Guess who’s coming to town? Santa Claus! He’s making stops all over Maryland this year, though many events will be a little different, of course.
Visit Santa as he arrives via train at the B&O Railroad Museum, brings joy to local malls or eating breakfast at some Maryland restaurants. Here’s where to plan your special visit with Santa (or Mrs. Claus) and tell him your Christmas wish list. Please note, with COVID-19, some are by appointment only, there will be social distancing, so be sure to check out all the details.
*Updated for 2020*
Santa at Annapolis Westfield Mall – 2020
Nov. 27–Dec. 24. Santa will be visiting Westfield Annapolis starting on Black Friday and throughout the Holiday Season. Reservations to visit Santa are strongly encouraged. Walk-up visits will be available as space allows throughout the day. To book your date and time, please visit this link http://kipsu.co/3rMc.
Santa at Annapolis Town Center
Nov. 21–Dec. 24. This year choose between a contactless, in-person visit with Santa in or a virtual experience using Video Conference technology. Reservations required, click here to make a reservation. $20–$25.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro – 2020
Nov. 7-Dec. 24. Crafts, games, interactive displays, photos with Santa and more. Free. Check website to schedule a time – reservation required. Bass Pro, Hanover.
Virtual Visit with Santa at the Mall in Columbia – 2020
Nov. 14–Jan. 7. Make this holiday magical with a virtual visit to the North Pole! Santa’s helpers have been working hard decking the halls for you and your family, offering a variety of services including personalized videos, story time and more. Visit website for complete details. The Mall in Columbia.
St. Nick -at Marley Station Mall 2020
Nov. 27–Dec. 24. Make a reservation for a visit with Santa. Be sure to check the website for specific hour as they are reduced until mid-December. Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie.
Christmas on the Square and Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – 2020
Nov. 27. Holiday festivities, music, entertainment, sleigh rides, live nativity, petting zoo, stories with Mrs. Claus. Free. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown.
Solomons Christmas Walk – 2020
Postponed until 2021.
Roundhouse Breakfast & Train Ride with Santa 2020
Dec. 7 & 14, 8:15am and Dec. 8 & 15, 9:15am. 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.
Lighting of the Christmas Tree – 2020
Dec. 7. Lighting of the Living Farm Heritage Museum Christmas tree, live music, train garden, drop letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox, and more. Free. 5–7 p.m. Living Farm Heritage Museum, West Friendship.
Annual Monument Lighting – 2020
**The official kick off to the holiday season would have taken place on Thursday, December 5, 5-8pm at Mount Vernon Place. However, due to covid19 restrictions and new safety guidelines, the event in under review. **
If it does take place, expect musical selections, fireworks, photo booth with Santa, face painting, and more. Free. 5-7 p.m. Mount Vernon, Baltimore.
Visit with Good Niklaas
The Riversdale House Museum is excited to host ‘Visit with Good Niklaas’, a socially-distanced in-person event. Bring some Belgian flair to your holidays and enjoy a picture-perfect photo opportunity on the portico. Children can enjoy a chat with Good Niklaas and receive a gift to continue the fun at home! Advanced registration is required for participation, so book a 10-minute visit from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. by November 30th.
College Park Breakfast with Santa – 2020
Dec. 14. Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa! Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast. Bring your camera to capture photos with Santa. Magical Entertainment and Arts & Crafts! 10 a.m.–Noon. Reservations not required. College Park Community Center.
Breakfast with Santa – 2020
Children 12 and under free with an unwrapped toy. Accepting donations $5 for 13 and up. 9–11:30 a.m. Please RSVP by 11/28 to Lori Bennett, 410-980-1809. Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill, Glen Burnie.
Paint with Santa Zoom Event
Includes three ornaments with glaze and paintbrush, Hot Cocoa Mix, Candy Cane, and a Sleigh Bell. We heard from Bernard, the head elf that Santa may ask the children about their Christmas Wishes while they are painting and tell a story. At the end all the kids will ring their sleigh bells to bid him a farewell. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pic-N-Paint Pottery, Pasadena.
Christmas at Homestead Gardens
The big guy is in quarantine and can’t come in person to the Davidsonville Homestead Gardens store. But while they won’t be able to host their traditional holiday events this year, you can count on Homestead Gardens for dozens of inspirational holiday tree and tabletop themes, an amazing selection of live and lifelike trees, wreaths and other holiday plant favorites. They’ll also have beautiful locally-grown poinsettias in a variety of sizes. And, for a little extra holiday cheer, kids of all ages will delight in our new animatronic Santa’s Workshops that complement our famous train display — remodeled and enlarged for 2020. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville.
Other ways to Say Hi to Santa
Get your Santa fix with a virtual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, straight from the North Pole! You can personalize your visit with Santa by choosing your family’s ethnicity, language, special needs and faith. Plus you’ll receive a Christmas activity book with each booking. $19.95 for a prerecorded 2–3 minute call; $25 for a live 10–20 minute virtual visit with Santa.
Santa’s Hotline is a yearly event that offers a way for parents and children to keep the Christmas spirit alive and celebrate without leaving the comfort of their homes.
Santa’s Hotline (sponsored by Freeconferencecall.com) can be called using any cell phone or landline, connecting users directly to a messaging service where parents and children can leave a message with their Christmas wish list for Santa Claus.
Just call 605-303-4000 and wait for Santa to pick up the phone. Then have your child leave a message for Santa!
If you don’t want to skip Santa, but your kids want to see him, try a virtual visit through Cameo, where you can hire Santa to send a personalized message to your kids from several Santas available on the site, for between $26 and $100.
USPS Operation Santa
Have your kids write their letters to Santa, address it to:
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888. Put a stamp on it and a return address and send it off to Santa! Then see what happens next. Letters received with full Santa addresses will be posted on the USPS Operation Santa site, where anyone can choose to “adopt” a child by sending a gift from their letter to them.
Letters and Packages to Santa
Choose between a Letter to Santa, which comes with a personalized return photo from the big guy, or a Package from Santa, which includes a “Nice List” certificate for your child, as well as personalized letter, photo and other bonus gifts ($49).