Have you waited until the last minute to visit Santa Claus for that Christmas photo op? Here are four unique options to get your Santa fix.
Go to Santa’s Haus at Arlington Christkindl
Following the tradition of markets held throughout Germany during the holidays, Arlington Christkindl offers authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts and holiday gifts. Children can visit Santa Haus to get photos with him.
Good to know: Family activities include a Bavarian-themed petting zoo ($5 per child) and a musical marionette show.
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Where: Entrance is located at the intersection of Ballpark Way and Road to Six Flags in Arlington
When: 3:30 to 7 p.m. today.
Cost: Free admission and parking
Santa in Sundance Square Plaza
Get your photo with Santa Claus at the new Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth. Photos are available for a $7 donation with proceeds benefiting Fort Worth Sister Cities Youth Programs. It’s cash only.
Good to know: You are welcome to take photos with your own personal camera or smartphone. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all weekend long.
Where: The plaza is between Third and Fourth, and Houston and Commerce streets, in downtown Fort Worth
When: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday
Cost: $7 donation
Santa’s Village in Southlake
Join the big jolly elf at Santa’s Village in Rustin Park. John and Deanna Ashley of Ashley Nostalgia Photography will be on hand to capture holiday portraits.
Good to know: Be sure to drop off a letter to Santa at the Village Post Office, and don’t forget your return address. Santa will send a response!
Where: Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square, 1400 E. Southlake Blvd.
When: 3:30 to 8 p.m today and Monday; and 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
Cost: Free; photos available for purchase
Track Santa on Christmas Eve
The official NORAD Santa site has a countdown clock, an interactive game section and lots of info on the jolly ole elf including the best FAQ ever. Sample: “How can Santa travel the world within 24 hours? NORAD intelligence reports indicate that Santa does not experience time the way we do.” You can find out how to send or receive a personal video message from Santa. On Christmas Eve, you can download the Google Earth plug-in to track Santa’s flight in 3-D and view an interactive that shows how many cookies Santa eats during his journey.
— Maricar Estrella