Looking for a place to get that annual photo of the kids with Santa? You will find no shortage of malls and retail shopping centers in the Greater Phoenix area, and you can be sure they will not only be decorated for the holiday season, but they will also have festivities, many of which are free, for the family to enjoy this Christmas. And of course, Santa will magically be attending them all
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Santa will be available for photos (there is a charge) and visits at his winter wonderland house, located near JCPenney Court. Check online for Santa's hours. You'll find a Salvation Army Angel Tree at this mall, too.
In 2016: November 5 - December 8 (closed on Thanksgiving Day)
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Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home in Dillard's Court. Reservations available, but not required. Check online for photo pricing. Early bird pricing available through December 8. There are special reserved times for your cat or dog to visit Santa:
Thursday, December 1, 8 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Your pet must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. You'll find a Salvation Army Angel Tree at this mall, too.
Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix
In 2016: now through December 24 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
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Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter wonderland house, located between Pandora and Fossil. On December 7, 14, 21 four-legged friends may “sit” for a photo with Santa at SanTan Village. There is a charge for photos. Check online for schedule of times which vary per day. You'll find a Salvation Army Angel Tree at this mall, too.
SanTan Village Shopping Mall, Gilbert.
In 2016: November 12 - December 8 (closed on Thanksgiving)
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Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home, located next to Wetzel's Pretzels. Early bird pricing available through December 8. Check online for hours and pricing.
Desert Sky Mall, 7611 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix
In 2016: November 18 - December 24 (closed on Thanksgiving)Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Skate Westgate Icebreaker & Holiday Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 6:30 p.m. - midnight
A professional skating performance followed by the lighting of Westgate's 33-foot holiday tree and Santa's official arrival. At 7 p.m. it will magically snow for the first time and Skate Westgate will open. Santa will be available for photos from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The ice rink will be open until midnight. Free admission. Skating fees apply.
Skate Westgate will be open daily as follows:
November 23 through December 18:
Sunday - Thursday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 5 p.m. - midnight
December 19 through January 8:
Monday - Sunday: 3 p.m. - midnight
Pricing includes skate rental and two-hour skate session.
General admission, ages 7+: $13 single admission
Children, ages 4 - 6: $10 single admission
Children, under 4: Free with purchase of adult General Admission ticket
Military & students with ID: $10 single admission
Seniors, 62+ with ID: $10 single admission
Group rate for group of... 15+ = $8 single admission each
Socks and gloves: $4 each
Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Pick-up and drop-off destination at WaterDance Plaza
Westgate Nightly Snowfall at Fountain Park
Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 (excludes Thanksgiving Day) at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Free Visits with Santa Claus at Fountain Park
Nov. 22 - Dec. 24 (except for Thanksgiving Day)
Fridays and Saturdays: Noon - 8 p.m.
Sundays: Noon - 6 p.m.
Select weekdays from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Christmas Eve: Noon - 5 p.m.
Every child who visits Santa receives a free gift (no purchase necessary, while supplies last) and free downloadable photos. Print packages are available for purchase (prices vary). For Santa's full schedule, visit http://www.westgateaz.com/santa.
Chabad West Valley Menorah Lighting at Fountain Park
Dec. 28 at 5 p.m.
Fountain Park at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale.
In 2015: November 24 - December 24
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Metrocenter Mall is offering the Valley's only season-long free Photos with Santa program. It includes a free picture with Santa Claus and entertainment by Mrs. Claus, who will be on hand Saturdays and Sundays with storytelling, magic tricks and more.
Free photos will take place:
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
November 25 - December 23 from noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
Entertainment by Mrs. Claus will take place:
Saturdays and Sundays, November 25 - December 23 from noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
Metrocenter, Phoenix (Lower Level near Shiekh Shoes)
In 2016: November 25 - December 24
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Visit with Santa, take a ride on a holiday train or horse drawn carriage, decorate cookies and make an ornament for your tree. There will also be a hot chocolate station, lighted gingerbread stilt walkers, balloon artists, face painters, a DJ playing holiday tunes and more. Admission is free. The first 300 children to arrive will be given free Harkins Theatre movie passes. Bring a non-perishable food item, toy or new household item to the “Park West Donation Station” to benefit Ryan House. Santa will also be available for photos (Nov. 18- Dec, 24). Bring the pup for photos with Santa on Dec. 6 and 13. Check online for schedule.
Park West Mall, Peoria
In 2016: Friday, December 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Enjoy free fun for the whole family at this annual holiday event. Activities include a holiday-themed car show, free photos with Santa, a kids dance party with music, games and prizes, plus live music, free food samples, giveaways, and of course snow! Parking is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
Norterra, 1-17 and Happy Valley Road, Phoenix.
In 2016: December 16