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The Best Places to See Santa in Williamsburg

It’s a Christmas tradition to sit on Santa’s knee and tell him what’s on your holiday wish list. In Williamsburg, VA families can visit Santa at a variety of locations, making it easy to tell Ol’ St. Nick what you hope to be under the tree this year. For a full list of locations to see Santa in Williamsburg, read on.

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Santa’s Fireside Feast: Select dates Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
The grand dining room of Castle O’Sullivan springs to life as Santa and Mrs. Claus host the most intimate and exclusive event of the season, Santa’s Fireside Feast. Guests gather cozily around the majestic castle as Santa captures the attention of the entire family while recounting a classic Christmas story.
Enjoy a scrumptious buffet prepared by expert elves under the direction of Mrs. Claus as she dazzles the dining room, passing the cookie tray and spreading holiday cheer. This is one dinner children of all ages will not soon forget. The best feast time is 1:30pm as you gain early admission into Christmas Town.
Santa’s Workshop: Select dates Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
Peek at Santa through snow-covered windows at his North Pole Workshop, before reaching Santa’s study. Nestled between two nearby reindeer stables, this is where children are greeted by elves and taken inside to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Tell him what’s on your wish list and pose for memorable photo too.

Historic Yorktown

Christmas Tree Lighting: December 4
A tradition that began in 1945 continues with the Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting. Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing, the procession of lights through the historic village, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus
Christmas Market on Main: December 5
Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, you’re sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main. The market features arts and crafts vendors, strolling musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Historic Main Street.
Cookies with Santa at Yorktown Hall: December 6
Christmas is alive at York Hall where children and parents can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy some tasty treats, and shop for holiday gifts in the Gallery at York Hall.
Yorktown Market Days and Toyland Parade: December 12 at 1:30pm
Browse through the special arts and crafts for sale, then let your kids greet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Breakfast with Santa: December 12 from 8:30am-10am
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a kid-friendly breakfast at Riverwalk Restaurant.  Experience the enchantment on the children’s faces as they relay their Christmas wish list to Santa.

Merchants Square

Williamsburg Christmas Parade: December 5 at 8:30am
Williamsburg is celebrating 50 years of a much loved community parade with more floats, a variety of Christmas theme’s and kicking off the Christmas Season in the Greater Williamsburg area. This year’s theme is “Our Golden Christmas.”
Milk & Cookies and Stories with Santa: November 29 and December 14, 9am-10am
Enjoy milk & cookies and a special story time upstairs in the café of the William & Mary bookstore.
Meet Father Christmas: Select Weekends
Greet Father Christmas in the Square on weekends throughout the season. Find him at the Christmas tree outside from the Precious Gem from 4-5 p.m. each day.
These are the best places to see Santa in Williamsburg. Have a Merry Christmas in America’s Historic Triangle.

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