Looking for somewhere to get a FREE photo with Santa near Tacoma, Puyallup, or beyond? Here’s our annual guide for 2017!
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.
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 2017
Bass Pro Shop has an entire Santa Wonderland. Photo is one, free studio quality 4×6. 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 5:30pm-7:30pm. You’re welcome to get a pic with both him and Mrs. Claus.
Wednesday, November 29th-Maple Valley; Thursday, November 30th Sumner; Friday, December 1st Lacey; Saturday, December 2nd Tacoma; Wednesday, December 6th Ruston; Thursday, December 7th Frederickson; Friday, December 8th Parkland; Saturday, December 9th Dupont
Santa will be at the Covington Library on Wednesday, December 13, 5:30-7pm. Bring your own camera and take a photo-or purchase one from the Friends. There will also be a drawing for parents door prize, too for dinner out!
Pictures on Saturdays and Sundays December 2nd-17th
Free visits with Santa after you get your tree. Weekends-he has his own, “House,” and it’s very cute!
Sunday, December 3rd from 12-3
1200 S 324th St Federal Way Free Santa Photos and 20% off sale
If you missed out on Santa Clause Photos last weekend don’t fret! Santa will be back Sunday Dec. 3rd and Saturday Dec. 9th from 11am to 4pm with cocoa and cookies! 🎁🎄🎅
On Tuesday, December 5, from 6:00pm-7:00pm 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 9th, 9-12PM
Where: 16209 64th Street E Suite 101 Sumner, WA 98390
We are also accepting unwrapped toys for The Wishing Well Foundation’s Christmas Toy Drive! Please donate anything from scarves, gloves, hats to sports items and bring a smile to a child this holiday season. We are now excepting donations at any of our three office locations, Auburn, Sumner and Enumclaw.
On Saturday, December 2nd, Santa and his elves arrive in Milton! Festivities include crafts, treats, the tree lighting, and photos.
November 24-26: Photos from 11-4
December 2-3: Photos from 11-4
December 9th: Photos from 11-4
Reindeer on site!
December 10: Photos from 11-4
December 16-17: Photos from 11-4
Horse drawn carraige rides
December 23: Photos from 11-4
Horse drawn carraige rides
Free photos with Santa and other holiday fun weekends November 24th-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 1PM.
December 9th at Station 67, 8005 Canyon Rd. E from 5-8pm Santa will be there for photos
Santa will be at our Gift Shop On Saturday, December 9 from 12-4 and Sunday, December 10 from 12-4 PM. First come first served.Our elves will start handing out numbers when the first child arrives to see Santa. It is always very busy so be prepared to wait at least a half an hour .Santa takes his time with each child and creates a memorable experience. Our elves will start handing out numbers when the first child arrives to see Santa. Note from SFM: Bring your own camera. The photo part is DIY.
Northwest Santa comes to your home (select areas) December 20-24, 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 98360 and 98321 on Saturday the 23rd. You can contact them about the wait list for other days and zip codes.
On Saturday, December 2, from 1:00pm-3:30pm, 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.
December 1st 12pm-4pm
December 8th 12pm-4pm
December 15th 12pm-4pm
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.
Saturday, December 2nd 3-5:30
Sunday, December 3rd 1-3PM
What’s better than day drinking at your favorite family friendly brewery? How about your favorite family friendly brewery that hosts Kiddo Karaoke with Santa and Buddy the Elf?!? Stick around for Polaroid pictures afterward!
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.
Dates & Times:
November 24, 25, & 26 Noon-3:00PM
December 2 Noon-3:00PM
December 9 Noon-3:00PM
December 16 Noon-3:00PM
(Santa will Not be in the store Saturday, 12/23)
Harley Davidson Stores
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 9th
Thursday, December 7th 4-5
Get your photo taken with Santa & receive an email or FREE CD of the memories!
Enjoy delicious hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies!!
A donation of a non-perishable food item for F.I.S.H Food Bank, or new toys or clothes for Key Peninsula Holiday Helper is appreciated, but not required!
Saturday, December 2nd 10-2 at Markee Gig Harbor
Kick off the Christmas season with tradition, come have breaky & get your picture with SANTA! There will be lots of food, the mocktails/cocktails will be flowing & live music will be playing. Excited to show our friends & clients our appreciation of your constant support. RSVP here!
Hosted By: Marisa Merritt – Realtor, Windermere Professional Partners
Free Santa photos December 2nd and 9th from 10AM-2. You get a free 4x 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.
December 1st 6-8PM
Join us for our yearly Downtown Holiday Celebration!
Everyone is welcome to this free event.
Kids also get to take a photo with Santa, bring home an age appropriate gift, and enjoy fun activities like face painting, games, and more!
Friday, December 8th 6:30-8:30
Come visit The Lights At Ken Lake and get professional photos with Santa!! Pictures are free, but a Suggested Donation of $5-$10 to the Thurston County Food Bank is greatly appreciated.
Photos taken by Katie Campbell Photography. https://katiecampbellphotography.shootproof.com/
Since this is an outdoor event there is a possibility it can be canceled if the weather is bad.
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 email@example.com, or leave a comment on this post!