The Ultimate Guide to Santa Sightings Around Montgomery County

Santa is very busy this time of the year. He’ll be popping up all over Montgomery County, Maryland and we have the inside scoop on where to find him.

Light Up the Lakefront: Holiday Celebration and Fireworks

rio lakefront | Friday, November 22 |6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Head down to the Boardwalk to kick off the holiday season with the annual holiday celebration and Fireworks show! Festivities include: Guest Host Tommy McFly, Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus, Illuminated Floating Holiday Tree, A Dazzling Fireworks Show at 8pm, Holiday Cheer Stations, Festive Music, Tastes, Giveaways and more!

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

Downtown Silver Spring | Saturday, November 23 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

With marching bands, Bolivian dancing groups, floats, giant characters and balloons, and of course Santa, the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is the only Thanksgiving Parade in the metro DC area.

Dave & Buster’s Breakfast with Santa

Dave & Busters | rio lakefront | Saturday, November 30, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Come Join Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet (scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea). Children will enjoy crafts, write letters, and take home a goody cup.

Holly Trolleyfest

National Capital Trolley Museum | Saturday + Sundays Throughout December

Holly TrolleyFest celebrates the season with toy trains and Santa aboard the streetcars from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Jingle Bell Rockout

King Farm Village Center | Saturday, December 7 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Enjoy performances by Members of LDE Unplugged with Friends, appearances by The Grinch, Elvis, and the guest of honor: Santa Claus. Free photos with Santa, arts & crafts for the kids, complimentary face painting and balloon art, giveaways, hot cocoa, and more!

Family Holiday Party

Sandy Spring Museum | Sunday, December 8 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s the beginning of December and your kids are ready for the holidays! What to do? Make it a family tradition to kick off the holiday season at the museum! Festivities include: Visits with Santa and his elves, live holiday music, mountains of cookies, Hot Cocoa Bar, Hands-on kids craft stations, including a special activity in the WondeRoom!, kids only gift shop, the Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show featuring one-of-a-kind items created by local artists.

Winterfest 2019: Arts and Craft Show

Takoma Park Middle School | Saturday, December 14 | 1:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for Winterfest 2019: Arts and Crafts Fair and so much more.  This is a juried arts and craft fair with 50 vendors selling handmade jewelry, painting, textile arts, pottery, and more.  Santa will also be there along with crafts for the kids.

Photos with Santa

Westfield Montgomery | November 15 – December 24

Bring the kids to meet with jolly old St. Nick at Westfield Montgomery. Santa heads back to The North Pole at 6pm Christmas Eve.

For more holiday inspiration, check out How Maryland’s Most Diverse County Celebrates the Holidays.