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Santa Makes Preparations to Safely Meet Children in Katy


November 24, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Kids of all ages can still meet Santa in Katy this year, with noticeable changes to promote safety and keep the holiday tradition alive. Most of these special meet-and-greet experiences will require reservations.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

November 7-Christmas Eve

Advance Reservation Required

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (including the Katy Mills Mall location) is already welcoming visitors this holiday season. However, some changes have been implemented for guests to safely enjoy this favorite Katy tradition.

Families must make a free reservation in advance of visiting with Santa in this “Contactless Claus” experience.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are taking new measures to host this holiday experience this year. In addition to requiring reservations the following measures are being taken:

  • An acrylic Magic Santa Shield barrier is in place between Santa and families at all times.

  • Families and team members will have their temperatures screened prior to entering.

  • All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between each visit.

  • All team members are wearing face coverings.

  • Customers are required to wear face coverings as it is required in local businesses. The store continues to monitor local guidelines.

  • Families standby in a designated area away from shoppers to ensure social distancing.

Photo credit: Bass Pro Shops

As this is always a popular Katy holiday experience, reservations are expected to go fast. Make a reservation here.


Meet Santa at Katy Mills Mall

November 27- Christmas Eve

Advance Reservations Required

The Simon Property Group has announced a safe and socially distanced way to continue the long tradition of their Simon Santa Photo Experience. This includes the Santa experience at Katy Mills Mall.

Katy families can meet Santa and get photos at Katy Mills Mall starting November 27 (the Friday after Thanksgiving) and through Christmas Eve.

Reservations must be made in advance. When booking, families have the choice of three holiday photo packages starting at $39.99. There is also an option to reserve the time and decide on a package later.

Guests will be socially distanced, and Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks.

Make reservations here.


City of Katy 2020 Santa Tour

Touring Katy area November 30-December 16

The Katy Fire Department recently got Santa’s sleigh restored ahead of his annual visit to Katy neighborhoods. Katy neighborhoods on the tour are listed below. Follow the Katy Fire Department’s Facebook page daily once it starts for maps and updates.

Santa's sleigh will be followed by helper Elves in a marked Katy Fire Department truck stopping to collect donations of non-perishable canned goods to deliver to the local Katy Food Pantry and unwrapped toys for the Lions Club and Toys-for-Tots Programs.

Due to COVID-19, the Katy Fire Department asks that you place your donations on the back of the truck yourself and practice social distancing when waiting to see Santa on your street.

Each night of the tour, Santa will leave the “North Pole” at 6:30 p.m. Families can listen for his “sleigh bells” as he enters the street.


Storytime with Santa at LaCenterra

December 1-19

Advance tickets and reservations required

LaCenterra in Cinco Ranch always brings the holiday cheer with their Christmas tree lighting event and Santa. While no plans of any large tree lighting event have been announced, Santa is preparing to greet Katy families in a fun new way.

This year families can experience a special storytime with Santa at LaCenterra’s Heritage Square, the green area by Dish Society. The event requires an advance ticket and reservation to ensure it is a socially distanced event.

The event is presented by LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus.

Tickets are $25 for up to four people. Tickets also include a LaCenterra blanket and a Nestle Toll House cookie pack. Face masks are required, and guests must physically distance at least 6 feet from people outside of their household.

All ticket proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network non-profit organization.

Bring your camera to take pictures during the event.

The Storytime with Santa experience at Cinco Ranch’s LaCenterra starts December 1 and runs through December 19.

Pick your date/time and purchase tickets here.


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