Where to Meet Santa in Central Massachusetts

Posted: December 3, 2019

A full, white beard. Rosy cheeks. A hearty laugh and the iconic red velvet suit. For those who celebrate Christmas, seeing Santa Claus in person is guaranteed to be a happy reminder of the magic of each winter season. Here are several locations in Central Massachusetts where you can catch jolly old St. Nicholas when he brings an abundance of holiday spirit to the area this month. Remember to bring your camera to snap the perfect family photo or selfie!

Winter Wonderland at Southwick Zoo

2 Southwick Street, MendonEvery Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Dec. 29

A treat for adults and children alike. Admire light displays as you ride the holiday train or visit some furry friends in the petting zoo while you search for Santa. New this year, check out the acrobats and magic jugglers in the Cirque de Holiday heated tent.

See Santa at The Worcester Public Library

Various Library Locations, Worcester / Dec. 11, 17, 21

Santa is making his way to several Worcester Public Library locations throughout the month. Borrow your favorite Christmas book while you’re there, or perhaps a few that are part of your celebratory traditions.


Town of Sutton Chain of Lights

307 Boston Road, Sutton / Saturday, Dec. 7

Welcome the holiday season along with Sutton small businesses and community organizations. Enjoy free trolley rides, food, photos with Santa, hay-rides, animals, family activities, shopping and lots of holiday cheer.

Town of Grafton Holiday Celebration

Grafton Common & Surrounding Areas, GraftonSunday, Dec. 8

More than 40 organizations have teamed up to offer a full day of holiday celebration with entertainment, craft activities, refreshments and more. Santa will make his arrival on the Grafton Common for the official tree-lighting ceremony and caroling sing-along.

Holiday Open House at Douglas Farm

36 Locust Street, Douglas / Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14-15 

Let hot, mulled cider and cookies warm your spirit at this open house. While you’re waiting to get your photo with Santa, do some holiday shopping and pick up locally made gifts including honey, maple syrup, jams or meats.

40th Annual Holiday Pops at Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street, Worcester / Saturday, Dec. 14

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will celebrate four decades of this holiday show that has sold-out for the last 39 years. Look forward to appearances by Irish Step Dancers, a 100-member combined chorus and Santa himself.

Brunch with Santa at The Beechwood Hotel

363 Plantation Street, Worcester / Sunday, Dec. 15

This annual event provides a unique opportunity to have a meet and greet with Santa while enjoying a sweet and savory brunch spread. With made-to-order omelette, waffle and crepe stations, you’ll leave with a full belly and happy memories. 

Deck the Halls at Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester / Saturday, Dec. 21

Santa loves art, too! Admission to the Worcester Art Museum is free during this festive holiday event. Walk the hallways, view artwork from around the world and imagine what Christmas celebrations were like in year’s past.