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Unique Santa sightings in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Have you waited until the last minute to visit Santa Claus for that Christmas photo opp? Here are five unique options to get your Santa fix.

Scuba Diving Santa

OK, so your kids can't get into the water with Scuba Diving Santa but he will let them know if they've been naughty or nice. You can also write and drop off Santa letters in the mailbox to be sent to the North Pole from Noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18 and Saturday, December 21.

Good to know: If you're a Sea Life Annual Pass Member, you can bring a friend for free on December 18 and December 21

Where: SeaLife Grapevine Aquarium, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine, TX 76051

When: 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 18 and Sunday, December 21 (The aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on those days.)

Cost: $19, adults, $15, children ages 3 to 12. Children 2 and younger are free.


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.

Where: Entrance is located at the intersection of Ballpark Way and Road to Six Flags in Arlington

When: Through Sunday, December 22. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday.

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 benefitting 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: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, December 20; 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21; 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, December 22; 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, December 23.

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., Southlake, TX 76092

When: 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19; 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 20, Sunday, December 22 and Monday, December 23; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 21; and 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 24.

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 3D and view an interactive that shows how many cookies Santa eats during his journey.

When: Tuesday, December 24

Cost: Free