Free Santa Photos in Houston 2014

Free Santa Photos in HoustonPhotos with Santa are a fun holiday tradition, but the price can add up quickly at the mall. Here are a few locations and events to find free Santa photo opportunities in Houston in 2014:

Bass Pro Shops — Winter Wonderland activities continue in December at Bass Pro Shops — including free photos with Santa. Kids can tell Santa their Christmas wishes and get a free photo Mondays through Saturdays (10 am – 8 pm), and Sundays (10 am – 5 pm) beginning December 7. (Weekday hours are 3 pm – 8 pm before December 7.) Avoid lines with the Bass Pass if the line is more than 30 minutes. You simply get a ticket with a specific time and return later. Located in Katy and Pearland. Check the online schedule here.

CityCentre — It’s Santa’s Holiday Market Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 4 pm, at CityCentre. Kids can get a free photo with Santa (noon – 4 pm) and parents can shop at the outdoor holiday market. Don’t miss the gingerbread decorating station hosted by SWEET or strolling Dickens carolers.

Fundamentally Toys — Santa will be visiting Fundamentally Toys in Rice Village every weekend through Christmas — and Christmas week — for free Santa photos. Hours are 1 pm to close: December 6-7, December 13-14, December 20-24. Located at 2401 Rice Blvd.

Houston Humane Society — Pets (and kids!) can get free photos with Santa¬† Saturday, December 6, 11 am – 2 pm, at Houston Humane Society. A donation is suggested to help the organization, such as a Kong toy or pet food. The afternoon also features a Kid’s Zone, shopping market, and bake sale.

Downtown at City HallFree Santa photos will be available at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting December 5, 6 pm – 8 pm.

Tomball — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Christmas in Commerce December 13, this month’s 2nd Saturday event in Tomball. The event also includes free train rides, games, activities, and free screening of Jingle All the Way. 10 am – 7:30 pm. Located on Commerce Street in historic Tomball.

LaCenterra — Santa will be visiting La Centerra for free photos every weekend through December 23. Hours are 1 pm – 5 pm Saturdays and 1 pm – 4 pm Sundays. Don’t forget your camera! Located in Katy at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Missouri City — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Snowfest Festival, Friday, December 5, 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Bring your own camera! Located at the Civic Center in Missouri City (1522 Texas Parkway).

YMCAs — Many Houston-area YMCAs are offering free photos with Santa. Check with your local area Y. Membership is not required for these free events. Here are a few I found:

South Montgomery County YMCA
Saturday, December 6, 9 am – noon (6464 Creekside Forest, The Woodlands)
Free breakfast and photos with Santa plus crafts, holiday music, face art, balloon art…
Register online here. Limited to first 400.

Alief YMCA
Saturday, December 13, 10 am – noon (7850 Howell-Sugarland Road)
Cookies and photos with Santa.

Fort Bend YMCA
Saturday, December 19, 7 pm – 8 pm
Cookies and photos with Santa.

John Daugherty Realtors — Santa is coming to your neighborhood for free Santa photos, thanks to John Daugherty Realtors. Here is the neighborhood schedule:

**December 6, 10 am – 1 pm

River Oaks: River Oaks Park, 3600 Locke Lane

Tanglewood: Tanglewood Corporation, 1661 Tanglewood Blvd. Plus enjoy carriage rides!

Memorial: Memorial Drive Baptist Church, 325 N. Piney Point Rd.

West University: Southwide Place Park, 3743 Garnet St. Plus enjoy Winter Carnival benefiting Fire Truck Park.

Bellaire: Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle St

Heights: Donovan Park, 700 Heights Blvd.

Briargrove Park: 2301 Seagler Rd.

Frost Bank — Frost Bank locations in Houston are offering free Santa photos in December. Here is the schedule:

**December 6, 10 am – 1 pm

Sugar Land: 620 Hwy 6, Sugar Land

Town and Country: 600 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Houston

The Woodlands: 10767 Kuykendahl, The Woodlands

Post Oak: 1700 Post Oak Blvd., Houston

**December 10, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Northgate: 2715 FM 1960, Houston

**December 17, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Shadow Creek: 11201 Broadway St., Pearland

Santa Photos for Cheap or Donations Benefiting Others

Sugar Land Town Square — This outdoor venue will have free Santa photos¬†Sundays in December from 1 pm – 5 pm. Head to the lobby of 16190 City Walk. December 7, 14, 21. A donation box will be available to support Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project. Last year 637 kids received Christmas gifts thanks to the community generosity.

Traders VillageSanta is at Traders Village Saturdays and Sundays through December 21. $5 photo with Santa. Admission is free with $3 parking.

Breakfast with Santa (fee)

Cafe Adobe — Enjoy breakfast and party with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cafe Adobe Saturdays, December 13 and 20, 9 am. $15 adults, $10 kids, age 2 and under free. In addition to breakfast, kids will enjoy the dessert table and cookie-decorating tables! Available at all locations.

Downtown Aquarium and Kemah Aquarium — Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa and Sharkey buffet December 13, 14, 20-24, 8 am – 10 am. You might catch Santa swimming in the aquarium! $17.99 adults, $11.99 kids. Free Santa photos. Call for reservations: 713.223.3474.

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