Already get through your annual share of Phoenix Christmas lights for 2019? Don’t pack up that yuletide joy just yet! Guarantee yourself a present under the tree by visiting Old Saint Nick before his sleigh sets sail on Christmas Eve. Here’s where you’ll find Santa’s lap in the Phoenix area this December.
Santa & Penguin Photos (Scottsdale)
December 14-15 & 20-23 | OdySea Aquarium, 9500 Via De Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ
Where else can you get a professional photo taken of you with Santa and a penguin? Register pronto as tickets go fast. Visit odyseaaquarium.com for details.
Photos with Santa (Phoenix)
Through December 24 | Dillard’s Court, 4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ
While you shop for Christmas gifts, why not get in your kids’ Santa visit at Phoenix’s Dillard’s Court? Saint Nicholas will be on his velvet throne until 6 PM on Christmas Eve. Check theparadisevalleymall.com for official times and details.
And if you need your own velvet seat for all your holiday travels, ask a salesperson from one of our Phoenix Valley Honda dealerships about the new Honda Pilot. It’s got comfy seating for up to eight riders and a driver-centric cockpit that’ll make you feel like Santa leading Dasher and co.
Christmas at Schnepf Farms (Queen Creek)
Open through January 4, 2020 | Schnepf Farms, 24610 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ
Discover the season’s best at Queen Creek’s Schnepf Farms. In addition to a Santa meet-and-greet, the farm also offers a beer and wine garden, a Christmas carousel, ice skating, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, pine cone decorating, bounce houses, and so much more. Pay $18 at the door to get in. Get more details about this great Phoenix Christmas event at schnepfchristmas.com.
Breakfast with Santa (Phoenix)
December 14, 15, 21, 22 & 24 | Rico’s American Grill, 7677 N 15th St, Phoenix, AZ
Wear a scarf and scarf down some breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Rico’s. A full breakfast buffet will be available, as will stations for cookie decorating and hot chocolate. Reserve your spot; tickets cost between $25 and $40 per person. Visit the event’s Facebook page for details.
Breakfast with Santa (Scottsdale)
December 14 & 21 | Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
If you can’t make it to Phoenix to enjoy some morning grub with Santa, try the Scottsdale Resort and Spa. Breakfast includes fruits, pastries, bread and other favorites. In addition to meeting Santa, kids can play games and participate in Christmas activities. View the event’s Facebook page for additional information.
Holidays in the Park (Phoenix)
Through December 24 | Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Santa and his magic elves are powering through the holidays at Biltmore Fashion Park. Take your photo with the Mystical One and stroll around the park with merriment knowing that your stocking will be coal-less this Christmas. Visit shopbiltmore.com for event details and times.
Photos with Santa at Desert Sky Mall (Phoenix)
Through December 24 | Desert Sky Mall, 7611 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ
You know the drill: Go shopping, wait in line to sit on Santa’s lap, then let the kids sleep in your packed-to-the-roof Honda Odyssey. But are they pretending? Keep an eye on them with Odyssey’s innovative CabinWatch camera system, and you’ll be able to catch them if they sneak a peek at any Christmas gifts. (Those naughty kids.)
Laveen Christmas Festival (Laveen)
December 14 | Laveen Educational Center, 5001 W Dobbins Rd, Laveen, AZ
This 4th annual Christmas event in Laveen is great for families who want more out of their Santa visit. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there, but the real gift is the orchard and its farmers market. Get more info and contact the event’s hosts on Facebook.
Visit Santa (Phoenix)
December 14 & 21 | Elevate Coffee Company, 2530 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ
From 11 AM to 1 PM on December 14 and 21, Good Ol’ Kris Kringle will be visiting the Elevate Coffee shop in Phoenix. Come sip some cocoa (or java) and prep your cheeks to say “Cheese” as Santa invites everyone to snap a photo with him. Check the company’s Facebook page for info.
Chick-fil-A Breakfast with Santa (Phoenix)
December 14 | Chick-fil-A, 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ
Join Santa for a chicken-y breakfast. Other activities include balloon animals and art, a bounce house and more Christmas fun. Head to their Facebook Events page for additional info.
Visit Santa at Fountain Park (Glendale)
Through December 24 | Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale, AZ
Head to Westgate in Glendale to see Santa. He’ll be around until 5 PM on Christmas Eve, so work hard to get on the “nice” list and put your last-minute gift requests in! (And bring your dogs in on December 16 or 23 for a full family photo.) More info can be found at westgateaz.com/santa.
Holiday Family Jubilee at Deer Valley (Phoenix)
December 14 | Deer Valley Community Center, 2001 W Wahalla Ln, Phoenix, AZ
On December 14, the Deer Valley Community Center becomes the Deer Valley Community “Santa” for the evening. Starting at 6:30 PM, Santa will be snapping pictures with guests. Admission tickets include access to popcorn and drinks, the arts & crafts table, and holiday movies. Sign up for the event online before all tickets are sold out.
Photos with Santa at Fashion Square (Scottsdale)
Through December 24 | Fashion Square, 7014 E Camelback, Scottsdale, AZ
Santa Claus will be seated in Fashion Square’s Palm Court until 6 PM on Christmas Eve. After your visit, check out Santa HQ’s interactive Elf Academy to create your own Elf ID Card, try Santa’s Magic Mirror and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O’Meter. For more details, go to fashionsquare.com, and be sure to check out the Sensory-Friendly Santa event at Fashion Square’s Macy’s store on December 15.
Christown Cringle’s Workshop (Phoenix)
December 14-15 | Christown Spectrum, West Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Head to Christown Cringle’s Workshop for a holiday wonderland fit for the whole family. Kids can create ornaments and goodies in Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, get their faces painted, hear stories told around a campfire and write letters to Santa. View full event details at christownspectrum.com.
Happy Honda Days, From Us to You
Have a happy holiday—or should we say, “Have a Happy Honda Days”? For adults who’ve been good all year, allow our Valley Honda Dealers to be your Santa. Visit your nearest Honda dealership near Phoenix to request a Honda-y gift this Christmas. We have great sales on the newest Honda models, like the CR-V, Civic and Accord.