Santa Claus is coming to town, sure, but he's not always how you imagined him. For example, you can find him underwater, parachuting and doing backflips on skates. Here are unusual places to see him before he comes down the chimney. (And, hey, I can't catch 'em all: If you have a fun Santa sighting to tell me about, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
At Greenville Avenue Pizza Co.
Jolly old elves can't live by cookies and milk alone. Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale and Shiner Cheer will be on special for $3 while Santa hangs out at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company.
Oh, and he'll have company. Dasher, one of his reindeer, will also be on hand for photo ops outside the pizza place.
Dec. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. gapc.co.
How Santa Got His Groove Back
Even Santa needs to re-charge. Nope, he doesn't go to Jamaica like Stella did (though the show's poster is a nice re-creation of Santa in front of a snow bank in an homage to the How Stella Got Her Groove Back Stella-on-the-beach poster).
In this Dallas Comedy House comedy revue for ages 18 and up, Santa goes through his magical snow globe to re-discover the real magic of Christmas.
Dec. 16 and 17 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 8 and 10 p.m.
Bowl With Santa
Did you know Santa bowls? The Main Event locations in Frisco, North Fort Worth, Grapevine, Lewisville and South Fort Worth will let you bowl a few frames with him on Dec. 17. He'll also pose for selfies.
Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. Find more info in our listing.
Seeing Santa at the mall is normal, but seeing him do a backflip on skates? You won't usually spot that anywhere else except at Galleria Dallas during the holiday season.
Missile Toes the skating Santa also has skates that shoot sparks during free Macy's Grand Tree Lighting ice shows, which also feature Olympic and national champions at Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center in the mall's Center Court.
The final Macy's Grand Tree Lighting is Dec.17 at 6 p.m. (with Ryan Bradley).
Scuba Diving Santa
Have yourself a very merry Fishmas at this holiday celebration with an underwater theme. The festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with Scuba Diving Santa and his elf as they take the plunge into the 160,000-gallon ocean tank with fish, sharks and stingrays. Meet mascot Sharky Santa from 2 to 4 p.m., and find fish swimming with holiday cheer throughout the aquarium decorated with fun tank clings that include Santa hats, elf ears and reindeer antlers. Share your photos on social media using #fishmas and by tagging @sealifegrapevine for the chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the aquarium.
Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine.
Where do Santa's reindeer sleep? Globe Life Park, apparently. Who knew the big guy was such a Rangers fan? Look for all of Santa's favorite spots including his Press Box Workshop, Santa's Media Room and his locker in the clubhouse. See where Santa's reindeer sleep and where the elves like to practice their swing. There are also earlier Anxiously Awaiting tours, but the one with the big guy himself is on Dec. 17.
Catch Santa Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington.
Are you getting the feeling that Santa's much fitter than you thought? Well, he might just be a little more daring, too. On Dec. 17, he'll parachute into Christmas in the Square's special event . There'll also be a four-lane inner-tubing snow slide, visits with Santa and holiday treats. While you're there, check out the cool light show that blinks along to music you can tune into on your car's radio.
Dec. 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Frisco Square, Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco. Free admission; some attractions require a fee.
Ellen Ritscher Sackett contributed to this story.