Where to Spot Santa!

These days, you can find a Santa ho-ho-ho-ing it up at most holiday happenings in the city. We've rounded up the best spots to pose with the big red guy. From malls, breakfasts and other fun places to be, here's our list of where you can take your kids to meet the jolly old elf.

Brunch with Santa at African Lion Safari
Until Dec 7, 2014
Santa, reindeer, furry friends, and more! Looking for a unique Christmas experience for the whole family? Join us for our annual "Brunch with Santa" here at African Lion Safari. Enjoy an "All You Can Eat" brunch buffet! See furry and feathered friends and meet Santa and his reindeer!
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Santa Train Rides
Until Dec 14, 2014
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding our trains departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays and Sundays beginning on November 16th. Each trip lasts approximately 1 hour and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages (including the adults!). Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each.
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Visits with Santa at RBG
Until Dec 21, 2014
Santa Claus has transformed the Turner Pavilion in Hendrie Park into his very own cabin!
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Eglinton Square Celebrates Santa's Arrival
Various Dates in Dec
Join us Friday, November 21, 2014 for Santa Claus' arrival at Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. To celebrate his arrival, Eglinton Square is hosting a Holiday Carnival, complete with face painters, balloon artists, temporary tattoo artists, a magic show, and of course, Santa Clause himself. The celebration starts at 4:00 pm with a magic show in the Eglinton Square branch of the Toronto Public Library and Santa Claus will parade through the mall at 6:30 pm. Come out and enjoy the festivities. Free for the whole family.
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Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Until Dec 21, 2014
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage, and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers, and children's choirs. Meet Santa! Free.
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Christmas at Black Creek
Until Dec 23, 2014
On weekends in November and December before Christmas, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the historic Village and meet with Santa in Santa's Cottage!
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Santa's Log Cabin in Trinity Square (Eaton Centre)
Dec 1 to 24, 2014 - Fully Booked
Visit Santa in his log cabin at Toronto Eaton Centre where he’ll read a story, then you can sit on his lap and have mom or dad take a photo. Once you’re done explore our tyke-sized Christmas Tree Maze too. They'll get a sneak peek at new toys being developed and listen to Santa read a Christmas classic. Then they can climb on to Santa’s lap, whisper in his ear while mom or dad snap a photo. Free.
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Skype with Santa
Dec 3 to 17, 2014 - 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm
Reserve your spot for Skype with Santa below. Skype sessions are available for three consecutive Wednesdays in December from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm (see schedule below). Each session is approximately 10 minutes. Fill in your contact information and a little information about your child(ren) to help Santa know them better, then choose a date and time for the call. Free.
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Christmas at Kortright
Dec 5 to 20, 2014 - 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright this December. The forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves, and your favourite Christmas characters. Visit Santa's workshop to see the elves at work. Play games, make Christmas crafts, and watch a Christmas movie in our theater. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire. Each child will have the chance to visit Santa's cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.
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Christmas on the Rails at Halton County Radial Railway
Dec 6 to 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Ride into the holiday season with us! We’re opening our doors one last time until the spring for a unique seasonal experience. There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and a visit from Santa!
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Annual Lamplight Tour at Oshawa Community Museum
Dec 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
An evening of lamplight tours through the Oshawa Community Museum’s heritage Victorian homes. Kids can enjoy stringing popcorn for our Christmas tree, and decorating an ornament. Entertainment will be provided by the Oshawa Civic Band. Celebrate Christmas with a Victorian flare! Come and have your photo taken with Father Christmas and try the Christmas pudding!
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Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the Log Cabin at Bradley Museum
Dec 6 to 7, 2014
Have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Log Cabin at the Bradley Museum. All proceeds will support the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.
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Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Dec 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming to the Butterfly Conservatory! Have fun decorating cookies and get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! Please note: reservations are required.
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Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at RBG
Dec 7 to 14, 2014
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious buffet breakfast! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s activities too!
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Santa Experience at Kidz360
Dec 13 to 14, 2014
Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves for storytelling, songs, and cookie decorating! There is fun for the whole family! This one hour event will also include face painting and a professional photographer will be available for pictures with Santa. All proceeds from this event will go to Sarah’s Drive for Hope. $10 per ticket.
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Santa Claus is coming to Springridge Farm
Weekends until Dec 14, 2014
Set your Santa tracker to Springridge Farm! Mr. Claus is making a special stop this holiday season! Christmas activities begin Saturday, November 15 and continue every weekend until Sunday, December 14. Christmas activities include painting a glass ornament and decorating a gingerbread cookie ($5 each).
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Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Weekends from Dec 13 to 21, 2014
Celebrate the magic of the holiday at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront. There is so much for families to experience from cruising and photos with Santa, to creating arts and crafts and watching performances as well as dog shows. Free.
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Santa Brunch Cruise
Dec 21, 2014 - 11:30 am until 2:30 pm
Bring your little ones to meet Santa aboard the Northern Spirit and enjoy a delicious brunch including our chef’s famous cinnamon French toast, a carving of roast turkey with house stuffing, fresh salads, eggs, bacon, and much more. There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, including arts and crafts, caroling, and a free picture with Santa.
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Brunch with Santa at Horseshoe Resort
Dec 21, 2014
Santa Claus is coming to town! And he's stopping for brunch at Silks on Sunday, December 21 with his elves too. Join us at 11:30 am for Santa's arrival and enjoy our delicious Festive Brunch Menu.
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Are they any other places to meet Santa? Post them below!

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