Where to See Santa in San Antonio

Many families in the San Antonio area enjoy a visit with Santa Claus during the holiday season, but how do you know which Santa will offer some one-on-one conversation with your little one? We’ve compiled a list of where to see Santa in San Antonio in 2018 to share with you, our readers, to help you find the perfect man in red to spend some quality time with your child. Don’t see your favorite on our list? Leave the info about your go-to St. Nick in the comments below!

Where to See Santa in San Antonio

Old West Christmas Light Fest

  • Where: Enchanted Springs Ranch, 242 State Hwy 46 W, Boerne, Texas 78006830.249.8222
  • When:  November 22–December 16, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 6:00–10:00 P.M., and every night December 20–December 24, 6:00–10:00 P.M.
  • Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 4 and up, free for children ages 3 and under (when purchasing tickets online); $17 for adults, $12 for children 4 and up, free for children ages 3 and under (when purchasing tickets at the gate); $49 for a Family 5-Pack; $45 per person for a season pass.
  • Children of all ages will delight as the gorgeous drive-thru displays shimmer and shine under the star-filled Texas sky before parking to see more displays and enjoy the Old West brought to life with a blanket of holiday glow. Santa will be visiting his favorite Texas ranch every night Old West Christmas Light Fest is open through Christmas Eve. Bring your camera—there’s no charge for photos with Santa, making Old West Christmas Light Fest the place to be to get your picture-perfect holiday photo.

Ingram Park Mall

  • Where: Ingram Park Mall, 6301 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238 | (210) 684-9570
  • When: 10:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M. most days of the week (View the full calendar of times here.)
  • Cost: $10 non-refundable deposit (that may be applied to the purchase of a photo package) to reserve a time with Santa
  • The Santa experience at Ingram Park Mall can be reserved online. Check out the newly renovated indoor playground while you are there. You are not required to pre-purchase a photo package; however, you must pay a $10 non-refundable deposit that later can be applied to your photo package. 

Santa’s Railroad Wonderland

  • Where: Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Road, San Antonio, TX 78247 | (210) 490-3554
  • When: December 9–10, 16–17, and 23, 6:00–9:00 P.M.
  • Cost: Adults: $12, children (4–12): $10, and children under 4: FREE. Military discounts available. FREE for annual pass holders.
  • Santa’s Railroad Wonderland is an extravaganza of Christmas activities at the Texas Transportation Museum. Every part of the 40-acre site is decorated, including the historic depot, the trains, the garden railroad, and three other scale model railroad layouts. Train rides and hayrides are offered, and Choo Choo Claus makes a special visit!

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop

  • Where: Bass Pro Shop, 17907 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257 | (210) 253-8800
  • When: November 12–December 2, weekdays, 5:00–8:00 P.M.; Saturdays, 10:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M.; and Sundays, 12:00–5:00 P.M. December 3–23, Mondays–Saturdays, 10:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M.; and Sundays, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
  • Cost: Free with Bass Pass
  • You can visit Santa any day of the week at Bass Pro Shop! A trip to Santa’s Wonderland includes a FREE 4″×6″ photo as well as games, activities, and free crafts for the kids. You can find a full list of events and times here.

Santa Photos at The Shops at La Cantera

  • Where: The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Pkwy., Suite 6698, San Antonio, TX 78256 (located in Center Court by BRIO and P.F. Chang’s) | (210) 582-6255
  • When: Now–December 24. Regular Hours: Monday–Saturday, 11:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M., and Sunday, 12:00 P.M.– 6:00 P.M. Special Hours: December 15–23 (excluding December 17), 9:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M.; December 17, 11:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M.; and Christmas Eve, 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M.
  • Cost: Free with option to purchase pictures.
  • Don’t want to wait in a long line to see Santa? Reserve your time with the man in red at The Shops at La Cantera. You are required to pre-purchase a photo package ($34.99 or $49.99, with a $5 off special on some dates) to secure a specific time to visit Santa, but you can simply show up and get one-on-one time for free. 

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the JW Marriott

  • Where: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa (in 18 Oaks), 23808 Resort Pkwy., San Antonio, TX 78261 | (210) 276.2500
  • When: Saturday and Sunday mornings, November 25–December 24, 8:00–11:00 A.M.
  • Cost: Call (210) 483-6622 for reservations.
  • Enjoy a visit with a fantastic Santa and have a delicious, holiday-themed brunch at 18 Oaks at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa. There are many other fun holiday events happening at this gorgeous resort. Call ahead for reservations and specials.

