Santa is busy during the holiday season attending Washington DC 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, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
See photos of Santa in the Washington, DC area
The Water-Skiing Santa
Dec. 24, 2012, 1 p.m. Rain, snow or shine. This unusual annual event also features flying elves, the Jet-skiing Grinch, and Frosty the Snowman performing on the Potomac River.
Dec. 15, 2012. Find a Santa suit and join hundreds of Santas as they visit major sites and spread some holiday cheer around Washington, DC.
Manassas Christmas Parade
Dec. 1, 2012. Old Town Manassas, Virginia celebrates 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.
Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center
Nov. 25, Dec. 9, 16 and 23, 2012. 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. Price: $39.95 for adults and $20.00 for children age 12 and under.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Pentagon City
Brunch with Santa in the Ballroom. Dec. 16, 2012, 11 a.m-3 p.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and carolers entertain. Reservations are required. Call (703) 412-2760. Cost: $90 per adult, $40 child under 12.
Metropolitan Fine Arts Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 16, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco, 480 King Street, Old Town Alexandria.
ThFrosty Follies’ performers will join Santa for the annual Breakfast with Santa. The family-event offers Sunday brunch complete with a live jazz performance from Metropolitan Fine Arts Center dancers, interactive song and dance workshop for the kids, special goody bags and visits from Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Suzy Snowflake and her International Dolls.
Tickets: $35 to $45 per person.
Bethesda Winter Wonderland
Dec. 1-2, 2012. Bethesda’s 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.
Reston Town Center
Reston Town Center hosts many holiday activities including a holiday parade, visits with Santa, a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and much more.
Saturdays and Sundays through December. National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road
Silver Spring, Maryland. Ride with Santa on the street cars and enjoy a model garden railway and holiday village.
Breakfast with Santa at the Kentlands Mansion
Dec. 1-2, 2012, 9-11 a.m. 320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Children will visit with Santa while dining on a delicious breakfast buffet that features pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, breakfast pastries and fruit. he Mansion is beautifully landscaped with manicured lawns, lovely trees and shimmering lakes, making a perfect setting for a holiday gathering. Reservations are required. Call 301-258-6425.
Ticonderoga Farms Winter Christmas Festival
Nov. 23 – Dec. 16, 2012 (Weekends only), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Route 613 (Ticonderoga Road), Chantilly, Virginia. (703) 327-4424. The event includes Breakfast with Santa, hayrides and a wide variety of farm attractions for the whole family. The farm sells Christmas trees and decorative items such as wreaths, fresh garland roping, greens, pine cones, and holly, as well as fire wood, local honey, and other gift items.
Shopping Mall Santas - Visit Santa throughout the holiday season at the following shopping malls in the Washington, DC area.