Tell your kids to get their Christmas list ready — it’s time to let the big guy know what you want under the tree. Here are the best places in the Metro Detroit area for good little boys and girls to get a photo with Santa.
Great Lakes Crossing Santa


November 10th, 2011 – Christmas Eve

Santa Claus will be appear at “The Ice Palace” during mall hours at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. Santa takes breaks Monday through Friday from 12:30p-1p and 5:30p-6p and on Sunday from 1p-1:30p. Photo package costs vary. Click here for a review and video of the The Ice Palace.


November 19th, 2011 through Christmas Eve

8 am – 9 pm Mondays through Saturdays, 8 am – 6 pm Sundays. Professional photographs taken for purchase. Get your Santa Pass at the Greeter’s Desk in front of the Castle for the next available same-day visit time. Each day’s Santa Passes are limited in number, so be sure to arrive early.

Santa At The Henry Ford


Select days in December (6:30pm – 10pm)

Organizers call Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village “America’s Premier Holiday Celebration.” The $17 adult admission buys you quite an experience including candle-lit paths, live entertainment, costumed presenters, horse-drawn wagon and Model T rides, delightful holiday shops, Santa and live reindeer, ice skating, a spectacular fireworks display and more. Admission for children 4 and under is free.

Oakland Mall Santa Coupon


Hours to visit Santa Claus at Oakland Mall: Monday through Saturday 10a-8p and 11a-6p on Sunday. Visiting Santa Claus is free but there are fees for personal camera use. Oakland Mall offers a variety of photo packages available for purchase ranging from $16.99-$41.99. Click here for a coupon of $5 off any photo package!

Rochester Hills Santa Claus


Specific location – NE corner of Adams and Walton
November 18th, 2011 – Christmas Eve (various days)

Santa Claus at the Village of Rochester Hills offers free Santa visits. Remember to bring your camera as professional photography is not provided.

Twelve Oaks Mall


November 10th, 2011 through Christmas Eve

Visit Santa Claus at the Ice Palace in Twelve Oaks Mall during mall hours. Santa takes breaks Monday through Friday from 12:30p-1p and 5:30p-6p and on Sunday from 1p-1:30p.

Thanks to Oakland County Moms for compiling a comprehensive list of Santa appearances. For even more Santa Claus photo ops visit the Oakland County Moms website.