Where to chat up Santa

santa.jpgSavannah area

  • At Oglethorpe Mall, snow-deprived Southern kids can also enjoy a Winter Wonderland. Snow begins at 6, 7 and 8 pm daily @ the Food Court exterior entrance. Click here for more info. Santa will be accepting visits and wish list requests at Oglethorpe from now until Dec. 24. Click here for a Santa photo coupon and holiday drawing for child to color. Click here for a 20 percent off shopping pass from Gymboree.
  • At Savannah Mall, Santa visitors can also ride the Winter Wonderland holiday train for $1 on the lower level Center Court. Santa visits and photos are underway until Christmas on the lower level, Burlington Coat Factory/Target Court next to Hill of Beans.
  • Santa arrives in Savannah by riverboat, 2 pm Fri. Nov. 23, via The River Street Riverboat Company. Santa will be on board a one-hour cruise and toy fund raiser to benefit Savannah’s Greenbriar Children’s Center. Each child younger than 12, accompanied by a paying adult will cruise for free when they bring a new, unwrapped toy. Toys can also be dropped off at any local Savannah Fire Department in exchange for a Santa cruise voucher. Santa’s riverboat arrival kicks off five other Santa Cruises: 2 and 4 pm Nov. 24; 2 pm Nov. 25; 2 pm Dec. 1; 2 pm Dec. 2. Reserve tickets @ 912-232-6404 or 800-786-6404 or book online by clicking here. Adults: $18.95; children without a toy: $10.95.

santa-2.jpgBluffton/Hilton Head area

  • Santa’s arrives @ Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head Island Friday Nov. 23. He’ll be there from 11 am-1 pm. The holiday event at the shops at North Forest Beach includes free photos with Santa as well as a sidewalk sale featuring over 60 shops and restaurants.
  • Santa @ Salty Dog’s Christmas Village, South Beach Marina Village on Hilton Head Island Friday Nov. 23. Lights, snow and Santa visits every week til Christmas. Santa photos too. (843) 363-2198.
  • Santa and your pets @ the Mall at Shelter Cove in Center Court. Pets are welcome for photos, too. Must be on a leash or in a crate – the pets, not the kids. (843) 686-3090.
  • Santa @ The Bear Mill in Bluffton, 1-6 pm Nov. 25. 1460 Fording Island Rd. next to Old Navy (843) 757-2327.
  • Santa @ Holiday Open House Weekend, Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head Island. 10 am-8 pm Fri Nov. 23- Sat. Nov. 24 and 10 am-6 pm Sun. Nov. 25. Entertainment, giveaways, festive entertainment and Santa. Free. (843) 785-1106.
  • Santa @ Town of Bluffton Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Municipal Building, 6 p.m. Nov. 30 Christmas carols with the M.C. Riley Elementary School Children’s Choir, Santa and light refreshments. 20 Bridge St. (843) 706-4500.

  • Santa @ Community Christmas Tree Lighting at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 24 An old-fashioned tree lighting with carols, crafts, refreshments, musical performances and a special visit from Santa. 14 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI (843) 686-3945.

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