Santa Sightings - Photos, Visits, Breakfast, Calls & More

Best Places to Take Kids to See Santa in the 'Burgh

By Emily Papa, Macaroni KID Publisher December 2, 2021

Have you seen Santa in the 'Burgh yet or are you still looking for the perfect place to take your Christmas photos? From Virtual Santa visits to Santa on a boat to Santa on a firetruck to your traditional Mall Santa; we've got the list you've been looking for! Scroll on down, so you can find the best places to spot Santa in Pittsburgh this Winter. Many of the listings below are reoccurring throughout November and December. If at anytime you are looking for additional one-time Santa Sightings, head over to the Macaroni KID Pittsburgh West - Robinson, South Hills, City or Washington event calendar and search using the 🎅🏻 emoji to find the most up-to-date information! Do you have a favorite Santa that isn't on our list? Let us know HERE.

🎅🏻 Santa Magic 📸 The Mall at Robinson - Photos with Santa

November 19th-December 24th

🎅🏻 Santa Parade Sewickley

December 4th 10:30am

🎅🏻 Santa at the Station 🚒 Cochran Hose Fire Station

December 5th 11am-3pm

🎅🏻 Breakfast with Santa Kennedy Township

December 12th 

🎅🏻 Carnegie Christmas with Goats Carnegie

December 18th 12-5pm

Photos with Santa Galleria of Mt. Lebanon

Mondays – Saturdays: noon-7pm
Sundays: noon to 5pm
Christmas Eve: 11am-5pm  

Santa arrives Saturday, November 19th and will be at the Galleria though December 24th.
Visit with Santa and have your picture taken with him. Pet photos available every Monday through December 20th!

Make your reservations here

Lights. Camera. Santa South Hills Village Mall

Photos available from November 21st - December 21st (closed on Thanksgiving)

Things to know before you go: Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Pre-booking your Santa Magic photo experience is highly recommended. Walk-up visits are available as space permits at participating locations. The health and wellbeing of our staff, Santa and Guests is top priority. 

🎅🏻 Breakfast and Lunch With Santa Hard Rock Café

Multiple dates between December 4th and 18th. Enter to WIN breakfast for 4 on December 4th HERE

🎅🏻 Santa Fun Cruise ⛴ Gateway Clipper

Multiple Dates between November 26th and December 19th

🎅🏻 Pictures with Santa Baldwin Borough Public Library

December 18th

🎅🏻 Cookies with Santa 🍪 Round Hill Park

December 4th

Santa Zoom at Peoples Gas Holiday Market 🎄🎅🏻 near Market Square & PPG Place

November 19th - December 23rd
Monday-Friday noon-3pm, 4-7pm, Saturdays 11am-8pm, Sundays 11am-6pm

The magic of a visit to Santa is reimagined through Santa Zoom, presented by BJ’s! This real-time conversation with Santa provides a creative and safe alternative to the traditional in-person visit.

Photos with Santa 🎅🏻 Heinz History Center

Join us from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, Nov. 26, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18 to take photos with Santa Claus (museum admission ticket required).

Virtual Stories with Santa 🎅🏻 at Phipps Conservatory

Select evenings in November & December

Photos with Santa 🎅🏻 Washington Crown Center Mall

November 21-December 24th 

Family Pet Photos Available every Monday through December 20th. Photo release and waiver must be completed prior to arrival. Reserve your spot in advance

⛸ Skate with Santa 🎅🏻 at Printscape Arena Southpointe

December 4th 1:30-3pm $10/person

🎅🏻 Santa Trolley at Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Saturdays & Sundays in December $15

Santa's Wonderland Cabela's Wheeling

November 6th - December 24th

Families who visit Santa receive a free 4x6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store.


PGH Santa Claus virtual

A live visit with Santa from the comfort and safety of your own home! 


💌  Letters to Santa Bethel Park

Write your letter to Santa and stick it in this outdoor mailbox located in Bethel Park. Leave your address and a SASE and you may receive a reply back!

Alexa Santa engagements:

Call Santa - enable this skill and say “Alexa, call Santa” and Alexa well connect you to Old St. Nick and all his friends at the North Pole.

Santa Claus - enable this skill and say “Alexa, start Santa Claus.” Alexa will ask your kid a series of questions to determine whether they are on the naughty or nice list!

Christmas Countdown - enable this skill and ask “Alexa, how many sleeps until Christmas?” to launch the Christmas Countdown Skill where she will tell you how many sleeps until Christmas and your kids will receive an update from Santa himself!

The Night Before Christmas - enable this skill and say “Alexa, Open The Night Before Christmas” to hear a three-minute version of the poem by Clement Clarke Moore

Where is your favorite place to visit with and get your picture taken with Santa in Pittsburgh? If it's not on our list, please let us know! Email with SANTA in the subject line, and we'll update our list ASAP!