Santa Claus is coming to town. In fact, there are rumors he’s already been spotted in some nearby malls. Have your kids get their wishlist together, and head out for a photo op with Santa at one of these spots. You can also sometimes meet Santa when picking out your holiday tree at a U-Cut Tree Farm.

We’re updating this list for 2021 as we learn the latest information. Check with the organizer’s website before heading out for event details, including any possible changes to dates, times or format. If you head out, follow social distancing best practices.

Thank you to our sponsor, Washington Square — Where the Stores Are. Their Santa will be at the mall starting November 12, and a visit with Santa is always free (photo packages available for purchase).

Photo courtesy Washington Square

For more holiday fun, check out our holiday highlights event guide and our cheat sheet to the area’s light displays.



Santa at Washington Square Mall 
Santa will be at the Washington Square Mall starting November 12, 2021 in Summit Court, next to Pottery Barn and Forever 21. Rest assured, he and his elves have made every effort to provide a memorable — and safe — experience. Santa is vaccinated, and your children may wear their masks or remove them for photos, based on your comfort level (subject to change per local mandates). A visit with Santa is always free. Closed Thanksgiving. Hours and days vary; check website. They offer a sensory Santa on December 5 and 12, and don’t miss their Ms. Claus story times and pet photo nights. Make a reservation to avoid wait times. And check out their printable Santa Kit, full of make-at-home crafts and activities. Find the full list of character appearances and special events here.
When: November 12-December 21, 2021, closed Thanksgiving
Where: 9585 SW Washington Square Rd., Portland
Cost: Photo packages are available for purchase.

Black Santa
Black Santa will be making his way through Portland throughout the holiday season. See a list of events at his website or follow Black Santa on Facebook or on Instagram to know where to find him. In 2020, he enclosed himself in a giant snow globe so kids wouldn’t miss out on a Santa sighting because of social distancing requirements — you can bet he will make sure to keep everyone safe at his events this year.



Santa at Clackamas Town Center
Take your picture with Santa at Clackamas Town Center for a sit with Santa or socially distanced Santa experience. Your child may remove face coverings during photo capture. All staff will wear face coverings at all times, with the exception of (vaccinated) Santa.
When: November 12-December 21, 2021. Closed for Thanksgiving. Hours vary, reservation recommended.
Where: Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley
Cost: Photo packages are available for purchase.

The Cinnamon Bear Holiday Show
Santa makes an appearance at The Cinnamon Bear Holiday Show, a beloved local holiday extravaganza. Get caught up in a fun and whimsical holiday story with special appearances by the Cinnamon Bear, Chipper the Squirrel, and Santa Claus, in the beautiful and historic Dance Pavilion. Masks required.
When: December 11-12 & 17-19, 2021.
Where: Oaks Amusement Park. 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
Cost: $49 per vehicle. One ticket valid for all vehicle occupants. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Photos with Santa (and Hipster Santa!) at Pioneer Place
Take your picture with Santa. Social distancing and masks required for in-person visits. Guests may remove masks during photo capture.
When: November 26-December 21 (possibly extended to December 24 this year, see website). See website for hours. Hipster Santa will be at Pioneer Place December 9-12.
Where: Pioneer Place Mall
Cost: Photo packages are available for purchase.

Elf Photo Experience with Santa at the Vancouver Mall
Children will be able to talk with Santa to share their wish lists, or place a letter in Santa’s mailbox for him to read later. To make this holiday season both a magical and safe experience, they strongly encourage guests to make a reservation for photos.
When: November 12-December 24
Where: Vancouver Mall, lower level near H&M.
Cost: Free, photos available for purchase.

Pro Santa Jeff
Pro Santa Jeff is an experienced, local Santa offering virtual visits via Facetime or Zoom. Learn more at his website.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s
Reservations are required to meet Santa for a contactless visit.  Families can also mail their letter to Santa and bring home a free giveaway while supplies last.
When: November 6-December 24
Where: Cabela’s Tualatin, 7555 Southwest Nyberg Street
Cost: Receive a free 4×6 photo and digital greeting card when you provide your email address. Photo packages available for purchase.



