‘Tis the Season to Go See Santa!

As the Toronto Santa Claus parade dissipated into the streets I ask K “Should we take the Wee Baby T to go see Santa?”  As the question tapered off and I found myself thinking of the scenes from every Christmas movie featuring a mall Santa I realized I have absolutely NO idea what the procedure is for this.

And so I turned to the internet and found… a lot.  I mean a ton.  Pricing and times for every mall in the GTA just thrown together, organization clearly an afterthought.

So for you, dear readers, I have organized my first annual mall Santa database!  Well, not so much a database as a list… Ok, give it a read and you’ll see:

Toronto
Eaton Centre, Yorkdale Mall, Dufferin Mall

Burlington
Burlington Mall, Royal Botanical Gardens

Oakville
Oakville Place

Mississauga
Sherway Gardens, Square One, Bradley Museum, Sheridan Centre, Erin Mills Town Centre

Toronto

Eaton Centre:

Mall hours:

Extended hours start November 27th –

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9:30pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm

Santa Hours:

Monday to Wednesday, from 12 pm to 6 pm
Thursday & Friday, from 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:

Monday to Wednesday, from 12 pm to 6 pm
Thursday & Friday, from 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm

Cost: $10.00

Supported charities:

Eva’s Initiatives & Autism Speaks

Reserved times available: Yes

Yorkdale Mall:

Mall hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 9:30a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00a.m – 8:00 p.m
  • Friday, November 24th 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 24th 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 26th 8:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m

Santa Hours:

November 12 – December 23:

Monday– Saturday: 10:30a.m. – 8:30p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

November 19:

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

December 24:

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pet Photos:

November 19 and December 3 from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Sensitive Santa Hours:

November 26 and December 10 from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 – $55

Supported charities:

n/a

Reserved times available: No

Dufferin Mall:

Mall hours:

Monday – Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Santa Hours:

Monday to Friday, from 11am to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday, from 10am to 6pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:

Sunday, from 8am to 10am.  E-mail dufferinmallservices@primarisreit.com to book your appointment.

Cost: $24.99 – $49.99

Supported charities:

Additional donations for face painting will go to the St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

Reserved times available: yes (book here)

Burlington

Burlington Mall:

Mall hours:

Mon–Fri: 10am–9pm
Sat: 9:30am–6pm
Sun: 11am–6pm

Santa Hours:

Join Santa as he arrives in style (by helicopter) in the North parking lot on November 25th at 10am!

Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm
Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost: Free?  I don’t see anything online.

Supported charities: N/A

Reserved times available: No

Royal Botanical Gardens:

Santa Hours:

November 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Hendrie Park

November 24, December 1
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Hendrie Park

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost:

Child (under 4): Free
Child (4-12): $9.00
Youth/Student: $13
Adult: $16

Family pass (2 adults & 2 children under 18): $37.00

Supported charities: N/A

Reserved times available: No

Oakville:

Oakville Place

Mall hours:

Mon–Fri: 10am–9pm
Sat: 9:30am–6pm
Sun: 11am–5pm

Santa Hours:

Monday to Saturday, from 10:30am to 8:30pm
Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm

Christmas Eve 9 am – 3 pm by appointment only. Contact Concierge to book an appointment by calling 905.842.2140.

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost: $11.99 – $36.99

Supported charities: N/A

Reserved times available: No

Mississauga

Sherway Gardens (sold out):

Mall hours:

Mon–Thurs: 10am–9pm
Fri: 8am-10pm
Sat: 9am–9:30pm
Sun: 10am–7pm

Santa Hours:

Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, December 24

Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 8pm
Sunday, from 9am to 6pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost: Sold out. But check back HERE for updates.

Supported charities: N/A

Reserved times available: Yes (but they’re all sold out)

Square One:

Mall hours:

Mon–Fri: 10am–9pm
Sat: 9:30am–9pm
Sun: 11am–7pm

Santa Hours:

Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 8pm
Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm

Christmas Eve: 9am – 2pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost: $10 – $45

Supported charities: 

50 cents from every photo package purchased will be donated to Autism Ontario Peel Chapter.

Reserved times available: No

Bradley Museum

Santa Hours:

December 3 – 11am – 3pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost:

Under 3: Free
Students: $4.80
Adults: $6

Photo Packages – $15 – $25

Supported charities: Photo package proceeds support Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.

Reserved times available: No

Sheridan Centre

Mall hours:

Mon–Fri: 10am–9pm
Sat: 9:30am–6pm
Sun: 11am–6pm

Santa Hours:

November 25 – December 24:

Thursdays & Fridays:  4pm to 7pm

Saturdays:  10am to 5pm (Santa feeds his reindeer at 1pm to 2pm)

Sundays:  12pm to 5pm ( Santa feeds his reindeer at 2:30pm to 3pm)

  • December 18th, 4pm to 7pm
  • December 19th, 4pm to 7pm
  • December 20th, 4pm to 7pm
  • December 21st, 4pm to 7pm
  • December 22nd, 12pm to 8 pm  (Santa feeds his reindeer at 2:30pm to 3pm & at 4:30pm to 5pm)
  • Friday, December 23rd, 10am to 5pm  (Santa feeds his reindeer at 1pm to 2pm)
  • Saturday, December 24th, 12pm to 5pm  (Santa feeds his reindeer at 2:30pm to 3pm)

Sensitive Santa Hours: N/A

Cost: Free to visit, Photos range from $10 – $25

Supported charities: N/A

Reserved times available: No

Erin Mills Town Centre

Mall hours:

Mon – Fri: 10am – 9pm
Sat: 9:30am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 6pm

Extended hours start November 25th:
Mon – Sat: 9:30am–9:30pm
Sun: 10am–7pm

Santa Hours:

November 18 – 24:
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

November 25-December 23:
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

December 24:
10am – 2pm

Sensitive Santa Hours:N/A

Cost: $19.99 – $47.99

Supported charities: N/A

Reserved times available: No

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