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🎅 Where to Find Santa Claus in Douglas County (In Person & Virtual)

Santa's schedule for Highlands Ranch, Parker, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, and surrounding areas

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher November 10, 2020

REMINDER: We do our best to stay on top of changes and cancellations but we recommend you confirm details with the venue or sponsor of the event. Last-minute cancellations can happen due to COVID-19 and unpredictable weather.


Aren't we lucky? Santa's personal assistant shared his calendar with us! Following are his scheduled visits to Douglas County, plus a few nearby that we think you'll want to know about. Keep checking... we'll be adding more events as we find them!

NOTE: Most Santa events require advance reservations and are likely to sell out so secure your tickets right away. Be among the first to know about "sure to sell out" events when you follow us on Facebook!

At the end of our list are some ways to connect with the Big Guy online, over the phone, and through letters (complete with a North Pole postmark).

Did we miss something? Use our Submit an Event link to tell us all about it!

Ongoing

Photos with Santa at Cabela's ~ November 8–December 24
Cabela's, Lone Tree • FREE! Photo packages available for purchase
Enjoy the magic of Christmas with a safe visit and photo with Santa! Families will receive a free 4x6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital download. Photo packages available for purchase.

  • Spots are limited; reservations are required.
  • Temperature screenings for guests and team members.
  • Contact-free visits; The Magic Santa Shield is an acrylic barrier between Santa and families.
  • Surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between families.
  • Team members wear face coverings; customer requirements are based on local guidelines.

Photos with Santa at Park Meadows ~ November 20–December 24
Park Meadows, Lone Tree • Photo packages start at $39.99
If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season, get your professional pics with Santa taken at Park Meadows. Reservations are required. Face coverings for you and Santa may be required during your contactless visit based on current state regulations.

Weekend of November 14-15

Annual Tree Lighting at Outlets at Castle Rock (Saturday)
Outlets at Castle Rock • FREE!
Santa himself will help light the Outlet’s 55’ holiday tree for the very first time shortly after sunset.

Weekend of November 28-29

Santa at the House of Christmas Lights Set to Music! (Saturday)
House of Christmas Lights, Castle Rock • FREE!
Santa will be at the House of Lights for one day only! There will be hot chocolate and candy canes too. Due to current restrictions, you can meet with Santa at a 6-foot distance without a mask, or if you are wearing a mask you can have the "normal" experience.

Photo Session with Santa and a Horse (Sunday)
Promise Ranch, Franktown • $25
Your whole family can sit for a photo with Santa and be near one of the Promise Ranch therapy horses during the 5-minute photo session. You will receive 1 digital image via email from the photo session. Pre-registration is required; masks are required.

Week of November 30-December 4

Hometown Holiday Drive Thru (Friday)
Recreation Center at Eastridge • $5 per car
THIS EVENT IS ON A WAIT LIST! Santa is coming to town and wants to safely visit with your family! You'll drive through the event, stopping at booths that will have free treats or crafts and ending with photos with Santa! This photo will be a Christmas card for the ages as you remain in your car and Santa takes a photo with you from outside your car.

Weekend of December 5-6

Holiday Caravan (Saturday)
Schweiger Ranch • FREE!
Schweiger Ranch is offering a drive-through Holiday Caravan for a spectacular view of their holiday light display, all from the safety and comfort of your car. Free apple cider and hot cocoa will be passed out for passengers to enjoy while viewing the holiday lights. Pick up a candy cane as you exit and drop off your letter to Santa. He’ll send you off with a festive wave. 

Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Saturday)
Holiday Inn, Parker • $20 package includes 3 4x6 photos and 2 holiday photo strips
Get your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children will also be able to write their letters to Santa. This event benefits Rotary Satellite Club of Parker-Cherry Creek Valley United. There will also be an Impact Toy Drive. If you can, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate!

Week of December 7-11

Virtual Visit with Santa (Wednesday & Friday)
Zoom with Douglas County Libraries • FREE!
Join Douglas County Libraries for a virtual visit with Santa — live from the North Pole! Enjoy songs, an interactive presentation, and a Q&A with the Big Guy himself, all from the comfort of your home. DCL will provide a Santa Kit for each registered child (to be picked up at your local DCL location prior to the event).

Weekend of December 12-13

Gourmet Santa Breakfast! (Saturday)
West Main Taproom & Grill • $25
Enjoy a gourmet breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Write your Letter to Santa and play a family game.

