Looking for Pictures with Santa? Here’s the Nice List of Participating Retailers (2021)

It’s that time of year again… Santa has loaded up his sleigh and is making special appearances across the country–just to take pictures with him! We’ve got quite a lot to make up for this year, due to missing out on these classic traditions because of quarantine and travel restrictions in 2020–and Santa agrees. The timeless holiday tradition of taking pictures with Santa is available thanks to a handful of retailers who have brought back the holiday custom, after going largely virtual last year. If you’ve been searching for where to take your family, kids, and pets to capture the holiday spirit with Mr. Claus himself, here’s what you need to know.


Retailers Offering Pictures With Santa

With many health and safety restrictions still in place, the return to normal has been a slow build. That being said, many retailers are still offering classic Santa pictures–you may just have to do a little bit of searching in your local area. We’re helping to make that search easier by breaking down major retailers offering Santa services.


Simon Malls Pictures with Santa

Simon Malls is one of the largest shopping mall groups and its locations can be found across the country. Simon Malls has selected locations participating in pictures with Santa this year. You can see the full list of participating locations here, as well as make reservations for your pictures so you can bypass lines and holiday mall madness.


Petco (Free!) Pictures with Santa

Blame it on my Millenial status but I consider my cat’s family (fur babies, if you will), and what is cuter than pet pictures with Santa? Pet and pet owners’ favorite Petco is offering the chance for you to capture the holiday spirit with your pet and Santa–and for free. That’s right, for free you can get the perfect holiday card to send to nosey aunts everywhere who will be sure to ask about your non-existent kids at holiday dinners. Here’s the full list of participating stores where you can make reservations. Need to perfect a sweater for the shot? Check out our favorite pet sweaters.


Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops (Free!) Pictures with Santa

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops are in the holly jolly spirit this season with a magical display of Santa’s Workshop. It’s easy to get your free photo with Santa at participating locations, from Nov. 6 to Dec. 24. Simply find your local participating location and make a reservation for your free 4×6 picture.

  • CLUB members will receive an exclusive 50% off all photo packages.
  • While in store, families can mail their letters to the North Pole and receive freebies while supplies last.
  • Dazzling aquatic and lifelike wildlife displays will be on display for families.

Macy’s Pictures with Santa

Major retailer Macy’s is a fixture in holiday traditions. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to the extravagant holiday decor at their flagship location, few retailers get into the holiday spirit like Macy’s does. Continuing with last year’s digital Santa meet and greet, Macy’s will also be offering Mr. Claus photo ops at select locations in four participating cities.


Neiman Marcus Pictures with Santa

Luxury department store Neiman Marcus is known for all things fine and fancy, and this year they are committed to bringing an over-the-top holiday experience to guests. Neiman Marcus has unveiled its Celebrate Big, Love Even Bigger campaign which is aimed at celebrating the holidays unlike any year before. The campaign emphasizes the importance of coming together during the holidays and the gratefulness many feel especially towards this particular holiday season.

  • Select Neiman Marcus locations will offer in store picture opportunities.
  • Virtual Santa meet and greets are available to all so that everyone has a chance to experience the magic.
  • Neiman Marcus’ extraordinary Christmas Book celebrates its 95th edition with 200 glossy pages of inspiring holiday decor, gifts and (of course) fashion.
  • Online shoppers can select special curated gift boxes starting at about $82 that feature carefully selected items. Gift box themes range from self-care star products to highly rated travel needs and, of course, gifts that make kids smile.