Santa Sightings: Where to Meet the Big Guy in Frisco

Santa Claus

At the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade tomorrow morning, Santa will make his first appearance of the season. It’s time to plan your visit with Santa Claus in Frisco!  There are many wonderful opportunities to meet the big guy this year… Indoors, outdoors…and even with your pet! To cut down on the guesswork, we’ve compiled a list for you, complete with dates, times and links.

Photos with Santa at Stonebriar Centre

Now through December 24th

Generally, the most popular place to meet and greet Santa Claus is at Stonebriar mall, and it’s been a nice tradition for me and my children the last few years. While some days it can get quite busy as people line up to take photos, generally a mid-week late afternoon or early evening after school is pretty quiet. Even if you don’t want to purchase the formal photo, Santa will kindly meet with you to chat about all things Christmas.

It’s highly recommended that you make an appointment ahead of time, as it will dramatically reduce your wait time.

There are a few days set aside for special events, such as “Grandparent’s Day” on Thursday, November 29th and “Holiday Pajama photos with Santa” on November 30th.

For a holiday laugh, try “Ugly Sweater” picture days on November 16th and December 13th. Your family pet can even get in on the fun. Every Monday from 5pm – 8pm (November 12 – December 17) you can bring your pet to visit Santa and get that paw-fect memorable picture!

Christmas in the Square Grand Opening

November 23, 2018, 5 pm – 10 pm

christmas in the square

Christmas in the Square, Frisco Square

In addition to the spectacular month-long holiday lights and music show which occurs annually in Frisco Square from Nov 23-Dec 31, Santa arrives in spectacular style on November 23 for a special night. The big guy will parachute into the Square at 5:00 pm to enjoy all the festivities and to meet with your family.

You can visit with Santa at his workshop and capture a great photo of this fun family evening. Be sure and also check out the Christmas Tree Maze, a new addition to Christmas in the Square featuring over 250 real flocked trees!

Additional details for Santa’s big night in the square and all other CITS happenings can be found here.

Merry Main Street

December 1, 2018, 5 pm – 9 pm

This family-friendly event offers a host of fun and unique holiday activities, including the ceremonial lighting of the gigantic City Christmas Tree.  Merry Main Street also includes festive kids activities, musical performances, and a holiday market.

Be sure and reserve a time for your children to shop at the Kid’s Holiday Store. This special store gives children ages 3-12 a chance to shop for their moms and dads. (“Santa’s helpers” assist the children while the shop and even wrap their gifts.)

Also, new this year to Merry Main Street is A Heritage Christmas, featuring carriage rides, a real snow hill, crafts, and more.  St. Nick is very popular at Merry Main Street so get in line early (and keep an eye out for his reindeer – they often make an appearance, too!)

Breakfast with Santa at the Frisco Senior Center

December 1, 2018

Santa and child(UPDATE – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! – Make a note for next year!) This is a lovely, no-stress event that takes place on a single day at the Frisco Senior Center. Crafts, fun, music, and dancing with Rudolph and Frosty.

A wonderful hot breakfast to include cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, sausage patties and bacon, biscuits and gravy, cheesy hash brown casserole, fresh sliced fruit, and holiday cookies, in warm festive surroundings. Santa arrives and stays throughout your breakfast to meet and chat and take photos. There are three sittings to choose from, so book here!

Breakfast with Santa at Frisco First United Methodist Church

December 1, 2018, 8 am – 12 pm

Presented by the Friends in Christ Preschool, join Santa for a spectacular family fun morning with lots of yummy breakfast options, including pancakes from Original Pancake House!

Meet with Santa, take photos, and enjoy festive music, crafts and activities, and a silent auction and vendor fair. The best part is the price – only $5 per person. Tickets are for sale in the preschool office, the church office or at the door on event day.

Holiday Market and Breakfast with Santa at Lebanon Trail High School

December 1, 2018, 9 am – 11 am

Come to the LTHS annual holiday market and enjoy a choice of over 50 vendors in jewelry, home goods, food, wellness, clothing, crafts and more. Bring the kids for photos, activities, and breakfast with Santa. Tickets will be available at the door or online. The market continues until 2 pm so stay after and shop!

Photos with Santa at Frisco Ranch

December 1, 2018, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Frisco Ranch shopping center, 9292 Warren Parkway

Come out to the new Frisco Ranch shopping center for a fun day with Santa! They’ll provide free photos and tenants will be offering special promotions in their stores. A string quartet from Reedy High School’s Music on the Move will be performing from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

A Sweet Time with Santa at Play Street Museum Frisco

December 2, 2018, 9:30 am – 10:30 am, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Santa Claus is coming to Play Street Museum! Kids will enjoy playtime, visiting with Santa, crafts, milk and cookies, and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas by Santa himself. Children will also receive a Winter Wonderland Sticker Book from Santa. Be sure and book your spot early – and bring your camera to capture all the festive photo ops!

Santa and Hot Chocolate at the Frisco Rail Yard

December 9, 2018, 1 pm – 3 pm

Come to the Frisco Rail Yard and enjoy a lively atmosphere, good music, food and a visit with Santa. Get a festive photo with the big guy and enjoy free hot chocolate.

Paint with Santa at Color Me Mine Frisco

November 24 and December 1-2, 2018

UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT – Make a note for next year!) Meet Santa, paint a “Santa N Me” handprint plate and decorate cookies. Bring your camera to capture the moment! BONUS: Stay after the event to paint some more gifts and your child’s studio fee is covered for the day! Personally, we love the Frisco Color Me Mine studio and this event is one of their most popular, so book it now!

Milk and Cookies with Santa at The COOP

December 15, 2018, 10 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 3 pm, 4 pm-6 pm

This charming children’s event includes photos with Santa, a Christmas story time with cookies, and a special gift for each child.  Santa will even join the kids during free play as they explore the fun features of the COOP’s engaging indoor play space. This event typically sells out and reservations are required.

Cowboys Christmas at The Star in Frisco

November 19 – December 24, 2018

So how about visiting the “Dallas Cowboys Santa?” He arrived on Saturday, November 18th and will be stationed inside Fans United at The Star in Frisco. Fans may book appointments to have their photo taken inside his custom-built Dallas Cowboys cottage! Photo packages include a printed 5×7 photo and an exclusive Cowboys gift for each child.

You can also see Santa at the Cowboys Christmas Spectacular every Friday and Saturday from November 23 – December 22. This is a weekly holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa and more.

It will all take place on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star. Admission and parking are FREE!!!

Yes, Frisco, there is a Santa Claus! And remember, the United States Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with the North Pole Postmark!

Best of luck to you, Frisco parents! Here’s to hoping that no one is crying in your Santa pics this year!

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