FREE Santa Photos – National Opps, and Pacific NW Opps – Updated 12/13!

Free Santa Photo

Free Santa Photos for the NW (Updated for 2013)!

Santa photos are a tradition for many families, but they can be so pricey. The great news is that there are some quality free options available if you want. I have compiled a list of Free Santa Photo opps I am aware of. Please comment below with any additional ones you find. Some of the free photo opps are already going on!

My favorite thing about many of these free opportunities, is that many offer experiences – rather then just a quick photo (ie there are free beverages and treats too)! We have done a few of these personally, and it has become a new family tradition for us!

Free Santa Photos Available Nationally:

Bass Pro – National - Now through December 24th. Get a free 4×6 studio quality photos with Santa in store, free games, crafts and more!

Walgreens - National – FREE In store photo shoot with Santa, plus first 25 participants get a free magnet (find participating locations here)

Cabelas - Lacey & Marysville in NW , December 14th and 15th, (check your local store for details in your area, and times – they vary by store). 

Bring your children to capture the Spirit of Christmas with Santa at Cabela’s. As Cabela’s gift to you and your family, get a free 4×6 Cabela’s keepsake frame and photograph with Santa.  Due to the popularity of this event, photo printing wait times may vary.

Free Santa Photos In The Pacific NW:

Sambica Christmas Carnival - Bellevue – December 14th – 15th (Sat & Sun), 2pm to 8pm. Join the 2nd annual SAMBICA Christmas Carnival. This free INDOOR event includes:

  • Carnival games & prizes
  • Free picture with Santa (one 4” x 6” & electronic file)
  • Complimentary coffee bar (latte, espresso, apple cider, & hot cocoa)
  • Inflatables – fun for kids & parents!
Christmas At The Old Cannery – Sumner; Saturdays and Sundays now through 12/22, 11:00am to 4:00pm;
Enjoy FREE Santa pictures, plus Santa will be available at a special time just for Special Needs children at 9am to 11am on December 15th.

Horse drawn Carriage Rides will are available on the weekends for 2013 on December 14th-15th and 21st-22nd from 11am to 4pm. Lines can get long closer to Christmas (up to 3 hours), so we recommend going early.  They do accept cash donations for local food bank.

Trinity Tree Farms – Issaquah (Saturdays and Sundays through – Dec. 15th; 1-3pm) - Santa Photos free with your own camera! Enjoy complimentary beverages around the fire pit too.

Red Lion Seattle -  Saturday, December 14th from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

This is one of my family favorites. We discovered it a few years back, and it was great!  This year will be the Red Lion on 5th Avenue in Seattle’s 5th Annual Santa Claus Photo Event, and they have moved it from the Lobby to their newly renovated restaurant.

  • Bring your family and friends by for your keepsake Christmas photo and a cup of hot cider or cocoa. This year Santa will be in the Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails on the fifth floor.
  • There will also be wine tasting for the adults and cookies available for all.
  • 1 complementary keepsake photo and due to high volume no extra copies for sale.

Childrens Dental Care in Bonney Lake - (253)826-5000 - December 14th (10am to 2pm) & 15th (12pm to 4pm) – they will offer free face painting and story time as well as the photos.  18008 State Rt 410 E, Suite B, Bonney Lake, Wa. 98391

Maple Valley Community Center - December 14th – Free Santa Photos, Family Photo Booth, Kids Treat Bags and more! (with donation of non perishable food item)

Everett Mall Free Photos For Military Members - December 18th, 6pm to 8pm – Free Santa Photo with Military ID (one per family) plus free cotton candy for kids. free face painting, balloons and crafts!

We will continue to update this post as we learn of new events, so be sure to share with family and friends to help save them money too!

Seattle has tons of free holiday activities available. I will be posting next week on this year’s trip to enjoy Christmas in Bellevue, but in the meantime, you can read my review of our families trip downtown Seattle a few Christmas seasons ago for inspiration on frugal things to do, or check out our list of Christmas Events across the Puget Sound (tree farms & bazaars!)




    • Sia says

      Hi Catherine – there are the national offers (Walmart, Walgreens, Bass Pro and Cabelas). A reader also left this tip on the TNWM Facebook page “Tomorrow, Santa will arrive by train in Independence, OR outside the library and free photos will be taken from 1-3″. I will look around first thing next week too, and see if we can start to build a better list for those of you in the Portland area too!

    • Sia says

      Thanks Robyn! Looks like the free santa photo event was tonight, and I did not get it added in time…but I have marked it down to be sure and add to next years list. Thanks for the tip!

  1. Raelyn says

    We go to Molbaks Nursery every year. Not only is it festive and gorgeous, but you can take your OWN pictures with Santa for free!

    • Sia says

      Oh yes, I grew up going to Molbaks (and Whites) Raelyn – they are my moms 2 favorite nurseries. We love it there too!