Santa Sightings in Knoxville and East Tennessee


Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is making a special trip from the North Pole to visit good girls and boys in East Tennessee!

There are LOTS of chances for your children to talk to the jolly old elf this year. Many events require advance registration, so be sure to keep that in mind. Wishing you and your little ones tear-free Santa pictures you’ll cherish for years to come!

Santa Sightings in Knoxville and East Tennessee

Santa Sightings in Knoxville and East Tennessee

Santa at West Town Mall
Knoxville, TN
Beginning 11/12/21
It’s time for holiday photos with Santa! Now you can save time and avoid the line by reserving online your magical moment with Santa here.

Cook N Craft Academy Breakfast with Santa & Craft Market


Loudon, TN
418 Wharf Street
11/27/21 9:30AM-2:00PM
Children: $7, Adults: $12
Join us for a breakfast with Santa! Eggs, pancakes, muffins, coffee, bacon, sausage and more. Then stay for a special holiday open air craft market. Spots will fill up fast so reserve your tickets in advance here.

Cook N Craft Academy Lunch with Santa & Craft Market
Loudon, TN
418 Wharf Street
11/27/21 12:00PM-2:00PM
Children: $10, Adults: $14

Join us for a lunch with Santa! Enjoy our award winning chili, hotdogs, roasted potatoes/chips, cookies and more plus a visit from the big guy himself! Lunch starts at noon. Then start your holiday shopping in our open air market. Spots will fill up fast so reserve your tickets in advance here.

Anakeesta Breakfast with Santa
Gatlinburg, TN
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
12/04/21 & 12/11/21
General Admission: $84.99 (4-11), $91.99 (Seniors 60+) & $98.99 (Adults 12-59). Ticket prices include general admission.

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us at Anakeesta for a delightfully enchanted breakfast this winter season with a very special guest, Santa Claus himself! Our Breakfast with Santa event will be held December 4 and December 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tickets to our Breakfast with Santa event include EARLY access to Anakeesta before other guests arrive, all-day access to the park, a delicious breakfast served at Cliff Top, holiday crafts, a sing-a-long, and a professional photo with Santa himself! A wonderful breakfast at our restaurant, nestled in the Smoky Mountains, with Ole’ Saint Nick is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and is sure to be a joyful moment and memory for you and your whole family! See website for more details.

Horse Haven Breakfast in the Barn


Lenoir City, TN
2477 Ford Road
12/11/21 9:00AM-11:30AM
Admission: $10 per person, Children two and under free

Your admission price includes an ornament to take home, breakfast and a family photo with Santa! Spaces are limited so be sure to register in advance. See website for more details.

f/32 Pictures with Santa
Knoxville, TN
7838 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
11/26/21-11/28/21 & 12/3/21-12/5/21
Session Fee: $50

Reserve your special time with Santa! The visit will also include a credit for two digital files, with a print and social media release. Spots are expected to fill up fast so reserve your spot now! See website for more details.

P3 Sportsplex Pictures with Santa
Knoxville, TN
11805 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934
12/4/21 9:30AM-12:30PM

Let your kids get their picture made with Santa and the big green Grinch! Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot. See the website for more details.

Evening with Santa
Lenoir City, TN
War Memorial Building
103 N B Street
12/9/21 6:00PM-7:30PM

This event includes one on one time with Santa, light refreshments, crafts, games and a keepsake photo of your child with Santa. See website for more details.

City of Alcoa Tree Lighting
Alcoa, TN
Pedestrian Bridge at Springbrook Corporate Center
233 Associates Boulevard
11/29/21 6:15PM

Come celebrate the lighting of the City of Alcoa Christmas Tree at our new location. Following the ceremony, there will be special music, refreshments, visits with Santa Claus, and hayrides for the children. See website for more details.

Morristown Christmas on The Market & City Tree Lighting
Morristown, TN
Morristown Farmers Market
233 Associates Boulevard
11/27/21 2:00PM

Join us at The Farmers Market to find unique gifts from local vendors and crafters. Festivities will include children’s crafts, music, and visits with Santa. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will conclude the evening’s festivities. Local food trucks will be on hand. See Facebook for more details.

WECO Wartburg Christmas Parade
Wartburg, TN
First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
308 North Maiden Street
12/4/21 6:00PM

The parade will run from Central High School to First Baptist Church along the normal route. Cookies and hot chocolate will be handed out after the parade in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Santa will also be available for pictures. See Facebook for more details.

