Santa Sightings – Where You Can Visit Santa Claus in the Malls This Holiday Season!

Santa Claus Sightings (Family Fun Calgary)

There’s no need to check any lists – for families that celebrate Christmas, a visit (or two, three or four) with Santa Claus is a big highlight of the holidays. Here’s where you can find Mr. Jolly himself in Calgary!

Mall Santas

Deerfoot City

Capture your perfect moment with Santa at Deerfoot City this year! Santa will be at the Food Lodge. Between November 16 and December 23, 2018, you can capture the perfect moment with Santa. Photos are $20 per sheet (different photo configurations available) and $5 for each additional sheet. Memory sticks will also be available for $45 with various poses and sizes.

When: Fridays to Sundays: November 16 – December 23, 2018
Time: Friday & Saturday 10 am – 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 6 pm
Sunday 11 am – 2 pm; 2:45 pm – 5 pm
Where: Deerfoot City, The Food Lodge
Address: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-274-7024
Websitewww.deerfootcity.com

The CORE

Bring your own device to the CORE Shopping Centre and take photos for FREE with Santa, every Thursday to Sunday starting November 22, 2018. If you post the photo of your child with Santa and use the hashtag #FindChristmasDowntown, the photo will automatically print out at the hashtag printer on site. Photos will also be available for download on the CORE’s Facebook page every Monday following weekend visits. Given the cost associated with traditional Santa photos, this is a unique way for families to capture those important memories in a hassle and stress-free way. It also offers a chance to “take 2” if the first shot shows an unhappy kiddo.

When: Thursday to Sunday, starting November 22 – December 23, 2018
Time: See here for schedule
Where: The CORE Shopping Centre
Address: 324 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.coreshopping.ca

Chinook Centre

Santa arrives at Chinook Centre on November 17, 2018, and would love for you to stop by for a visit. A visit with Santa is free (photo package prices vary) and you can book your time in advance on the website! No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your children for the best Santa experience! Walkups will also be accepted as time permits. Santa’s workshop will be located in Bay Court.

Also, treat yourself when you’re at the mall! Guests are invited to bring their unwrapped gifts to be wrapped as part of a special white glove, valet service at a pop-up shop that provides a unique and efficient gift-wrapping experience. Within the lounge, guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and a relaxing place to sit before they continue shopping. A portion of the proceeds will go to WE, CF’s national charitable partner, supporting youth empowerment programming in Canada. Located upper level by Second Cup from December 1 – 24, 2018. Pricing as follows: Small $3, Medium $5, Large $7

When: November 17 – December 24, 2018
Address: 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.chinookcentre.com

Southcentre Mall

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is open during all mall hours and he arrives on November 16, 2018. Parents and guardians will find the Santa experience at Southcentre extra magical, thanks to its virtual lineup system. Whenever the lineup to visit Santa exceeds a 30-minute wait time, guests will receive a numbered ticket and receive a text message when it’s their turn to see Santa, freeing them to decorate a cookie in the interactive cookie kitchen, watch a holiday movie in the magic pond, or play in the ROAR Play Park.

Southcentre Mall is also offering A Special Time For Santa, for children with sensory processing needs.

When: November 16 – December 24, 2018
Address: 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.southcentremall.com

Market Mall

Santa is excited to welcome visitors to his Workshop at Centre Court in Market Mall and is now accepting reservations! Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience! A visit with Santa is free (photo prices vary). Walkups will also be accepted.

Also, treat yourself when you’re at the mall! Guests are invited to bring their unwrapped gifts to be wrapped as part of a special white glove, valet service at a pop-up shop that provides a unique and efficient gift-wrapping experience. Within the lounge, guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and a relaxing place to sit before they continue shopping. A portion of the proceeds will go to WE, CF’s national charitable partner, supporting youth empowerment programming in Canada. Located in the Bay Court from December 1 – 24, 2018. Pricing as follows: Small $3, Medium $5, Large $7

When: November 17 – December 24, 2018
Address: 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.marketmall.ca

Sunridge Mall

Sunridge Mall is offering Santa photos free of charge; just bring your own camera or smartphone. In lieu of payment, a monetary donation to Kidsport Calgary is gratefully requested.

