9 places to visit Santa in Calgary this Christmas

Dec 16 2016, 8:33 am

Written for Daily Hive by Dania Gravelle

The big guy is in huge demand every December, and this year is no different. Whether you want to drop by and say hello, discuss your Christmas list or have a Holiday photo taken, here is a list of some of the places that Santa will be (until Christmas Eve of course when he is fully booked).

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CF Chinook Center

The red man is back in town all the way until Saturday December 24. It is recommended you purchase your ticket online and show up 10 minutes early for your reservation to avoid the crowds. Visiting Santa at Chinook Mall is FREE, however picture packages vary, check online at to book your spot.

Santa Hours:

Monday to Saturday:

  • 10:00 am to 1 pm
  • 2 to 5 pm
  • 6 to 8:30 pm


  • 11 am to 2 pm
  • 3 to 6 pm

December 24

  • 10 am to 12:30pm
  • 1  to 3 pm

Christmas in Kensington

What: Santa will be greeting boys and girls every Saturday from 12 to 4pm at Christmas in Kensington.
Address: 1133 Kensington Road NW

Cross Iron Mills

Santa’s Wonderland located inside Bass Pro Shops offers free 4×6 photos with Santa, and if the lineup is longer than 30 minutes you are offered a “Bass Pass” which means you can go do some Christmas shopping and come back at a specified time for your visit. As an added bonus you can book online to ensure your spot!

Santa Hours:

Monday to Friday:

  • 5 to 8 pm


  • 10 am to 8 pm


  • Noon to 5 pm

Deerfoot City (Deerfoot Mall)

Santa arrived in style at Deerfoot city and has set himself up in the Sport Chek corridor at the East End of the mall. You can order sheet photos for just 10 bucks.

Santa Hours:

Every Weekend – November 25 to December 23

  • Friday 2 to 8pm
  • Saturday 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday 12 to 4pm

Christmas Eve – December 24

  • 11am to 3pm

Skate and Craft with Santa at the Trico Center for Family Wellness

What: Saturday December 17 the whole family can skate with Santa between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm and then enjoy making seasonal crafts, hot chocolate, and cookies from 12:15 to 2 pm.
Address: 11150 Bonaventure Dr SE
Cost: $15/family for members, $20/family for non-members

Market Mall

Santa is always extremely busy at Market Mall, and this year is no different. It is recommended you book your visit in advance online.

Santa Hours:

Monday to Saturday

  • 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • 1:30 to 4:30pm
  • 5:30 to 8pm


  • 10am to 1pm
  • 2 to 5pm

December 24

  • 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • 1 to 3 pm

Skate with Santa at Olympic Plaza

What: Grab your skates, bundle up and head down to Olympic Plaza Saturday December 17 between 11 am and 3 pm to skate with Santa!
Address: 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary AB


Southcenter Mall

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is located at the Center Court at Southcenter Mall. Santa’s Elves recommend visiting early in the day and to be mindful of large crowds on weekends or Personal Development days within both school systems as Santa can get easily overwhelmed.

Santa Hours:

Santa is at the Forest every day during mall hours (until 3:00 pm so he can get back to the North Pole), however registration closes at noon or earlier depending on volume. You can head to center court as soon as you get to the mall, grab a registration spot and do some shopping until your time has arrived in order to avoid lineups!

Sunridge Mall

Sunridge Mall is offering Santa photos FREE of charge. In lieu of payment, a monetary donation to Kidsport Calgary is gratefully requested. Make sure you bring your own camera or smart phone to capture the moment. Just remember that Santa takes a cookie break every day from 2 to 3 pm!

Santa Hours:

Monday- Saturday

  • 10 am to 7 pm


  • 10 am to 6 pm

Christmas Eve – December 24

  • 11 am to 5 pm



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