It's almost that time of the year again. Snow will begin flying, wish lists will come together, and Santa Claus himself will usher in the Christmas season at the very end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

For generations, one of the traditions of the holiday in Maine is to have your photo taken with Santa Claus. Many children gleefully sit on Santa's lap, tell him what they want for Christmas, then pose for a photo that stands the test of time.

The Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine, on June 21, 2019.
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Santa Claus will return to the Maine Mall in South Portland right after Thanksgiving for an extended run that will give kids (and pets) a chance to snap that timeless photo with jolly ol' Saint Nick before the big day arrives.

When Can Kids Get Their Photos Taken with Santa?

Photos with Santa at the Maine Mall begin on Friday, November 24, and run every day through Sunday, December 24.


Meeting Santa is completely free for any child. Photos do come with various package charges, however. More details can be found here.

Do You Need a Reservation To Meet Santa?

Reservations are strongly suggested, as many kids will likely want to spend a few minutes with Santa. You can make a reservation for a specific date and time by following this portal. However, walkups will be welcomed this year.

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The Maine Mall is teaming up with Santa Cares again this year to offer a sensory-friendly Santa experience on Sunday, December 3. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Can I Bring My Pet for a Santa Photo?

Pets are part of so many families and the Maine Mall is offering an evening with Santa that will include photo ops for you and your pets.

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Pet night with Santa will be Tuesday, November 28. It will begin at 4pm and reservations are strongly suggested.

The Santa set at the Maine Mall can be found across from American Eagle and Newbury Comics.


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