Where to Find Santa in Collin County

From fancy to free, check out our list of the best spots to see Santa in Collin County. You can also find Santa photo ops (first come, first served) at a lot of the special events and professional light displays in the area. He’s out there!

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Because Santa is in a high-risk demographic, expect certain safety measures to be in place. And remember to check ahead for cancellations.

Santa’s Winter Woods at Fairview Town Center

Santa’s Winter Woods is a premier Santa photo experience. All visits are by appointment only this year, so we can avoid long lines (YES). Be sure to read through the FAQ before you go. You can visit Santa from November 20 to December 24. Schedule here. Want a contactless experience? No problem, just ask! Photos start at $35.

If your little one is too shy for a formal Santa visit, consider Cookies With Santa on December 8 at 7pm or Breakfast With Santa on December 11 at 8:30am. There’s no unwanted lap-sitting; Santa comes by your table for a visit.

Town of Little Elm

Santa will be taking outdoor photos on select dates from December 3 to 18 at both Beard Park and The Cove® this Christmas. Check the link for more details on where and when. Several of the dates include Mrs. Claus, too!

The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano

The Santa Magic Photo Experience is located in Macy’s Court near Crayola Experience. You can sit with Santa (or opt for a socially distanced visit) from November 12 to December 24. See link for reservations and COVID safety guidelines. Photo pricing packages start at $39.99. Note: December 22-24 are walk-up dates; no reservations can be made on these days.

Shops at Legacy in Plano

You’ll find Santa’s Village in the former Jasper’s Restaurant location, just like last year. On select dates from December 4 through December 24, you can visit and take photos with the man in the big red suit. See Santa’s schedule for exactly where and when, plus how to make reservations. No walk-ins the year. Photo packages from $60.

The Legacy North Pole is a one-day-only event this year. December 12 from 11am-2pm. Make reservations for photos with Santa and reindeer here. They’ll also have a 10-ft. ice slide, snow areas for play, music, letters to Santa, and more. Santa photos are $10.

Santa at the Star in Frisco

Visit Santa Claus at his Cowboys fan-themed set at The Star in Frisco from November 26 to December 24. Book appointments ahead of time for a photograph with him inside his custom Dallas Cowboys cottage. FAQ here. Photo packages are $40 and include a printed 5X7 photo and an exclusive gift for each child.

Stonebriar Centre in Frisco

Reservations are strongly encouraged but not required for visits with St. Nick at Stonebriar. He’ll be in residence from November 13 through December 24 during mall hours. See link for available times and to reserve your spot. Photo packages from $39.99. Note: December 5 and December 12 are reserved for families who’d prefer a sensory-friendly Santa experience. Book a spot before the mall opens for a less bustling environment.

Watters Creek in Allen 

Santa’s magical Bavarian Village is back on Garden Park Drive between Firewater and Village Burger Bar daily from November 26 through December 24. Lots of photo packages and accessories to choose from. Note: December 8, 9-11am is exclusively for children with special needs and their families. See the link for more details and to book your spots.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s in Allen (or any Bass Pro Shop)

A free Santa photo without waiting in line. Get a photo with Santa, plus free crafts, games, and activities in the magical wonderland. Advanced registration is required for photos. See link for details. Additional photo packages available for purchase. November 6 through December 24.


Come see us! We’re hosting Stories with Santa at Legacy Hall on December 18. More details to come! This isn’t an official photo op situation, but Santa will be on stage reading stories to the kiddos.

Have you heard of the Find Black Santa app? They’re partnering with Houston’s top Black Santa for a virtual hour of interactive games, singing, and good laughs on Christmas Eve at 6pm. Get tickets for To All A Good Night: A Fantastical Christmas Eve With Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the link.

Be sure to check out our Special Holiday Events and Holiday Lights sections for mentions of additional Santa sightings around town.

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.


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