Best Places to See Santa Near Washington, D.C.

Where to Visit With Saint Nick During the Holiday Season

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Santa is busy during the holiday season attending Washington, D.C. area parades, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and visiting a variety of shopping malls. So be sure to take time to visit him and take some great photos. Here is a guide to help you find the best places to see Santa in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. 

  • Reston Town Center - Reston, VA. Reston Town Center hosts many holiday activities including a holiday parade, visits with Santa, a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more.
  • Manassas Christmas Parade - Old Town Manassas, VA. Celebrate the Christmas season each year with a weekend of old-fashioned family fun at the "Merry Old Town" celebration. Festivities include a parade, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, free carriage rides and more.
  • Bethesda Winter Wonderland - Downtown Bethesda, MD. The annual Winter Wonderland is a community holiday celebration featuring a variety of entertainment and performances, a live ice sculpting presentation and a visit from Santa Claus.
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Kentlands Mansion - 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD. Children will visit with Santa while dining on a delicious breakfast buffet that features pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, breakfast pastries and fruit. The Mansion is beautifully landscaped with manicured lawns, lovely trees and shimmering lakes, making a perfect setting for a holiday gathering. Reservations are required. 
  • Holly TrolleyFest - Saturdays and Sundays through December. National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road Silver Spring, MD. Ride with Santa on the street cars and enjoy a model garden railway and holiday village.
  • Santarchy DC - Downtown Washington, D.C. Find a Santa suit and join hundreds of Santas as they visit major sites and spread some holiday cheer around the nation's capital.
  • Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW Washington, D.C. Sunday brunch with Santa. Seatings begin at 10 a.m. Admirers will get a chance to visit with Santa and sit on his lap to share their holiday wish lists while also indulging in some of their favorite fare. 
  • The Water-Skiing Santa - Old Town Alexandria, VA. This unusual annual event, held each year on Christmas Eve, features flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River.

Shopping Mall Santas

Visit Santa throughout the holiday season at the following shopping malls in the Washington, D.C. area.