Guide to Santa Sightings In and Around Albuquerque


Santa will be making the rounds in the ABQ area soon. If you’re wondering where to find the big man in red himself, check out all the Santa sightings we know of.

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Santa of Rio Rancho

Various Locations

This Santa can be booked for parties, events, and can even stop by your house! Keep an eye out for events featuring this contributor favorite, or book him for an event of your own!

Santa’s Wonderland

Cabela’s – 5151 Lang Ave NE, Albuquerque

Open Now through December 24, 2022. Meet Santa and get some shopping done! Advanced reservations are recommended. Free!

Hartsocks’ Photography

6855 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

For their 11th year in a row, Hartsocks’ Photography is hosting their photos with Santa. Check the website for times and prices.

Santa’s In Town

Coronado Center – 6600 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

Open November 18. 2021 through December 24, 2021. Space is limited, so make your reservation today!

Times may vary. Visit website for up-to-date information

Photos with Santa

Cottonwood Mall – 10000 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Open November 18, 2021 through December 24, 2021. Bring the family to capture holiday moments with Santa that you’ll treasure forever! Save time this holiday season and reserve your photo time slot in advance. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Winter Wonderland at Expo New Mexico

300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Open Thursdays-Sundays the entire month of December (with the exception of Christmas Day). Drive thru the beautiful holiday lights display. Then take a stroll enjoying multiple areas in Villa Hispana, Indian Village, and the Flower building, featuring holiday lights, inflatables, hot cocoa, Santa Claus, and magical princesses to keep the holiday spirit alive. Santa Claus photos available Fri-Sat-Sun | 6-9pm – Photos end after December 25th.

ABQ Mom Team Recommendations

“This year we are taking the kids to the Santa experience before the River of Lights! It will be our first time, but it always sells out and I’ve heard the most amazing feedback from friends and family. We’re excited to see Santa and have him escort us into the River of Lights!”
-Dena F.

“We love Caycee J’s Santa Experience! She lets you book 5 private minutes with Santa (and he’s super authentic). Plus she takes some nice photos of the kids and/or the whole family! No lines. No mall. Love it!”
-Andy G.

“The Rio Rancho Santa is the best! We’ve gotten pictures taken with him through Nicole Bridges and follow him on social media.”
-Leigh S.

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Are we missing a Santa sighting? Email us at [email protected] or submit the event here


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