Maryland Santa Sightings

Guess who's coming to town? Santa Claus is making stops all over Maryland. 

Visit Santa as he arrives by plane at College Park Aviation Museum, via train at the B&O Railroad Museum or eating breakfast at some Maryland restaurants. Santa gets around. Here's where to plan your special visit with Santa (or Mrs. Claus) and tell him your Christmas wish list.

Updated for 2018

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Santa at Annapolis Westfield Mall - 2018
Nov. 12-Dec. 24. Pictures with Santa. Online reservations now available.

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro - 2018
Nov. 10-Dec. 24. Crafts, games, interactive displays, photos with Santa and more. Free. Check website for times. Bass Pro, Hanover.

National Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony - 2018
Nov. 10. Pictures with Santa, crafts, holiday movie and more. Free. Noon-5:30pm. National Harbor, Md.

Santa at the Mall in Columbia - 2018
Nov. 12-Dec. 24. Photos with Santa on Level 1 near Lord & Taylor. Saturdays 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Special hours: Sunday 11/18, 11am-6pm, Thursday 12/13, 11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday 12/15-12/22, 9am-9pm, Sunday 12/23, 9am-9pm, Monday 12/24, 9am-4pm. The Mall in Columbia.

St. Nick at Marley Station Mall
Through Dec. 24. Explore the holiday train garden along with a visit to Santa. Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11am-6pm. Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie.

Breakfast with Santa at Arundel Mills - 2018
Dec. 1. 8:30am-9:30am. Join us in the Dining Pavilion for a Breakfast with Santa. The event will include a kids breakfast from Chick-Fil-A courtesy of Arundel Mills, holiday crafts, and a magical visit from Santa Claus. Free. Registraion is required. Arundel Mills Mall, Hanover.

Christmas on the Square - 2018
Nov. 23. Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus and Santa's arrival. Free. 5-9pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. 301-475-9791,

Grand Illumination – City Tree Lighting - 2018
Nov. 25. The lighting of the Annapolis tree plus Santa, live performances, refreshments and more. Free. 5:30-8pm. Market Space at the Market House, Annapolis.

Solomons Christmas Walk - 2018
Dec.5-Dec. 8. A fun-filled time of special children’s activities, a live puppet show, open house at many of our businesses, Santa’s arrival and the Lighted Boat Parade! Stroll through our luminaria streets as you enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season. Santa arrived on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:30pm. Free. Solomons.

Grand Illumination at Homestead Gardens - 2018
Nov. 17. 5pm-9pm. Witness the spectacular display of over 200,000 Christmas lights illuminating at once as you listen to sounds of the season by live carolers and Santa will arrive around 6pm. Davidsonville. Homestead Gardens.

Train Ride and Breakfast Buffet with Santa - 2018
Dec. 1 & 8, 8:30am and Dec. 2 & 9, 9:30am. The museum's annual breakfast with Santa event. Train rides, pictures and a holiday story time with Mrs. Claus. $25-40. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore.

Santa Fly-in - 2018
Dec. 1. Watch Santa fly into the College Park Airport in a helicopter and have your picture taken. Holiday arts and crafts throughout the museum. $5. Noon. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park.

Pet Photos with Santa
Dec 8 & 15. 9am-1pm. Santa photos with your pets! $10/pic, $15/two pictures. Muddy Creek Animal Hospital, West River.

Holiday Family Breakfast - 2018
Dec. 8. Light refreshments, seasonal crafts, fun activities, and pictures with Santa. Free. Please register. 10am. The Y in Pasadena.

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 9. 9am-11am. Enjoy breakfast and photos with Santa. There will be a bake sale and Toys 4 Tots will be collecting new unwrapped gifts for their mission. Patuxent River 4-H Center, Upper Marlboro.

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa
Dec. 9. 1pm-3pm. Santa will be passing out candy canes and nonperishable food items will be collected. Downs Park, Pasadena.

National Christmas Card Day - 2018
Dec. 9. 1pm – 3pm: Write a Christmas card, make a wish list, and Skate with Santa. $10, plus skate rental of $4. Pandora Ice rink, Baltimore.

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 9, 15, 16, & 23. 9am-1pm. Enjoy breakfast with Santa. Kids 10 and under: free with paying adult. Rod n Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach Resort.

Dine with Santa
Dec. 11 & 15. 6pm-8pm. Enjoy your dinner with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free for kids 12 and under. Double T Diner, Annapolis.

Desserts with Santa
Dec. 13. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy crafts, desserts and photos with Santa. Free. Southern Community Center, Lusby.

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa
Dec. 14. 4pm-6:30pm. Join the Girl Scout as they host The Giving Tree and enjoy music, photos with Santa, and crafts. Free. Severna Park Community Center, Severna Park.


Looking for more holiday fun? See a complete list of all our holiday guides here.


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