Pictures with Santa at A Wonderland Christmas

  • Where: Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards, San Antonio, TX 78233 | (210) 495-5888
  • When: November 24–25, December 1–2, 8–9, and 15–23, 5:30–8:30 P.M.
  • Cost: Visit included with admission; $5 for 5″x7″ unframed photo
  • A Wonderland Christmas features a nightly tree lighting, live entertainment, a puppet show, visits with Santa, and more. Morgan’s Wonderland was founded by a parent who has a child with special needs and offers attractions that appeal to children of all ages. This is a great activity for children who might be overwhelmed by sitting on Santa’s lap in a crowded mall.

Santa's Castle at Six Flags Holiday in the Park

  • Where: Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257 | (210) 697-5050
  • When: Weekends and select days from November 18–January 2; times vary with park hours. Check schedule for details on days and times. The park will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • Cost: Included with admission
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Holiday in the Park is a great way to see Santa and get in the spirit of the season. Take a ride on the Holiday Express train, have a cookie with Mrs. Claus, and enjoy a performance by the acapella group The Tinseltones while you are there. Santa is located in Santa’s Castle, and you have the option to purchase photos.

Santa at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

  • Where: SeaWorld San Antonio, 10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251 | (210) 523-3000
  • When: Select operating days now–Sunday, January 1, 2:00–9:00 P.M. (See the full schedule here.)
  • Cost: Included with admission
  • SeaWorld San Antonio goes all out for its Christmas Celebration! Make a day out of visiting Santa and enjoy special attractions at one of San Antonio’s favorite theme parks.

Holiday Market with Santa at Traders Village

  • Where: Traders Village, 9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242 | (210) 623-8383
  • When: Saturdays and Sundays from November 25–December 17, 12:30–4:30 P.M.
  • Cost: Free with suggestion to make a donation
  • Get your family’s Santa pictures taken and contribute to a good cause by visiting the Holiday Market at Traders Village. You can also get a little holiday shopping in by browsing the many vendors selling gifts!

Caring Santa at Ingram Park Mall

  • Where: Ingram Park Mall, 6301 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238 | (210) 684-9570
  • When: Sunday, December 3, 9:00–11:00 A.M.
  • Cost: Free
  • Make a reservation to see a Santa who has experience with children who have special needs. This Santa is great for children who might have anxiety around strangers. Tickets go fast, so get yours soon. Photos from your visit will be available for purchase.

Santa Photos at Quarry Village

  • Where: Alamo Quarry Village, 255 E. Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209 | (210) 824-8885
  • When: View the full schedule for Santa’s House here.
  • Cost: Photo packages start at $12.95.
  • Santa’s Workshop at Quarry Village is located right near the movie theater (Regal Cinemas). Besides getting some time with the man in red, you can donate a toy or book to the Family Service Association’s Toy and Book Drive at Santa’s House or Learning Express.

Santa Photos at North Star Mall

  • Where: North Star Mall (in Macy’s Court), 7400 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78216 | (210) 340-6627
  • When: Now–December 24, Monday–Saturday, 10:00 A.M.–8:00 P.M., and Sunday, 12:00–6:00 P.M. Special Hours: December 15–23: 9:00 A.M.–9:00 P.M.; Christmas Eve: 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. (No breaks for Santa.)
  • Cost: Free with option to purchase pictures.
  • The Santa experience at North Star Mall can also be reserved online. You are required to pre-purchase a photo package to secure a specific time to visit Santa, but you can simply show up and get one-on-one time for free. 
Lindsay is the co-founder of Alamo City Moms Blog. A native New Orleanian, Lindsay found her way to the Alamo City via her husband, Steven, who is a born and raised San Antonian. She is a mom to three young children. Lindsay earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from UTSA. She was a preschool and first-grade teacher for 10 years and is now a Reading Specialist and Dyslexia Therapist.


  1. HI – I just moved to San Antonio from Dallas and I have a 6month old, so we are taking photos with santa for the first time! I have no idea what Santa is the best! Which one do you recommend that looks like the best santa and has the best backdrop?!

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