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Where are the best places to get your pictures with Santa?

Do you want to see Santa near by?

Well, ready or not, it’s time to find opportunities to see the Big Guy as he travels to see us from the North Pole. 

This is such a special time of year to have fun with the family and make some wonderful memories with photos with Santa and Kids and Pets! 

Best Places To See Santa

Where can I get Santa Pictures in Plano?

The Shops at Willow Bend 

Dates: Daily November 17 through December 24th

Monday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm (break from 2 pm – 3 pm)

Sunday 12 noon- 6 pm (break from 2.30 pm – 3 pm)

Santa will be located in Macy’s Court near Crayola Experience on the lower level.

Pre-booking is recommended but some walk-up visits are available.

Packages from $39.99.

Santa John Plano TX

H-E-B Plano

Date: December 15, 10am – 12 noon

The Shops at Legacy

Dates: December 3 – 23

Location: The Shops at Legacy, 7401 Lone Star Drive, Plano, TX 75024

Santa’s Village, located off Bishop Road next to Kilwins!

Photos with Santa start at $60.

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Lights on the Farm – Heritage Farmstead Museum

Dates: November 25 – December 30

Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano

The historic farmstead is transformed into a delightful winter wonderland with more than one million lights and numerous animated holiday displays.

The all-outdoor event features a quarter-mile trail through the property showcasing stunning holiday light creations and animated displays crafted by First Choice Lights. This is the perfect event to enjoy a new family tradition and experience holiday cheer.

Guests will enjoy a 20-foot Christmas tree, tasty treats such as hot cocoa, kettle corn and make your own s’mores. There’s even a chance to visit with Santa and take a photo in Santa’s Farmshop.

Christmas Village at Warehouse Church

Date: Sat, Dec 3, 10 am – 1 pm

Location: Warehouse Church, 600 Data Drive #200, Plano, TX 75075

Warehouse Church is hosting a Christmas Village – a fun Christmas event for the whole family, with market vendors, food trucks, pictures with Santa and even more holiday fun! 


Where to get Santa Pictures taken in Frisco

Santa at the Star

Dates: November 18 – December 24

Location: Santa’s cottage is located centrally in The Star District at 3620 The Star Blvd, Suite 1205 (across from Ascension).

Parking is available in the Silver Parking Garage located off of Gaylord Parkway.

Santa at the Star presented by Monument Realty will welcome Santa Claus to his Cowboys fan-themed set at The Star in Frisco starting Friday, Nov 18th – December 24th.

Visitors wishing to see Santa will have the opportunity to book appointments for a photograph with him inside his custom Dallas Cowboys cottage. Photo packages include a printed 5×7 photo and an exclusive Cowboys gift for each child.

Visitors can save $5 when they book their appointment before December 2 using code STAR5.

Radiance & Frozen in Frisco

Dates: November 18 – December 31

Location: Frisco RoughRiders

Texas’ LARGEST Ice & Light Spectacular, Radiance! is back for its THIRD MAGICAL YEAR at Riders Ballpark.

Gather the family, grab a hot chocolate, and stroll through a holiday wonderland of 3 million dazzling, dancing lights and one-of-a-kind holiday social media

Then experience Frozen in Frisco—An outdoor Winter Carnival full of thrills, fun and magical memory-making moments unlike anything in North Texas!

This year at Radiance! & Frozen in Frisco it’s time to BUNDLE UP! Customize your experience by selecting from one of our THREE ticket packages that are best for your budget.

Soar down 2- story, 8- lane Ice Tubing Hill, ice skate under the stars, build your own snowman and throw snowballs made from REAL snow, spin out on Holiday Bumper Cars, meet Santa Claus, and much more!

Pictures with Santa

Dates: through December 24

Location: Stonebriar Centre, Frisco.  Head to the Lower Level Macy’s Court

What’s that sound? Santa’s in town!

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the North Pole, so make this holiday unforgettable and capture magical moments with St. Nick!

Visit Stonebriar Centre for Santa pictures in Frisco. Pre-booking is encouraged

Pets can have their pictures taken with Santa too on the following dates and times:

November 14, 21, 28 & December 5: 4 PM – 7 PM

Sensory Friendly Santa – December 4, 9 a, – 10 am, reservations required

Christmas in the Square – Frisco

Dates: November 18 – January 3

Location: 8843 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034

The Holiday lights and music will run daily 6-10 PM starting on November 18. This show is free to the public.

