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December 08, 2021

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Santa Sightings For Christmas 2021

A 2021 guide to help you introduce your kiddos to the big man in red with singular and reoccuring events and experiences near you.

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reoccuring events

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Daily thru Dec. 24
basspro.com/santa | 615-514-5200
323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital video greeting card to share on social media. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store. Note: These are contactless visits with Santa. 

Opry Mills Mall
Daily thru Dec. 24
simon.com/mall/opry-mills | 615-514-1100
433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11:15 a.m. – 7:45 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 10:15 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. and Sunday from 12:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Location: Entry 2, Near Coach and Ann Taylor Factory.
Special Events: Caring Santa (for kids with special needs) is Sunday, Dec. 5 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Rivergate Mall
Daily thru Dec. 24
rivergate-mall.com | 615-859-3458
1000 Two Mile Parkway, Goodlettsville
Visits with Santa are always free and photo packages are available for purchase.
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (break from 3 – 4 p.m.), Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. (break from 3 – 3:45 p.m.)
Special Events: Santa Cares (a sensory-friendly event) is Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Pet photos with Santa are Dec. 20 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Mall at Green Hills
Daily thru Dec. 24
shopgreenhills.com | 615-298-5478
2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville
Highlights: Step inside Santa’s 22-foot tall sleigh and experience the magical snowfall. Reservations are recommended. Sit with Santa for your photos or remain socially-distanced.
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (break from 3 – 4 p.m.) and Sundays from 12 – 6 p.m. (break from 2:30 – 3 p.m.) Note: Santa will not be on-site December 1, 7 and 8. 

CoolSprings Galleria
Daily thru Dec. 24
coolspringsgalleria.com | 615-771-2050
1800 Galleria Blvd, Franklin
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (break from 3 – 4 p.m.), Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (break from 1 – 2 p.m. and 5 – 5:45 p.m.) and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. (break from 2:30 – 3 p.m.).
Location: Center Court, lower level
Special Events: Pet photos with Santa on Dec. 6 and 13; from 4 – 7 p.m., Character Appearances on Dec. 7 and 14 from 5 – 7 p.m., Titan Santa on Dec. 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. and Santa Cares on Dec. 12 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Gaylord Opryland
Daily thru Dec. 24
ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com | 615-889-1000
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville
Hours: Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday 12 – 8 p.m. Note: Tickets must be purchased in advance, online.

The Christmas Place
Daily thru Dec. 23
christmasplace.com | 865-453-0415
2250 N Mt Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet
Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 – 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m.

Governor’s Square Mall
Daily thru Dec. 24
governorssquare.net | 931-552-0289
2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd, Clarksville
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m.

Stones River Town Centre
Daily thru Dec. 24
shopstonesriver.com | 615-896-4486
1720 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday from 12 – 6 p.m. (breaks from 2:30 – 3 p.m.). Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Big Lots in Murfreesboro
Daily thru Dec. 21
christmasplace.com | 865-453-0415
2250 N Mt Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet
Hours:
Wednesdays through Sundays (except for Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 20-21) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

The Streets of Indian Lake
Daily thru Dec. 24
streetsofindianlake.com | 866-704-3000
300 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville

North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train Ride
Saturdays Dec. 4, Dec. 11 & Dec. 18
tcry.org/train-rides | 615-241-0436
220 Willow Street, Nashville
Enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves to Lebanon and back (no layover) at Tennessee Central Railway Museum. This is a 64 mile, 2 hour round trip! Train departs for morning and afternoon rides at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost is $22 for children under 12, adult coach and dining seats are $45.

