It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the time when Santa Claus visits Washington County!


Luckily, Washington County has many spots for Santa to stop and visit, so make sure to check out just some of Santa’s frequently visited spots here in our local community and make sure to mark your calendars for a visit with the man of the season.

Holiday Market & Downtown Washington Christmas Parade

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Holiday Market & Downtown Washington Christmas Parade

Brought to you by the Observer-Reporter and sponsored by many of the wonderful Washington County businesses, the Holiday Market & Downtown Washington Christmas Parade (Friday, December 2) is an evening full of shopping, children's activities and holiday entertainment.


The market is held in the heart of downtown Washington and yes, don’t worry, Santa can be found here! Stop by for a quick meet and greet along with free professional photos with Santa.


Then, after getting to meet Santa make sure to catch a free, magical, horse and carriage ride. You can end the Holiday festivities by shopping and eating from the local business vendors in attendance.


The Observer-Rpeorter’s Holiday Market is not only a free Santa spot, but also the perfect holiday season activity for all ages.

Sarris Candies

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The Grinch at Sarris Candies

After an incredible turnout last year, the Grinch is returning to Sarris Candies on Sunday, December 4! From 11 am to 3 pm, stop by the store to get your photo taken with the mean green guy himself. While you're there, be sure to stock up on all of your sweet, seasonal faves.

No reservations or bookings are needed. First come, first served.

California Borough Holly Day Celebration

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California Borough Holly Day

Celebrate the holidays with Holly Day in California, Friday, December 9! Festive organizations march down the streets of California dressed in their holiday best to celebrate. There will also be a special visit from Santa and his elves too! Families gather afterward to enjoy snacks and activities provided by local students and organizations.

Little Lake Theatre

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Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and he is here at Little Lake Theatre! On Saturday, December 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. visit with Santa and hear stories, sing songs, and tell him your wishes.


Enjoy cookies and drinks and a special surprise from Santa.


Cost: $10 per child ( all children must be accompanied by an adult ). Get tickets here.

The SpringHouse

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Breakfast with Santa

Located on Route 136, The Springhouse is a family owned and operated Dairy Farm, Creamery, Restaurant, Bakery and Country Store with a full-service Catering Business.


This locally owned and operated business holds events for almost every seasonal holiday. For the Christmas season, The Springhouse hosts, “Breakfast with Santa.” This year, the event will be held on three separate days December 10-11, 17.  Don’t get too excited though as this year’s event has sold out completely. Food for thought for 2023 planning...


Reservations are usually required, but free fun and good food are guaranteed. Indulge in their delicious chocolate milk and freshly made breakfast all while getting a free visit and photo opportunity with Santa Claus.

Hark in the Park

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Join us Saturday, December 17 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. for the first Hark in the Park holiday event in Washington Park! Family friendly with crafts, smores, music, bingo and even an appearance from St. Nick himself!


This is an open air situation, while we will have heaters and the fireplaces, please dress accordingly!

Tanger Outlets

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Santa at Tanger Outlets

In addition to photo opportunities with Santa, find merry moments at Tanger Outlets this holiday season! From November 4 - December 24, families can head to Tanger to take part in a Holiday Scavenger Hunt with the Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas Tradition! Pick up your exclusive FREE Tanger Outlets Activity Book and unlock loads of fun while Shopping at Tanger! Plus, Tanger Outlets Pittsburgh is a Scout Elf Official Adoption Center this holiday season! Prepare for Scout Elf Return Week by adopting a Scout Elf now in Shopper Services, or Adopt Elf Pets Arctic Fox, find Claus Couture and many more merry options!

Washington Crown Center

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Santa at Washington Crown Center

This year, Santa arrived at the Washington Crown Center on November 17, and will be front and center through December 24. Make your reservation today for that classic family picture!