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Free Santa Photos for the NW (Updated for 2020)!

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:

2020 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:


Santa Photo and Food Drive – 12/5 from 10 am to 4pm. Bring a food donation and get a socially distanced photo with Santa this year at the Tin Room Bar and Theater in Burien, Wa.

An Old Fashioned Christmas Stanwood – December 8th, 3pm to 6pm.This event has been changed to a drive through visit this year and families will need to sign up for a timeslot to visit ahead of time. Santa will be up in a sleigh, so families can take photos with him in the background (you will be taking your own picture for this event). Take home craft projects and take home cookie kits will be available to families as well.  Free event.

Kalous Church – Free Drive Up Pictures With Santa – Bellevue, December 12th. This event is free, but you will need to reserve your spot ahead of time. The event is limited to the first 400 people, so reserve early. You will drive up, get a photo with Santa, and they will be emailed to you.

Free Fun with Santa at Sunrise Village – Puyallup, December 19, 3-6pm Create family memories and traditions this holiday season! Free photos with Santa on a sleigh with his reindeer that you can take yourself (they will be behind a fence) . Stroll around Sunrise Village to look at the gingerbread houses, enjoy hot cocoa and more. 

Sambica Christmas Carnival Bellevue – December 5th & 12th 5pm -8pm. This will be a free drive through event this year, but you do need to make reservations to attend. It says there will be special interactions with Santa, so I am not sure exactly what that means, but I am assuming there will be some opp to get a photo with him (probably distanced).

Covington Creek Nursery – Covington; This year you can come in and take photos with “lifelike” Santa and Mrs Claus (they share a picture on their Facebook page here, so you can see what the setting is like ahead of time).

Sterino Farms – Puyallup; Santa will visit on Saturdays & Sundays in December from 1-3pm for you to take socially distant pictures with Santa.

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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.

Pacific Place – downtown Seattle – Not Santa, but the Pacific Place Mall is set up with fun Holiday Themed Selfie spots for photos this year.

Hometown HolidaysDecember 4th in downtown Camas (technically Wa. but near Portland area). They will be offering Snowman and Winter wonderland photo opps this year.


Carpinito Reindeer

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!

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      1. Hi Wendy, I believe that is an older comment. I did not find any Walmarts doing the photos around the NW this year. Let us know if you find out differently!

    1. 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!

    1. 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. 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!

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

  2. https://www.centralpiercefire.org/Calendar.aspx?Range=30&Type=ALL

    In the Puyallup, Tacoma, Spanaway, Frederickson area – the local fire department – Central Pierce Fire & Rescue does free Santa photos every year. Just go to the Events and Activities in their website to find the times and locations. Centralpiercefire.org I tried to copy the link but I don’t know if it will work. There are cookies, juice, coffee and meeting with Santa.

    1. Thanks Rori – do you have a link to their event (I dont see it on the Happenings page of their website)? Are they taking the photo and giving it to you, or do they have a santa on site you can use your own camera to take pictures with. If we can get these details we will add it to the list. Thanks so much!

  3. Another free Santa photo oppertunity (same crew that does Motif Hotels event ) Will be doing one at Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle Airport from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Saturday December 16th

    This event is also supporting Toys for Tots

    1. Jim – Thank you for letting us know about the Santa pictures at Crowne Plaza. I didn’t read this post until it was too late. We have attended the Motif Hotel Santa pictures for the last 7 years in a row. My daughter was devastated last night when I told her we probably weren’t going to get Santa pictures this year (since Motif is taking a year off). Do you know how we can find out Santa’s schedule? We are really hoping for the Motif Santa. Any tips you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

      1. Hi Jen – Jim’s comment was from last year, so not sure he will see your reply this year and wanted to send you a couple of more options we found in case they work for you guys this year (not the Motif Santa, but other free options besides Cabelas and Bass Pro)

        https://www.facebook.com/events/209141113323199/ (free digital copy in Bothel area, tomorrow 12/19)
        https://www.facebook.com/events/195243228095659/ (free printed and digital photo at Kona Kai Coffee in Tukwila Thursday, 12/20)
        https://www.facebook.com/events/1058742157643333/ (free photos in Snohomish area with canned good food donation)

        Hope that helps you guys get your picture this year. If we learn any more about the Motif santa we will let you know. Thanks!

  4. Does anyone know a place that’ll do 1st christmas photos with santa on christmas day in either king,snohomish,or pierce counties??

  5. We love the Santa in your photo. I think we ran into him at Motif in downtown Seattle. Do you know if we’ll be able to see him again this year?

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