Frisco Square Property Owners Association, and in partnership with the City of Frisco presents the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas.

Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square.

The light show for Christmas in the Square features over 180,000 lights, 200 dancing snowflakes, 10 miles of wiring, and 8 miles of extension cords.

In its 10th year at Frisco Square, Skate the Square is the area’s only real ice outdoor ice rink! Located perfectly along Main and Coleman, the Park Place Plano Skate the Square provides the perfect ice skating experience to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

Christmas at the Cove (Lakefront, Little Elm)

Dates: December 4, 12 pm – 4 pm

Location: The Cove at The Lakefront, 417 Lakefront Drive, Little Elm

The Cove will be offering hot chocolate, holiday crafts, food and drinks, and other Christmas activities all while enjoying the day with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Grinch will also be making an appearance, but don’t let him steal your holiday spirit!

They will also be having a Christmas story time in the splash pad with Mermaid Sunny.

The Cove® will also be offering $5 admission for when you bring in a new toy for the Secret Santas of Little Elm Toy Drive.

Where to get Santa pictures in Allen and Fairview

Santa in Cabela’s Allen

Dates: November 5 – December 24

Where: 1 Cabela Drive, Allen 75002

Advance Reservations are recommended.

Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital download that can be shared on social media. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store.

Available at all Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.

Holiday Guide

Santa Pictures at Watters Creek

Dates: November 21 – December 24

Where: 970 Garden Park Dr, AllenTX 75013

Santa arrives at Watters Creek on November 19th!  Keeping with tradition Santa will lead the countdown to the Christmas Tree lighting, then head to his village for visits from 6:30 to 8:30pm that night. 

Visits with Santa daily begin on November 21st and continue through December 24th.   Reservations are recommended and walk-in visits are offered as space allows. Make your reservations now by registering  HERE

Santa Paws:  Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12, 5pm-Close
Four-legged friends will have their own special time for photos with Santa, and $5.00 from the sale of each photo package will be donated to Animal Rescue Crusaders of Texas (ARC).

Sensitive Santa: Dec. 4, 9 – 11 am.
Santa knows that some children need extra patience and quiet time when visiting. So Santa’s sensory-friendly morning is exclusively for families with special needs children and their siblings.

Visits with Santa – Fairview Town Center

Dates: through December 17

Where: 183 Town Place at Fairview Town Centre, two doors down from NASR Bros. Jewelers

Visit Santa at FTC! Santa will be available by appointment on Saturday afternoons from 3-7pm starting November 12th and thru December 17th.

Appointments are available on the following Saturdays: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17 between 3 PM and 6:55 PM. 

Visit with Santa at FTC in a relaxed environment at a time that works for you – using your personal camera!  Your $10 booking fee includes a dedicated time slot for your family with Santa, a gift for each child, and a Santa’s Helper who will be happy to use your personal camera to snap photos of your family. 

One hundred percent of the booking fee will be donated to Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.

Friendly leashed pets are welcome. Reservations must be made online.

Breakfast with Santa – Nov 26 – Dec 17

Santa in Fairview TX

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Home for the Holidays (McKinney)

Dates: November 30 – December 23

Location: Historic Downtown McKinney

These are 5 minutes sessions with prints and digital files available. Reservations are suggested, but they do accept walk ups. 

Santa on the Square is run by Chris and Lori Fritchie of Magic Makers Studio. This year you will have an additional option for your Santa session. Packages from $50.

Christmas on the Square (Celina)

Dates: November 30, 5pm – 9pm

Location: Old Celina Park

Don’t miss Celina’s 11th Annual Christmas on the Square. This FREE, family-friendly event in Celina’s Historic Downtown Square offers attendees a charming, small-town Christmas celebration reminiscent of a Hallmark movie. Experience the wonder the season brings by partaking in this signature holiday festival with neighbors, friends, and family.

