Ho ho ho! There have been several sightings of that very special jolly old elf around town! Here’s a round-up of Where to See Santa in Austin for when you’re ready to take the kids for classic holiday photos and share their wish lists with the big guy.

–> Shopping Malls & Stores:

The Domain
Through December 24
Santa’s Workshop is located in Domain II, across from iPic Theaters. Skip the line and reserve your appointment with Santa at simonsanta.com. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment and will be put towards your purchase of a Santa photo package during your visit with Santa. Click here to enter to win a photo package!

Barton Creek Square Mall
Through December 24
Santa is located in the JCPenney Court at Barton Creek Square. Skip the line and reserve your appointment with Santa at simonsanta.com. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment and will be put towards your purchase of a Santa photo package during your visit with Santa.

Lakeline Mall
Through December 24
Santa is located on the lower level Dillard’s Court. Skip the line and reserve your appointment with Santa at simonsanta.com. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment.

Round Rock Premium Outlets
Through December 24
Santa will be in the Food Court to pose for photos. Skip the line and reserve your appointment with Santa at simonsanta.com. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your appointment.

The Arboretum at Great Hills
November 25-December 23, Saturdays & Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
Santa will bring his holiday cheer to The Arboretum. Tell him your wants and wishes and snap a photo with him near the big tree next to Lamps Plus. The visits are free and open to the general public.

Hill Country Galleria
November 24 – December 24
The annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival event takes place on Black Friday, November 24th! The fun starts at 6 pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor Central Plaza with children’s activities like face painting & flash tattoos. The program will begin at 7 p.m. where you can see Santa, watch fireworks and enjoy live music by All Time Low! Following this event event, Santa will be on hand at various hours through Dec. 24. Click here for hours and dates.

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From the Hill Country Galleria Facebook page

–> Special Events:

North Pole Flyer @ Austin Steam Train
Through December 17; Sat. & Sun. at 8:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer! This 2.5 hour train excursion features Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, hot cocoa and a signature Christmas cookie. Each car is decorated for the season. Click here for tickets ($45 & up) and for more information about this annual event.

Teddy Bear Teas  @ Four Seasons
Teas through December 17 on Saturdays & Sundays
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! Attendees asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear, which will be donated to the Dell Children’s Hospital. Reservations are required by calling (512) 685-8300. $45 for adults & $30 for children 11 & under.

 

Trail of Lights
Through Dec. 23, general admission 7 p.m., ZiP Fast Pass 6 p.m.
Every holiday season, Zilker Park is transformed into the Trail of Lights with over two million lights, 40 displays, 20+ food trucks, two stages, 30 private holiday parties and interactive experiences throughout the trail. General admission for children under 12 is always free at the Trail of Lights. There will be a general admission fee on seven of the 14 nights of the event. For tickets and full details, visit AustinTrailofLights.org.

Santa’s Workshop @ Hotel Ella
Sunday, December 17, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free photos with Santa and holiday kids crafts. Accepting toy donations to Caritas. To make brunch reservations during this time, email goodalls@hotelella.com or call 512-495-1800.

Swim with Santa @ Georgetown Recreation Center
Dec. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dive into the holiday season with Santa at the Georgetown Recreation Center Indoor Pool. Grab your suits and your camera and bring the entire family for a chance to swim with the big man himself! Hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided. Free for members! Infant 0-3: Free; Youth 4-18: $2; Adult 19-54: $3; Senior 55 and up: $2.

Free Photo with Santa @ Carver Museum
Dec. 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
Free photo with Santa! Call (512) 974-4926 to RSVP.

For more Santa events, please click here. No matter where you visit with Santa, we hope you’re able to snap some adorable photos!

Hopefully things will turn out MORE like this…

Santa2011…and LESS than like this.

387355_2808871940450_217231134_nDo you have a favorite place to see Santa in Austin? Tell us in the comments below.