Mall Santa Roundup | Capital District Moms

Santa will be at four local malls this holiday season (Aviation Mall, Colonie Center, Crossgates Mall & Wilton Mall)! Typically Santa is also at Clifton Park Center and VIA Port Rotterdam too, but I couldn’t find any information about it on their website.


Reservations are strongly encouraged with walk-up visits available as space allows throughout the day.  Click here to make reservations. Best practices will be followed: maintaining social distance, face masks required for everyone and enhanced cleaning between visits.


Click here to learn more about in-person visits with Santa and virtual visits from home.


I went to Colonie Center to see what Santa Claus looks like this year. He was sitting behind a table with a mask on outside of LLBean. He was waving to kids as they walked by!


“Santa will be sitting in his big chair down by LL. Bean and wants to hear wishlists and take photos! New this year, will be a setup that allows for physical distancing. The kids (or whole family!) will be positioned six feet in front of Santa for all photos. Kids can share their wishlists with Santa from this safe distance as well. Face coverings are required by all guests, all staff, and Santa himself!” Click here to learn more including information about pet photos with Santa!


I went to Crossgates Mall to see what Santa looks like this year; however, I wasn’t able to see anything. Santa is located in a storefront across from Dave and Buster’s on the first floor. The storefront doesn’t have any windows at eye level so it is very difficult to see inside. However, I was able to locate a photo in The Daily Gazette online which shows a picture of the chair Santa sits in which is behind plexiglass (Click here to view).


“Photos will be taken with Santa Claus completely enclosed in his workshop office and the visitors sitting in front of the window. Since Santa Claus will be isolated and completely enclosed in his workshop office, he will be mask free.” Click here to learn more about in-person and virtual visits with Santa Claus.


Santa wouldn’t miss this visit for anything! Santa will be here starting December 4 and is located in Center Court. Rest assured, he and his elves have made every effort to provide a memorable – and contact free – experience. A visit with Santa is always free and available without a reservation as social distancing requirements allow.



What to Expect During Your Visit with Santa
  • Masks are required to be worn by Santa, the team and guests ages 2 and above or by local mandate
  • Hand sanitizer available upon entering and exiting
  • Social distancing between Santa and guests at all times
  • Deep cleaning of the set for the health and well-being of guests


Click here to learn more!

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