Other Santa pic opportunities

Castle Hills Holiday in the Plaza

Date: November 26, 4 pm – 7 pm

Location: Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza

The annual Holiday in the Plaza and tree lighting is returning to the Village Shops on Saturday, November 26, 4 to 7 p.m. Holiday in the Plaza is full of family-friendly holiday activities including photo ops with Santa and his reindeer, as well as holiday-themed activities and entertainment. Santa will light the iconic Castle Hills 68-foot tree after sunset.

Santa at Prairie Lights, TX

Santa in Bass Pro Grapevine

Dates: November 5 – December 24.

Where: 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 75061

Free Advance reservation required for all locations for your contactless Claus visit and receive a free photo with Santa!

Santa in Dallas

Santa in Bass Pro Garland

Dates: November 5 – December 24.

Where: 5001 Bass Pro Dr, Garland, TX 75043

Well it’s that time of year again!! Santa is here! There will be no lines this year waiting to get in, you must have already registered in advance to get your right date and time.

You still will receive your Free 4×6 photo and option to purchase more. Crafts will be handed out to do out home only on Mondays-Fridays after 5pm.

Laser Arcade and Form Duck Shooting are Free too!

Visit Santaland at Galleria Dallas

Dates: November 18 – December 24 

Location: Level 1, near Banana Republic. 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240

Santa is on his way to Galleria Dallas! Get your tickets to board a special and safe experience with Santa.

Santa has made a special stop in his sleigh at Galleria Dallas, and has worked extremely hard to provide you and your family a safe and enjoyable experience.

NorthPark Center

Dates: Nov. 25 – Dec. 24

Location: 8687 N US 75-Central Expy 1000, Dallas, TX 75225. Level One in Macy’s Court

Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm
Sunday, 12:30-5pm
Christmas Eve, 11am-3pm

Create special memories for your children during one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. This favorite holiday tradition includes a private conversation and photography session in Santa’s cozy cottage, a commemorative digital photo, and a donation to Children’s Health. Visits begin at $25 and must be booked in advance at this link beginning Sunday, November 20, at noon.

Dallas Arboretum

Dates: Nov. 10 – Dec. 31

Holiday at the Arboretum returns with a garden transformed for the magic of the season including the return of the beloved Christmas Village, the 12 Days of Christmas and the Dazzling Musical Tree! 

For more information on this event, it’s listed in our Best Places to see Christmas Lights in Dallas

Kids at Christmas Hilton Anatole
Credit: Hilton Anatole Hotel

Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration

Date: Saturday, December 3, 3pm – 6pm

Free family tradition that includes a festive day of activities and entertainment, photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Clause, face painting, crafts, games and snow flurries! The day culminates with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, visits from Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, and Klyde Warren Park’s annual tree lighting.

Santa Claus is coming to the Dallas Farmers Market

Dates: November 26 & December 3 & 17, 11 am – 3 pm

Bring the whole family–pets and all–to tell Santa who’s been a good boy! Get prints instantly to capture your holiday memory forever. Prints $15 each.

Also, enjoy letters to Santa inside The Market.

Selfies With Santa at TX-Ture Farm

Date: Nov 25 – 27
Time: 11AM – 3PM

Location: 1833 Dr Sanders Rd Aubrey, Texas 76227

Price: Free (donations appreciated)

Santa will entertain families and be available for photos with your own camera in several settings.

Capture Santa and the family at his antique sleigh or while Santa and your family feed his reindeer.

Join Mrs. Clause for story time in various locations around the farm … in the Christmas tree forest, with the reindeer, and at Santa’s sleigh.

As you can see, there are so many fun events going on in the next few weeks to keep your family entertained!

This is the best time of year to make memories with your family and friends.

For more, here are 25 things to do this Winter in DFW

To get all the fun information and coverage of local events, we use Instagram!

Happy Holidays!

Kathryn McFearin

Friday 10th of November 2017

The Chamberlain Performing Arts Nutcracker is showing over the Thanksgiving weekend at the Eiseman. It is a fabulous production with NYC Ballet principal dancers as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier and. Sugar Plum Tea that is a delight for children to attend. Could it be included in this listing/guide? Please let me know how to help. My children have danced in this production for years.


Tuesday 7th of November 2017

Count me in on any. They all look good.


Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Thanks Brenda!