By Rachel Hoeing

Need pictures with Santa in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem or Burlington?  Or just hoping to catch a glimpse of the man in red? Our comprehensive directory has Triad Santa photo opps, holiday parades, holiday lighting events and other special Santa events in the greater Triad area and beyond!

This “Places to See Santa” directory will be housed on our “Directory Page” here. It will also be updated weekly with NEW events as they are announced. Check back often!

We have divided the Triad Santa Photo Opportunities and Triad Santa Sightings into different categories. Click on the category below to go directly to those listings. Then click on the name of the listing to get more information!

On-going Santa Photos
Santa Photos (one time events)
Train Rides with Santa
Breakfasts & Cookies with Santa
Holiday Parades
Tree Lightings
Other Holiday Events Where Santa will be in Attendance

Triad Santa Photos (On-Going)

*These are venues that have Santa available for visits most days during the holiday season and do not require advance reservations.
* Some require you to bring your own camera
*Click the venue name for the website which will list additional dates and times!

Alamance CrossingBurlington (opens Nov. 25th)
Bass Pro Shop, Concord (opens Nov. 10th)
Biltmore Hotel, Greensboro (Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23)
Friendly CenterGreensboro (opens Nov. 11th)
Four Seasons Town MallGreensboro (opens Nov. 10th)
Hanes MallWinston-Salem (opens Nov. 10th)
Holly Hill MallBurlington (opens Nov. 10th)
Mast General Store, Winston-Salem (Dec. 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 20, 23)
McLaurin Farms, Greensboro (Nov. 23, 24, 30, Dec 1, 2, 7-9, 14 – 24)
Millstone Creek Orchards, Ramseur (Nov. 23, 24, 30, Dec. 14, 15, 21, 22, & 23)
Old Salem, St. Nick at Butner Hat Shop (Saturdays Nov. 17 – Dec. 22nd)
Zootastic Park, Troutman (Nov. 23rd – Dec. 24)

(You can also visit our Photographer Directory to schedule individual professional mini-sessions with Santa.)

Train Rides & Hay Rides with Santa

The Polar Express Train Ride – Great Smokey Mt RR, Bryson City
Select nights Nov. 9 – Dec. 31st 

The Polar Express Train Ride –  NC Transportation Museum, Spencer
Select nights Nov. 16 – Dec. 22nd

Tweetsie Christmas, Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock
Fri and Sat nights Nov 23 – Dec 29th

Denton Farmpark Country Christmas Train, Denton
Select nights Nov. 23 – Dec. 27th 

McLaurin Farms Hayrides, Greensboro
Nov. 23, 24, 30, Dec 1, 2, 7-9, 14 – 24

Millstone Creek Christmas Hayrides, Ramseur
Fri and Sat from Nov. 23 – Dec. 22

*RSVP and/or buy tickets through each website link

Breakfasts & Cookies with Santa

Breakfast with Santa, Graylyn, Winston-Salem
Saturdays & Sundays Dec. 2 – 23rd

Cookies with Santa, Stokes Family YMCA, King
December 17th from 6-8pm

Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Greensboro Children’s Museum
December 19th or 20th from 3:30 – 4:30pm 

Brunch Buffet with Santa, Giadas Trattoria, Kernersville
December 23rd, 10am – 2pm

*RSVP and/or buy tickets through each website link

Other Holiday Events Where Santa will be in Attendance

Zootastic’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights, Troutman
Select evenings Nov. 23rd – Dec. 24th

Winter Fest: Santa with Goats, Spring Haven Farm, Chapel Hill
Weekends in Dec, 12pm – 4pm

Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Mebane Public Library
December 17th from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Skate with Santa, Greensboro Ice House
December 18th from 5:45-6:45pm

Holiday Magic: A Dickens Christmas, Burlington
December 14th from 6-9pm

Junior Jumpers (6 & under) Santa & Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, Rockin’ Jump W-S
December 15th from 8 -10am

Santa’s Workshop, Sunset Theater, Asheboro
December 15th from 8:30 – 10:30am 

Christmas Craft Fair with Santa, Hickory Creek Farm, Greensboro
December 15th from 10am – 7pm

Santa & Gingerbread Cookie Decorating (all ages), Rockin’ Jump Greensboro and W-S
December 15th from 3 to 5pm

Junior Jumpers (6 & under) Visit from Santa, Rockin’ Jump W-S
December 16th from 9am – noon

A sweet afternoon with Santa, Hoots & Hollers, Winston-Salem
December 16th from 2:30 – 3:30pm

Christmas Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem
December 22nd at 10:30am 

Christmas in the Park, Burlington City Park
December 22nd from 5- 8pm

Annual Santa Fly-In, Airport, Winston-Salem
December 23rd at 1:30pm




  • We have all of these events also listed on our event page HERE.
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Past Events – look for these next year!

