generally 10 am -8 pm)
Check here for specific dates & times
Schedule an appointment online to see Santa!
Pet photos on Dec 1st & 8th (7:30 - 8:30 pm)
Santa is located downstairs outside of Dillards
Kidgits Holiday Festivities at Lakeline Mall:
December 7, 2013: Breakfast with Santa - 8:30 am -10:00 am Food Court
December 8, 2013: Caring Santa 10:30 a.m. - Noon: a private photo experience for children with special needs and their families. Reservations at

There are also a number of fun events that feature time with Santa Claus (and picture time as well) across town in November & December:

North Pole Flyer
November 29 - December 22, 2013 
Various Times
This 2 hour ride on a historic steam train take you to Bertram and back featuring hot cocoa, story time, cookies from Mrs. Claus, and a visit with Santa Claus himself.

Breakfast with Santa
November 30, 2013
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 wait to 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 $29 for adults, $15 for ages 6-12 and complimentary for ages 5 and under. This event is open to guests as well as the public; reservations are required.

Teddy Bear Teas
98 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX
November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14 15, 21, & 22, 2013
2:00, 2:15, and 2:30 pm seatings
Guests of all ages are invited to get all gussied up for this Four Seasons Hotel Austin tradition, featuring tea service, holiday caroling and a fireside reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself! 
$40 for adults; $30 for children 11 and under.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling TRIO at (512) 685-8300.

Gingerbread Village Open Houses
December 4, & 5 2013
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
98 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX
Check out the "Whovillage" themed gingerbread houses with the pastry chefs who created them 
Santa stops by for photos and visiting

Lights of Love 5K & Family Fun Run
Friday, December 5, 2013
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kick off your holiday season at the 6th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Kids’ K benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas (RMHC Austin)
Event features pictures with Santa and Ronald McDonald, crafts, food, music, and more.

Christmas Family Night
Friday, December 6, 2013 
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Illumination of the Downtown street lights & water tower followed by Santa's Arrival.  Get pictures with Santa for a nominal fee but enjoy most of the other festivities (arts & crafts, face painting, hot dogs, etc.) for free!

Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa's Workshop
Friday, December 6, 2013 
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Illumination of the largest Live Oak Tree in Texas followed up with live music, carriage rides, arts & crafts and family photos with Santa

Santa Visits Kaleidoscope Toys
Saturday, December 7, 2013 
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
110 N IH-35, Round Rock TX
Visit with Santa and take your own pictures for free.

Winter Wonderland in Leander
Sunday, December 8, 2013 
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Play in 20,000 pounds of real snow
Family photos with Santa, balloon artist, face painting, and hot cocoa

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 15, 2013 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Enjoy breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, story time, holiday arts & crafts, face painting, and more. The kids will get quality time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and get the chance to have their photo taken.
The event will be held in the restaurant park area by Brio, Blue Baker, and Estancia Churrascaria. Blue Baker will be providing small breakfast servings while supplies last.
In order to provide a correct amount of breakfast, we ask you to RSVP via Facebook.

Afternoon with Santa
December 15, 2013
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
604 Brazos Street Austin, TX
Meet Santa & capture photos at this family event. Enjoy live entertainment from Joe McDermott along with cookie decorating & holiday crafts. Photographer available or take your own family photos!
Reservations required. $25 per person plus tax

Here is more Holiday Fun in the Austin area for you:

25 Things to Do these Holidays in Austin

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