Free Santa Photos for the NW (Updated for 2018)!
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:
Bass Pro – National – Now through December 24th. – This year they have changed the process a bit. 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). Timeslots are available at various times throughout the week. Get a free 4×6 studio quality photos with Santa in store, free games, crafts and more! 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). Timeslots are available at various times throughout the week. Get a free 4×6 studio quality photos with Santa in store, free games, crafts and more! Be sure to check their schedule for specific times.
Free Santa Photos In The Pacific NW:
Free Photos With Santa – Maple Valley; November 30th, 3pm to 7pm
THE REAL Santa & Mrs Claus and get your picture taken for FREE, with donation of a toy to Footprints of Fight! This year Santa will also have his REAL LIVE REINDEER at the event! Enjoy the Christmas Music, refreshments, kid crafts, and write a letter to Santa! These photos will be professional quality and will be taken by a high quality professional photographer.
SPIRIT 105.3 at the Evergreen Beauty College in Renton and Everett (December 1st, 1 pm – 4:30 pm) Join Spirit 105.3 at the Evergreen Beauty College (both Everett and Renton locations) for:
- Free Santa Photos!
- Free Haircuts for kids!
- Free Mini Styles!
Horse drawn Carriage Rides will are available on the weekends. 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.
Santa House – Free photos with Santa! – Renton, December 1sr, 8th & 15th; 1pm to 4pm
Bring your children and four-legged friends to capture holiday moments with Santa. Santa’s House will be open the first three Saturdays in December. Photos can be downloaded for free on the event facebook page.
Free Santa Photos in Issaquah – December 1, 8 and 15; 11am to 2pm
Visit Santa and take FREE photos at PinkaBella Cupcakes™! Our photographer is providing complimentary services. Each family receives a free digital photo or printed 4×6. To support neighbors in need, we invite you to donate a non-perishable food item to donate to Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
An Old Fashioned Christmas – Stanwood – December 1st, 10am to 2pm. There will be free photos with Santa, Treats, Coffee & Cocoa Live music of the Season, museum tours, crafts and more
Free Santa Photos in Maple Valley – December 1, 9:30 am to 1:30pm
Free Santa Photos – from Instant Access Homes – Tacoma, December 2nd, 1pm to 4pm
We appreciate our friends & family so much and this event is our opportunity to give back to YOU! We do FREE Santa pictures and lots of other goodies & fun! Just come and hang out, see Santa and have fun with us! Skip the long lines at the malls and come celebrate!
Photos with Santa and the Reindeer at the Weatherly Inn (Tacoma) – Dececmber 5, 3-7 pm
This will be a White Christmas Market at the Weatherly Inn, with photographer on hand for Santa photos. The reindeer’s will be there, shopping, entertainment and more!
Free Professional Pictures with Santa at State Farm in Bothel – December 8; 11am to 2pm
Join the Chris Jones Bothell State Farm Agency in celebrating the holidays! Kids & pets are welcome to take professional pictures with Santa at the Chris Jones Bothell Agency! Come enjoy hot cocoa, pictures and more!
Sambica Christmas Carnival – Bellevue – December 8th & 15th 1pm -6pm. 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!
Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle Airport from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Saturday December 7th
This event is also supporting Toys for Tots, so they ask that you bring a toy donation, but it sounds like its the same Santa from the Motif Seattle event!
Covington Creek Nursery – Covington; Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 9 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Kids, families, Pets, And friends are all welcome! Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on site. They will take photos and send you a digital copy you can print off.
Newly added if your still looking for somewhere to get a free Santa Photo:
- Free Photo with Santa in the Bothel area on 12/19 (free digital copy in Bothel area, tomorrow 12/19)
- Free Santa Photo at Kona Kai Coffee in Tukwila on 12/20 (free printed and digital photo at Kona Kai Coffee in Tukwila Thursday, 12/20)
- Free Pictures with Santa in Snohomish area (multiple dates) (free photos in Snohomish area with canned good food donation)
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!
Free Santa Photo Opps with Your Own Camera:
Here are some ideas for where you will find Santa if you want to get free photos with your own camera!
- Pike Place Market – Nov. 24th – take pictures with Santa from 11am to 5pm!
- An Afternoon with Santa, on Camano Island
- Woodenville Winterfest at Molbaks on 11/27 – fun festivities and photo opps with Santa!
- Sky Nursery – December 2nd, Take photos with Santa and other festivities.
- Covington Remax – December 2nd
- Lynnwood Holiday Open House – 12/7
- Downtown Historic Snohomish – Saturdays & Sundaysfrom 1pm -3pm
- Watsons Nursery – Mill Creek, reindeer and santa will be there 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14
- Free Photos you can take yourself at Sunrise Village on 12/1, 8th and 15th with Santa in his Sleigh!
Hometown Holidays December 7th in downtown Camas (technically Wa. but near Portland area). (also enjoy hay rides, kids’ crafts, tree lighting and a hot cocoa bar).
Decemberville December 1st, 10 to 4 in Southeast Portland. Enjoy free antler ears while supplies last, double-decker bus rides, and more. Donations of toys and children’s clothes requested to support. Raphael House.
Santa’s Place – East Portland, Bring your own Camera and get photos with Santa and kids can play in the toy shop too!
This Santa Sleigh is 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:
Swansons Reindeer Festival in Seattle
Carpinito Bros in Kent
Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup
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