Meet Santa

We’re excited to announce that Santa Claus is coming back to Merrifield Garden Center! Santa will visit all three stores from Saturday, November 25, through Saturday, December 23. Bring the family to enjoy a visit. Want to bring your dog in for a photo with Santa? Check out our Paws with Claus event, taking place at our Fair Oaks Location on December 16 from 10 am – 12 pm!

Merrifield Location

8132 Lee Highway, Merrifield, VA 22116

We are excited to once again have the “Real” Santa back at our Merrifield location to visit with children throughout the holiday season. Santa will be here during the following time periods: Fridays at 5 and 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

This year we implemented an online registration system to see the “Real” Santa. This was done in order to reduce wait times and adjust for the fact that Santa will only be visiting our store three days a week this year. At this time, all of the time slots to see the “Real” Santa are full.

To join the waiting list to see the Real Santa, Email us at, including “Merrifield Santa” in the subject line. 


Please Provide us with your name, phone number, and the number of children and the number of adults who are interested in seeing Santa. We will follow up with you, should space become available for you to see Santa.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but appreciate your patience and understanding. We know how important it is for families that want to see the “Real” Santa, and we will do everything we can to allow as many children as possible to see him.

Fair Oaks Location

12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Bring the family to enjoy a visit with Santa:

• Friday, December 22: 4:00 – 7:00 pm

• Saturday, December 23: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Visits are first come, first serve. If there is a line to see Santa, you can give us your name and phone number and we will send you a text message when it’s your turn to see Santa. That way, you can browse through our festive Christmas Shop and greenhouse instead of standing in line. If you do not return shortly after receiving the text message, you will lose your spot in line and will have to go to the back of the line. Sorry, there is no calling ahead—you can only put your name on the list when you arrive. It is free to visit Santa. We do ask that if you’re able, you consider giving a donation that will be contributed to a local organization benefiting children.

Gainesville Location

6895 Wellington Road, Gainesville, VA 20156

Registration for our Gainesville location is full.

While we do not anticipate being able to bring any more people off our wait list, you may email us at and include “Gainesville Santa” in the subject line if you are interested in joining.

Storytime with Santa is offered at the following times.

• Tuesdays – Fridays: 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:00 pm

• Saturdays: 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:00 pm

• Sundays: 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6:00 pm

Reservations are required. 

It is free to attend one of the story time sessions. We do ask that if you’re able, you consider giving a donation that will be contributed to the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation and help Santa with his mission trip to Haiti.