Where to Spot Santa Around Atlanta in 2020

He’s making a list, and he’s checking it twice – Santa Claus is coming to town! We’ve put together a list where you can be sure to spot him in 2020 and get a picture with your family and pets.

The holidays may look a bit different this year, but we’ve put our elves to work to help you find Santa no matter where you are in the city. Don’t miss out on seeing The Big Man in Red as he makes all his stops along the way!

Please note: With the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to update this list as any changes or additions occur. You may see some old favorites missing from the list, but we hope this helps your family find the joy throughout the holiday season – and perhaps find a new tradition!

Happy holidays!


1. Lenox Square
Santa Arrives: November 27th – December 24th
Make a reservation to see Santa this holiday season! Families can have a memorable keepsake photo taken with Santa at Lenox Square Mall – Social Distancing Style. 

Things to know before you go:

  • A reservation is required.
  • For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guests
  • Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit
  • Guests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies

2. Phipps Plaza
Santa Arrives: October 31st – December 23rd

Photos with Santa at Phipps are so popular, tickets sell out each year! This year, the set has been modified to meet social distancing/contactless Santa visits. Parents of infants and toddlers should come to visit prepared to be in picture/video given this years contactless visit.

3. Rhodes Hall
Santa Arrives: November 29th – December 19th

Feel like skipping the malls this holiday season? On weekends through December 15th, your family can enjoy a special photo session with Santa at “The Castle on Peachtree.” Rhodes Hall will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland, complete with personal appointments with Santa!

Bring your furry family members for a one-day-only Pet Night on Wednesday, December 9th where pets will be invited on the porch of Rhodes Hall for a special picture with Santa. Children are also allowed in the pictures, and all friendly pets are welcome!

4. Photos with Santa at Georgia Aquarium
Santa Arrives: November 23rd – December 24th

No holiday season is complete without a snapshot with Santa! During your Aquarium visit, capture a photograph with Georgia Aquarium’s own seaside St. Nick. Santa is available for kids of all ages during scheduled dates and times through the holiday season. He can’t wait to hear all of your holiday wishes!

5. Hot Cocoa with Santa at Mandarin Oriental
Santa Arrives: December 6th

Families are inviting to enjoy festive hot cocoa and holiday treats while taking photos with the jolly old elf himself! Hot cocoa and photos with Santa is priced at $65, and reservations are required. On Christmas, a fabulous lunch will be offered at the Café & Bar.

6. Santa Meet & Greet at Ponce City Market
Santa Arrives: December 23rd

This year, you can wait in a virtual line to meet Santa and avoid a physical queue! Jolly Old St. Nick will grace Ponce City Market with his presence throughout the most cheerful time of year, taking up residence on the 2nd floor above the Central Food Hall. Guests are invited to bring a camera to snap photos.

7. Chamblee Holiday Hoopla!
Santa Arrives: December 7th

A fun filled time to celebrate the holiday season! In addition, to visiting with Santa Claus himself, enjoy a variety of activities including:

  • Snow

  • Music

  • Dance performances

  • Shopping

  • Menorah lighting ceremony

  • Pictures with Santa

  • Tree lighting ceremony

  • A favorite holiday movie

  • And more!

8. Holidays in Decatur
Santa Arrives: November 28th

From visits with Santa to decorations and shopping, Decatur is the place to celebrate the holidays. Knock out your holiday shopping with special in-store events, discounts, and treats at over 20 shops, restaurants, and services. Participating shops will stay open late, offering a variety of festive fun! Enjoy selfie-snapping with festive photo frames, visits from Holly Octopus, beverages and snacks, holiday discounts, special offers, and more!