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

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

December 5, 2022

Have you seen Santa in the South Hills yet or are you still looking for the best place in Pittsburgh 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! Not only do we have the best places for you to spot Santa in Pittsburgh this winter, but we'll spend the season updating this list with actual photos of the Santa you can expect from each location!

Do you have a favorite Santa that isn't on our list or a photo that we can share? Let us know HERE or email 

Santa sightings in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

See Santa all season long in the South Hills:

*The Waterfront Special

Photos with Santa at The Waterfront

December 3 through December 22

Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday starting December 3 through December 22, Santa will be at The Waterfront. From 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can find Santa between Carhartt and the Children's Place in the Town Center. Walk-ins are accepted along with online photo time slot reservations for $5. All proceeds will be donated to Jeremiah's Place, helping those in need within the community. For more information, visit:

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa at The Hard Rock Cafe

Multiple dates between December 3rd and 18th. 

The Hard Rock Cafe welcomes SANTA back for this Pittsburgh holiday tradition of breakfast and lunch with Santa at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Don’t miss this special Christmas event as Santa spends special moments with every child and his list of the good little boys and girls! We attended this event last year and our kids LOVED talking to Santa in awe as he told them exactly what was on their wish lists! Make your reservations HERE.

Photos with Santa Galleria of Mt. Lebanon

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

Santa will be visiting the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon from November 17th through December 24th during mall hours. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken with him. Santa does take a short break each day to feed his reindeer so if you head to the Galleria mid-day, make sure you check his schedule. Santa is located on Level 1 at Center Court.

More Info HERE

Where is Santa? South Hills Village Mall

Photos available from November 22nd - December 24th (closed on Thanksgiving)

Things to know before you go: Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged, and your child will receive a free phone call from Santa as an exclusive gift when you book online. Caring Santa will be at South Hills Village on December 4th for children to visit Santa in a sensory friendly environment.

Santa Fun Cruise and Tour on the Gateway Clipper

Weekends in November & December

This special Pittsburgh holiday tradition includes a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus while enjoying a 2-hour cruise sailing the Three Rivers! Aboard this holiday Pittsburgh riverboat tour, the kids will enjoy a DJ dance party and a special treat from Santa Claus! Cost is $32/adults and $20 for children up to age 12.

Dinner with Santa at Kennywood's Holiday Lights

This is an additional add-on to Holiday Lights tickets, but it is so worth it and quite possibly one of the most underrated Santa experiences in Pittsburgh!

Photos with Santa 🎅🏻 Washington Crown Center Mall

November 17th-December 24th 

Santa arrives on Thursday, November 17th @ 6 pm! Visit daily until December 24th. Cost for photos is $39.99 December/$33.99 November. Bring your fur baby for photos with Santa on pet photos nights, December 5th and 12th from 5-7pm.

Santa Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

Saturdays & Sundays November 25th through December 18th

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s stockings are hung by the trolleys with care with the knowledge that Santa Claus will soon be there! While aboard a beautifully restored antique streetcar, visitors will get to meet Santa Claus and a few of his friends! Santa will be happy to have visitors take his picture, so make sure you remember to bring your camera. You can also stop by the museum’s large Lionel toy train layout, view the wonderful LEGO layout built by Steel City Lug, Pittsburgh Area’s Adult LEGO User Group. Children can do a holiday craft and everyone can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. $15 tickets include a second festive trolley ride aboard the Yuletide Shuttle.

PGH Santa Claus virtual

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


Events where you can see Santa in the South Hills:

December 1st

December 2nd

December 3rd

December 4th

December 9th

December 10th

December 16th

More Santa Fun

💌  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 will 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

Get your FREE printable personalized letter from Santa HERE!

Where is your favorite place to visit with and get your picture taken with Santa in the South Hills? Do you have a favorite Santa? If he's not on our list, please let us know! Email with SANTA in the subject line, and we'll update our list ASAP! If you have a photo you'd like to include for other parents to see Santa before the visit, we'd love to include that too!