free santa photos in Houston

Photos with Santa are a fun holiday tradition, but the price can add up quickly at the mall. Thankfully, there are plenty of places where you can get free pictures with Santa in Houston and the surrounding area.

Here are a few locations and events to find free Santa photos in Houston:


Where to Get Free Santa Photos in Houston and Surrounding Areas

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.

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 21st 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.

Downtown at City Hall — Free Santa photos will be available at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting November 30, 6 pm – 8 pm. This is located at Hermann Square near City Hall.

Missouri City — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Snowfest FestivalDecember 7, 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 1, 10 am – 1 pm:

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bellaire – Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle St.
Briargrove Park – 2301 Seagler Rd.
Heights – Donovan Park, 700 Heights Blvd.
West University – Southside Place Park, 3743 Garnet St.* Also enjoy the Winter Carnival benefitting Fire Truck Park Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Woodlands – 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 1350, The Woodlands

Photos with Santa & Paws
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Heights – K-9 Angels Rescue Adoption Center, 1215 W. 19th St.


Santa Photos for Cheap or Donations Benefiting Others

There are other spots around town where you can get Santa photos in Houston for cheap or for a donation that goes to benefit a good cause.

Sugar Land Town Square — This outdoor venue will have free Santa photos Sundays, November 25, December 2, 9, 16 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 1 & 15, 11 am – 2 pm, at Paw-liday Market benefiting 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 3330 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.

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.



Ellen’s Cafe — Head to Old Town Spring for this special Breakfast with SantaDecember 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 buffetDecember 8, 15, 16, 21- 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 8, 15, 22 from 8 am- 10 am and Galveston is December 22, 23. 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


Do you know of any other places to get free or cheap Santa photos in Houston? Let us know by commenting below.