Triad Santa Photos

Pictures with Santa and a Firetruck, Guil-Rand Fire Department, Archdale
November 17th from 10am – noon

African-American Santa at “Santa Like Me,” Eugene St, Greensboro
November 23rd from 11am – 6pm

Drive-Thru Santa, Greensboro Shrine Club
November 30th from 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cowboy Santa, The Barn Loft, Thomasville
December 1st from 11am – 2pm

In The Garden With Santa, Council of Garden Clubs Greensboro
December 1st and 2nd from 12 – 4pm

Santa & Christmas Cheer at the Ballpark, First Nat Bank Field, Greensboro
December 1st from 2 – 4pm

NAH Santa Paws, Northwood Animal Hospital High Point
December 1st from 3 – 5pm

Santa Claus at Union Cross Fire Department, Kernersville
December 1st from 5 – 7pm

Santa Cares – A Sensory Friendly Event, Hanes Mall, W-S
December 2nd from 9am – 11am 

2018 Toys For Tots Santa Picture Event, Winmock, Bermuda Run
December 2nd from 9:30am – 3pm

Christmas Open House with Santa, Cupcake Cuties Cafe & Bakery, Wallburg
December 2nd from 5-8 pm

Visit with Santa, Barry Collins State Farm, Archdale
December 5th from 3-5pm

Pictures with Santa, Chick-fil-A Clemmons
December 4th from 5-7pm

S’more Santa, Cedarock Park, Burlington
December 7th from 5 – 8pm

Free Photos with Santa, Sunrise Books, High Point
December 8th from 9am – noon

Visit with Santa at Greensboro-Summerfield Southern States, Greensboro
Decmeber 8th from 10am – noon

Santa is coming to Mainstream Boutique, Winston-Salem
December 8th from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Pajama Jam with Santa, Parks & rec, Lexington
December 8th from 3pm – 5pm 

Santa at the Station, Summerfield Fire Station
December 9th from 2 – 4pm

Pictures with Santa, Smith Senior Center, Greensboro
Dec. 13th from 4 – 7pm and Dec. 14th from 10am – 1pm

Santa, the Grinch, & Antique Firetrucks, Downtown Salisbury
December 15th from 11am – 2pm

Santa’s Workshop Day, Greensboro Children’s Museum
December 15th from 11am – 5pm

Santa Comes to Beech Mountain, 4 Seasons Beech Hotel
December 15th from 2pm – 4pm 

Santa Cliff Is Coming, Little Blank Canvas, High Point
December 15th from 3pm – 5pm 

VIP Meet & Greet With Santa, Adams Luxe, Winston-Salem
December 15th from 6 – 8pm

*RSVP and/or buy tickets through each website link

Breakfast and Cookies with Santa

Santa & Smores, Summerfield Farms
November 27th from 4 – 7pm

Supper and Santa, Kaleideum Downtown, Winston-Salem
November 30th from 6pm – 8pm

Breakfast with Santa, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro
December 1st from 8am – noon

Breakfast with Santa at Main Street UMC, Kernersville
December 1st at 9am or 10am

Canaan United Methodist Church Breakfast with Santa, Winston-Salem
December 1st from 9am – 10:30am

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, Plow & Hearth Winston-Salem
December 1st from 11am – 3pm

Lunch with Santa, Ed Price Realtors, Archdale
December 1st from 11:30 – 2:30pm

Cookies & Story Time with Santa -Members Only, Randolph-Asheboro YMCA
December 2nd from 2 – 3pm

Winston-Salem Dash Brunch with Santa, BB&T Ballpark
December 2nd, 9th, and 16th @ 11am, 12pm and 1pm

Milk + Cookies with Santa, Baby+Co, Winston-Salem
December 7th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Breakfast with Santa, Thataways Youth Center, Burlington
December 8th from 8am – 10am 

Breakfast with Santa, East Wilkes High School, Ronda
December 8th from 8am – 11am 

Breakfast with Santa, Pilot Fire Dept, Thomasville
December 8th at 8am 

Breakfast with Santa, Pine Grove Methodist Church, Kernersville
December 8th at 9 – 10:30am

