Some things can only be seen around the holiday season, such as sightings of Santa Claus. Throughout United States history, Santa Claus has typically been portrayed as a cheery, white-bearded old man in a red suit trimmed in white fur, such as in Coca Cola adverts or the famous drawings of 19th-century cartoonist Thomas Nast. And while these depictions of Santa warm the heart, there’s nothing quite like visiting the jolly old man in person.
While this year has required some adjustments, many places are still offering in-person visits with Saint Nicholas. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Santa Claus yet, don’t worry! There’s still time to create your Christmas gift list and hop in the car with the family to see the man from the North Pole!
Many of the following venues have instituted safety measures to protect against the Coronavirus and reading up on these guidelines and practices before your visit will create the best experience for you and your loved ones.
When: Now through December 24th
Where: Outlets at Traverse Mountain, 3700 Cabela's Blvd, Lehi, UT 84043
Make a reservation to take photos with Santa Clause, while also exploring the magic of Holiday town’s store windows, Santa’s toy workshop, and pick up a gift or two at one of the many stores! Masks are required and temperatures will be taken.
When: Now through December 24. Starts at 10 am
Where: University Place, 575 E University Pkwy, Orem, UT 84097
One of the premier shopping malls in Utah County is offering socially distanced photos with Santa this holiday season. Kids can visit Santa in his Woodland Chalet while also receiving a special treat from Kris Kringle himself. Masks may be required depending on state guidelines.
When: Now- December 23, Mon-Thurs: 6:30 - 9:00 pm; Fri-Sat 6:30 - 9:45 pm
Where: 3606 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
Enjoy thousands of lights and a visit from St. Nicholas on this family friendly riverboat ride. This 25 minute ride takes place outside on the Provo River, so make sure to bring coats and blankets, as it can get very cold. Tickets are $9/person with children 2 and younger only a dollar!
When: Now- December 24 Mon-Sat: 10 – 8 pm; Sun 12 – 6 pm; Christmas Eve 9-5pm
Where: Provo Towne Center, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd, Provo, UT 84601
At Provo Towne Center you can get professional photos with Santa up through Christmas Eve. Celebrate the night before Christmas with a socially distanced photo-op. Santa will be located on the upper-level rotunda near the food court. Masks are required and reservations are strongly encouraged.
When: Now through December 24 10-8pm
Where: Cabela's in Lehi, 2502 Cabela's Blvd, Lehi, UT 84043
Right before he delivers presents, Father Christmas will be at Cabela’s to take photos with your family. This “Contactless Claus” visit requires reservations, temperature checks, and face coverings to ensure guest safety.
When: Now - December 23, Monday-Saturday 5-8pm
Where: 4801 N. University Ave, Provo UT 84604
Instead of dropping letters off for Santa at the post office, bring your Christmas wish list to the Shops at the Riverwoods! Photos with Santa will be outside and socially distanced, so bundle up to keep warm! Masks will be required.