Free Santa Photos for the NW (Updated for 2021)!
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 than 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:
2021 Update – This year there are only a few free Santa picture opportunities available. We have updated this article with current info for this year’s information. For the opportunities that are still available you will need to make reservations, Santa will usually be sitting behind plexiglass, and you will need to wear masks before and after pictures.
We also recommend you call ahead to confirm dates etc. as things are often changing, depending on current mandates – so all of these dates are subject to change if those do.
Bass Pro – National – Now through December 24th. – Check their website for times. You will need to sign up to get a Bass Pass with the time you want to go (visit the ticket booth in store for your Bass Pass). Time slots are available at various times throughout the week. Get a free 4×6 studio quality photos with Santa (he will be sitting behind plexiglass this year – so kids will not be sitting on laps)! Be sure to check their schedule for specific times.
Cabela’s – Lacey & Marysville in NW , Now through December 24th. This will work the same way as Bass Pro this year for the Santa Wonderland. You will need to sign up to get a Bass Pass with the time you want to go (visit the ticket booth in store for your Bass Pass). Time slots are available at various times throughout the week. Get a free 4×6 studio quality photos with Santa in store, (he will be sitting behind plexiglass this year – so kids will not be sitting on laps)! Be sure to check their schedule for specific times. We did this one last year for a birthday party and they turned out great!
Free Santa Photos In The Pacific NW:
Free Santa Photos in Maple Valley with Excel Real Estate – December 3, 3pm to 7pm
Come out for a great time with THE REAL Santa & Mrs Claus and get your picture taken for FREE, with donation of a toy to Footprints of Fight! Details here.
Pike Place Market Santa Visit and Photos – December 4 from 10am to 2pm
Santa will be visiting the Market two additional times in December with special guest, Crafty for free holiday photos.
Santa House in Renton – December 4, 11 and 18
Bring your children and four-legged friends to capture holiday moments with Santa. Santa’s House will be open the first three Saturdays and one Sunday in December. Photos can be downloaded for free on the event Facebook page. Prints will be available for purchase for a suggested donation.
Free Santa Photos in Snohomish – December 11
Free Fun with Santa at Sunrise Village – Puyallup, December 18, 3-6pm Create family memories and traditions this holiday season! Free photos with Elsa and Olaf (they will be inside a giant inflatable snow globe!) that you can take yourself. Stroll around Sunrise Village to look at the gingerbread houses, enjoy hot cocoa and more.
Sterino Farms – Puyallup; Santa will visits on Saturdays & Sundays in December from 1-3pm for you to take socially distant pictures with Santa last year – still waiting to see if they update their page with an event for this year.
Here is a free photo we got with Santa and Mrs. Claus while we stayed at Great Wolf Lodge a couple of year ago. Get a great frame and the photos you take with your kids and Santa can be just as fun as the professional ones!
Great Wolf Lodge is still advertising visits with Santa this year, but they will be socially distanced, and you will have the opportunity to take pictures with him that way. There is a deal with rooms starting as low as $139 on Groupon right now, if this sounds like fun.
Watsons Nursery – Mill Creek, Santa won’t be there this year, but the reindeer are if you want photos with them at the Puyallup store!
Pacific Place – downtown Seattle – They will have a Santa set this year, bset up with fun Holiday Themed Selfie spots for photos this year.
Hometown Holidays – December 4th in downtown Camas (technically Wa. but near Portland area). They will be offering Snowman and Winter wonderland photo opps this year.
This Santa Sleigh is at Carpinitos in Kent and there are live reindeer for viewing behind the fence you see in the picture above. Viewing and photos with your own camera are FREE!
Free Reindeer Photo Opps & More:
Carpinito Bros in Kent
Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup
Or if your looking for an Elf picture, stop by the Retro Emporium Kent to take a selfie with Buddy the Elf!
FREE Pet Photos with Santa at PetSmart! Get photos with Santa & your pet on 12/4, 12/5, 12/11, 12/12, 12/18 and 12/19 from 12-3pm. You must sign up for a time slot.
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