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!)

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

Through December 24


Santa wouldn't miss this visit for anything! Santa will be located in Fashion Court, at the intersection of the Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's wings. Rest assured, he and his elves have made every effort to provide a memorable - and contact-free - experience. A visit with Santa is always free and available without a reservation as social distancing requirements allow. But, just in case - click here to make a reservation.  

Fair Oaks Mall

November 27 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! Just pre-purchase your photo package online and reserve your time slot to see Santa. 

Springfield Town Center

November 2 Through December 24

Springfield Town Center

Capture your holiday memories at Springfield Town Center! Reservations must be made in advance of your visit. Not interested in visiting Santa in person? New this year, you can book a virtual visit with him to chat from the comfort of your own home!  


Saturdays and Sundays through December 23