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, and mask protocols before you head out!)

After you have taken your photo and told him your list, make sure to check out all the other great winter activities and events Fairfax has to offer. 

Tysons Corner Center

SantaThrough December 24

The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit to Santa’s winter wonderland. The jolly elf himself will be located in the Fashion Court area of Tysons Corner Center and a visit is always free with photo packages available for purchase. Reservations aren't required but are recommended to reduce your wait time. You can book your reservation here.

Tysons Galleria

Santa Snow GlobeThrough December 24

Santa will be waiting amongst the luxury retail stores found in Tysons Galleria to hear what's on your Christmas list - and to let you know if you've been naughty or nice. Timed slots are going fast so make sure to book your photo time with Santa and create another season of magical moments for you and your family. Reservations are encouraged.

Fair Oaks Mall

Santa Fair OaksThrough December 24

Family fun awaits as Santa and his elves have set up shop inside Fair Oaks Mall...and they've brought along their magical sleigh. A 22-foot tall sleigh to be exact, complete with magical snowfall. Masks are optional when you're sitting with the big man but are recommended before and after your visit. Reservations are available here.

Mosaic District

Mosaic Santa 2021Through December 23

Santa can be found hanging out around Mosaic District (in the Target atrium) waiting for you and yours to pop in and snap a picture. No reservations are necessary so just bring your patience along with your mobile phone or camera so you can create your own Santa photo experience before you head out shopping. Find out exact dates/time here.

Springfield Town Center

SantaThrough December 24

Good tidings and joy are filling the halls in the S.T.C. because Santa is bringing his good juju with him to South County all the way from the North Pole. Digital photos and printed photo packages are available to purchase after the photoshoot is over. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Colvin Run Mill

Santa hatDecember 11

Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun paired with local history as Santa visits one of the most beloved historic sites in all of Fairfax County. Santa will be checking out the mill himself while he's there, and you'll have the opportunity to gaze at the Victorian-era decorations. Cost is $10 and you'll need to register online.

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. For more holiday and Christmas fun, don't miss this list of upcoming Christmas and holiday performances, this round-up of places to get your Christmas tree, this Holiday Gift Guide, and this activity guide to Hanukkah 2021.

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 and winter planning resource to map out your holiday festivities today.