Santa Photo Event with JCPenney Portraits
West Town Mall & Turkey Creek Locations
Knoxville, TN & Farragut, TN

A fun photography session with Santa, new holiday backgrounds and prop options. See website for more information on times and details.

Foothills Mall
Maryville, TN

See the website for more information on times and dates for family and pet photos with Santa!

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Kodak, TN
Bass Pro Shops
3629 Outdoor Sportsman Place, Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 932-5600

Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store! The tradition at Bass Pro Shops will continue this year with some changes to enhance safety. Reservations will be required in addition to other measures. See website for more details.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Sevierville/Kodak, TN
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium
3540 Line Drive, Kodak, TN 37764
11/5/21-1/2/22 6:00PM-10:00PM. Open rain or shine and on holidays.

Cars or family vans (8 passengers or fewer) Sunday-Thursday $25, Friday & Saturday $30, larger vehicles $50, tour/school buses $100. Fees include admission to Santa’s Village. Credit cards accepted. See a synchronized music and light show that will amaze you from the comfort of your vehicle. Then get out of your car to visit Santa’s Village to see Santa and do much more. See website for more details.

Visit with Santa at The Back Porch Mercantile
Knoxville, TN
5440 Homberg Drive
12/11/21 10:00AM-12:00PM

Santa Claus is coming to town! We are excited to host Santa for Christmas wishes out front with our magical red sleigh. It’s the perfect chance to get some photos with good little boys and girls (and dogs, too)! There will also be fun crafts for children to do. Reservation information TBA.

AIM Clinics Sensory-Friendly Santa Claus
Knoxville, TN
6722 Malone Creek Drive
12/18/21 1:00PM-3:00PM

Join Autism in Motion Clinics for our free sensory-friendly Santa Claus event for family fun and holiday cheer! There will be reindeer games, sensory toys, therapy tools and lots of sweet holiday treats. Hold onto your stockings because there will also be a special guest appearance from Santa Claus for photos. In addition, we will have community partners and information on how ABA therapy can help children with autism. The event is free and open to the public. This event has been mindfully designed for children with autism but all are welcome!

West Side YMCA Pancakes with Santa
Knoxville, TN
400 North Winston Road
12/10/21 4:30PM-6:30PM

It’s time to celebrate the season! Join us at the West Side Y on Friday night, December 10th, as we host an evening of family fun. We’ll cook pancakes and sausage for a holiday breakfast for dinner! Bring the whole family and enjoy a warm meal together at the YMCA. Santa will be dropping by from the North Pole for photos. Breakfast with Santa is FREE for ALL! No registration is required.

Davis Family YMCA Breakfast with Santa
Knoxville, TN
12133 South Northshore Drive
12/4/21 9:00AM-11:00AM

This free community event will include pancakes, sausage, juice and milk. Guests will be able to take a picture with Santa, too.

Willow Ridge Garden Center
Oak Ridge, TN
97 Oak Ridge Turnpike
11/27/21, 12/4/21, 12/11/21 & 12/18/21 11:00AM-2:00PM

Come visit with Santa on our front porch! We will have a contactless visiting station set up for all the good boys and girls to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Live Virtual Santa Visit
Times Vary

The popular Santa from our Knoxville Moms “Cookies with Santa” event is virtual this year! Be sure to register early for a spot and enter the code “Jingle301” to connect.

Papa Noel at Glitterville
Knoxville, TN
701 World’s Fair Park Drive
12/20/21 10:00AM-4:00PM

Papa Noel is coming to town! This year photos will be taken by Ben Finch so wear your sparkly best. No appointment is needed. Arrive early to get in line. Doors open at 10:00AM and the last photo is taken at 4:00PM. As your holiday gift, you receive a digital photo at no charge. This year you can also order prints if desired. Well-mannered pets welcome.

Hunter Valley Farms Santa Photos
9133 Hunter Valley Lane
11/19/21-11/20/21 12:00PM-6:00PM

There will be a very special visitor from the North Pole at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm’s Holiday Shopping Festival! Megan Haun Photography will be facilitating photos. Reservations are not required. Price is $50 for the sitting fee which will include a code for two photos. Each additional photo will be $25 per photo. See Facebook for more details.

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