Santa photos at Wilson Bank & Trust
Visit Santa at Wilson Bank & Trust locations throughout Middle Tennessee this Christmas season. Bring your camera!
Friday, Dec. 3: Gladeville location (8875 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Mt. Juliet) from 3 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4: Smithville location (576 W Broad St, Smithville) from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4: Mt. Juliet location (1476 N Mt Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10: Murfreesboro location (2640 S Church St, Murfreesboro) from 3 – 5 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10: Smyrna location (210 Commerce Dr, Smyrna) from 3 – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11: Hartsville location (127 McMurry Blvd, Hartsville) from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11: Murfreesboro location (3110 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro) from 9 – 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11: Providence location (709 S Mt Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet) from 9 – 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11: Cookeville location (320 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville) 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17: Hermitage location (4736 Andrew Jackson Pkwy, Hermitage) from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18: Murfreesboro location (710 NW Broad St, Murfreesboro) from 9 – 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18: Hendersonville location (175 E Main St, Hendersonville) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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single events

Santa Storytime at Linebaugh
Wednesday, Dec. 1
615-893-4131
rclstn.org
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Linebaugh Library (105 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mrs. Claus will lead a special Christmas storytime with stories and songs, and Santa will be available for pictures.

Morning with Santa at Brentwood Library
Saturday, Dec. 4
615-371-0090
The annual Morning with Santa program at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood) will be Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with the opportunity to enjoy refreshments, face painting, music, giveaways and of course, Santa Claus!

Cookies with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 4
Walter Hill Church of Christ (7277 Lebanon Road, Murfreesboro) is hosting Cookies with Santa, a free community event where children get their picture with Santa from 9 – 11 a.m. Parents and Guardians will be able to choose between a traditional pose on Santa’s lap and a socially distanced pose. 

Santa pictures at Donut Country
Saturday, Dec. 4
Santa is coming to Donut Country (1311 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro) on Saturday, December 4th from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Receive a ticket to see Santa with ANY purchase. Parents may take their own pictures for free or may purchase photos from the onsite photographer, Sarah Lawrence of Little Tots Photography. 

Candlelight Tours, Photos With Santa & Christmas Ghost Tours
Saturdays Dec. 11 & 18
615-790-7190
lotzhouse.com
Santa Claus will be at The Lotz Hous(1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin) every Saturday in December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where children and families will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa. Candlelight Tour tickets are $12 per person every Friday and Saturday in December from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 7 – 13. 

Visit with Santa at Martin’s Home & Garden
Saturday, Dec. 4
615-867-7121
Santa is coming to Martin’s Home & Garden (1020 NW Broad St, Murfreesboro)! Share your Christmas wishes and have your picture taken with him for free from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. No professional photographer will be provided so bring your own camera.

Christmas in Brentwood
Sunday, Dec. 5
christmasinbrentwood.net
Come out to Brentwood Academy (219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood) for their community-wide Christmas celebration featuring Christian recording artists Point of Grace from 4 – 7 p.m. at n. The free event will feature Santa and elves, an interactive petting zoo, trackless train, bounce houses, arts and crafts and food trucks.

Breakfast with Santa at The Aquarium
Saturdays Dec. 11 & Dec. 18
615-514-3474
aquariumrestaurants.com
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with the man in the red suit at The Aquarium Resaurant (516 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville) on Dec. 11th and 19th from 9 – 10 a.m. Tickets start at $15.99 and registration required.

Holly Jolly Private Shopping with Santa Meet & Greet
Saturday, Dec. 18
615-771-2128
americangirl.com/retail/nashville
Children will enjoy a festive penguin craft followed by holiday cookie decorating at The American Girl Store in CoolSprings Galleria (1800 Galleria Blvd, Franklin) from 9 – 10 a.m. $20 per person. Reservations required. For girls ages 3 and up.

Miss Lucille’s Brunch with Santa
Sunday, Dec. 19
Come see Santa and enjoy a great brunch experience at Miss Lucille’s! The farm tables will be set up in The Belle Hollow (2231 Madison Street, Clarksville) for a buffet-style brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. A photo booth will be set up to capture the memories of the event with Ole Saint Nick himself. Cost is $20 for adults + $12 for kids (Kids ages 2 and under free, but must reserve a space).