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.
Downtown at City Hall — Free Santa photos will be available at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting November 30, 5 pm – 8 pm. This is located at Hermann Square near City Hall.
Missouri City — Enjoy free photos with Santa at Snowfest Festival, December 6 from 5:30 to 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 7, 10 am – 1 pm:.
Briargrove Park – 2301 Seagler Rd.
Heights – Donovan Park, 700 Heights Blvd.
West University – Southside Place Park, 3743 Garnet St.* Also enjoy the
Sugar Land Town Square — Get free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Sunday, December 8 from 1 to 5 pm in a new location this year — 2180 Lone Star Drive (used to be Z Gallerie).
Bering’s — Every year, both the Westheimer and Bissonnet stores offer free photos with Santa on select Saturdays from noon to 4 pm. Check their website or Facebook page for an announcement of 2019 dates.
Chick-fil-A — Santa will be making visits to Chick-fil-A locations all across the area. Dates and times vary by location, so check with your local restaurant for details.
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.
Houston Humane Society — Pets (and kids!) can get photos with Santa December 7 & 14, 11 am – 2 pm benefiting Houston Humane Society. A donation is suggested to help the organization, such as a Kong toy or Yesterday’s New brand litter. Located at 3330 S. Sam Houston Pkwy.
Traders Village — Santa is at Traders Village Saturdays and Sundays through December 23. $5 photo with Santa. Admission is free with $4 parking.
Children’s Museum of Houston — Don’t miss Cookies with Santa December 24, 10 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 regular museum admission. Located at 1500 Binz.
PetCo. — Pets love Santa, too! Bring your pet for a pic with Santa on December 7, 14, and 15, 1 pm – 4 pm. For a $10 donation, you get a photo and frame, which benefits a local animal charity. Find a location near you online.
Karbach Brewery — On December 15 from 12-5 pm, Karbach Brewing Co. will be offering $10 photos with Santa, and they encourage you to bring the whole family — even your pups! $10 gets you a 4×6 onsite print and an email with all the extra shots taken. Proceeds benefit Rock-A-Bully and Friends Rescue organization. Get details here.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA in Houston (FEE)
Ellen’s Cafe — Head to Old Town Spring for this special Breakfast with Santa, December 7, 9 am – 10 am, sponsored by Ellen’s Cafe. Reservations are required, so call 281-353-9229 to save your spot. The breakfast buffet is $8 per person (plus beverages) 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 7, 8, 14, 15, and 21-24 starting at 8:30 am. You might catch Santa swimming in the aquarium! $21.99 adults, $13.99 kids. Santa photo ops are available as well. Call for reservations: 713.223.3474.
Rainforest Cafe — Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa at Rainforest Cafe: Katy Mills is December 7, 14, 21, and 24 from 8 am- 10 am and Galveston is December 21-22. Kids can take photos with Santa. There will be raffle and prizes, goodie bags for the kids, and fun activities. Cost is $21.82 for ages 11 and up, $13.98 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.