Here are some places where the kids can visit Santa this holiday season. For even more events, including parades and tree lighting ceremonies, visit our UPCOMING EVENTS PAGE.


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Santa Visits the Cabin

When:  Saturday, November 23rd, 1:00-3:00pm

Where:  Sandhills Woman's Exchange, Pinehurst 

Cost: $25 per family; limited to 100 tickets! 

Enjoy a holiday visit and picture with Santa plus holiday treats and a gift bag for every child!  Click title to purchase or call 910-295-4677

Santa Claus at Kohl's

When:  Sunday, November 24th, 1:00-3:00pm

Where:  Southern Pines Kohl's  

Bring the kids to Kohl's to visit with Santa.  This will be a great photo opportunity and each child will receive a gift while supplies last.

The Little Toy Shop

When:  Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov. 29th ~ 11am-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 30th ~ 11am-4pm

Where:  230 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines

Santa will be at this adorable toy store the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.   He will have gifts for all the children and there will be treats for everyone.  Bring your cameras and Christmas lists!

Breakfast with Santa

When:  Saturday, November 30th, 8:30-12:00pm

Where:  Filly & Colt's at Little River

Bring the family for a delightful morning with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Enjoy breakfast, crafts, cookie decorating, lots of photo opportunities, and the Secret Santa Shoppe! Send your little ones into a shopping extravaganza where gifts are $1 / $3 / $5 and appropriate for everyone on their list.  CLICK HERE to purchase  tickets. 

Santa is Coming to Gulley's!

When:  Saturday, November 30th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where:  Gulley's Garden Center, Southern Pines

Santa is coming to Gulley’s and he cannot wait to hear what you want for Christmas!  There will also be crafts for the kids to make!

Southern Pines Tree Lighting

When:  Saturday, November 30th, 4:30-6:00pm

Where:  Southern Pines Train Station Area

Head to Downtown Southern Pines to usher in the Holiday Season with music and good cheer! Santa will arrive at 4:30pm on a fire truck and he will be available for pictures.  Festivities will include musical performances and end with the tree lighting.  Many downtown shops will be staying open late so you can start your holiday shopping.

Santa Claus at Ace Hardware

When:  Saturdays ~ November 30th & December 14th

Where:  Southern Pines Ace Hardware ~ 10am-12pm

Where:  Seven Lakes Ace Hardware ~ 12:30-2pm

Bring the kids to Ace to visit with Santa.  This will be a great photo opportunity AND a great chance to finish up your Christmas shopping!


Santa Visits Cameron!

When:  Saturday, November 30th, 6:00-7:30pm

Where:  Lighting of the Magnolia, 450 Carthage St., Cameron, NC

Come enjoy an evening of caroling, refreshments, visits and pictures with Santa and the lighting of the 150 year old Magnolia Tree in Heart of Historic Cameron. This night is sure to help get  you in the Holiday Spirit! 

Santa Visits Kickback Jacks!

When:  Thursday, December 12th, 6:00-8:00pm

Where:  Kickback Jacks, Southern Pines

Santa Claus will be at Kickbacks! Kid’s night includes crafts, face painting, trivia, and $.99 kids meals.  Santa can’t wait to see you and take his picture with you! 

Santa & Olaf at Play Escape!

When:  Wednesday, December 4th, 4:30-5:30pm

Where:  Play Escape, Southern Pines

Santa Claus  and Olaf will be stopping by to visit at Play Escape! Get your picture with the big guy and tell him what you want for Christmas this year!  Free with admission.  

Pinehurst Christmas Tree Lighting

When:  Friday, December 6th, 5:00-7:30pm 

Where:  Village of Pinehurst

The evening will include live music, cookie decorating, photos with Santa, and kids holiday crafts!  The lighting of the tree is scheduled for 6:30pm.  Concessions will be available for purchase and canned goods and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.  

Wonderland: A Christmas Adventure

When:  Friday, December 6th, 5:30-7:30pm

Where:  Memorial Park and the Southern Pines Recreation Center off of Morganton Road

Enjoy holiday fun with activities for children ages 4-10 including edible crafts, games, photos with Santa and of course--the Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt--complete with prizes. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to bring your cameras!

Santa Visits the Elks!

