Santa Claus is Already in Town Here in The Woodlands

By: Sean K. Thompson
| Published 11/29/2021


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- As we collectively recover from our tryptophan comas over the long Thanksgiving weekend, it cannot be denied that the holidays are fully upon us. We emerged from Black Friday sales largely without black eyes, many radio stations have shifted to holiday-themed music, the first couple of candles have already been lit on the Hanukkah menorah, and even the weather is striving to bring us more seasonal temperatures.

You better not shout, you better not pout, because Woodlands Online has the line on when and where Santa will be for the holiday season!

Another surefire way to know that the holidays are among us is the ubiquitous presence of that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. Through his special magic, he is now able to show up in multiple Woodlands-area locations at the same time. Here is just a sampling of when and where you can bring the little ones to share their secrets and holiday wishes with Kris Kringle.

Santa Magic at The Woodlands Mall
Can you hear Santa's sleigh? Hooray, he's at The Woodlands Mall! Don't miss out - reservations are here to create fun photo moments with St. Nick on the ground level of The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive. He’s available during most mall hours through December 21, so be sure to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of mall traffic and bring some Christmas magic to the little ones’ faces. Click here to make your reservation.

Photos with Santa at Market Street
Children can have their photos taken with jolly old St. Nick through Friday, December 24, 2021 - that’s right, he’s waiting until the last possible second to start his ride in order to be there for your kids. He will be greeting young guests at Market Street this year in a beautiful, festive setting located next to Hemline in Suite 1010. No masks are required, but reservations must be made in advance. Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital in The Woodlands, Santa Claus images can be purchased on-site. After visiting with Santa, grab a patio seat at one of Market Street’s restaurants for a synchronized light show performing every hour on the half hour from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Watch as Market Street’s 70-foot Christmas tree and surrounding twinkle lights perform to holiday favorites Click here to make your reservation.

Pet Pictures with Santa at Texas Doghouse
Santa is there not just for good little boys and girls but also for all creatures great and small! Come to Texas Doghouse at 8905 West Ln in Magnolia on December 2 and 3 for pet pictures with Santa and help needy children in our community have a great Christmas! Pictures are free when you bring one toy per pet for their Toys For Tots toy drive or you can pay $25 per pet and we'll do the shopping for you! Appointment required by calling 281-259-8672 or visiting here.

Breakfast with Santa at The Woodlands Resort
Visiting millions of children in one night burns a lot of calories, and Santa needs to carb up beforehand. The Woodlands Resort at 2301 N Millbend Drive is hosting Breakfast with Santa on weekends, December 4-19 in The Woodlands Dining Room and is priced at $39 for adults and $20 for kids ages 6-12. Even better, it’s complimentary for ages 5 and under. A Christmas Day Breakfast Buffet also takes place in The Woodlands Dining Room from 7 am until noon and is priced at $24 for adults and $16 for children aged 6 through 12. Kids under 5 eat free. Click here to make your reservation.

Santa Night at Chick-fil-A... and also a Special Breakfast
Whether you visit the Chick-fil-A at 6543 FM 1488 in Magnolia or at 8020 Research Forest in Alden Bridge, Santa will magically be there for Santa Night - the evening of December 6 at Magnolia and Dec 9 at Alden Bridge. Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy other fun holiday activities. The entire family is invited, and admission is free for all activities.

Additionally, on December 11, the Magnolia Education Foundation at 11659 Farm to Market Rd 1488 in Magnolia is hosting a Breakfast with Santa event open to the community featuring a pancake breakfast, photos with Santa and Mrs Claus, touch a truck with first responders, musical performances by various school groups, activities and games, Christmas caroling, and much more. Chick-fil-A - Magnolia is going to be part of this community-wide event that is going to be a fantastic morning of so many different holiday experiences. Click here to make a reservation.

Milk and Cookies with Santa with The Woodlands Township
Enjoy some milk and cookies with Santa on December 11 at the Rob Fleming Recreation Center - 6464 Creekside Forest Drive - while he reads a Christmas story in his sleigh. The elves will also show you Santa’s favorite cookie recipe to make cookies in a jar to bake later. Remember to bring your camera for a picture with Santa! For ages 3 - 12 years old. $15 for residents; $20 for non-residents; $5 sibling discount. Pre-registration is required, registration on event day not permitted unless space and supplies allow. Please call 281-516-7348 or 281-210-3950 to secure a spot.

Santa's Morning Jingle and LIVE Reindeer at The Woodlands Children's Museum
On December 11 from 8-11 a.m., The Woodlands Children’s Museum at 4775 West Panther Creek Drive #280 is hosting Santa's Morning Jingle, sponsored by America’s ER and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Your reservation provides opportunities to have photos with Santa, photos with Santa’s reindeer, special time together creating art projects, interactive time with TCA performing artist Joe McDermott and a hot breakfast planned especially for you. Your reservation allows you and your family to continue to enjoy the museum even after the scheduled seating time. $30 per each child 0-12, $15 Adults. Click here for reservations.

Gingerbread House-Making with Santa at Rob Fleming Recreation Center
The Woodlands Township is also hosting a special event on December 18 at Rob Fleming Recreation Center where your little ones aged 3 and up can meet Santa and build and decorate a gingerbread house with gum drops, peppermints, frosting and more! Parent participation required. Each enrollment receives one gingerbread house to decorate. Fee: $20 Resident; $25 Non-Resident; $5 sibling discount Two Time slots available: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required, registration on event day not permitted unless space and supplies allow. Please call 281-516-7348 or 281-210-3950 to secure a spot.

Donuts with Santa with The Woodlands Township
Enjoy some sprinkled sweet treats with Frosty the Snowman and a visit from Santa Claus at Rob Fleming Recreation Center! Festive donuts, fruit, milk and coffee will be served. Families will create a holiday wreath that’s perfect for hanging on your front door. Enrollment fee is per child. Bring your camera for photos with their special guests. Fee: $20 Resident; $25 Non-Resident. Pre-registration is required, registration on event day not permitted unless space and supplies allow. Please call 281-516-7348 or 281-210-3950 to secure a spot

As the holidays kick into high gear, we here at Woodlands Online are pretty confident that Santa Claus and his crew will be showing up at even more pages. Stay tuned here for updates on the jolly old elf’s comings and goings throughout The Woodlands area… who knows? We might even be able to snag an interview with the man himself!

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