Houston Santa Sightings In and Around Town

We are grateful to partner with Reliant, bringing you the best of holiday events in Houston.

Ho, ho, ho…  The holiday season in Houston just isn’t complete without a visit {or six} to our favorite bearded jolly guy. Check out the best places in Houston to visit Santa this year!

KHOU 11 Secret Santa Toy Drive

{November 15th – December 3rd}

In addition to participating in all the holiday events in Houston that you can fit in your schedule, give Santa a helping hand this year from November 15th – December 3rd by donating to the KHOU 11 Secret Santa Toy Drive. KHOU 11 is once again teaming up with The Salvation Army, Reliant and additional sponsors to bring holiday joy to disadvantaged children across the Houston area, for whom the need for Christmas assistance has never been greater. Your generosity can help spread Christmas cheer for those in need. Houstonians can donate from the comfort of their homes by providing toy or monetary donations online.

Get ready! It’s Cookies with Santa time!

Houston Moms’ special holiday event is back and in-person! On December 19th, come to Kelsey-Seybold Berthelsen Main Campus and visit with Santa, take photos and let your kiddos tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Be ready to snack on delicious cookies and collect swag from your various holiday helpers. Tickets go on sale soon, so be on the lookout!

Santa at Katy Mills 

{November 19th – December 24th | Check website for times}

Katy Mills has a great Houston area Santa photo experience. Look for him in Neighborhood 6 by American Eagle.

Santa at The Galleria 

{November 12th – December 24th | Check website for times}

Houston Galleria’s Santa is known to be one of the best around. Look for him on the first floor between Macy’s and Nordstrom! And don’t forget to get a Christmas photo of your sweet pet and Santa on December 5 from 7-8pm!

Santa at Memorial City Mall

{November 5th – December 24th | Check website for times}

You’ll find Santa and his elves at St. Nick’s Park, located in the Dillard’s wing. Come visit and have your photo taken with the big man himself.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops 

{November 6th – December 24th  | Check website for times and locations around Houston} 

Have the full Houston Santa experience at area Bass Pro Shops in Houston! This year, make a reservation online that includes your designated time slot to see Santa, then explore Santa’s Wonderland or shop the store without waiting in line.  As always, pictures are FREE, but book your time with the jolly guy early! They’re going fast!

Breakfast with Santa at the Kemah Aquarium

{December 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th | Call for times} 

Head down south for breakfast with both Sharkey and Santa. Take in the beautiful aquarium and keep your eyes peeled because Scuba Santa typically makes an appearance too! {Reservations required, call 281-334-2521.}

Breakfast with Santa at the Downtown Aquarium 

{December 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th | Call for times

Tickets are now available for this popular holiday event. Join Sharkey, Santa, and all his friends for an experience to remember. And keep your eyes open – you may just spy a Houston Santa swimming with the fish! {Reservations required, call 713-315-5112.}

Santa’s Wonderland in College Station

{November 12th – December 30th | Call for times

Spend an unforgettable evening celebrating the holidays in the true spirit of Texas with REAL Texas snow, great food, fun, and Texas Christmas festivities that are nothing short of magical!
Inside Santa’s Town, enjoy the festive atmosphere with nostalgic holiday foods, unique shops, and live music around cozy campfires.
Take a trip to Santa’s Station to visit with Santa, see if you’re on the naughty or nice list, bounce across jumping pillows, and meet Santa’s barnyard friends!
Then board a hayride or horse-drawn carriage to see the Trail of Lights, featuring millions of dazzling Christmas lights and displays.

Magi-Sphere at Sugar Land Town Square

{November 26th – December 23rd | Call for times

This holiday season, experience the wonder of the MAGI·SPHERE. Kids of all ages can safely visit Santa through a magical holographic snow globe housed in a giant wrapped gift located outdoors in the plaza of Sugar Land Town Square. he MAGI·SPHERE will return with a new host plus so much more. Explore a one-stop wonderland featuring a marketplace with local makers, photos with Santa, DIY classes with your favorite Town Square merchants, story time, movie nights, a (s)elfie station and photo booth perfect for your Insta-ready poses, and more! 

Connect with Reliant

The joy of community and the spirit of generosity make this season the most wonderful time of the year. At Reliant, our commitment to the communities where we live and work is as strong as our Texas roots. On behalf of Reliant, we hope you have a joyous holiday season!

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Looking for more holiday fun?

Head over to The ULTIMATE Guide to Holiday Events in Houston below!

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and holiday events on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other holiday happenings around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!


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Ashley KB was born in Long Beach, CA, but spent most of her childhood in Denver, CO. She was very athletic growing up, and she loved running track and playing volleyball. Ashley ventured to Oklahoma where she attended Langston University and transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma. Ashley graduated with an English degree from the UCO in 2011. Ashley was married to A.J. for six years... but it just didn't work out. And that's OK! They have three wild, precious, hilarious sons, Oliver {October 2012}, Maverick {August 2015} and Reeve {August 2017} who make life so incredibly meaningful. She also has a snuggly fur baby, Luna. In her free time, she can be found binge watching The Office {for the millionth time}, listening to inappropriate podcasts, or oversharing on Instagram @theofficialbossmama and her personal blog.


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