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Santa FAQs 2022

Where can I visit Santa this year?

Visit Santa in Center Court, between Starbucks and JCPenney on the lower level.

What are Santa’s Hours of Operation?

Santa arrives on Friday, November 11th. Visit the Santa Event page to view all of Santa’s Holiday Hours. 

How is the Santa set decorated?

Visitors anxiously awaiting the opportunity to meet Santa, share holiday wishlists, and take cherished family photos will enjoy the experience of visiting Old St. Nick in his newly updated home. After Santa arrives at noon on Friday, November 11th, families will find Santa sitting on his velvet throne amidst a series of exquisitely adorned holiday trees. Nearby, there will be a special mailbox where children can drop off their personal letters to Santa. A series of breathtaking photo backdrops leading children and their families to Santa will offer perfect selfie spots.

Who can visit Santa?

Everyone is welcome to visit with Santa for a photo experience! Our venue is ADA compliant. Pets can even come during Pet Nights! We have no limit on the number of guests who can appear in each photo. As long as a group can fit in the frame, they will take your photo!

Do you have sensory-friendly photo experiences?

Yes! On December 4, join our Santa Cares event in partnership with Autism Speaks for a sensory-friendly photo experience.

How does the Santa experience work?

Arrive at the photo experience during your 15-minute reservation time or as a walk-up guest to meet Santa. Each group receives 3 poses for each photo experience. Finalize your transaction with a cashier to receive your photos, even if you purchased your package in advance online.

Are visits to Santa free?

Visits with Santa are always free, but photos (digital or print) with Santa have a cost associated.  Cell phone photography is not permitted.

Are reservations required?

Reservations are strongly encouraged but not required.

What are the benefits to making a reservation?

Benefits include a free, personalized phone call from Santa prior to your visit powered by Portable North Pole, locking in the date/time of your choice, and expediting checkout onsite.

How do I make a reservation?

Visit to view the available times and make a reservation.

Can I reschedule or cancel my reservation?

You can reschedule your reservation within 24 hours of booking by clicking RESCHEDULE in your confirmation email. In the event of a cancelled reservation, no refunds will be provided. All sales are final, including packages pre-purchased online.

What photo packages are available?

·       Package A – Best Value! $49.99: Access to all digital downloads and (7) print photos including (2) 6" x 8" prints, (2) 4" x 6" prints, (1) 3" x 5" print, (2) 2" x 3" wallet size prints, and (1) limited edition postcard.
·       Package B $44.99: Access to all digital and (5) print photos including (2) 4" x 6" prints, (1) 3" x 5" print, and (2) 2" x 3" wallet size prints.
·       Package C $39.99: (5) print photos including (2) 4" x 6" prints, (1) 3" x 5" print, and (2) 2" x 3" wallet size prints.

How do I download my digital photos and when are they available?

If you purchased digital photos, they will be available 24 hours after your visit at Scan the QR code on the back of your photo envelope or visit directly, then enter your email address and the code located on your receipt. You can access your photos any time before January 31, 2023.

How can I contact Customer Service?

Cherry Hill is the company which provides the Santa photo experience at Dulles Town Center.  Access Cherry Hill’s live support chat on or contact Cherry Hill Customer Service HERE.