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Where’s Saint Nick? Here’s your Santa-finding guide for the Historic Triangle

Santa and his elves pose for a photo before a busy season of greeting families at Busch Gardens Christmas Town. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
Santa and his elves pose for a photo before a busy season of greeting families at Busch Gardens Christmas Town. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to start looking ahead to Christmas.

Child or adult, Christmas means Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer.

So, where can you find Santa in the Williamsburg area this year?

Here’s our running list, thanks to Visit Williamsburg and Williamsburg Families:

Santa’s Workshop at Busch Gardens

Get photos with Santa and drop off your Christmas List at the North Pole in NewKastle.

Dates: Visit the Busch Gardens website to see available dates.

Price: Admission to Christmas Town (Starts at $30 per ticket without a membership).

Yorktown Market Days and Toyland Parade

Shop for locally-grown produce and holiday goods at the Yorktown Market Days. There will also be children’s activities such as colonial crafts, holiday music, and rides on the Polar Express. The public can also participate in the Toyland Parade through Riverwalk Landing led by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown. Festivities begin at 1 p.m.

Date: Dec. 8

Price: Free, goods and services for purchase

Sparkleland on the Square

Santa will make an appearance in Merchants Square on weekends in December. Visitors can go see Santa, participate in holiday workshops, listen to live music, meet Liberty the dog and enjoy holiday treats.

Dates: Thursday through Sunday, each weekend throughout the month.

Price: Free, photos for purchase

Yankee Candle

Find Saint Nick at Yankee Candle daily throughout December.

Date: Every day. Check the Yankee Candle website for Santa’s hours.

Price: Goods and services for purchase

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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