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:
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.
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 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!
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