Santa Claus is a busy fellow, but never too busy to set aside time for Portland tots! From the local mall to Washington Square to a dairy farm, you can let your kiddos tell their secret wishes to Jolly Old Saint Nick in whatever setting suits them best. So grab your camera and get ready to go! Here are some of our favorite places to meet Mr. Claus and his helpers!
photo: Santa HQ presented by HGTV at Washington Square
Santa’s HQ at Washington Square
Washington Square pulls out all the stops when it comes to the holidays. Mrs. Claus has a storytime in November, carolers sing throughout the season, Timbers Joey will be there for soccer fans on Dec. 7, and pets can have their photos taken with Santa on Tuesday nights. One of our favorite things about this Santa is that Mrs. Claus will be able to interpret in ASL on Thurs. Dec. 8 & 15, from 6-8 pm. For any photo opportunity, reservations are available, but not required.
9585 SW Washington Square Rd.
For many people, this is where Santa starts and stops in Portland. Yes, parents, this Santa comes with a real beard guarantee. Photos are available with Santa every day from Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve, as well as a stroll through Santaland to see the train garden and monorail. Bring your letter to Santa to drop off in the mailbox, because for each letter received, Macy’s will donate a dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
621 SW 5th Ave.
Clackamas Town Center
You’re busy, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Those holiday cards won’t print and address themselves. Why not streamline the process a bit by reserving a time to see Santa, saving that potentially meltdown-inducing wait in line? You can also save a little cash by visiting Clackamas Town Center’s Santa before December 9, and by booking a photo package online. Smart and festive can go together! Every Monday night is Pet Night, with Fido welcome for pictures from 6-8 pm.
12000 SE 82nd Ave.
Happy Valley, Or
Reindeer Magic at Dennis’ 7 Dees
The draw here isn’t just the big man himself, but also his tiny reindeer. Baby reindeer, to be exact. Seven Dees’ three Portland area locations will each hold one day of “Reindeer Magic” with visits to Santa (personal photos allowed free), baby reindeer to pet, face painting, hot chocolate and an opportuity for parents to get a little shopping done. Registration not required, but if you want to skip the line, grab a $5 “fast pass” while they last.
Fri., Dec. 2
10 am-5 pm
1090 McVey Ave.
Lake Oswego, Or
Sat., Dec. 3
6025 SE Powell Blvd.
Sun., Dec. 4
10 am-5 pm
10455 SW Butner Rd.
Christmas in Dairyville
Word to the wise — put your name on the list to see Santa as soon as you arrive, because you’ll soon see that Santa is a popular guy around the dairy. Luckily, there’s plenty to do with the kiddos while you wait: see an old-fashioned movie in the Opera House, check out the elaborate model trains, or head to Storybook Lane to see a festive display of Santa’s animals. Admission is free, but pictures with Santa will cost you. No fee to just hang out and discuss the wish list.
6149 SW Shattuck Rd.
Sherwood Winter Festival
Maybe you’re not the mall type. For a small-town celebration, visit Sherwood during their Winter Festival. Rain or shine, the community will come out for a parade, hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate, tree lighting, nativity scene, kids’ gift bags (while supplies last), free kids’ crafts and, of course, audiences with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa will drop in via helicopter at noon!
Various locations, Sherwood, Or
What’s your favorite place to chat with Santa? Let us know in the comments