Kids of all ages know that getting their wish list to Santa Claus is as easy as sending a letter to the North Pole or taking a trip to the mall; but we found some other cool places to spot Santa this holiday season!

Breakfast With Santa at Animal Friends

562 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
(412) 847-7000
Date: December 4, 2010
Time: 9 to 11 a.m.

Santa is a very popular guy – particularly at this time of the year; but he’s taking the time to sit down for a meal with some lucky kids and help homeless animals in the process! On Saturday, Dec. 4, kids will have the chance to enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage and fruit with the big guy. Registration IS required.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum

1 Museum Road
Washington, Pa. 15301
(724) 228-9256
Dates: December 4, 5, 11, 12, 2010
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children have the chance to meet Santa on a snug antique trolley while adults can enjoy caroling and a scenic ride. Visitors can also check out the Lionel Toy Train layout. Visit the Trolley Museum’s website for a coupon that will save you $2.

Phipp’s Conservatory

One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
(412) 622-6914
Dates: December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can tell Santa what’s on their wish list among the beautiful scenery of Phipps’ winter exhibits. Poinsettias, decorated trees and snowmen made of flowers are adorning Phipps this holiday season, so it’s also a great time to take some holidays photos. Don’t forget a camera along with your wish list!

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Skate at Schenley Park

1 Overlook Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15216
Date: December 19
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

This popular event lets kids skate with the man in red himself. They will have a chance to create some great memories for years to come. Adult admission to the event is $4, children under 17 and seniors get in for $3. Skates can be rented for $2.50 extra.

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Breakfast with Santa at Station Square

Hard Rock Café
230 West Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
(412) 481-7625
Dates: December 11, 18, 19
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Head to the Hard Rock Café at Station Square for a breakfast buffet with Santa. Not only can kids eat breakfast with Santa, but a free photo and gift is included in the cost of the buffet! Reservations ARE needed, so call the Hard Rock Café and ask for Alexa to save your family’s spot!

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Santa Claws Photo Event

PetSmart Stores
Dates: December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For those who consider their pets to be their children, there is still a chance to visit Santa. Pet parents can take their furry friends to any PetSmart store and have their picture taken with Santa Claws. The photo package costs $10.95 and includes a 4×6 digital photo and a holiday frame. You’ll also be helping a good cause; $5 from every package purchased will be donated to their adoption partners!