Photos with Santa at Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Bring your cell phone and take your own pictures with Santa! Bring your kids, your significant other, and/or your friends. Staff on-site will be there to take a photo with your phone or camera.
When: December 11, 2021, 10a-3p
Where: Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Cost: Free!

Craft with Santa at Victorian Belle
They’re hanging lights on the mansion house and grounds as well as looking forward to “decking the halls” inside with the help of the Heritage School of Interior Design. Don’t miss their Kids’ Crafts and Santa event.
When: December 5th, 12th, and 19th with special reindeer guests on the 19th!
Where: Victorian Belle, 1441 N McClellan St., Portland, OR 97217

Bridgeport Village
Visit Santa in his Cozy Cottage! Check the website for special events, which have included Santa’s arrival party, Breakfast with Santa, and Santa Paws for pets in the past. Masks required, may be removed for photo.
When: November 20-December 24.
Where: Bridgeport Village, 7455 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard
Cost: $15 to reserve an appointment, can be used as credit towards any digital photo purchase.

The Holiday Express
Take a slow train ride aboard a real steam engine from Oaks Park down toward OMSI along the Springwater Corridor. Santa will be on each train to celebrate the season.
When: November 26-December 19, 2021
Where: Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland
Cost: $20 for children 12 and under (age 2 and under free); $25 for adults. Family and group packages available; discounts for patrons of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.

Silverton Christmas Market
At this annual light display, you can visit Santa, plus check out the holiday market, live music, fire pits, a snowless tubing track and more.
When: November 26-January 9, 2021-22
Where: 879 W Main, Silverton
Cost: Guests are welcome to visit and take their own photos with Santa, with a suggested $2 donation to the Oregon Garden Foundation. Ticket prices to enter the Christmas Market range from $5 to $18 per person, depending on the day. Children 5 and under free. Parking is an additional $10. Snowless tubing is an additional charge.

Santa at the Lloyd Center
Guests will be able to take photos with their own cameras for a $10 donation which will benefit local charities, The Salvation Army and Howard’s Heart. Reservations will be available on their website beginning the week of Thanksgiving.
When: Santa will be at the Lloyd Center December 17-23 from noon-6p and the 24 from 11a-5p. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will be there on December 4, and Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas on December 11.
Where: First level near the ice rink.
Cost: $10 to take a photo with your phone with Santa, $5 with the other characters.

Santa Days at Old McDonald’s Farm
Get your picture taken with Santa, plus your choice of animal, including one of six dogs, a chicken or a rabbit. Warm by an outdoor fire and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Reservation required.
When: First Saturday in December, see website for time slots
Where: Old McDonald’s Farm, Corbett, OR
Cost: $10 per person.

Santa Sensory Visit in Tualatin and/or Letters from a Wintertime Character
This inclusive event provides a calm, low stress, low-crowd environment, with 10 minutes of exclusive Santa access for each child. Also check out the City of Tualatin’s Letters from Winter Time Characters program: this is a FREE service, in which your child will receive a handwritten and personalized card from volunteers and staff (AKA Winter Time Characters).
When: December 11, 2021, 10a-4p
Where: Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center

No Contact Option: Send Letters to Santa and Get a Reply!
For another calm, no-contact Santa experience, your child may drop off their letter to Santa in the big red mailbox at the Parks and Recreation Admin Building (29600 SW Park Place, Wilsonville) beginning November 29. Letters returned by Friday, December 17 (with a return address provided) will receive a letter back from the North Pole before Christmas!

The Santa Experience
Create breathtaking works of art with your young ones at their visit with Santa. Professional photography in an astonishingly whimsical setting will capture this moment in your child’s life to cherish forever. This enchanting experience includes milk and cookies, a Nice List (don’t worry, your kids’ names will be on it) and a magical gift from St. Nick.
When: Session space limited.
Where: Haugen’s Galleri, 275 Main St. E. Monmouth
Cost: $399/session fee plus the cost of prints.

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