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) Fridays – Sundays in December, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, and then December 18-23. This is an amazing walk-through event celebrating its 20th year. Free admission, free parking, and free shuttle. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 10 and nightly after December 15 thru December 23 at Paul Hopkins Park in Dickinson.
Frost Bank — Two Houston-area Frost Bank locations are offering Cookies with Santa and free photo opp! Check the schedule for one near you!
Garden Oaks Financial Center: December 2 (10 am – 1 pm), 4606 N Shepherd Dr.
East End Financial Center: December 16 (10 am – 1 pm), 2240 Navigation Blvd.
Downtown at City Hall — Free Santa photos will be available at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting December 1, 6 pm – 8 pm. This is located at Hermann Square near City Hall.
Missouri City — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Snowfest Festival, December 1, 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Bring your own camera! Located at the Civic Center in Missouri City (1522 Texas Parkway).
John Daugherty Realtors — Santa is coming to your neighborhood for free Santa photos, thanks to John Daugherty Realtors. Here is the neighborhood schedule December 2, 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: Tupelo Park in the Village of Creekside Park
Garden Oaks/Oak Forest: Candlelight Park, 1520 Candlelight Lane (9 am – noon at this location)
Tomball — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Christmas in Commerce December 9, this month’s 2nd Saturday event in Tomball. The event also includes vendors, games, activities and live entertainment. 12 pm – 4 pm. Located on Commerce Street in historic Tomball.
Santa Photos for Cheap or Donations Benefiting Others
Sugar Land Town Square — This outdoor venue will have free Santa photos Sundays, December 3, 10, 17 from 1 pm – 5 pm. Head to the lobby of 16190 City Walk. A donation box will be available to collect new and unwrapped stuffed animals for Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project.
Houston Humane Society — Pets (and kids!) can get photos with Santa December 16 – 17, 11 am – 3 pm, at Paw-liday Market benefitting Houston Humane Society. A donation is suggested to help the organization, such as a Kong toy or Yesterday’s New brand litter. The afternoon also includes live music, pet friendly shopping, and HHS mobile adoption on-site. Located at 3300 S. Sam Houston Pkwy.
Traders Village — Santa is at Traders Village Saturdays and Sundays through December 24. $5 photo with Santa. Admission is free with $4 parking.
Children’s Museum of Houston — Cookies with Santa December 24, 11 am – 3 pm, at Children’s Museum of Houston. Bring your wish list and take a photo with Santa before he makes his journey around the world. Free with $12 museum admission. Located at 1500 Binz.
Toys and Candy On the Park — Santa is looking for good boys and girls at Toys and Candy On the Park in Kingwood. He will be visiting with children and taking pictures beginning Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas noon – 4 pm. 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 2, December 9 and December 16, 1 pm – 4 pm. For $10, you get a photo and frame, which benefits a local animal charity. Find a location near you online
Breakfast with Santa (fee)
Ellen’s Cafe — Head to Old Town Spring for this special Breakfast with Santa, December 9, 9 am – 10 am, sponsored by Ellen’s Cafe. Reservation only call 281-353-9229 to save your spot. The breakfast buffet is $8 with free Santa photo. Located at 307 Gentry in Old Town Spring.
Downtown Aquarium and Kemah Aquarium — Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa and Sharkey buffet December 9, 16, 17, 20, 20 -24, 8 am – 10 am. You might catch Santa swimming in the aquarium! $19.99 adults, $13.99 kids. Free Santa photos. Call for reservations: 713.223.3474.
Rainforest Cafe at Katy Mills — Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa at Rainforest Cafe: Katy Mills is December 9, 16, 23 from 8 am- 10 am and Galleria is December 9, 16. Kids can take photos with Santa. There will be raffle and prizes, goodie bags for the kids, and fun activities. Cost is $19.79 for ages 11 and up, $14.24 for 10 and under, and 3 and under is free. 5000 Katy Mills Circle