There will be no sitting on Santa’s lap this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean he’s not making a list — and checking it twice — ahead of Christmas 2020. This year, he’s getting a little creative. Santa will make some appearances at local malls, but families will be asked to wear masks and sit six feet away to ensure proper social distancing. 

You can also visit with Santa virtually in a handful of festive online events. So make sure you’re on your best behavior — there’s still time to land on the nice list! Here’s where you can see Santa Claus in the Louisville area this year: 

Santa Claus Is Coming to Jefferson Mall

Samuel Turner is pictured at 15 days old with Santa Claus at a Christmas brunch at Valhalla Golf Club on Dec. 1. (Photo: Courtesy of Blake Turner)

What: Visit with Santa and his team of elves in Center Court. Visits will be contactless, with families sitting six feet away to ensure proper social distancing. Guests must schedule their visit with Santa. Select a date and time then purchase your photo package. Walk-ups will be allowed during the first and last hour of the day, time permitting.

Where: 4801 Outer Loop

When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 24. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Nov. 30 and Dec. 7).

More information: All visitors must wear masks before, during, and after photos. To schedule a time slot:

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Magic of Santa’s Wonderland: Free Photo’s With Santa

What: Due to COVID-19, visits with Santa this holiday season will be contactless. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s transforms its stores into festive Christmas villages. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo as well as a free customized digital video that can be shared on social media. Families can mail their letters to Santa and bring home a free holiday craft activity kit.

Where: Cabela’s, 5100 Norton Healthcare Boulevard and Bass Bass Pro Shop, 951 E. Lewis and Clark Parkway, Clarksville, Indiana

When: Through Dec. 24

More information: Reservations to see Santa must be made in advance. Mask and social distancing are required. Reservations can be made at: and

Photos with Santa at Green Tree Mall

What: The visit with Santa and his elves will be contactless, with families sitting six feet away to ensure proper social distancing. Reservations are required and can be made online. Select a date and time and purchase your photo package. Walk-ups will be allowed during the first and last hour of the day, time permitting.

Where: Center Court, Highway 65 and Lewis and Clark Parkway, Clarksville, Indiana

When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 24. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.

More information: All visitors must wear masks before, during, and after photos.

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Macy’s Santaland at Home

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Santa Claus awaits the next round of children eager to request toys at the 2016 Festival of Trees & Lights. (Photo: Marty Pearl/Special to the CJ)

What: This year, Macy’s Santaland will be an online holiday experience. Get ready to set off on a personalized, interactive journey through the North Pole to visit the one and only Santa and take a selfie. A special greeting from Santaland elves at the North Pole-bound train station kicks off the interaction. From there, the elves will lead the way through Santa’s Village and Workshop, stopping to see the sights and play interactive games. At the finale of the journey, kids will meet Santa through a whimsical interactive video.

Where: virtual experience

When: Nov. 27 through Dec. 24

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What: Oxmoor Center’s Virtual Visits With Santa. A standard JingleRing visit includes up to three children. There is an additional fee per child over three with a limit of five children total. Other options include Storytime with Santa, Storytime with Mrs. Claus or a personalized pre-recorded video message from Santa. Receive a shareable video of your visit with Santa, also includes a group photo from your session.

Where: Online

More information: JingleRing offers a variety of pricing options starting at $19.95 for a personalized pre-recorded video message; $24.95 for a live virtual visit with Santa.

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Cookies with Captain Santa

What: Take a cruise with Captain Santa on the Belle of Louisville. The cruise includes socially distanced photos with Santa, cookies, hot cocoa and activities. 

Where: Mary M. Miller, Fourth and River Road

When: Dec. 5 and 12, 1-3 p.m. 

More information: $35.99, $34.99 seniors, $14.99 children, free for ages 4 and younger.

Breakfast with Santa

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Santa Claus (Murray McCandless) blows on a hot drink during his break at the Galt House Hotel’s event, “Breakfast with Santa.” 22 December 2018 (Photo: David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier Journal)

What: Have Breakfast with Santa that includes scrambled eggs, warm cinnamon rolls, mini Belgian waffles and much more while a socially distanced Santa roams the restaurant, interacting with the children. Children will also enjoy holiday music and festive décor, plus Galt House coloring books, small holiday gifts and more.

Where: Walker’s Exchange, Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.

When: Dec. 5-20. Hours: 9-11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 

More information: $35 for adults, $12 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets:

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