It's that time of year where Santa pays an early visit to all the boys and girls of the world and sees who has been naughty and who has been nice before he returns to the North Pole to make final preparations for his Christmas Eve trek. But where can you catch a glimpse of the jolly old elf to give him a heads up on what you hope to find under the tree this year? Check out our list below for where to spot the Big Man in Red this year. (Be sure to double-check each location's website for timing details before you head out!)

Tysons Corner Center
Through December 24

Some of the Northern Virginia Christmas activities are going digital!This holiday season, check out the interactive Elf Academy at Santa HQ. Make your way to the Fashion Court area of the mall to try on the latest elf looks with Santa’s Magic Mirror, create your very own Elf-ID Card, and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O'Meter. Don't feel like waiting in line for Santa? Speed up the fun with a Fast Pass. Purchase yours today! RESERVE FAST PASS
 

Tysons Galleria
Through December 24

Head to Tysons Galleria and when you're finished shopping at your favorite luxury brand stores, put on your best outfit to meet up with Santa at Macy's Court. Reserve Now


Fair Oaks Mall
Through December 24

Santa's Flight Academy is in full effect again this year at Fair Oaks Mall! Kids can become an official member of the flight crew and enjoy a special visit with Santa. Plus, receive a personalized Cadet Badge, try on a virtual flight suit, learn how to operate the sleigh, dance under magical lights and snowfall, and more! Reservations are not required to see Santa. View Hours of Operation


Springfield Town Center
Through December 24

Capture your Holiday Memories at Springfield Town Center! Just pre-purchase your photo package online and for a convenience fee, you can hop in the FastPass line to see Santa. FastPass must be purchased in advance of your visit; just select a two-hour window for an appointment of the preferred date and time, and go to the front of the Santa photo line upon arrival!  CLICK HERE FOR FASTPASS


Mosaic District
Weekends Through December 22 and Monday, December 23  

No need to make reservations or stand in line for hours at the mall to get those great Christmas Card photos! Grab that selfie stick and pose with Santa at Mosaic District, or have the “elf” on duty snap your family photo. Pets are always welcome to join in the fun as well.


Bull Run Holiday Village and Festival
December 5 Through December 29

The Bull Run Festival of Lights is more than just a light show! After enjoying two and a half miles of light displays, don’t forget to stop at the Holiday Village. Complete with bonfires, s’mores, holiday merchandise and free activities, the Holiday Village is fun for the whole family. Santa will be waiting for you to complete the holiday magic!


Cox Farms Christmas Marketplace 
Through December 23

Santa has been known to visit Cox Farms for quite some time now. Their Christmas Corner Marketplace is full of holiday goodies and we’ve been lucky enough to get exclusive access to his schedule so you can plan your visit accordingly. And don’t worry about forgetting your camera - our elves are happy to take a picture of your little ones free of charge.


Jingle On Lake Anne
December 7

This free holiday event hosted by Lake Anne Merchants will host a variety of festive activities ranging from the ever-popular special visit from Santa at noon (arriving on a lake barge), music, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie and ornament decorating, a holiday arts & crafts market, and much more. Event info here.


Christmas At The Farm
December 8

Celebrate the holidays with Santa and company with a variety of Christmas-themed activities at Frying Pan Farm Park. They have lots of family fun in store including cookie decorating, games, a craft station, and writing letters to Santa. You can even enjoy a holiday wagon ride with Santa as your driver. More info.


Lunch With Santa
December 14

Lunch with Santa in the City of Fairfax has been a favorite event for local families for years. This year the event will be held at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm at Old Town Hall. Don't forget to get your tickets! Tickets can be purchased at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street; Green Acres, 4401 Sideburn Road; and the Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy.


Santa In The Mill
December 14

Enjoy old-fashioned family holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft. More info here.


Sleigh Rides and Santa
December 16

Join the Burke Town Center for a Carriage Ride with Santa! Toys and treats for the kids! Minimum of 4 persons per ride. Groups may be placed together. The line is subject to early closure.


These are just some of the Christmas events in Fairfax County where you can spend time with your friends and family throughout the holiday season here in Fairfax County. Share your holiday fun with us using #FXVA or @VisitFairfax and we'll keep track of who is being naughty and nice on their trips to visit Santa this year. And for more holiday happenings, visit our seasonal event calendar to plan your holiday excursion today.