10 places to get photos with Santa in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

Santa visits Crave
Santa will be visiting Crave Golf Club again this year (photo courtesy of Crave Golf Club)

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This year has been a strange year for everyone, perhaps even Santa.

But don’t worry, Santa Claus is still making his rounds to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and surrounding areas in 2020.

Here are the top places you can catch Santa Claus in the Smoky Mountains:

10. Crave Golf

Crave Golf gets decked out this time of year with a Candy Christmas event, and we all know Santa loves candy.

Free photo ops will be available with Santa at Crave Golf on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 19, 7-9 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 22, 6-9 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 23, 6-9 pm

Safety measures will be in place. For more information, visit their website.

9. Santa’s Claus-et

Even Santa is on Zoom this year!

Santa’s Claus-et in Gatlinburg is offering online ways to visit with Santa this year on their website.

But don’t worry, if you still wish to see Santa in person, he will be at Santa’s Claus-et from Nov. 1-Dec. 23, 2020. There is no charge to see Santa, but photo packages will be available for purchase.

Santa will be in a tent outside to allow for air circulation and social distancing. For more information, visit the website.

8. Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum

This year, the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum will be hosting Smoky Mountain Christmas at the Museum. This free event will feature an outdoor garden railway Christmas display with lights. Cocoa, cider and cookies will be available.

Santa will also be at this event, and crafters will be present for Christmas shopping opportunities.

This event will take place (weather permitting) from 5-7 pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 28
  • Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Saturday, Dec. 12
  • Saturday, Dec. 19

Health and safety measures will be in place. For more information about this event, call (865) 661-0170 or visit their Facebook page.

Santas Haus
Santa will be visiting Santa’s Haus Thursday-Monday from 11 am-7pm (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

7. The Christmas Place

If you want to find Santa in the Smoky Mountains, visiting The Christmas Place is a good start.

The Christmas Place will feature Santa’s Haus this year for guests to experience the magic of Christmas.

Santa will be home Thursday-Monday from 11 am-7pm and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Safety measures will be in place, and temperature checks will be required to enter. For more information, click here.

6. Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter

Santa’s sleigh will also be landing on Anakeesta Mountain on select dates throughout November and December.

The dates are currently scheduled for:

  • Friday, Nov. 27: 11 am-3 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 28: 11 am-3 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 4: 11 am-3 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 5: 11 am-3 pm

To check Anakeessta’s calendar, click here.

5. Wilderness at the Smokies

Kids can see Santa Claus at Wilderness at the Smokies inside the holiday-themed River Lodge Conference Center.

Santa will make his appearance from 12-5 pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 28
  • Saturday, Dec. 5
  • Saturday, Dec. 12
  • Saturday, Dec. 19

Safety measures will be in place. For a full list of holiday happenings at Wilderness at the Smokies, visit their website.

Santa's List
Kids can watch Santa make his famous naughty or nice list at Dollywood this year (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

4. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

During Santa’s trips to East Tennessee, he also enjoys visiting his friend Dolly Parton. New in 2020, “Santa’s List … Naughty or Nice” allows kids to see inside Santa’s cabin as he reviews his famous list.

Families can discover whether their name is on the list and also have their photo made as they watch Santa work.

For more information, visit Dollywood’s website.

3. Townsend Holiday Homecoming

Families can celebrate harvest, home and the holidays with live music, crafts and visits with Santa.

The Holiday Homecoming will take place from 11 am-3 pm, Saturday, November 21, at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Admission is free. Music will be provided by the Native American Flute Circle, the Mountain Shadow String Band, Good Thymes Ceilidh Band and Boogertown Gap.

Safety measures will be in place. For more information, visit their website.

2. Bass Pro Shops

Back by popular demand, Bass Pro Shops will host Santa from now through Dec. 24, 2020.

Advanced reservations are required. Guests can make their free reservation up to seven days in advance.

To make a reservation to see Santa, click here.

Shadrack's Christmas in Kodak TN
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Kodak, Tenn., is now open nightly (photo by John Gullion/TheSmokies.com)

1. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack’s is a popular way to see Christmas lights in the Smokies, and Santa will be available for photos from now until Dec. 23, 2020.

Santa’s Village is free with admission to the light show, which ranges from $25-30 per vehicle, depending on which night of the week you visit. Note that buses and activity vans cost extra.

Photos with Santa will be taken from a safe distance. For more information, visit their website.

Read Also: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Clark Griswold’s dream becomes reality

Where do YOU plan to catch Santa this year? Let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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