Free Santa Photos for the NW (Updated for 2019)!
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:
Kohls – National – Nov. 24, December 8 and December 15. Get free pictures with Santa on Sundays from 1pm to 3pms (and kids get a free toy too)!
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 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). Time slots 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. We did this one last year for a birthday party and they turned out great!
Free Santa Photos In The Pacific NW:
Photos with Santa and the Reindeer at the Weatherly Inn (Tacoma) – Dececmber 4, 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 Photos With Santa – Maple Valley; December 6th
The Reeael 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. They ask that you bring a toy donation for a child in need.
Free Photos with Donation – Excel Real Estate in Maple Valley Decemberr 6th. Here is how they describe the event “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! 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 7th, 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!
Santa House – Free photos with Santa! – Renton, December 7, 14th & 21st; 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.
An Old Fashioned Christmas – Stanwood – December 7th, 10am to 2pm. There will be free photos with Santa, Treats, Coffee & Cocoa Live music of the Season, museum tours, crafts and more
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!
Santa Land 2019 in Black Diamond – December 7, 9:30 am t 1:30 pm Free Santa Photos, hot cider, letters to Santa and much more.
Free Fun with Santa at Sunrise Village – Bothel, December 7, 14 and 21 Create family memories and traditions this holiday season! Free photos with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, reindeer and more.
Sambica Christmas Carnival – Bellevue – December 7th & 14th 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!
Covington Creek Nursery – Covington; Saturday, November 30 & December 14, and Sunday, December 8 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.
Hillyard Northpole 2019– Free Santa Pictures – Spokane December 14th
Some Dental Offices offer free events and pictures too, so check with your dentist. The Kids Dentist in Renton has pictures on December 4th from 9am to 12pm (and ask for a donation of toys for kids).
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. 30th – take pictures with Santa from 11am to 5pm!
- An Afternoon with Santa – on Camano Island
- Sky Nursery – December 2nd7th, Take photos with Santa and other festivities.
- Downtown Historic Snohomish – Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm -3pm
- Watsons Nursery – Mill Creek, reindeer and santa will be there 12/6 and 12/13
- Free Photos you can take yourself at Sunrise Village on 12/4 with Santa in his Sleigh!
- Old Town Tacoma – 12/14 Santa Visits Old Town is a FREE family-friendly event. We invite the community to celebrate the season at Tacoma’s birthplace. Our cozy cabin fireplace is the perfect setting for your keepsake Santa picture! Bring the whole family and make a memory.
- Pacific Place – downtown Seattle – Santa is up on the 2nd floor or he also does wander the mall to visit with kids too. Make sure to check out his schedule of when he’ll be there. There are some fun photo opps on the different floors too (and a giant keyboard kids can play on the 2nd floor as well)
- Lumaze Seattle – if you attend Lumaze, your kids can meet Santa & you can take pictures with your own camera (the Lumaze event is not free to attend, but if you are attending, you can get free photos with Santa
- Anko – Burien, Totem Lake & Alderwood locations on Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21st & Sunday December 22nd from 11 – 3pm. Kids can visit with Santa & parents can take pictures with their camera for this event. Pets can also come for a picture with Santa too!
- Hunter Family Farm – Olympia – Santa will be visiting on Sat 12/14 & Sun 12/15 from 11am – 2pm & you can take pictures with your camera
- Hotel Sorrento – downtown Seattle – Saturday 12/14 from 9am – 12pm; Take your own picture with Santa + they will have cookie decorating & hot cider & bubbles.
Hometown Holidays December 6th in downtown Camas (technically Wa. but near Portland area). (also enjoy hay rides, kids’ crafts, tree lighting and a hot cocoa bar).
Decemberville December 7th, 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.
This Santa Sleigh in 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:
Swanson’s Reindeer Festival in Seattle
Carpinito Bros in Kent
Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup
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