Looking for somewhere to get a FREE photo with Santa near Tacoma, Puyallup, or beyond? Here’s our annual guide for 2018!
We’ve added new free Santas we found in Auburn, Sumner, and Gig Harbor this year. There seem to be more of these every season (somewhere there is a shop sold out of red suits)!
If you know of a good one we should add, just let me know! Most of these are, “No catch,” offers, though some are collecting canned goods or other items. I do think if you attend one hosted by a private company it’s reasonable to take a business card. 🙂
Do note we’ve provided links so YOU can confirm details before you go. Thanks for doing that.
In a few cases, the venue is actually providing a professional photographer, but in most cases, this is a DIY opportunity, so bring your phone or your camera and be prepared to snap your own pic!
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Updated for 2018
Bass Pro Shop has an entire Santa Wonderland. Photo is 1, free studio quality 4 x 6. Additional photos are available for purchase. Photo is free with a free, “Bass pass.” Those are limited in number, so go earlier in the day.
Santa will be stopping by at Farelli’s locations around the Sound from 5 pm – 7 pm. You’re welcome to get a pic with both him and Mrs. Claus.
Santa will be at the Covington Library on Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 – 7 pm. Bring your own camera and take a photo – or purchase one from the Friends. There will also be a door prize drawing for parents!
Pictures on Saturdays and Sundays December 1st – 9th
Free visits with Santa on the weekends after you get your tree! Follow the link and call ahead to check Santa’s schedule.
Open from the day after Thanksgiving all through to Christmas Eve: weekends between 9:00 am & 6:30 pm or weekdays between 10:00 am 6:30 pm.
Heaven Sent Children’s Resale Federal Way
1200 S 324th St Federal Way
If you missed out on Santa Clause Photos this weekend don’t fret! Santa will be back Saturday Dec. 1st and Sunday Dec. 9th from 11 am to 4 pm 🎁🎄🎅
On Tuesday, December 4, from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Santa arrives on fire truck at Fife City Hall! There will be a tree lighting and free photos with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa!
Free photos with Santa December 9th!
Come meet Santa! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and make your special someone a Holiday card!
What: Free Photo with Santa
When: Saturday, December 8th, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: 16209 64th Street E Suite 101 Sumner, WA 98390
On Saturday, December 8th, Santa and his elves arrive in Milton! Festivities include crafts, treats, the tree lighting, and photos.
November 23-25: Photos from 11-4
December 1-2: Photos from 11-4
December 8th: Photos from 11-4
December 9: Photos from 11-4
Reindeer on site!
December 15-16: Photos from 11-4
Horse drawn carriage rides
December 22-23: Photos from 11-4
Horse drawn carriage rides
Free photos with Santa and other holiday fun weekends November 23rd – December 23rd. Note that Santa photos here are very popular, and the line can get LONG; they may also cut the line off as early as 1 pm.
December 8th at Station 60 17520 22nd Ave E from 5 – 8 pm Santa will be there for photos.
Beach Basket Gig Harbor – SLOTS FULL for 2018!
Beach Basket Gig Harbor has posted some alternate Santa photo opportunities in the area here!
Note from SFM: Bring your own camera. The photo part is DIY.
Northwest Santa comes to your home (select areas) December 21-23, and it’s free! He will take a photo, hear children’s Christmas wishes, and even give a gift. As of this writing there are spots left for zip codes listed below. You can contact them about the wait list for other days and zip codes.
|Dec 21||98371 – 98373 – 98375|
|Dec 22||98391 – 98321 – 98372|
|Dec 23||98360 – 98374 – 98338|
On Saturday, December 8, from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, meet Santa and his reindeer at the little Job Carr Museum, the birthplace of Tacoma. There will be a make and take craft for kids, live music from local holiday choirs, refreshments and photos with Santa. Canned food donations are encouraged; photo is a professional digital download available within one week of the event.
November 30 11 am -4 pm
December 7th 11 am -4 pm
December 14th 11 am – 4 pm
Santa will be making his Friday visits to the store soon! Visiting Santa is free of charge. Note from SFM: I believe this is a DIY, bring your own camera event. You can also see the reindeer.
Kiddo Karaoke Odd Otter Brewing Tacoma
Santa’s here! Visit Santa all weekend long…Friday, Saturday & Sunday and every Saturday until Christmas from Noon-3pm (Santa will Not be in the store Saturday, 12/23) Bring your smart phone or camera and take a few pictures. No Long Lines, No Stress, No Hassle. See you soon.
Santa scheduled for Friday, Saturday & Sunday after Thanksgiving, from 12 pm – 3 pm and every Saturday through Christmas, 12 pm – 3 pm.
Got a biker in the family? All area Harley Davidson stores seem to have at least one, “Biker Santa,” day planned.
A free party and Santa photos are planned for December 8th, 3 pm – 5 pm
Keller Williams Gig Harbor
2018 details TBA
Saturday, December 1st 9 am – 11 am at Markee Gig Harbor
That’s right folks, Santa Claus is coming to town Dec 1! RSVP today to come have a lil’ breaky and get a professional photo with Santa 🎅🏼 Kick off the Christmas season with live music, mimosas, and merriment from 9 – 11 am. Grab the kid(s), pets, significant other, whoever is special in your life and come join the festive fun 🎄
Hosted By: Marisa Merritt – Realtor, Windermere Professional Partners
Free Santa photos now through December 24th! You get a free 4 x 6 and a frame and a coupon for a free kids’ meal in the deli with adult purchase! Navigate to the calendar at the bottom of the page for details.
Of course, you can find Santa at your mall (look for fast pass options!)
Or, (sponsor alert!) for one on one time without the line, check out Tacoma photographer Angie D’s very affordable mini sessions with Santa! So cute, right?
We are also big fans of Santa at the North Pole. There are a variety of affordable packages, and you get to play at the North Pole (Full disclosure-this is, “Our,” Santa, and they are longtime site friends).
We also have a list of Santa Breakfasts here. While not free, these all include some face time with the big guy! The ones with the fire departments are also serious bargains!
If you know of other free Santas, or a St.Nick worth splurging on, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment on this post!