Monday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm; Sundays 12 – 5 pm & Christmas Eve 10 – 3 pm; Santa takes a break every day between 2 – 3 pm.

When: December 8 – 24, 2018
Address: 2525 36 St NE, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.sunridgemall.com

Northland Village Mall

This holiday season, Northland Village’s Centre Court will be transformed into Sugar Plum Lane, a special place where kids get to visit with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera and a donation for Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta to take your own photos (no photographer onsite). You can also visit Sugar Plum Lane for free, family-friendly activities, such as themed colouring pages and writing letters to Santa. The hours vary, but check them out here before you go.

When: December 1 – 24, 2018
Time: See here
Address: 5111 Northland Drive NW, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.northlandvillagemall.ca

Marlborough Mall

In addition to hosting Santa for the holiday season (beginning December 1/18), Marlborough Mall will be hosting free family holiday fun (Saturdays between December 1 and 22, 1 – 3 pm). Until December 16, 2018, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy Angels holiday campaign. A complete Santa schedule is on the website.

When: December 1 – 24, 2018
Address: 3800 Memorial Dr NE, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.marlboroughmall.com

Westbrook Mall

Starting December 1st, visit with Santa by the fountain, and participate in free holiday crafts for kids (Saturdays between December 1 and 22, 2018, 1 – 3 pm). Until December 16, 2018, you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the Toy Angels holiday campaign. A complete Santa schedule is on the website.

When: December 1 – December 24, 2018
Address: 1200 37 St SW, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.westbrookmall.com

Santa at BassPro Shops at CrossIron Mills and Cabela’s at Deerfoot City

Santa is offering a free 4×6 photo when your child comes to visit him at his Wonderland, and other photo packages and cards are available for purchase. Your kids will also enjoy lots of free crafts and activities! When you arrive, swing by the Ticket Depot to get an assigned time for your Santa photo. For a complete Santa’s Wonderland schedule, visit the website.

When: November 17 – December 24, 2018
Address: Bass Pro Shops: 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View, AB
Cabela’s: 851 64 Ave NE, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.basspro.com/santaswonderland

Photos with Santa – Sheep River Health Trust

The Sheep River Health Trust is bringing Jolly Old St. Nick himself back to town for their Annual Photos with Santa. What child doesn’t want to share their secret wishes with Santa? What parent doesn’t want to capture the memory of innocence & belief? Avoid those long lineups at the mall and pre-book a time with the Sheep River Health Trust.

What you get for your $50 admission fee:

  • Pre-booked time – No Lineups
  • USB Drive with all the photos captured (ranges between 20 -30 photos)
  • Joy of supporting a local charity who invests in Health & Wellness Initiatives in the Foothills region
  • Candy Cane after photos are done

When: Dates available between November 17 & December 15, 2018; See here for the schedule.
Where: Okotoks Recreation Centre
Address: 99 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks, AB
Websitewww.sheepriverhealthtrust.ca

Sundays with Santa in the East Village

Grab your Christmas wish list and head over to the East Village Experience Centre for Sundays with Santa from 12 – 1 pm. Visit with the big guy and take a photo at the Christmas display before checking out the Northern Reflections Window Exhibition outside. You can warm up by the Augmented Reality ‘fire’ at one window, and write down a note for Santa on the other! The EV Urban Ambassadors might even have some milk and cookies on hand.

Sundays with Santa are December 2, 9, and 16, 2018. Everyone is welcome to attend – including pups!

When: December 2, 9, & 16, 2018
Time: 12 – 1 pm
Where: East Village Experience Centre
Address: 553 Riverfront Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-718-0300
Website: www.evexperience.com

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