When:  Saturday, December 7th, 2:00pm

Where:  The Elks Club, Southern Pines

Come one and all to the Elk’s lodge after the Southern Pines Christmas parade for a special visit with Santa!

Old Fashioned Christmas

When:  Saturday, December 7th, 10:00am-3:00pm

Where:  Midway Trading Co., 10600 NC Hwy 24/27, Carthage, 

Sample hoop cheese, pimento cheese, country ham, and more! The halls will be decked and stockings hung for a fun and festive environment.  The big jolly guy in red will be there from 11-1 for picture opportunities.

Meet Santa Claus!

When:  Saturday, December 7th, 9:00am-2:00pm

Where:  Maison Reality Group

Meet and take photos with Santa Claus before and after the Christmas Parade in downtown Southern Pines!  They are located on the corner of E. Pennsylvania Avenue and N. Ashe Street - right across from the park in downtown Southern Pines.

Christmas with Santa

When:  Tuesday, December 10th, 5:30-7pm

Where:  Robbins Area Library

Mr. AND Mrs. Claus are coming to the library!  Join them for stories, songs and refreshments. 

Christmas Open House

When:  Thursday, December 12th, 3:45-5:45pm

Where:  Vass Area Library

Enjoy the Vass-Lakeview Elementary Chorus, refreshments and a visit with Santa.  

Supper with Santa

When:  Friday, December 13th, 6-7:30pm 

Where:  Aberdeen Recreation Center

Who:  Children ages 8 & Under and their families

Cost: $5 Kids; $10-Aberdeen resident adults; $15-Non-resident adults

Children and their families will enjoy a catered dinner from Texas Roadhouse, holiday crafts, watch Frosty the Snowman, and hang out with Santa (great picture opportunity)!  Tickets are available at the Aberdeen Recreation Center.  For additional information, please call the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department at (910) 944-7275.

Santa's Fly-in At The Pik-N-Pig

When:  Saturday, December 14th, 4:30-8:00pm

Where:  Pik-N-Pig, Carthage

Don't forget to save the date for the Annual Santa Fly-in and skydiving Elves!! Come enjoy fun for all ages and delicious home cooked food.  You can even get pictures with Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas!

Santa Brunch

When:  Saturday, December 14th, 8-11:30am

Where:  Midland Bistro, 2160 Midland Road, Southern Pines

Midland Bistro will be offering tasty waffles for the kiddos and Mimosas for Mom and Dad as well as their full menu selection!  They are NOT taking reservations for this event.

Santa & Mrs. Claus Are Coming

When: Saturday, December 14th, 2pm-4pm

Where: Dunrovin Country Store

Confirmation has been received straight from the North Pole that Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Dunrovin! This isn't a fake beard wearing Santa either kids, he is the real deal! Parents grab your cameras and your kids or  even the grandkids or the neighbors kids and come see Santa!     


Doughnuts with Santa!

When:  Saturday, December 14th, 8:45-9:45am

Where:  Pollywogs Play Pad

Enjoy doughnuts, chocolate milk, a Christmas craft, meeting with Santa Claus and ALL DAY PLAY!  CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 

Santa Claus at Kohl's

When:  Sunday, December 15th, 1:00-3:00pm

Where:  Southern Pines Kohl's  

Bring the kids to Kohl's to visit with Santa.  This will be a great photo opportunity and each child will receive a Play-Doh gift (while supplies last). 

Santa Claus at TruFit Gym

When:  Tuesday, December 17th, 5:00-7:00pm

Where:  TruFit Gym 

Bring the kids to the gym and visit Santa! This will be a great photo opportunity and a chance to share their last minute Christmas wishes!

Santa Claus visits Bob's Pizza

When:  Wednesday, December 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

Where:  Bob's Pizza

Enjoy a great dinner and  visit with Santa.  You can even get pictures with Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas!

Santa Claus at Golden Corral

When:  Friday, December 20th, 6:30- 8:30pm

Where:  Golden Corral, Southern Pines 

Come on down to Golden Corral and  to visit with Santa! If you haven't had your photo with Santa, this is your chance! You'll even get to  tell him what you would like for Christmas!

Santa Visits Holly Jolly Lights!

