Don’t worry about missing Santa Claus if you’re traveling over the holidays. St. Nick makes sure he reaches everyone on the "good" list no matter where they are! These unique Santa meet-and-greet experiences offer more than just the chance to report good behavior and make gift requests. He may just show up on skis, by train, in a boat or in SCUBA gear! Here's our list of Santa sightings...and we checked it twice!

Written by Traci L. Suppa

Santa's Workshop in Colorado

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This North Pole is actually at the foot of Pikes Peak in Cascade, Colorado (about an hour from Colorado Springs), and it’s where you’ll find Santa's Workshop, a Christmas-themed family amusement park with more than two dozen rides—including Santa’s Sleigh zip-line—games, shows, shops, eateries, a petting zoo and an arcade. You might catch a Santa sighting while riding the miniature train, antique carousel, or aerial tram, but a visit is guaranteed in Santa’s House.

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The Polar Express

You can ride The Polar Express on several railways this season. The evening excursion typically includes storytelling, carols and refreshments before stopping for a Santa sighting at the North Pole. Santa sightings by train should be easy to find because numerous Polar Express locations can be found throughout the country including in Baltimore, Branson, Missouri and Chicago. It also returns to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad departing from both Akron and Independence, Ohio; as well as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango, Colorado.

More holiday-themed rides are available across the country and can be found in 10 Polar Express Train Rides for Kids.

Stylish Arrivals

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Accompanied by Chuck Berry’s "Run Run Rudolph," Santa zooms into the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky on select dates in December, driving a bright red Corvette.

In Asheville, North Carolina, sightings of Santa can be seen from above as he rappels more than 200 feet at Chimney Rock State Park on December 3 and 10, 2016. Families are invited to watch Santa's daring climb, and check out the 75-mile panoramic views from the top for themselves.

Claus can also canoe. On Dec. 10, he’ll sail into Waikiki Beach, Hawaii in an outrigger, greeted by children performing hula at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. On Christmas Eve, he’ll do the same at the nearby Halekulani hotel.

Recommended Hotel: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Skiing the Slopes

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No stranger to snow, Santa can be found skiing the slopes at several resorts this season. On the 17th annual “Santa Sunday,” December 4 at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, some 250 skiers in red suits will be at the South Ridge base area. On Christmas Eve, Santa’s making two appearances: on the slopes of Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho (about an hour from Coeur d'Alene), where kids can ski down the mountain alongside Santa Claus!

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Parading Around

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At Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta, Georgia, the annual Christmas celebration (November 12, 2016 to January 4, 2017) includes a nightly parade with a Santa sighting, as well as the Snow Angel, who flies over the crowd before the fireworks finale.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Santa will be the grand marshal of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 10. In Iberia Parish, Louisiana, he’s part of the annual Christmas Boat Parade on Bayou Carlin in Delcambre. A cowboy Santa will greet guests at the historical Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, Texas on December 3. Before the Christmas parade, kids can participate in Cow-Camp and cheer on the armadillo races.

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Scuba Santa

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“SCUBA Claus” gets suited up at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, then plunges into the world's largest aquatic habitat to swim with whale sharks and manta rays. Look for him during the noon and 12:30 p.m. dive shows from December 3 to 25.

If the kids are seeking a Santa sighting off the mainland, the Hawaiian Aquarium, part of the Maui Ocean Center in Wailuku, Hawaii, SCUBA Claus and his sidekick Elf visit during the 12 Days of FISH-mas.

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California Surf

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Good little boys and girls will have no problem seeing sightings of Santa on November 26, 2016 as it will be a busy day for Santa as he covers the state of California.

He begins in historic Petaluma, floating into the downtown harbor aboard a festive tugboat. After disembarking, he and Mrs. Claus distribute candy canes from two antique thrones. Later, he grabs a surfboard in Capitola to hang ten into Main Beach, followed by his reindeer in canoes. He meets children at his beach chair while Donner, Blitzen and the others pass out candy. Finally, he’ll head south to San Diego, and sail into downtown’s Seaport Village on watercraft, wearing board shorts and flip-flops.

Recommended Hotel: Loews Coronado Bay Resort

North Pole Experience in Arizona

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In the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, you can help elves build toys in Santa’s workshop. During the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona, visitors travel through a magic portal aboard the Candy Cane Express trolley to reach the workshop. You’ll get access to Santa’s top-secret “Area 47” Sleigh Hanger and the main factory floor. Kids sit in on story time with Mrs. Claus and then meet her hubby. Lodging packages are available to make it an overnight stay.

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Santa Claus, Indiana

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You can find his spirit throughout the town named for him: Santa Claus, Indiana. You’ll have Santa sightings at his usual haunts, including the Santa Claus Christmas Store and Santa’s Candy Castle. You can have dinner with him and the missus at Santa’s Lodge, too. After dark, families enjoy driving through the 1.2-mile Land of Lights to learn the story of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. While you’re there, send your mail from the local post office for the official Santa Claus postmark.

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