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The Peak of the Holidays at Southlands

Southlands is where the magic of the holiday season comes alive. We invite you to join us for all the festivities and fun! That means the most wonderful time of the year is about to get even better (really!) with a full lineup of holiday fun. Here’s what we have in store for you and yours!

Holiday Hometown Parade

Town Square

It’s an annual tradition—a time to gather your loved ones and kick off the holiday season with the Southlands annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony. On Southlands’ Main Street, be enchanted with lots of floats, bands, entertainers, and our friends from various parts of the community including Aurora’s very own Mayor. Plus, you may even catch some special guests in attendance (hint: Santa!).

Santa Photo Experience

Guest Services at the Clock Tower (on Main Street)

Watching children’s eyes light up while meeting Santa may arguably be one of the most special holiday traditions. Capture the priceless moments with photos to last a lifetime. Santa Photo Experience is open daily from Saturday, November 19 – Saturday, December 24. Reservations and walk-ins available. Schedule your magical time with Santa.

Paws & Claus Nights (Santa Photo Experience)

Guest Services at the Clock Tower

Colorado pet lovers—we’ve got one for you! Photos with Santa aren’t just for “hoomans”. Bring in your furry four-legged friends for family photos with Santa (limited to cats and dogs only, please). Paws & Claus Nights are held every Wednesday from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

Sensory Friendly Santa (Santa Photo Experience)

Guest Services at the Clock Tower

For the seventh year, Southlands has partnered with the Autism Society of Colorado to offer a special session with Santa, Sensory Friendly Santa, on Saturday, December 10 from 8:00am – 10:45am. Families of children with autism or other sensory processing disorders are invited to this special session with Santa in a quieter, less crowded environment. Visit the Autism Society of Colorado’s website for more information and to make your reservation for this special visit and opportunity to snap a photo with Santa.

The Pond Ice Rink

Town Square

Whether you’re planning a family adventure or fun date night, ‘tis the season to ice skate! Practice your twists and twirls and get in the holiday spirit with a visit to The Pond ice rink. Open daily from mid-November through Sunday, February 26, guests may reserve ice time online or walk-in at their leisure. Group rates and private party rentals are available. The Pond also features special performances with local ice-skating clubs throughout the season. Click here for more information.

Noon Year’s Eve

Town Square

As we bid farewell to 2022, Southlands will be welcoming in the New Year with a special event for the kids called Noon Year’s Eve. The event features Make Your Own Party Hat station, face painter and balloon animals, a dance party, prizes and lots more…all leading up to the balloon drop at high noon followed by an apple cider toast. So get a jump on 2023 twelve hours early and bring the kiddos to Southlands for the fun!

Guest Services at the Clock Tower

Main Street

Guests may visit Southlands’ Guest Services at the Clock Tower seven days a week during the holiday season. Our staff can assist you with a number of services including stroller and wheelchair rentals, directions and phone numbers to our over 150 businesses and gift wrapping in December. BONUS! The Southlands gift card makes the perfect one-size-fits-all holiday gift. The card is available in denominations from $10 – $1,000 and is redeemable at most Southlands stores.