Snap photos and stay for the fun at these family-friendly events featuring the big man in red!

It never ceases to amaze us that Santa Claus can be at so many malls at once, and somehow his beard manages to vary from place to place. It really is a magical time of year! And what better way to celebrate than waiting in a long line of screaming children? Okay, we can think of a few holiday traditions that are a bit more relaxing, but it wouldn't be Christmas if your kids didn't get the chance to ask Santa for that special something. Fortunately, Santa is making more appearances than ever this year, and not just at the mall. Here's where you can see Santa around Denver. 

Santa's Village at Chatfield Farms

When: 4:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 23
Where: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton

Get your $20 tickets to Santa's Village before they sell out. Admission will include photos with Santa; entry into Santa's Workshop, where you can shop craft vendors; a hayride; and a craft session with Mrs. Claus. The event also doubles as a holiday light display. 

Santa's Flight Academy

When: Mall hours through Dec. 23; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve
Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Learn how to drive a sleigh at this festive event, which also features holiday lights and simulated snowfall. 

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Santa's Workshop at Park Meadows

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sundays, extended hours on select days
Where: 8401 S. Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree

This Santa Claus is wildly popular, so make sure to get reservations if you want a photo. Purchase a premium photo package to get a free personalized video. 

Santa HQ at Flatiron Crossing

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 10; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 10-23; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Where: 1 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield

The Grand Staircase at Flatiron is transformed into Santa's home, where you can get pictures with Santa, use the Naughty or Nice O'Meter to assess how good you've been this year, create your own Elfie videos, and more. 

Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Aquarium

When: Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22-24
Where: 700 Water St., Denver

Chow down on this buffet, and you might get to see Santa swimming with the fish. You'll also get half off the aquarium exhibit with your ticket. 

St. Nick on the Bricks

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22
Where: 1301 Pearl St., Boulder

Bring your own camera to get free photos at this event -- there's also no need for a reservation. You can even take a ride on the Snowflake Express, an electric train. 

Santa at Town Center at Aurora

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24
Where: 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora

Get free photos of the kids while you get your holiday shopping done. There's also an annual event on December 13 at 1 p.m., which will feature activities like story time and writing letters to Santa. 

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North Pole, Colorado: Home of Santa’s Workshop

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 24; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and closes at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve
Where: 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade

Enjoy tons of activities, shows, rides, and more at this family-friendly event, where you can also get a photo in Santa's house with your camera. 

Santa on the Square

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve
Where: 1415 Larimer Street, Denver

Hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus and snag free photos with your camera. You can also stop at the Christkindl Market nearby. 

What will you ask Santa for this year? Let us know in the comments below.

When you're done visiting with Santa, meet his reindeer at these locations across Colorado!