Where to See Santa This Season: Santa Claus Mall Visits in the Triangle

Visit with Old Saint Nick at one of these mall locations this season


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Photo by Lauren Bell Isaacs

Santa Claus has come to town! Take your little ones to share their holiday wish lists and to have their annual Santa photos taken at malls in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. Also, check out our Winter Holiday Event Guide for Christmas tree lightings, sleigh rides, parades, festivals and more seasonal celebrations. 

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Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh
Triangle Town Center, Raleigh
The Streets at Southpoint, Durham
Northgate Mall, Durham
University Mall, Chapel Hill
Cary Towne Center, Cary


Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh

Website
Nov. 19-Dec. 24
Promotional Court, lower level across from Sears
919-787-8993
Exception: Santa is not available on Thanksgiving Day.

Photo packages: 
$19.95-$45.95, details here.

Times:
Nov. 19-Dec. 2
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (breaks at 1-1:30 p.m., 5-6 p.m.)
Sunday: noon-6 p.m. (break at 3-3:30 p.m.)

Dec. 3-4  
Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (breaks at 1-1:30 p.m., 5-6 p.m.)
Sunday, noon-7 p.m. (break at 3-3:30 p.m.)

Dec. 5-11
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (breaks at 1-1:30 p.m., 5-6 p.m.)
Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (break at 3-3:30 p.m.)

Dec. 12-23
Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (break at 5:30-6:30 p.m.)

Dec. 24
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (break at 1-2 p.m.)

No appointments. Walk-up only.

Special Events:
Pet Nights - Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. to closing time
Military Day - Dec. 4, all day
Grandparents Day - Dec. 12, all day


Triangle Town Center, Raleigh

Website
Nov. 10-Dec. 24
Center Court
919-792-2020

Photo Packages:
$24.99-$49.99, details here.

Santa's FastPass reservation option available for skipping the lines.

Times:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 
Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Christmas Eve,
 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Santa takes a break to feed his reindeer:
Monday-Saturday: 1-2 p.m., 5-6 p.m. 
Sunday: 3-4 p.m.

Break times are subject to change.

Special Events With Santa:

Santa's Magical Arrival and Light Show
Nov. 10, 5-8 p.m.
Creekside Cafes (just outside the food court between Saks Fifth Avenue and Belk)
Enjoy sledding, gooey treats from a S’mores station, a performance from Magician Bryan Saint, holiday jingles from The Fox Road Magnet Elementary Recorder Club, the Little River Cloggers and Praise Jesus Ministries, as well as Holiday Beats with Spin DJ and the debut performance of the mall’s new Holiday Light Show Spectacular.

Holiday Light Show Spectacular

Daily, 6 p.m. until close (performances take place every 30 minutes)
Creekside Cafes (just outside the food court between Saks Fifth Avenue and Belk)
The new Triangle Town Center Holiday Light Show Spectacular features a 30-foot Christmas tree, and special lighting on the building façade and landscape, choreographed to holiday music. 

Santa Pet Photos
Nov. 13, 20 and 27, 6-9 p.m.
Lower level center court
Bring in your furry friends for a holiday photo with Santa. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Nonprofit Saving Grace will bring adoptable pets to one very special Pet Photo Night.

Santa Cares Night
Dec. 3
Autism Speaks is providing an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy a photo session with Santa. Extra care has been taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children so they can enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition. Photos will take place after hours from 6-9 p.m. 


The Streets at Southpoint, Durham

Website
Nov. 17-Dec. 24
Center Court Nordstrom Side
919-572-8808

Make a reservation to see Santa and spend less time in line. This $39.99 package includes one 5"-by-7" photo, one 4"-by-6" photo, 4 wallet-sized photos, unlimited digital downloads and a downloadable e-book. Save $5 on photos when you reserve between Monday and Wednesday through Dec. 9. Visit the Santa photo checkout area for details. 

Times:
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: noon-6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Dec. 16-23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Dec. 18: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (No breaks)

*Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.

Special Events With Santa:

Pet Nights
Nov. 20 to Dec. 11, Monday evenings only, 5-7 p.m.
Bring your furry friend to see Santa and pose for a photo. Cats and dogs only. 

Holiday PJ Night
Nov. 17, Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m.
Throw on your most festive jammies and come see Santa.

Ugly Sweater Night
Dec. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Wear your merry gear to spread holiday cheer.


Northgate Mall, Durham

Website
Nov. 18-Dec. 24
Town Hall Village
919-286-4400

Photo packages begin at $17.95.

Times:

Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Nov. 19, 1-6 p.m.
Nov. 24 and 25, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Nov. 26, 1-6 p.m.

Dec. 1 and 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dec. 3, 1-6 p.m.

Dec. 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dec. 10, 1-6 p.m.

Dec. 11-24
Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Special Events With Santa:

Santa’s Arrival Parade
Nov. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Parade begins at Town Hall in Center Court
Join Santa and the Riverside High School Band in a fun community parade around Northgate. After the parade, enjoy an activity with Durham County Library, free books, balloon twisting with Donna Pruitt "The Balloon Lady" and more.

Elf on the Shelf Instagram Contest
Dec. 1-20
Northgate on Instagram at @northgatedurham
Ginger and Spice, Northgate’s adopted elves, return to their mischief making. Follow their antics on Instagram for your chance to win gift cards and more.

Breakfast With Santa
Dec. 2, 8:30–10:30 a.m.
C&H Cafeteria
Put on your best pajamas and join Santa for a pancake breakfast. Tickets are available for $10 and include a homemade pancake breakfast, candid photo opportunities and interaction with Mrs. Claus, a fun photo booth with Santa-themed props, a pajama parade, door prizes, and singalong and storytime. Proceeds benefit the Family Exchange Center. 

Paws and Claws
Dec. 3, 1-6 p.m.
Join Northgate and Animal Protection Society of Durham and get fun festive photos of your dog or cat with Santa! Special Paws and Claus photo packages available. Proceeds benefit Animal Protection Society of Durham.


University Mall, Chapel Hill

Website
Nov. 26–Dec. 24
Near Southern Season

919-945-1900

Photo packages: $34.99

Times:
Nov. 26-Dec. 10
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, 1-6 p.m.

Dec. 11-18
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 19-24
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Christmas Eve, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Breaks at 1:30-2:15 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 2-2:45 p.m. Sunday.

Special Events With Santa:

Pet Nights
Dec. 4. 6-7 p.m.
Dec. 11, 6-7 p.m.

Tarheel Santa Nights
Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 19, 6-7 p.m.


Cary Towne Center, Cary

Website
Nov. 11–Dec. 24
Center Court near the food court

919-467-0145

Photo Packages:
$24.99-$49.99. $20 Shutterfly gift card with every photo package. Details here.

Times:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Santa takes a break to feed his reindeer:
Monday-Saturday, 1-2 p.m., 5-6 p.m.
Sunday, 3-4 p.m.


Special Events With Santa:

Pet Night with Santa
Nov. 13, 20 and 27, 6-9 p.m.
Four-legged family members want to see Santa, too! Furry friends attending Pet Night must be leashed or in a carrier. Pet photos with Santa will only be taken during scheduled Pet Nights. Families with pets will take priority on Pet Night with Santa. Dogs and cats only.


This article was originally published on Dec. 10, 2013, and was updated on Nov. 6, 2017, for the 2017 holiday season.

 

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