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This is not the year without Santa Claus. Here’s where you can spot him in person

(WYDaily/Photo by Gabrielle Rente)

Despite what you may have heard, even the coronavirus can’t stop Santa from coming to town.

Here’s a list you can check twice of where to find good ol’ Saint Nick:

Cookies with Santa: Sunday (Dec. 6), from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., families can stop by to see Santa and drop off pre-made wish lists at York Hall on Main Street. This is a COVID-19 conscious event, with safety restrictions in place. Families are still encouraged to bring their own cameras to the event, and children will stand in a designated area to speak with Santa. Masks are required. Click here for more details.

Williamsburg Christmas Market: Happening weekends through the month of December, this Christmas market allows patrons a photo opportunity with the man in red himself every day of the market from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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Kelrae Farm: Santa will be on the farm Dec. 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. He’ll arrive in style via wagon and kids can join him for a ride around the farm. Other activities include storytime, gingerbread house decorating, and a visit with one of Santa’s elves. Reservations are required to make this event. Tickets must be reserved by Dec. 7. To buy tickets, email Office@KelRaeFarm.com. Click here for more information. 

Merchants Square: Stroll around Merchants Square for a chance to meet Victorian-period Father Christmas. He’ll be walking around the area wearing his face shield Fridays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Side Car Santa: Who said Santa wasn’t cool? You can get a photo with Santa and his rad ride when he appears in Merchants Square on the weekend, 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. on Sundays, but he’ll only stick around for a few hours.

Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration: Santa has a cushy castle in Busch Gardens Oktoberfest village this year. Kids can get a photo with Santa as he sits safely behind a wall of Plexiglass with a mask of his own. Masks are required at all times within the park.

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Hennage Auditorium at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg: Meet not one, but three different Santas; Grandfather Frost from Russia, La Befana from Italy and our Santa Claus at “Who Will Bring My Presents?” Museum entrance is needed to meet the men in red, and they cost $5 for a program ticket and $2.50 for kids. Click here for more information.

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