Santa Sightings Delaware - Happening HolidaysWhat kids really want BEFORE Christmas is some solid lap time with the jolliest of jolly elves, Santa Claus!  How else will the bringer of Christmas toys know EXACTLY what they want under the tree.  Looking for a great Santa in North Delaware?  We’ve made a list and checked it twice for you.  We’ve found Santas who are merry, photogenic, have that special twinkle in their eyes, hang out with elves that are pleasantly patient, have solid Ho-Ho-Hoing skills, and so forth.  Here are our Favorite Happening Santa Sightings:

 FREE Opportunities to See Santa

New Castle County and the City of Smyrna have a few opportunities to see Santa for FREE this December!  Bring your camera and have fun at these family events.
Event/Program, Date Time Location
Santa Story Time 12/1/15 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Newark Free Library
Holiday Open House 12/4/15 6 – 9 p.m. Rockwood Park
Winterfest – Newark 12/4/15 6 – 8 p.m. Academy Building Lawn
Holiday Open House 12/5/15 6 – 9 p.m. Rockwood Park
Holiday Open House 12/6/15 1 – 4 p.m. Rockwood Park
Tree Lighting 12/11/15 5 – 8 p.m. Glasgow Regional Park
BCC Holiday Festival 12/12/15 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bellevue Community Center
AHS Craft Fair 12/12/15 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Appoquinimink High School
Meet Santa & His Pony 12/12/15 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Carousel Park
Meet Santa Claus 12/13/15 2 – 5 p.m. Newark History Museum
A Special Visit From Santa 12/15/15 10 – 10:50 a.m. Smyrna Public Library
Santa at the Creamery 12/23/15 3 – 5 p.m. Woodside Creamery


Paid Santa Events

Santa Claus typically rides a sleigh, but when in Delaware he often rides the Wilmington & Western Railroad.  All aboard the Santa Express!  The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, plus gives all children a chocolate treat.  Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1.5-hour ride through to Ashland aboard a steam-powered locomotive.  Trains runs every Saturday and Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Tickets are $16-18 and children under 2 are FREE.

Enjoy a very special pancake breakfast (9-9:30 a.m.) with Santa Claus on December 5 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History!  Get your picture taken with Santa and let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice (9:30-10:30 a.m.).  This will make for a great photo opportunity for the whole family!  Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon at the Museum!  Cost: $5 with membership or admission.

The Saint Francis Foundation invites one and all to its 2015 Reindeer Ball Children’s Gala on December 6 where the whole family can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.  There will be magic, dance and music performances, dancing, and more during this afternoon event in Wilmington.

This year, the Good Will Fire Company is teaming up with the New Castle Lions Club to bring you Breakfast With Santa from 8-11:30 a.m. on December 5!  This event will combine the well known Pancake Breakfasts hosted by the Lions Club and Operation Santa by the Good Will Fire Company.  Santa will be present from 8:45 until 10:45 for photos!

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Old St. Nick comes to Hockessin Memorial Hall for Breakfast With Santa on Sunday December 6The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature an unlimited breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, holiday crafts for kids, seasonal raffle baskets, and a 50/50 raffle.  All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware.  Prices: $15 (children), $20 (seniors), and $25 adults.  Kids under 3 are FREE.

The Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15 is hosting a Breakfast With Santa on December 13Breakfast will include: eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit cup, juice, coffee and milk.  Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-10.  FREE for children under 3.

Join Elsmere Fire Company No. 1 for Breakfast With Santa from 8 a.m. to noon on December 13.  Santa Claus will be sure to spend time with each and every child (and even adults), as well as pose for pictures.  If you forgot your camera, you can buy a picture at a very low cost!  Bring your friends, bring your family — it’s sure to be a great time!  Prices are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $4.50 for children 3-12 years, and FREE for children 2 & under!

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Concord Mall  – Santa’s Holiday Home • Macy’s Court

Santa Photos Now Available~stop by his home away from the North Pole located at Center Court

  • Hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through December 24th
  • Treat your Pet with a photo on pet night!
    November 15th  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    November 22nd 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    November 29th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • For more information, visit Concord Mall

Christiana Mall – Santa’s Holiday Home • JCPenney Court

Santa Claus is coming to town!  Bring your little ones to share their holiday wish list, and get your annual Santa photos un til December 24th.  For schedule information, visit Christiana Mall.

Special Nights

Pet Night
Bring your furry friend to see Santa on Monday evenings until December 14!  Photographs on leashed pets run from 6-8:30 p.m.

Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Treasure a visit to remember, together with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as they share a magical time together with you and your family to create a special memory.  Mrs. Claus is available for visits or photos with Santa, if desired.  Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.