Santa Claus is coming to Mayfaire

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Santa takes photos with children at Mayfaire in 2016. (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just hear those sleigh bells jingling all the way to Mayfaire!

Santa Claus is on his way to Wilmington, and Mayfaire is celebrating his arrival with a party fit for your favorite big man in red.

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The holiday cheer kicks off on November 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.

During Santa’s big day, Mayfaire invites you and your little ones to snuggle up together like birds of a feather as you enjoy a fun-filled evening complete with:

  • Thalian Association will perform a scene from “Elf, The Musical”.
  • The Wilmington School of Ballet will present Winter Wonderland, All I Want For Christmas and Sugar Plum Dancers.
  • The Snow Princess will help transform Mayfaire into a Winter Wonderland.
  • The Wilmington Girls’ Choir and The Wilmington Boys Choir will sing your favorite holiday classics.
  • Children’s eyes will sparkle while they get their face painted by Santa’s friend Elfie.
  • The first 50 families in line to see Santa will receive a special holiday gift bag. Three (3) lucky winners will receive an extra prize in their swag bag; a free photo package or a sweet treat from Lyssa Cakes!
  • Visits from the Chick-fil-A Cow
  • The STEM Labs will have holiday activities.
  • Hawthorne Residential Partners will be serving hot chocolate with help from their furry friend Hawthorne the dog!

So be sure to dress in your festive jammies and get those Christmas lists ready for your visit with St. Nick himself! This year, the party will take place in the Mayfaire Plaza in front of Regal Cinema.



Santa will be available for photos after the party, through Christmas Eve, December 24, when he begins his holiday trek around the world. Your elves-in-training can visit with Santa Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9pm; and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Santa’s Workshop hours will be extended for the last 3 days of the season.

Visits are always free, but a variety of photo packages are available for purchase. Every guest who purchases a photo package will also receive one phone call from the big man himself!

Looking to save a little time during your visit to Santa? Shoppers can visit Mayfaire.com/holiday to purchase a Fast Pass and visit Santa via a separate line to avoid the wait.

Mark your calendars for November 22, and have yourself a Happy Holly-Day!