Eight Ways to Safely See Santa in Charlotte This Year (Most Open this Weekend)

Yet another holiday tradition challenged by the virus, trooping to the mall to stand in line for an hour to capture a crying photo of your little guys with the big guy. So cheesy yet so classic, so fun looking back year after year at the photos… it’s hard not to do it. However, many of us don’t feel safe at all doing Santa photos this year, including Santa himself. We rounded up the various options, with various levels of safety protocols to both suit your personal needs and meet the state regulations.

Safest Choice ~ Letters to Santa at Blakeney
November 27 – December 19, 2020

Let Blakeney here to help send your wish list letters directly to Santa when you visit the North Pole Mailbox on the Village Green near the Christmas tree. Drop your Letters to Santa in the mailbox along with your return address to receive a special surprise from the Big Man himself.

Next Best ~ Birkdale Village has reserved in person appointments and detailed safety protocols

Book your appointment in advance for a visit and photo. 
Receive 9 images digitally for $40. 

  • Temperature checks and all hands are sanitized before permitted to visit with Santa.
  • Touchpoints at Santa House are sanitized between every appointment.
  • Limiting visits to accommodate for enhanced cleaning procedures between visits;
  • Santa House closed for thirty minutes each day for deep cleaning.
  • No physical interaction with Santa, visitors will remain socially distanced from Santa at all times.
  • All payments will be prepaid to ensure a contactless checkout experience.
  • One – way traffic flow for the arrival and departure of the ventilated section of the house.
  • Gloves worn by Santa’s helpers will be replaced after each appointment.
  • Visitors required to wear a mask at all times during Santa visit;
  • bar stools will be placed in front of Santa and seating will be socially distanced;
  • guests only permitted to remove mask when “saying cheese” for the photo, must put mask back on after photo is taken.
  • No guests (of any age) will be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap
  • (Masks not required for children 2 & under).

A New Twist ~ Promenade on Providence is doing reserved Family photos and Family Carriage rides on Saturday, Dec 5. from 12 – 4 pm

Santa Timeslots (10 minutes per family)
Santa will be located in The Green, near the tree. We will have a photographer to capture your family’s time with Santa
SIGN UP FOR PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Carriage Ride Timeslots (6 guests maximum per timeslot)
We’ve added a second carriage this year- pick up is by the fountain.
SIGN UP FOR CARRIAGE RIDE

Christmas Village at Truist Field This Year

Santa will be at the Charlotte Christmas Village this year standing 6 ft behind a bench that children can sit on for their Santa photos. Kids can sit and turn around to chat with Santa for a minute and then turn back to have their photos taken. Santa hours at Christmas Village are:

Friday, 11/27  11:30pm-4:00pm
Every Saturday, 11/27- 12/19 11:30am- 3:30 pm
Every Sunday, 11/28- 12/20 11:30-3:30pm
Wednesday, 12/23  11:30-3:30

The Malls are (mostly) Doing Reserved Photos – $39.99-$49.99

SouthPark Mall
NOV 20–DEC 24

  • Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged.  
  • For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guests
  • Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit
  • Guests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies. ICYMI masks are required in NC at least through Dec 11 for adults and older children. Face coverings are required in all indoor settings if there are non-household members present, regardless of the distance apart.

Carolina Place
Nov 27 – Dec 24

  • Lower Level by Dillard’s to get your professional pics with Santa taken.
  • Reservations are required, so secure your spot today at the link above
  • Face coverings for you and Santa may be required during your contactless visit based on current state regulations.

Concord Mills and Northlake Mall
NOV 27–DEC 24

  • Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged.  
  • For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guests
  • Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit
  • Guests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies

Zoom Santa and Santa Selfies & Pet Photos

The Northlake Mall website has a few extra links here, where you can zoom with Santa, try out a selfie with Santa, get a pet photo with Santa and more. Reservations for are limited for the $99 package. 

  • LIVE VIP ZOOM VIDEO CALL WITH SANTA
  • PREMIUM HOLIDAY TRADITIONS GIFT BOX
  • MY PHOTO WITH SANTA
  • PET PHOTO WITH SANTA 
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO STORY TIME WITH SANTA

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