With COVID-19 travel restrictions in effect, it will be tough for Santa to make his typical visits to malls and events around. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for kids to share their holiday wishes with Santa and a few opportunities to snap safe, socially distant, masked-up photos for a true 2020 memento. Start your holiday season off right with one of the many Santa experiences in Columbus listed below!

Personalized Videos from Easton

Santa will be staying in touch with Easton shoppers virtually this year with personalized videos delivered straight to your inbox! Videos are $10 each with proceeds benefitting the Easton Community Foundation. Additional details can be found here.

Socially Distanced Santa at Wildlights

This year’s Santa experience at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Wildlights has been completely reimagined to comply with CDC safety guidelines. Guests will have the ability to speak with Santa while socially distanced, as well as get a photo looking out a window while Santa is in his sleigh and a few of his reindeer adorn the “housetop.” This custom-made setting was inspired by the “Up on the Housetop” song written by Columbus’ own Benjamin Hanby in 1864. Masks are required for those medically able and reservations are encouraged as only 10 people at a time will be allowed in the facility. Find additional details here.

Socially Distant Santa Experience at Wildlights

Zoom Call During Snowflake Castle

Westerville’s annual Snowflake Castle is going virtual this year and will offer families the opportunity to Zoom with Santa and his elves. Ten-minute, password-protected sessions are offered Nov. 30 – Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. – noon and 3-8 p.m. Each session includes one toy to build (families with multiple children can purchase additional toys for $10), available for pick-up at the Westerville Community Center. Learn more and register here.

Personalized Letters from Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation

Grandview Heights will accept letters or emails to Santa from Nov. 30 – Dec. 18, and Santa will send a personalized return correspondence. Physical letters can be dropped off at the Grandview Library’s 24-hour book drop or the holiday mailbox at Grandview Parks & Recreation. Be sure to include child’s name, age and address so Santa knows where to send his response. Find templates and additional information here.

Drive Through at Run the Lights!

Santa will be on site at the Run The Lights! event through Butch Bando’s three-mile Fantasy of Lights set up. Taking place on Saturday, Dec. 19, the race begins at 4:50 a.m., and of the 300 runners who can enter, 90 families can select to have a special Santa Claus visit from the safety of your car during packet pick-up. Find more information and register here.