Hundreds of people lined up for a chance to meet the star of the season.
Catonsville residents Lisa Fox and her sons, Colin, 5, and William, 3, gathered near the tree after the two boys waited in line and said hello to Santa.
The two boys sucked on the candy canes that Santa gave them as they recalled asking Santa for presents.
Colin said he asked for a "Cars" video game and William asked for Iron Man.
Catonsville residents Amber Moore, her aunt, Denise Blontz, and her two children, Kaila Hicks, 14, and Mikey Moore, 1, showed up at 5:40 p.m. and were the first people in line to greet Santa.
"(Mikey) keeps looking in the windows," said Amber. "This will be his first time really seeing Santa. I'm waiting to see what he's going to do."
Jennifer Sulin-Stair, her partner, Sarah Harding, and 6-year-old daughter, Charlize Stair, waited 15 minutes in line to see Santa Claus.
Charlize asked Santa Claus for head bands and American Girl Doll clothes.
For Charlize, the night wasn't only about getting presents. She learned a lesson in sharing.
"(I had) hot cocoa, but mommy drank it," Charlize said with a laugh as she munched on a candy cane.
"We had some good cookies, too," Sulin-Stair, the Catonsville resident and cocoa culprit, said.
"It was a nice night. You get to see a lot of people you know, too."