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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

Santa Clause will be there with a professional photographer and treats for everyone. All digital photos from the professional photographer are free and will be sent to you in a high resolution format online to post and print! Dogs are welcome but we ask that they be leashed during their time here. Reserve your timeslot on their events page here.
Sambica Christmas Carnival Bellevue – December 11th & 18th 5pm -8pm. (Details still need to be updated for this year, but these are the details from last year). 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).
Free Photos with Santa Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Northwest Home team – Olympia – December 17 , 3pm to 6pm
Come out and get a FREE professional photo with Santa! They will also have hot cocoa, holiday treats and much more!

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.

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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 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 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!

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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      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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