Breakfast with Santa, Trinity UMC, Winston-Salem
December 8th from 9am – 11am 

Breakfast with Santa at 421 Market & Grill, Kernesville
December 8th from 9am – noon

Breakfast with Santa, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury NC
December 8th from 9am – 11am 

Breakfast with Santa at Davie Family YMCA, Mocksville
December 8th from 9 – 11am 

Breakfast with Santa Toy DriveThe PepperMill Cafe, High Point
December 8th from 9am – noon

Breakfast with Santa, Reeves Theater & Cafe, Elkin
December 8th from 9:30 – 11:30am

Snacks with Santa, William G White YMCA, Winston-Salem
December 8th from 10 – 11:30am 

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast with Santa, Maple View’s Creamery, Gibsonville
December 8th from 10am – noon

Lunch And More With Santa, Wesley Memorial UMC, Winston-Salem
December 8th from 11am – 1pm

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, Rock Outdoors, Lexington
December 8th from noon – 4pm

Cookies + Crafts Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem
December 8th from 1- 3pm

Brunch with Santa, String & Splinter Club, High Point
December 9th from 11am – 2pm

Cookies With Santa, Bella Collina, Stokesdale
December 9th from 5pm-8pm

Dear Santa: Enjoy Breakfast (for Dinner!) with Santa, Providence Restaurant, Winston-Salem
December 10th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cookies with Santa, Children’s Museum of Alamance County
December 14th, 4pm or 6pm *must RSVP

Jared and Katie’s Breakfast with Santa, Embassy Suites, Greensboro
December 15th from 8am – 11am

Breakfast with Santa, Mt. Tabor UCC, Lexington
December 15th from 8am – 11am 

Breakfast with Santa at Chick-fil-A, Peace Haven Rd, Winston-Salem
December 15th from 9 – 11am 

Breakfast & Pictures with Santa in PJ’s, Village Family Chiropractic, Kernersville
December 15th from 9am – noon

Breakfast and Pictures with Santa, Skate World, Kernersville
December 15th from 9am – noon

Cookies with Santa, Local Roots Coffee Bar, Kernersville
December 15th from 10am – 3pm

Tranquil Time with the Clauses, (for social or intellectual disabilities), Asheboro Senior Center
December 15th from 2:30 – 4:30pm

Holiday Parades

Burlington Christmas Parade
November 17th from 10am – noon

Concord Christmas Parade
November 17th from 2:30 – 5:30pm

High Point Holiday Festival Parade
November 18th from 3 to 5 pm

Reidsville Christmas Parade
November 18th at 4pm

Southern Rowan Christmas Parade
November 20th at 3pm

Downtown Mount Airy Christmas Parade
November 24th at 9am

Downtown Thomasville Christmas Parade
November 24th from 11am – 1pm 

Dobson Christmas Parade
December 1st *time not specified

58th Annual Christmas Parade, Downtown Graham
December 1st, 10am – noon

The Greensboro Holiday Parade
December 1st at 12pm

Hometown Christmas Parade, Downtown Mocksville
December 1st from 2pm to 4 pm

Liberty Chamber Christmas Parade
December 1st from 2:30 – 6pm

Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade
December 1st at 5pm

Pilot Mountain Christmas Parade
December 1st from 6pm

Kernersville Christmas Parade
December 2nd from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

Rural Hall Christmas Parade
December 2nd at 2:30pm

Archdale Christmas Parade
December 2nd from 3pm – 6pm

Jamestown Christmas Parade
December 2nd at 3pm

Uptown Lexington Christmas Parade
December 3rd at 6pm

Randleman Christmas Parade
December 6th from 6:30 – 8pm

Mebane Christmas Parade
December 7th at 7pm

Asheboro Christmas Parade
December 7th from 7 – 8:30pm

Advance Christmas Parade
December 8th at 10am

Walnut Cove Christmas Parade
December 8th at 2pm

Gibsonville Christmas Parade
December 8th at 2pm

Elkin/Jonesville Christmas Parade
December 9th from 3pm – 5pm

Lewisville Civic Club Christmas Parade
December 16th at 3:15pm

Ramseur Christmas Parade
Date not yet published

Tree Lightings

Tree Lighting & Santa – Downtown Reidsville
November 16th at 6pm

Lighting of the Green, Downtown Gibsonville
November 16th from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration, Mebane
November 17th from 10am- 8pm

