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Live and in-person, it's Saint Nic himself! Check out our Middle Tennessee roundup.

While seeing Santa in person is still possible in several area locations, if your preference is to stay at home, then Santa can come to you! (see below)


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Live Santa Sightings


Breakfast with Santa at Aquarium Restaurant
Mail your letter to Santa at Aquarium Restaurant (516 Opry Mills Drive) on Dec. 12 and 20. Keep a close eye on the aquarium tank, you may see him swimming with the fish from 9 – 11 a.m. Reservations required by calling 615-514-3474.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop
Enjoy the Magic of Christmas in a safe way at Bass Pro Shop in Opry Mills Mall through Dec. 24. The “Contactless Claus” visit entails a Magic Santa Shield in place between Santa and families at all times. Reservations and temperature screenings are required prior to entering. Call 615-514-5200 or visit for the complete Santa’s Wonderland hours and activities.

Breakfast with Santa at Joe’s Crab Shack
Join Joe’s crab Shack in Nashville for Breakfast with Santa Dec. 12 from 8 to 11 a.m., featuring a breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, holiday activities, raffles & prizes and more.

Merry Music Valley Christmas
Enjoy hot cocoa, sidewalk vendors, live music, kids crafting stations and more on Dec. 12 at Music Valley Village (2416 Music Valley Drive) in Nashville from 6 – 9 p.m. Shop locally owned stores for unique offerings and get your last minute holiday shopping done. There will be socially distant photos with Santa, too.

Santa at Rivergate Mall
Bring your family and friends for professional quality photos with Santa at Rivergate Mall (1000 Rivergate Parkway) from Dec. 12 through Dec. 24. Online holiday packages are available as well through Dec. 25; and can be scheduled in fifteen-minute increments. For more information, visit

Santa At Opry Mills Mall
Simon is pleased to announce a safe and socially distanced Santa visit for families as part of the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Opry Mills. Santa will be available at Opry Mills Mall (433 Opry Mills Dr) for socially distanced visits daily through Dec. 24. Make reservations online. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of each visit.

Santa at Green Hills Mall
It’s time to book your socially distanced photos with Santa at The Mall at Green Hills from November 27 through Dec 24 located at 2126 Abbott Martin Rd, Nashvillle. All photo sessions are reservation only and require pre-payment.  Masks required at all times, including the photoshoot, for guests ages 2 and up (and Santa too!) Santa will maintain a 6’ distance from guests at all times. Heightened cleaning protocols and hand sanitizer provided.

Breakfast with Santa at Nashville Farmers’ Market
Share your wishes and take photos with Santa Dec. 5 and 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. inside the Market House at Nashville Farmers’ Market (900 Rosa L Parks Boulevard).


Morning With Santa at Brentwood Library
Santa Clause is coming to Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road) on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. He’ll be in the parking lot to greet the children as each car passes by. All attendees will stay in their cars, and elves will be on-site to gather each child’s letter to Santa.

Santa at Cool Springs Galleria
You’ll find Santa and his team of elves at Center Court on the lower level of Cool Springs Galleria (1800 Galleria Blvd) through Dec. 24. Visits will be contactless, with families sitting six feet away to ensure proper social distancing. All guests must schedule their visit with Santa using the convenient online reservation platform.

Photos In Santa’s Sleigh at The Loveless Cafe
Bring a donation of canned goods or a new toy for a child in need to the Loveless Cafe (8400 Highway 100) on Dec. 2, 3 and 5 and recieve free family photos in Santa’s sleigh with a professional photographer from 4 – 7 p.m.

Pictures with Santa
Bring your children to Historic Elm Springs in Columbia (740 Mooresville Pike) on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free photo session with Santa. Photos will be emailed to you free of charge, brought to you in conjunction with the Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour.


Click with Ol’ Saint Nick in Murfreesboro
This holiday season Santa is visiting Stones River Town Centre (1720 Old Fort Pkwy) to meet children and families through Dec. 24. To plan your visit with Santa and review the steps being taken this year based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, visit


Hike to Santa in Gallatin
Come out to Bledsoe Creek State Park in Gallatin (400 Zieglers Fort Road) on Dec. 5 and 19 at 10 a.m. for an easy hike to Santa! Cookies and cocoa will be offered to help you warm up. Price is $7 per child and $3 per adult (13+).

These NJ mall Santas will be behind plexiglass or Zooming in 2020

Virtual Santa Sightings

Starts at $19.95 for a recorded message and $24.95 for a live call, which is a customized experience for your family. Choose your preference for ethnicity, language (including ASL) and faith so up to five kids can have a special experience with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at home. The price includes a video recording and a photo from the call.

Offers free virtual Santa visits. Book a 10-minute time slot with St. Nick. Chatbooks will also take a photo from the visit and you will have the option to print it as a Christmas card or add it to a Chatbook.

You know Cameo as the site to get your favorite celebrity to sing for you or wish your friend a happy birthday. Santa has a Cameo too, in fact, there are multiple Santas on Cameo. Order up a shoutout starting at $25.

Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club offers members the opportunity to book a free five-minute video visit. Sessions can be personalized with the option to choose the Santa “that best suits your family.”

Santa – The Experience
Santa – The Experience takes you through five holiday scenes guided by “Elf Pickels” prior to a live five-minute video chat with Santa. The whole experience takes 12 minutes. The experience is personalized, and you can select an option to add an “Elftastic” package providing a video of your live chat. Packages start at $34.95.

Santa Live!
Virtual meetings with Santa in 8 – 10 minute segments every 15 minutes. Packages start at $49.99. A portion of the fee goes to Pay Away the Layaway, a nonprofit with the mission of inspiring hope and spreading kindness. All collected funds go to layaway purchases.

Santa Claus Virtual Visits
Schedule a virtual visit with Santa in 15- 30- 45- or 60-minute time slots for respectively, $100, $150, $200 or $250. Rates are based on peak- and off-peak hours.

Create Holiday Magic
Live Zoom calls with Santa, holiday gift boxes, photos with Santa pet photos with Santa, video storytime with Santa. All available in packages starting at $99.

A Virtual Visit From the Clauses
Five- 10- and 30-minute calls with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. See booking cost online.

Talk to Santa
Live, interactive video call with Santa Claus. Each live video call is approximately 10 minutes. Prices start at $39.95.


This list will be updated regularly.

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.