Holidays

Ten of the Best Places to See Santa in Denver

See Santa in 2019.
See Santa in 2019. Linnea Covington
Looking for the jolly man in red? Thankfully, he's all over the metro area. He's at malls and book shops, farms and pet stores. Whether you, your kids or pets are looking for a traditional photo or a pop-culture picture, take your pick or enjoy all of these ten places to see Santa.

Santa's Cabin
14500 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
Now until December 24

Head to Colorado Mills Mall and see Santa now until Christmas Eve. He's located near the Target store in Neighborhood Three, and you can expect a jolly good time and maybe a bit of a line. Skip the latter part with a $50 express pass if you're in a hurry. Photo packages start at $29.99. While you're there, do some holiday shopping and wander over to the carousal for some additional photo opportunities. Keep in mind, Santa takes daily cookie breaks from 1 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Santa's Flight Academy
3000 East First Avenue
Now until December 24

Any day of the week from now until Christmas Eve, you can head to Cherry Creek Mall and be immersed in Santa's Flight Academy. This intricate display takes you though festive spots to see how to navigate the sleigh, handle reindeer and soar through the snow, all while you wait in line. At the end of the tour, see Santa and get a professional picture snapped and printed right there. Packages start at $34.99. Santa takes a break from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and 5 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Check the opening and closing times online, since they alter daily.

click to enlarge Aside from seeing Santa, you can wander around the tiny houses in the village at Chatfield Farms. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Aside from seeing Santa, you can wander around the tiny houses in the village at Chatfield Farms.
Linnea Covington
Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms
8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
Now until December 22

Step into a wonderland of lights, trees, secret paths and a shed full of holiday magic where you and your kids can sing carols with Mrs. Claus, make a keepsake mug, and speak with Santa about what you want under the tree. There are hay rides, live reindeer to visit and, for the first time this year, a giant snow globe to explore. Purchase drinks and snacks as you wander around, taking in the lighted wonder at this suburban farm run by the Denver Botanic Gardens. Tickets start at $20; entry is free for children two and under. Chatfield Farms is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but will stay open every evening December 16 through 22.

PetSmart Santa
Various locations
Saturday, December 14 and 21; and Sunday, December 15 and 22

The pet chain is hosting Santa four separate days at various locations (check online to find the one closest to you). But it's not just the doggies and kitties who can get on Santa's naughty or nice list; the whole family is welcome to pose. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., and the fun is free. Just be ready to take your own pictures and cajole your animals into looking in one direction.

Santa on the Square
1415 Larimer Street
Saturday, December 14 and 21

Head downtown the next two Saturdays and do some holiday shopping at the Larimer Square Holiday Market, then stop in to see Santa in the lobby of Lincoln Hall. Mrs. Claus will be there, too, helping to get your kids to look at the camera and even snap a picture of the whole family with her husband. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Expect a line.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington