Where To Get Santa Photos Taken (With Pets!)

The Holiday season is all about making memories with your loved ones—and that includes your fur babies! We know you want to include them in cute Christmas snapshots, so here are some locations that you may want to consider if you’re looking to take Santa photos with your furry friends!

Washington, DC

  1. Santa Suite at the Fairmont Washington DC

2401 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

One of the best Santa visits you can do this year is to head to the Santa Suite at the Fairmont Washington D.C. Every December, Santa makes his way to this decked-out group of rooms to interact and take photos with everyone.

  1. Enchant Christmas

1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Enchant Christmas in Washington, D.C. You can meet and take photos with Santa himself, which is often the highlight for children.

  1. CityCenterDC

825 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Every year, this public park in CityCenterDC is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and even a few elves! You don’t want to miss it.

  1. ZooLights

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is a renowned family-friendly spot in Washington, D.C., especially since admission is free. Although Santa is not always present, they hold special events during ZooLights which include meet-and-greets with him!

Maryland, Virginia

  1. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech holds annual Pet Portraits with Santa on Dec. 7 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Blacksburg campus, located at 245 Duck Pond Drive.


  1. PetSmart

PetSmart is taking FREE photos of your pet with Santa during three weekends at all of their locations in Miami and South Florida (excluding PetSmart Groomery locations)!

The special Santa photo sessions will be available from noon to 3 pm on the following days:

Dec. 4 – 5

Dec. 11 – 12

Dec. 18 – 19

  1. Southland Mall

Bring your pet to Southland Mall on December 17th fur a paws-itively fun time taking photos with Santa and the whole family!

New York

  1. Bloomingdale's

Fifth Fl, 59th Street & Lexington Ave, Upper East Side

Santaland at Bloomingdale's is open on weekends through December 24, and visitors can take a photo with Santa Claus in a private 20-minute meet and greet. Even better, your furry friends are absolutely welcome!

Los Angeles

  1. Santa at Manhattan Village

3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Children can visit Santa at Manhattan village from November 19 – December 24, and so can your pets!

  1. Santa Visit at Santa Monica Place Mall

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Visitors can take a photo with Santa, along with their canine companions, during Pet Nights on December 15 – 16.

  1. Santa Magic at Glendale Galleria

100 W. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91210

Santa is coming to the Glendale Galleria this year to take photos with your family and your pets! You can reserve a spot from November 18th – December 24th.

  1. Westfield Fashion Square

14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Families can meet Santa at Westfield Fashion Square in a safe, cozy little meet-and-greet! If you want to bring your fur babies, you can also make reservations for a Pet Santa Visit from November 18th through December 24th.


  1. Pet Photos with Santa (Yorktown Center, Lombard)

You’re welcome to bring your pets in for a photo with Santa—as long as they’ve been nice this year! Drop by on December 7 & 14, 2021, between 11 am – 8 pm. Keep in mind that Santa takes a half-hour break at 3:30 pm.

  1. Santa Paws Pictures (Bloomingdale Park District)

Register for you and your pets to get a photo taken with Santa on December 9, 2021, 6 pm – 9 pm! Santa’s elves will snap the photo, and you’ll also get snacks for both you and your fur babies while you wait! And feel free to bring a camera so you can take your own pics.

  1. Pet Photos with Santa (North Berwyn Park District)

You can pre-register for a fun photo session with Santa between 2 pm – 3 pm on December 11!


  1. Memorial City Mall

Memorial City Mall is arranging in-person photos with Santa this year. Plus, you can even bring your pets! Take your canine companions along for Santa Pet Days at St. Nick’s Park, every Monday through December 20.

  1. Oakbrook Center, 100 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523

Capture a paw-fect holiday moment with Santa and the whole family—including your fur babies! This December 13 & 20, Oakbrook Center is holding its Pet Nights with Santa, where you can enjoy a safe, fun holiday experience.


  1. Santa at Rhodes Hall – Midtown

Make reservations for a cheery photoshoot with Santa! For fur parents who want to let their pets join in on the fun, Pet Night is Wednesday, December 8.

  1. Lenox Square Mall – Buckhead

Santa will sit with the children in front of Macy’s on the first level through December 24! And on December 5, you can also bring your pets for a lovely holiday photo.

  1. Cumberland Mall – Atlanta

Visit Cumberland Mall to see St. Nicholas himself and get a professional holiday shoot! Photo packages start at $39.99. And on Mondays through December 20, you can bring your pets to join in on the fun!

  1. Perimeter Mall – Dunwoody

Children can take pictures with Santa on the lower level of the Nordstrom wing at Perimeter Mall. Prices range from $39.99-$49.99. Pets can take part in the festivities on Monday nights through December 20.

Nashville, TN

  1. Santa Pictures at CoolSprings

Visit Santa in the Center Court, lower level, Friday, November 19 through Friday, December 24, 2021. Be sure to catch their special Pet Photos with Santa event on December 13, 4 pm – 7 pm!

Santa's Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 7 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm