Free Santa Photos in Houston 2015 + Breakfast with Santa {Updated}

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 photos in Houston in 2015:

Bass Pro Shops — Winter Wonderland activities return to Bass Pro Shops — including free photos with Santa. Kids can tell Santa their Christmas wishes and get a free photo through December 24. Avoid lines with the Bass Pass if the line is more than 30 minutes. Simply get a ticket with a specific time and return later. Located in Katy and Pearland. Check the online Santa schedule. Times vary by week.

Dickinson Festival of Lights — Kids can sit with Santa for a free photo (or $5 from the festival camera) beginning November 28-29 (6 pm – 8:30 pm). December dates are Fridays – Sundays, 6 pm – 8:30 pm and then December 21-23. This is an amazing walk-through event celebrating its 18th year. Free admission, free parking, and free shuttle. Open nightly through December 31 at Paul Hopkins Park in Dickinson.

Frost Bank — Houston-area Frost Bank locations are offering Cookies with Santa and free photo opp! Check the schedule for one near you!

Pearland Financial Center: December 3 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm), 5208 W. Broadway
Northgate Financial Center: December 9 (4:30 pm – 7:30 pm), 2715 FM 1960W
Missouri City Financial Center: December 12 (10 am – 1 pm), 3600 FM 1092
Harrisburg Financial Center: December 12 (10 am – 1 pm), 1001 Broadway

Downtown at City HallFree Santa photos will be available at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting December 4, 6 pm – 8 pm. This is located at Hermann Square near City Hall.

Missouri City — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Snowfest Festival, December 4, 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Bring your own camera! Located at the Civic Center in Missouri City (1522 Texas Parkway).

Houston Humane Society — Pets (and kids!) can get free photos with Santa  Saturday, December 5 and December 19, 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 shopping market and bake sale. Located at 14700 Almeda.

Santa Paws — If you treat your pet like your child (me!), then don’t miss Santa Paws Saturday, December 5, noon – 3 pm at GreenStreet. Bring your pet to GreenStreet to meet Santa Paws. It’s a free photo when you bring your own camera. The afternoon also includes live music and Kriser’s Pet Pop-Up Shop and adoptable animals from Pup Squad. Located at 1201 Fannin.

John Daugherty Realtors — Santa is coming to your neighborhood for free Santa photos, thanks to John Daugherty Realtors. Here is the neighborhood schedule December 5, 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.
Bellaire: Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle St
Heights: Donovan Park, 700 Heights Blvd.
Briargrove Park: 2301 Seagler Rd.
The Woodlands: Christ Community School, 1488 Wellman Rd.

CityCentre — It’s Santa’s Holiday Market Friday, December 18, 10 am – 5 pm, at CityCentre. Kids can get a free photo with Santa (noon – 5 pm) and parents can shop at the outdoor holiday market. Don’t miss the strolling Dickens carolers.

Champions Village — Head to Champions Village Shopping Center Saturday, December 12, 11 am – 2 pm, for free photos with Santa, carriage rides, cookie decorating, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, trackless train, and more. Located at Champions Village, FM 1960 and Champions Forest.

Kingwood — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Holiday at the Harbor Saturday, December 12, noon – 5 pm. The afternoon also features ornament decorating, a DJ, hot chocolate and more. Located at 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway at Kings Harbor Waterfront Village.

Tomball — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Christmas in Commerce December 12, this month’s 2nd Saturday event in Tomball. The event also includes vendors, games, activities and live entertainment. 12 pm – 5 pm. Located on Commerce Street in historic Tomball.

YMCAs — Many Houston-area YMCAs are offering free photos with Santa. Check with your local area Y. Here are a few I found:

Breakfast with Santa –South Montgomery County YMCA
Saturday, December 5, 9 am – noon (6464 Creekside Forest, The Woodlands)
Free light breakfast and photos with Santa plus crafts, holiday music, face art, and balloon art.
Admission: Non-perishable item for food bank.

Cookies with Santa — Alief Family YMCA
Saturday, December 5, 10 am – noon (7850 Howell-Sugarland Road)
Cookies and photos with Santa. Free to all facility members

Cookies with Santa — Fort Bend Family YMCA
Saturday, December 5, 10 am – noon (4433 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City)
Cookies & milk, photos with Santa plus arts-n-crafts.

Breakfast with the Grinch — Langham Creek YMCA
Saturday, December 12, 9 am – 10:30 am (16725 Longenbaugh)
Breakfast, holiday craft, and photos with Santa. $10 per family.


Santa Photos for Cheap or Donations Benefiting Others

Sugar Land Town Square — This outdoor venue will have free Santa photos Sunday, November 29, and Sundays in December (December 6, 13, 20) from 1 pm – 5 pm. Head to the lobby of 16190 City Walk. A donation box will be available to support Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project.

Traders VillageSanta is at Traders Village Saturdays and Sundays November 28 – December 20. $5 photo with Santa. Admission is free with $4 parking.

Children’s Museum of HoustonSnap a photo with Santa November 28, noon – 4 pm, at Children’s Museum of Houston. Santa will be accompanied by his Texas Reinsteer longhorn! Or catch Santa pics at another meet-n-greet December 19, 11 am – 2 pm. Free with $10 museum admission. Located at 1500 Binz.

Toys and Candy On the ParkSanta is returning for his 21st year at Toys and Candy On the Park in Kingwood. He will be visiting with children and taking pictures beginning November 28, noon – 4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas. Suggested donation is $10 to help families in need. Located at 1271 Kingwood Drive.

Unleashed by PetCo. — Pets love Santa, too! Bring your pet for a pic with Santa December 5 and December 12, 1 pm – 4 pm. For $10, you get a photo and frame, which benefits a local animal charity. Find a location near you online.

Topgolf Houston — The first 200 kids playing Topgolf Saturday, December 19, 9 am – 11 am, get a free photo with Santa plus free cookies, cocoa, and holiday-themed gift. No reservation required.

Breakfast with Santa (fee)

Ellen’s Cafe — Head to Old Town Spring for this special Breakfast with Santa, November 28, 9 am – 10 am, sponsored by Ellen’s Cafe. $6 per person. Located at 307 Gentry in Old Town Spring.

MainStreet America — Enjoy an unforgettable Ho Ho Holiday Breakfast Buffet with Santa November 28, December 5, 12, and 19 from 9 am -11 am. Breakfast with Santa includes full breakfast buffet, photo opportunities with Santa, and goodies bags for kids. Tickets sales end 2 days before event. Tickets are $25 a person.

Cheesecake Factory at First Colony Mall — Kids can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Cheesecake Factory December 5, 8:30 am – 10 am, at First Colony Mall. Santa also will read The Night Before Christmas. Bring an unwrapped toy per child to attend the event.

Downtown Aquarium and Kemah Aquarium — Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa and Sharkey buffet December 12, 13, 19, 20, 22 -24, 8 am – 10 am. You might catch Santa swimming in the aquarium! $18.99 adults, $12.99 kids. Free Santa photos. Call for reservations: 713.223.3474.

The Westin Houston, Memorial City — Families can enjoy Breakfast with Santa December 12 and 19, with seatings at 8 am and 10 am. The morning includes a full-breakfast buffet, photo with Santa, holiday craft station, and Goodie Bags for kids 12 and under. Price is $14 for up to age 12 and $20 for 13 and up. Reservations are required.

iT’Z Family Food & Fun Willowbrook — Families can enjoy Breakfast with Santa December 12, 8:30 am – 10:30 am for just $9.99 each. This includes breakfast, activities and kids’ crafts, and $5 game card. Located at 1855 Tomball Parkway.

Klein ISD Multipurpose Center — Children and their families are invited to Breakfast with Santa December 5, 9 am. The event includes pancakes, appearance by Santa Claus, life performance by Express Children’s Theatre, and holiday crafts. Advance registration is required. A $5 donation is suggested to cover costs. Located at 7500 FM 2920 in Klein.

Laurenzo’s — Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa at Laurenzo’s Restaurant December 12 from 8 am- 11 am. Kids can take photos with Santa and ride on Santa’s train in the parking lot. Tickets are $15 per adult, $8 per child (under 12 years of age). Call 713-880-5111 for reservations. Located at 4412 Washington.

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