When Santa Claus isn’t performing his photo-taking, wish list-listening, ho ho ho-ing duties at Christmas Village in Love Park, he’s still busy running around town making spirits bright.

“What a long journey from the North Pole, but I’m thrilled to be back in the City of Brotherly Love,” Santa says. “This year I have a brand new workshop next to the Love Park tree, where you can find me counting down to the big day while I spend time figuring out who’s been naughty — you know who you are — and who’s been nice.”

Here’s hoping we all make it on the nice list. We chatted with Santa to find out where he’ll be hanging out when he’s not at Christmas Village.

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Date night:

“Each year I promise Mrs. Claus a special date night at the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular. First we’ll start off just up the Avenue of the Arts at the Ritz-Carlton for sips of their famous hot chocolate (and we can feel good about it because proceeds benefit Philabundance). Then we’ll head to the concert at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the holiday musical tradition. Conductor David Charles Abell, back by popular demand for the third year, will lead the Pops program of Christmas classics. You might even catch us singing along from our chairs!” 

Tour of lights:

“Philadelphia is truly the city of lights during the Christmas season. We’ll be getting in our sleigh for a holiday tour around town with stops along Boathouse Row, the Electrical Spectacle light show at Franklin Square, and Miracle on South 13th Street in South Philly.”

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South Philly snack time:

“While we’re in the neighborhood, its time to keep Santa jolly with authentic South Philly treats like fresh mozzarella from Lucio J Mancuso & Son, tomato pie from Cacia’s Bakery and sweet Italian struffoli from Varallo Brothers Pasticceria.” 

Day trip:

“Before we head north for the winter, we’ll be making a special stop at Peddler’s Village. The smell of gingerbread is irresistible when the town hosts its annual gingerbread house competition and display, which will be up through Jan 2. One million jewel-colored holiday lights will be twinkling behind us as Rudolph and the reindeer help my drive out of sight as I say, ‘Merry Christmas Philadelphia, and to all a good night.’”