It’s time to visit the big guy.  I doubt my older son still believes, but his little brother certainly does, and I do love my collection of Santa photos.  They are probably my favorite Christmas decoration.  Which Santa do you take your kids to see? Here are the ones in our area, with a few comments from the moms.

The Shops at Willow Bend

The Shops at Willow Bend

Mall Santas

The Shops at Willow Bend
6121 W. Park Blvd, Plano
November 6th – December 24th
Christmas in the Courtyard on Friday, November 6th from 6-9pm – local rising star, Sunny Malouf and her dancers will perform to upbeat holiday music, snow flurries fall on families while they watch the movie The Polar Express on a large outdoor movie screen.
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 14th – complimentary breakfast for children 14 and younger from Chick-fil-A*, face painters, balloon artists, and holiday crafts.

  • Willowbend has a good Santa
  • The line at Willowbend on the weekends can take 2+ hours.
  • Willow bend set up is GOOD! Way better than Stonebriar

Stonebriar Centre Mall
2601 Preston Road, Frisco
November 7th – December 24 (you can reserve your time online with photo package pre-payment)
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 7th from 9-11am, Santa arrives on a fire truck at 9am, follow him through the mall in a parade led by US Marines up to the food court for breakfast provided by Paradise Bakery and Sonic for $3 a piece. There will be face painters, a juggler, balloon artists and plenty of opportunities to get up close for photos with Santa!

Stonebriar is good in the morning and right next to the play area

The Shops at Legacy
5741 Legacy Dr, Plano
November 28nd – December 21 (weekends)
Make a photo appointment here
Sunday, November 22nd: watch Happy Feet with Santa at The Angelika Film Center at 2pm; #LightsAtLegacy from 4-7pm with Santa photos, Christmas Train, craft activities with Mrs. Claus, balloon animals, face painting, caricature artists, magic with Mr. Scrooge, Christmas parade plus the lighting of the sixty five foot tree.
Santa’s Workshop, Sunday November 22nd from 2-5pm – enjoy toy making, crafts, sweet treats, reindeer games and a photo booth. Appearances by Mrs. Claus, Miss Plano, Miss Frisco and Miss North Texas, the magic of Mr. Goodfriend and performances by members of the Collin County Ballet Theatre. The event is come and go. $30/person

Shops at legacy, you can make an appt online. Santa is super friendly and there is a village with other activities. Took my 3 yr old and it was so awesome, I’m going back Sunday with my 5 day old.  It’s weekends only

Watters Creek
970 Garden Park Dr, Allen
November 22 – December 24
Complimentary carriage rides on certain nights (schedule).
Light The Night on Saturday, November 21st at 4:30pm – complimentary carriage rides, hot cocoa, caroling, face painting, costumed performers from the Allen Civic Ballet, pop-in-art, and the Allen ISD Elementary Art Exhibit at Blue House Too. Allen Symphony Chorus performance at 5pm, Santa lights the tree at 6:15pm and the night ends with fireworks!
Brunch with Santa on Saturday, December 5th at Bonnie Ruth’s, reservations required

Villages at Allen or Watters Creek are much better <than Willow Bend on weekends> and have wonderful Santas!

Villages at Fairview
331 Town Place, Fairview
November 21st – December 24th
By appointment only.

  • Villages at Fairview – near dog park – no line!
  • Fairview … Make an appt online and you’re set! No lines!!

Collin Creek Mall
811 N. Central Expressway, Plano
November 21st – December 24th
Milk and Cookies with Mr. & Mrs. Claus on Saturday, November 21st from 2-3pm
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5th from 9-10am

Special Santa Events

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5th 8am-noon
Frisco Senior Center
Join Santa, Frosty and Rudolph for a delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs and more. $15 per person, $18 non-resident.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5th 8-10am
Amazing Jakes, Plano
$6.99 pancake breakfast plus, an opportunity to meet and take your picture with Santa (bring your own camera for photos). Breakfast purchase required with entry regardless of age. Upgrade Specials: add 3 hours of unlimited rides for $11.99 more per person, add 3 hours of non-redemption video games – $4.99 more per person.

Spaghetti with Santa
First Methodist Plano
Friday, December 11th
Photos with Santa start at 4:30pm, dinner seating at 5:30 and 6:30pm. Tickets $15, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund.

Breakfast With Santa
Vines High School, 1401 Highedge Dr, Plano
December 12th from 6:30-10:30am (Plano Christmas Parade starts there at 9am)
Hosted by The Plano Rotary Club. Adults $5, children under 12 $4 with proceeds benefiting the Plano Food Pantry & God’s Food Pantry.

Swim with Santa
Friday, December 18th
Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, Allen
Come see Santa take a swim as he prepares for his long night of delivering presents. Before he swims get your picture made while you tell him what you would like for Christmas.

Merry Little Christmas Party
Play Street Museum, Frisco
Wednesday, December 23rd
90-minute play times (with Santa) going on all day, $50/child. Call (469) 362-8624 to reserve your spot.