Snapping Santa: 9 Places to Cozy Up With Jolly St. Nick

Whether he brings out giggles of joy or shrieks of terror, chances are the time-honored tradition of meeting Santa will make a big impression on your wee reveler that’s hard to pass up. Click through our album to see some of our favorite places for this once-yearly snapshot in time you’ll treasure for years to come.

Downtown Portland Macy's
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Downtown Portland Macy’s

A little history lesson for the newbies to make you seem like a native. If you grew up in Portland, chances are good that when you were just a wee elf, you shared your list with the “real” Santa at the downtown Meier and Frank. Known for his “real beard,” this Santa presided over a 10th floor winter wonderland that even included a monorail. When Macy’s bought Meier and Frank, the 10th floor was converted into a hotel and the monorail was no more. Cue the pouting.

But yes, Virginia, there is still a Santa Claus at Macy’s, and they want you to know that the real beard is rocking. So if your shopping expedition takes you downtown, treat your child to the Christmas tradition of Santa at Macy’s. He’s relocated to the first floor, but there’s even a vintage monorail car available for photos.

Santa lands Nov. 28. Click here for hours.

621 SW 5th Ave.
Online: macys.com

photo: Courtesy Army Corp of Engineers via Flickr

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– Ty Adams