There is the story of a man you never really see. You know this one, it’s a bit mysterious and travels through the sky on a sleigh driven by eight reindeer? Armed with a list of who’s been naughty or nice, he visits every home on Christmas Eve with his bag full of treats.
But why wait for a chance to get a quick peek at Santa when he’s strutting around Bayou City? throughout November and December? Yes, Santa Claus is coming to town! Here are five places you can find him as he spreads holiday cheer:
Pose with Santa at (basically) any local mall
Various days and times
This is the time of year when malls pull out all the decorative stops. Adorned with giant ornaments, Christmas trees of all sizes and lights galore, malls such as Deerbrook, The gallery, Willowbrookand Woods shopping mall are transformed into perfect places to take your holiday photos with Santa Claus. Pro tip: WhereIsSantaChristmas.com is a great resource for parents looking to book in advance!
Saturday, 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Now that it’s finally cold enough to put on some boots and sweaters, the tradition of skating at Discovery Green is back. Whether you bring your own or rent them, put the skates on the ice and glide under the bright downtown skies, with Santa by your side. You can find Old Saint Nick every Saturday before Christmas, from November 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Who wouldn’t want to see him take a few falls in the ice rink?
December 10, 11, 17, 18, 21–24, at various times
The usual tradition is to leave a plate of delicious cookies and a refreshing glass of milk for the big guy while you wait for him to arrive. But now you can enjoy the most important meal of the day with Santa at the Downtown Aquarium. On select dates in December, families can dine with Santa and enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet alongside the aquarium’s mascot, Sharkie, and other aquatic friends.
Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
There are many Santa Claus stories told in every Christmas season. In December, Mr. Claus himself will tell the stories. Every Saturday and Tuesday from December 3 to 17, families can gather in Heritage Square under the Christmas tree while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate while Santa reads his stories (cross applesauce style, of course ).
Hours vary daily
This immersive light experience at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is for all ages. Enjoy music selections from singers or even play your songs to music ringtone stations. Take part in cotton ball fights and go sledding on the faux snow toboggan. But you can’t leave this event without visiting Kris Kringle and snapping some pictures (for $10)! It will be there every day from December 9th.