Where to See Santa Safely in 2020

COVID-19 precautions at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s include a “Magic Santa Shield” between guests and Santa.

COVID-19 has already taken so much from us — must we also sacrifice that time-honored tradition of visiting Santa Claus? While there may be no classic photographs of wailing children on his lap this year, the good news is there are still plenty of ways your kids can see Santa in person and even virtually over a video chat.

In-person visits with Santa:

The Town Center at Levis Commons
Dec. 11-13 & Dec. 18-23; Check Calendar for Hours
3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, OH | 419-931-8888
shopleviscommons.com/event
Free

Snap your own photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Plexiglass between Santa and visitors “magically disappears” for photos. Groups must stay “two reindeer” (10 feet) apart in line. Facial coverings required (small children exempt) and hand sanitizer/wipes are available. If you can’t wear a mask or you’d rather visit with Santa from outside the Santa House, there is also an option to chat over walkie-talkie and pose with Santa through the window!

A group poses for a photo with Santa at Bass Pro Shops.

Cabela’s
Daily through Dec. 24
110 Cabelas Blvd. E., Dundee, Mich.
Free, Reservations Required

Bass Pro Shops
Daily through Dec. 24
10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford, OH
Free, Reservations Required

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops with safety protocols in place that include facial coverings, temperature screenings, a transparent “Magic Santa Shield” between Santa and families, and a sanitation squad cleaning surfaces between each visit. Families receive a free 4×6 photo, with the option to purchase additional prints.

The Shops at Fallen Timbers
Dec. 10-24; Reservations Strongly Encouraged
3100 Main St., Maumee, OH 
cherryhillprograms.com
$39.99-49.99 for photo packages

Santa is ready to welcome visitors with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facial coverings are required for Santa, employees and all visitors ages 2 and older. While not able to sit on Santa’s lap, visitors will still be able to chat with Santa while maintaining physical distance.

Franklin Park 
Dec. 8-24; Reservations Strongly Encouraged
5001 Monroe St., Toledo, OH
cherryhillprograms.com
$39.99-49.99 for photo packages

Santa is ready to welcome visitors with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Facial coverings are required for Santa, employees and all visitors ages 2 and older. While not able to sit on Santa’s lap, visitors will still be able to chat with Santa while maintaining physical distance.

Letters to Santa Drive-Thru
Dec. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay, OH
calendar.findlay.edu/event/letters-to-santa/
Free

Santa will be waving from a safe distance and accepting letters through this special drive-through event on the University of Findlay campus! No need to leave your car — simple pull through the half circle drive off of Main Street and drop your letters into Santa’s bag. The first 200 vehicles will receive a free Christmas goodie bag from the University of Findlay. 

Virtual visits with Santa

Tom Pruss, aka 419 Santa, heads out for a home visit in November.

419 Santa 
facebook.com/419Santa or 419santa@gmail.com
$10 per 15-minute visit

Local favorite Tom Pruss, aka 419 Santa, is available for live visits over Zoom. This fun-loving jokester has been working on his beard all year and promises a great visit for kids and adults alike.

JingleRing
jinglering.com
Starting at $24.95

Meet with Black Santas, Spanish-speaking Santas, and Santas fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) through the virtual Santa business JingleRing. 

Create Holiday Magic
www.createholidaymagic.com
Packages run $9.99-$99.99  

Offering a variety of options for a live, personal Santa visit through your phone, computer or tablet. You can also upload a photo to create a free picture with Santa.

Portable North Pole
www.portablenorthpole.com

Free for a basic personalized video; premium videos and calls start at $4.99. Send a personalized video message or phone/video call from Santa through the website or app. 

ImagineAR
IOS App Store or Google Play
Free

It only takes a few minutes to take a photo or create a video of Santa in your home through this augmented reality app! It works on Android or iOS devices and allows photos and videos to be saved and shared.

Nordstrom Santa Chats
nordstromrsvp.com
$20

Your $20 buys you not only 15 minutes with the Santa of your choice (Black, ASL with interpreter, white, Asian, or Latinx), but 100% of proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club and Operation Warm.