When:  Friday, December 20th, 6:00-8:00pm

Where:  135 Fox Run Rd, Pinehurst 

Mark your calendars! Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy the Christmas lights. Santa will be available from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Donations will be accepted for Santa as he is volunteering his time for this event. We will also have a mailbox for letters to Santa all season long!  CLICK HERE to view the Facebook event page.

Santa Claus at Southern Angel Donut Co.

When:  Saturday, December 21st, 8:00-11:00am

Where:  Southern Angel Donut Co., Pinehurst   

Santa will be at Southern Angel for pictures and a chance to hear all those last minute gift requests! All the littles get a free donut! 

Santa at Daphne's Hallmark

When:  Saturday, December 21st, 11am- 2pm

Where:  Daphne's Hallmark by Belk in Southern Pines

The young and young-at-heart are welcome to take their photo with Santa (as are pets)!  He is not charging anything, but he is asking for donations for the Sandhills Food Bank (either food or cash donations).


Santa Claus is at Lowes Foods

When:  Saturday,  December 21st, 12:00-2:00pm

Where:  Lowes Foods~Pinehurst  

Bring the kids to Lowes Foods in Pinehurst to visit  Santa! This is a great picture opportunity! 


Bowl with Santa

When:  Saturday, December 21st, 2:15pm

Where:  Sandhills Bowling Center

Bring your kids to the bowling center for a fun afternoon of bowling with Santa!  Each child will receive 2 hours of unlimited bowling, choice of snack (slice of pizza, hot dog or chicken nuggets), 1 small soft drink, free use of rental shoes and a picture with Santa for only $15/child.  Reservations strongly suggested.  Call 910-295-9610.

Breakfast With Santa!

When:  Tuesday, December 24th, 9:00am- 11:00am

Where:  Kickback Jack's, Southern Pines

Santa will be making a surprise visit to Kickback Jack’s on Christmas Eve to enjoy breakfast with your family! Bring your little ones  for pancakes with Santa Claus!

Santa’s Coming to The Sly Fox

When:  Tuesday, December 24th, 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Where:  The Sly Fox

Santa’s coming to town, and he’s making a stop at The Sly Fox! Now’s the time to tell him all your last minute gifts, and maybe the elves have something special just for you. We bet you’ve been good all year.

Buffalo Wild Wings hosts Santa!

When:  Saturday, December 5th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Where:  1640 US HWY 1, Southern Pines

Santa will be visiting Buffalo Wild Wings to see you, and probably to enjoy some great wings, too!  Don't forget your Christmas list.

Pup Pictures with Santa at The Bull Room

When:  Sunday, December 6th, 11am-3pm

Where:  The Bull Room, Aberdeen

Christmas might not be complete without a picture of your favorite canine fur baby and Santa, right? Head down to The Bull Room for a day of surprises for your pup, starting with Santa pictures from 11:00am-12:00pm.  


Santa visits Olmstead Village True Value

When:  Sunday, December 6th, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Where:  244 Central Park Avenue, Pinehurst

Come take a socially distanced picture with Santa and mail your letter to him, with all your Christmas wants and wishes, in their special mailbox. There will be cookies and cocoa for all to enjoy!

Santa is coming to Maison Realty Group

When:  Saturday, December 12th, 10:00am-2:00pm

Where:  120 N Ashe Street, Southern Pines

Ready to see Santa? Head over to Maison's Covid Christmas!  

This drop in event is held outside and comes complete with a 10ft Candy Shoot! You can have a (COVID friendly) picture done with the Big Guy and even mail him a letter in Maison's special Santa Mailbox. (Be sure to include your return address so he can write back!)

Drive-Through Holiday Storybook

When: December 15th and 17th, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Where: 140 Southern Dunes Dr, Vass

Stars Charter School is having a drive-through holiday event! Enjoy a Christmas light display as you listen to holiday music from the comfort and warmth of your car! Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Santa at High Octane

When:  Sunday, November 29th, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Where:  High Octane, 140 S. Sycamore St, Aberdeen

Come see Santa at High Octane!  He's excited to see your smiling faces!

Lights in The Pines

When:  December 1st- January 1st, 5:30pm-Midnight

Where:  2994 US Business 1, Vass

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with lights galore in Vass! Enjoy 12,000 lights set to music.  Tune into 91.7FM, and you'll be able to enjoy from the comfort and warmth of your car!

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a place where Santa will be that is not listed, please email