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!

Santa photos in collin county where to find santa in planoThe Shops at Willow Bend in Plano :: Willow Bend has a NEW Santa experience this year featuring larger-than-life illuminated gift boxes and lots of interactive stations while you wait. Located in Macy’s Court near Crayola Experience. Santa will be seeing kids during mall hours November 8 to December 24. Photo pricing packages start at $9.99. Note: Soothing Santa will be 9-11am on December 8 for children with special needs and their families.

Santa’s Winter Woods at Fairview Town Center :: This is a premier Santa photo op, which means you make an appointment and don’t have to wait in line. There’s a $25 deposit involved, and you get discounts the earlier you book your time. See here for more about the set up and here for booking and FAQ. November 16 through December 24. 

Shops at Legacy in Plano :: You have two different options for photos with Santa here: Santa’s Village off Bishop Drive and Santa’s Village off Lone Star Road. From November 25 through December 24, you can visit and take photos with at least one of these guys. See the link for exactly where and when, plus how to make reservations for Santa Photos off Bishop Drive.

Stonebriar Centre in Frisco :: You can make reservations to visit Santa at Stonebriar, but you aren’t required to. They also have pet-friendly times if you want to go next level with your Santa pictures. Now through December 24 during mall hours. Photo packages from $39.99. Note: Santa Cares Day for children with special needs on November 24 and December 8. Photos are free on the 11/24 Santa Cares Day.

Watters Creek in Allen :: Santa sets up on Garden Park Drive between Firewater and Village Burger Bar. Generally, Santa is here from 10am-8pm, but check the link for variations, including when Santa goes on break. Reservations are available at the link, but not required. November 23 through December 24. Note: December 15, 9-11am is exclusively for children with special needs and their families.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s in Allen (or any Bass Pro Shop) ::  Get a free photo with Santa, plus free crafts, games, and activities in the magical wonderland. A Bass Pass is required for photos – it gives you an appointment time so you don’t have to wait in line. See link for details. Additional photo packages available for purchase. November 16 through December 24.

Santa’s Village in Richardson :: Santa and Mrs. Claus are in the Village at the Richardson Public Library on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights this December. Each dwelling has a different kids’ activity—they can write letters to Santa, make ornaments, cuddle animals, make music, and more. December 7-8, 13-15, and 20-22. 6-9pm. Free!


Neighborhood Goods (the cool shop at Legacy West) will have photos with Santa on November 24 from noon-5pm. Free!
The Gates of Prosper Tree Lighting on November 30 from 5-8pm. Free!
Plano Super Bowl on December 8 from 3-6pm. $20.
Heritage Farmstead Fun on the Farm: Cookies with Santa on December 13 from 10-11:30am. From $13.
Breakfast with Santa at Carpenter Park Rec Center in Plano on December 14 from 9-11am. $9 per family.

As a reminder, Santa is also in residence at the Gaylord Texan Lone Star Christmas, Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Home for the Holidays McKinney, Frisco Square, and Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge.
Celina’s Christmas on the Square, Lights at Legacy, and Holidays at the Heard specify Santa photos as well. He’s out there!

Thanks again to The Gates of Prosper for sponsoring this guide!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.