Taking your children to have pictures made with Santa has been an annual Holiday tradition in most families for many years and, Atlanta has no shortage of places to go see the bearded man in the red suit. Whether you prefer a traditional setting or you want all the tinsel and lights, Atlanta has some of the best places to capture the perfect picture for your Christmas card or that framed photo for Grandma. Read on for the scoop on where to take the kids this year.
Lenox Square Mall
A few years ago, the Lenox Square Mall Santa was clad in pink, purple, and turquoise decor. Some people liked the non-traditional look but they soon changed it to red and green to fit the season’s fa-la-la-la-la. The best part about this Santa is no appointment is needed and during most weekdays there isn’t a line. That’s a win, win for maybe a difficult toddler with an unpredictable nap schedule. November 4th – December 24th, located in front of Macy’s. Where: 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
*Caring Santa Event – Lenox Mall knows how to do it right! The Caring Santa event, held on December 4th from 8:30 -10:00 AM is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs. Lenox Square has made necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. The event will be held during private mall hours in Macy’s Court in order to provide a calmer, sensory-friendly environment. Reservations are required. You can RSVP at lenoxsquaremall.eventbrite.com
Westside Provisions District
Atlanta’s hippest neighborhood does it right with Santa in a casual, nostalgic setting without all the “stiff fluff”. Come hang out on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-4pm at The Seed Factory and get a complimentary 4″ x 6″ taken by Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love. After putting your name on the list at the door (if there’s a wait, they’ll text you when they’re ready), check out the district’s hot cocoa, caroling, and s’more roasting. Visit website for details. Where: The Seed Factory, 1100 Howell Mill Road, suite 150, Atlanta.
If you forget to sign up for any of the places that sell out in early Fall, have no fear! Santa at Atlantic Station is usually set up until Christmas Eve and offers an easy last-minute place to meet the big jolly guy. On November 19th, Santa will ride in on his sleigh during the parade and annual tree lighting and stick around his North Pole cottage until December 24th. No appointment required and while you’re there you can finish any last-minute shopping or enjoy a fun afternoon of ice skating! Where: Atlantic Station, Central Park, 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta
Swan Coach House
Put on your fanciest shoes and visit The Swan Coach House for lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Claus! After enjoying some of the best fried chicken in town, stick around for story time, caroling, and pictures with the season’s most popular couple! Dates for the event are December 4th, 11th, and 18th. Reservations required. Visit their website for more details! Where: 3130 Slaton Drive NW, Atlanta
Known as “the castle on Peachtree Street,” Rhodes Hall makes for the perfect magical experience to meet Santa. While you are there, enjoy the treats and live entertainment. You can buy a photo package or bring your own camera for an additional fee. Available each weekend starting December 3rd – 18th. They offer a pet night, too on December 8th! For reservations, click here. Where: 1516 Peachtree Street NW,
North Point Mall
You probably don’t think of the movie Kung Fu Panda when it comes to the Holidays, but again this year, North Point Mall was selected for one of the interactive Santa adventures created by DreamWorks DreamPlace. Not only will you get your photo with the Big Guy, the adventure includes two new interactive games, animations that bring Santa’s house to life and a thrilling cinematic journey as your visit Santa at the North Pole. Your kiddos will love collecting their souvenir passport and custom-made greeting cards. Join the fun November 19th – December 24th. Visit www.AdventureToSanta.com to make your reservations. Where: 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta
Known for a classic backdrop with a traditional-looking Santa, Phipps Plaza is so popular they start accepting pre-registration for appointments as early as July! Once you pre-register, they send you a registration invitation in September. Starting with completing a Christmas wish list once you arrive and finishing with a candy cane in hand, this almost 30 year tradition experience is one you won’t forget. Get on the list now at http://www.santaatphipps.com. Reservations required. Where: 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta
The adorable neighborhood children’s boutique is known for its stress-free experience and beautiful backdrop of real flocked Christmas trees complete with Santa in his sleigh. Although the photography experience is stress-free, the sign up done in October can be anything but as securing a desired time slot is competitive. Make sure you’re connected to wifi and refresh, refresh, refresh until you get a spot! Visit their website and Facebook Page for details. Where: 102 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta
Jeff Roffman Photography
This Santa experience makes for a hilarious Christmas card photo that is sure to bring a smile to your friends and family. Let’s face it, most kids truly freak out when they see the beard and Jeff Roffman takes the panicked looks on kids faces to the next level. Reservations are required. Visit here for details.