Light Up the Holidays, Thomasville
November 17th from 5 – 8pm

Christmas Tree Lighting Event, Summerfield Athletic Park
November 17th at 5:30pm

Christmas Open House, Tree Lighting, and Santa, Uptown Lexington
November 18th at 5pm

Village of Clemmons Annual Tree Lighting, Clemmons
November 27th from 6-7pm

Christmas Tree Lighting, Rural Hall
November 29th at 6pm

Festival of Lights, Greensboro
November 30th from 6 to 9 pm

Christmas Tree Lighting, Dobson
November 30th at 6pm

Lewisville Tree Lighting, Lewisville
November 30th at 7pm

Christmas Around the World and Tree Lighting, Kernersville
December 1st from 11am – 9pm

Liberty Chamber Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade
December 1st from 2:30 – 6pm

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership‘s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 1st after the 5pm parade

Tree Lighting, Fireworks Display, Mr. and Mrs. Clause, Downtown Graham
December 1st at 6pm

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Kernersville
December 1st at 7pm

Christmas in the Park, Beth Schmidt Park, Elon
December 7th from 6 – 8:30pm

Light Up the Night, Downtown Elkin
December 7th at 6:30pm

Other Holiday Events

Winter Wonderland Holiday Craft Show, Mebane Arts and Community Center
November 17th from 9am – 3pm

Boutique – A Shopping Event, Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem
November 17th, Santa 9:30 – noon

JLWS Boutique Holiday Event, Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem
November 17th from 9am – 4pm

Holiday Stroll  – Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem
November 17th from 5-8pm

2018 Holiday Night Out, Downtown Salisbury
November 23rd

11th Annual Christmas Open House, Owl and Rabbit Gallery, Burlington
November 24th from 9am – 7pm

Santa & the Grinch at the Bell Tower, Downtown Salisbury
November 24th from 11am – 2pm

Santa at Wonderland Bookshop, Greensboro
December 1st from 10:30 – noon

An Old Fashioned Christmas, Downtown Madison
December 1st from 12 – 8pm

Mistletoe Run, William G White Jr YMCA
December 1st 7:30am

Christmas at the Carolina, Greensboro
December 1st at 9:30am

Uptowne Holiday Stroll, High Point
December 1st from 10am – 4pm

Santa Visits Cricket’s Nest Craft Shop, Winston-Salem
December 1st from 11am – 1pm

Santa, Crafts and Parade Fun, Greensboro History Museum
December 1st from 12 – 4pm

Whitaker Farms Wagon Rides, Climax
December 1st from 5pm – 9pm

Lanes of Light, Twin Lakes Community, Burlington
December 1st and 2nd, 5:30 – 9:30pm

Greensboro Candelfest, Greensboro Arboretum
December 1st from 6 – 9pm

46th Annual Holiday Open House, High Point Museum
December 2nd from 1 – 4pm

Storytime with Santa, Rural Hall Library
December 3rd from 6 – 6:45pm

Alpha & Omega Country Christmas, Hamptonville
December 7, 8 and 9 

Korner’s Folly Puppet Show & Santa Visit, Kernersville
November 30 @ 6pm, December 1 @ 10am, Friday, December 7 @ 6pm 

Festive Family Friday, Kaleideum North
December 7th from 4:30 – 8:30

Creekside Christmas, Creekside Park, Archdale
December 7th from 5 – 8pm

Downtown Mayodan Christmas Stroll & Tree Lighting, Mayodan
December 7th from 5 – 8pm

Winter Wonderland, West Market Church, Greensboro
December 8th from 10am – noon

Holiday Party with Santa, LeBauer Park, Greensboro
December 8th from 12pm – 3pm

Christmas Festival At True Hart Farm, Advance
December 8th from 1 – 5pm

Tis the Season Holiday Festival, Brown Rec Center, Greensboro
December 8th from 3 – 6pm

Santa at the Caboose, Historic Train Depot, Rural Hall
December 8th from 6-8pm

Saddle Up with Santa, Horsefriends Therapeutic Riding Program, Summerfield
December 9th form 1 – 4pm

Teddy Bear Tea w/ Mrs Claus, Sixth Ave Teahouse, Lexington
December 9th from 2 – 4pm

Holiday Extravaganza, Mebane Public Library
December 10th from 6:30 – 7:30pm

Christmas Party with Santa, Proehlific Park
December 13th, 5 – 7:30pm

Community Christmas Celebration, High Point
December 13th and 14th