Who in Santa Claus? Where did he come from? Nowadays, we call the jolly old man who brings us presents “Santa Claus,” but he has had many names over the years. He was originally Kris Kringle in countries like the United States and St. Nicholas in other countries. Those two names eventually became “Sinterklaas” which has now been changed to Santa Claus. I would say kids are 50/50 on this big bellied, white bearded guy who attempts to grant wishes at Christmas (see video below 😂). But every year parents search him out so that they can set their kids on his lap for a photo op. So where can you find Santa Claus this year? Much like on Christmas Eve, he is everywhere so read on to find out where.
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🛷 NORAD Santa Tracker
Every year starting December 1st, the Norad Santa Tracker http://www.noradsanta.org/ shows kids exactly where Santa is, and on Christmas Eve, you can see where Santa Claus has been, and where his next stops will be. You can do this on a laptop or computer as well as load the NORAD tracker app on your smart phone. The kids will love watching his progress toward your house and definitely ensures they go to bed early, This is a fun way to keep the magic of Christmas alive in your home.
If you are in charge of the company party this year or just hosting a party for the family, GigSalad is place to go if you are looking for Santa to make an appearance at one of your events. It is so easy to find the perfect Santa for you. Go to https://www.gigsalad.com/ Choose your location then Browse the Santa Clauses and contact your favorites. Communicate with the Santa Claus you select and then book them through GigSalad and be covered by the 100% guarantee! This website makes it easy to see availability and pricing to get your very own Santa!
🧝♀️Where to Find Santa Near You
In downtown Ogden, you can find Santa in Christmas Village on 25th and Washington. Santa has his very own castle where children are welcome to meet him. He appears in his castle Monday-Friday, 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 5pm-9pm. Kids are welcome to bring their Christmas lists and share their wishes with Santa. Pictures are available for $5, and all proceeds go to the Christmas Village.
You can also find Santa at the Newgate Mall in Ogden. Pictures are available for purchase. Santa makes his appearance on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. and will be available through Dec. 24. His hours at the mall will be 12pm-7pm Monday through Friday, 12pm-8pm on Saturdays, and 12pm-6pm on Sundays. From Dec. 17 until 24, those hours will be extended. You can skip the lines and make a reservation (click link) to meet with Santa to ensure a quality visit. Bring your cat or dog to get a picture with Santa on Mondays, 5-7pm, from Nov. 19 until Dec. 17.
If you have ever been to Snowbasin Ski Resort, you have probably seen or heard of the famous “Skiing Santa.” On Christmas eve, Santa arrives at the Earl’s Lodge Plaza during the Christmas Eve Dinner. He is available for pictures from 5:15 pm-7 pm that night. Santa is very popular on Christmas Eve, so it would be wise to arrive well before 5:15pm to ensure you can get pictures with Mr. Claus! Santa also skis around Snowbasin Resort during the month of December; if you are lucky you will get to ride the ski lift with him and even get a candy cane!
In Layton, you can find Santa at the Layton Hills Mall. Santa is in the mall’s Center Court from November 17th- December 24th, Monday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm and Sundays from noon-6 pm. You can purchase picture packages ranging from $25-$50, and each package includes a free customized phone call from Santa. The jolly old man takes breaks from 1-2pm and 5-6pm on Monday-Friday and 3-4pm on Sundays, so keep that in mind when going to meet Santa.
Santa makes another stop from the North Pole at Station Park in Farmington. Starting November 17th and going through December 24th, Santa is there Monday-Saturday, noon-8 pm and Sundays noon-6 pm. He takes breaks from 3:30-4:30 pm daily. Pictures are available for purchase in packages ranging from $14-$40. Click here to see photo pricing.
At Utah’s Hogle Zoo during the ZooLights, you can visit Santa for free with the price of admission. From December 3rd – 24th, Santa is there Sunday-Wednesday, 5:45-8:30 pm and Thursday-Saturday, 5:45-9:30 pm. Santa will be waiting in the Macy’s sponsored Santa Station to meet the boys and girls, and hear their Christmas wish lists. Photo services will not be offered, so bring your own camera for pictures. While you are waiting to meet Santa, you can write letters and put them in Macy’s Santa Mailbox. All letters will be sent to the North Pole, and Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish foundation for every letter written.
At the City Creek Shopping Center, visits with Santa are free. You can find him in his Lantern cottage (which is nice and warm with radiant heating in the floor) from 10 am – 9 pm through December 22 and from 10 am – 6 pm on Monday, December 24. Santa breaks to feed his reindeer from 1 – 2 pm and 5 – 6 pm. Pictures with Santa are available for purchase; prices range from $27-$45. Click here to see photo pricing.
Park City, UT
On December 15th in Park City, Santa and his reindeer make their annual visit to the Town Lift Plaza at the Park City Ski Resort. Festivities start at 5pm with hot cocoa, cookies, and Christmas carols. Santa makes his arrival at 6:15pm to hear children’s Christmas wishes, and for pictures. Be sure to arrive early! This cheerful event is free and you will want a good view of Santa Claus.
🚆 North Pole Express, Heber, UT
You and your family will not want to miss out on the North Pole Express in Heber Valley from November 20th-December 22nd. This 90 minute train ride is full of singing, dancing, treats, and holiday cheer. When you reach the North Pole, Santa will join you on your ride back, and will greet each child with a present. You can purchase first class or regular class tickets, or even rent your own caboose. For first class, the cost is $55 per adult, $40 per child, and $5 per toddler. For coach (regular class), the cost is $40 per adult, $25 per child, and $5 per toddler. Prices for caboose rental can be found here . Make sure to buy your tickets before they are sold out!