Avenue of Lights: A Drive-Through Experience (Saturday & Sunday)
Momentum Athletic Center, Parker • FREE!
Schedule a time to "meet" with Santa Claus via video chat or phone call from the socially-distanced safety of your vehicle. Every registered child will also receive a small gift from Santa! Each 30-minute time-slot will accommodate six meetings; families can enjoy the holiday light display in the parking lot while they wait for their call with Santa.

A Holiday Drive-Thru Experience (Sunday)
Lone Tree Arts Center • FREE!
This drive-thru experience in the Lone Tree Arts Center parking lot will offer families a chance to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa from Monk and Mongoose while snacking on some cookies and taking in lighted holiday vignettes, wandering holiday characters, live holiday music, and a pop out photo op with the big guy himself (socially distanced, of course)!

Holly Jolly Experience (Sunday)
Zoom via Castle Pines Chamber • FREE!
The Holly Jolly Experience features a welcome from Castle Pines Mayor Tera Radloff, a special message from Santa, a reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas by a surprise current Denver Broncos player, and more! All registered families have the opportunity to pick up free gifts from event sponsors at the Castle Pines Chamber office after December 1st!

Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Sunday)
Holiday Inn, Parker • $20 package includes 3 4x6 photos and 2 holiday photo strips
Get your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children will also be able to write their letters to Santa. This event benefits Colorado Miss Amazing.

Week of December 14-18

Virtual Visit with Santa (Tuesday & Thursday)
Zoom with Douglas County Libraries • FREE!
Join Douglas County Libraries for a virtual visit with Santa — live from the North Pole! Enjoy songs, an interactive presentation, and a Q&A with the Big Guy himself, all from the comfort of your own home. DCL will provide a Santa Kit for each registered child to be picked up at your local DCL location several days prior to the event.

Weekend of December 19-20

Drive-Through Cinnamon Rolls and Santa (Saturday)
Parker Senior Center • $5 per person suggested donation
Cinnamon Rolls for the first 150 attendees. Please stay in your car! Each child will receive a gift from Santa, small craft to take home, and a letter to write to Santa.

Week of December 21-25

Buffet Breakfast with Santa (Monday)
Rory's Diner • $17
Buffet Breakfast with Santa and Pancakes too! Write your Letter to Santa and play a family game. Bring your own camera for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For Parents' Eyes Only

WRITE: Help your child write a letter to Santa, then secretly craft a response, sign it "From Santa" and seal it in a separate, stamped envelope addressed to your child. Mail "Santa's" reply to: North Pole Postmark Postmaster, 4141 Postmark Dr., Anchorage, AK 99530-9998.

Mail it before December 7 and Santa's helpers will take care of the rest... and the envelope will have an official postmark from the North Pole. Get complete instructions from the United States Post Office website.


PRO TIP: Write Santa's reply on the back of your child's letter. It will be a cherished keepsake in years to come.


EMAIL: Go to emailsanta.com and answer a few questions. Almost as soon as you click send, a free response from Santa shows up that you can print out. This site also has webcams, Christmas jokes, games, songs, and so much more.

TALK: Download the free Phone Call from Santa app for iPhone/iPad or Android to schedule a personalized phone call from Santa for your child!

VIDEO: Create a little Christmas magic with a free personalized video message from Portable North Pole.

TRACK: The official NORAD Santa Tracker follows Santa on Christmas Eve as he makes his magical journey around the globe from the North Pole. From December 1 till December 24, visit the site to enjoy games, video, music, and stories.


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Due to COVID-19, the following events have been canceled for 2020:
  • Carriage Parade Day @ DCL, Parker 
  • Christmas Carriage Parade @ Downtown, Parker
  • Holiday Celebration at the Mansion @ Highlands Ranch Mansion 
  • Mayor's Holiday Lighting @ O'Brien Park, Parker 
  • Mayor's Tree Lighting @ Town of Elizabeth Town Hall, Elizabeth
  • Merry Days Holiday Tree Lighting @ Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree
  • Milk and Cookies with Santa @ Parker Fieldhouse, Parker
  • Once Upon a December Boutique @ Chaparral High School, Parker
  • Reindeer Games @ Philip S. Miller Park, Castle Rock
  • Santa's Village @ Chatfield Farm, Littleton