Where to Get Last-Minute Photos With Santa Around Seattle

Including with pets 🐩

Santa Chukundi at Kent Station for Santa photos

📸: Santa Chukundi @ Kent Station

Put on your ugly Christmas sweaters or coordinated family fits for a photo op with everyone’s favorite holiday figure. Sorry, Easter bunny, we’re talking about Santa, whose sleigh is making numerous stops around the area this month. Plan your pose, prepare your wish list—and remember, go early. Even with an appointment, lines are long. 

In Seattle 🐟

Nordstrom, U Village, and More

📸: Nordstrom

Nordstrom's downtown Santa in Seattle

🎅 Santa Lane at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle will be held until Sunday, December 24th. Photography packages (including digital) are available for purchase.
📍 Nordstrom Downtown: 500 Pine St, Seattle
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $15+, depending on photo package

🎅 Swansons Nursery in Crown Hill offers Santa photos by appointment only. The next available times are on Saturday, December 16th. Plus, you can do holiday shopping, get a wreath or tree, and let the kids spend time at Santa’s YURT activity zone. There’s also live Christmas music on select weekends.
📍 Swansons Nursery: 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle
📅 Currently thru Saturday, December 16th
🎟 $54+, depending on photo package

🎅 Reservations are required to see Santa at University Village with peak pricing enforced closer to Christmas. There are three Santas (Santa Ralph, Santa Jeff, and Santa Larry) to choose from.
📍 University Village: 2623 NE University Village St, Seattle
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $42+, depending on photo package

Outside Seattle 🌲  

Bellevue Square, Redmond, and More

📸: Santa Dale @ Kent Station

Santa Dale at Kent Station Shopping Center for Santa photos

🎅 Bellevue offers two options for photo ops. Santa Lane at Nordstrom Bellevue Square is open multiple dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
📍 Nordstrom Bellevue Square: 100 Bellevue Square, Bellevue
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $15+, depending on photo package

🎅 Snowflake Lane Factory at The Bellevue Collection has reserved time slots. Plus, watch the parade with toy drummers, dancers, and music every night at 7 pm.
📍 The Bellevue Collection: Bellevue, WA 98004
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $42+, depending on photo package

🎅 Issaquah Commons has a Santa Chalet near Panera Bread. An appointment is required for pics.
📍 Issaquah Commons: 755 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $42+, depending on photo package

🎅 Kent Station has spots by appointment until December 23rd with walk-ins available as time allows. Black Santa will visit on December 16th.
📍 Kent Station: 417 Ramsay Way, Kent
📅 Thru Saturday, December 23rd
🎟 $20+, depending on photo package

🎅 Redmond Town Center’s Santa offers pictures all the way up to Christmas Eve. Obviously, he’s got the sleigh double-parked outside to hit the nearest chimney after. While you can walk in, reservations are strongly encouraged.
📍 Redmond Town Center: 7525 166th Ave NE, Redmond
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $42+, depending on photo package

🎅 And all the way down in Tacoma (it’s not that far), book time through December 24th.
📍 Tacoma Mall: 4502 S Steele St, Tacoma
📅 Thru Sunday, December 24th
🎟 $40+, depending on photo package

Pet-Friendly Locations 🐶

Mud Bay is the spot for Spot

📸: Mud Bay

Santa poses with a cat at Mud Bay for Santa photos.

Many locations—Everett, Issaquah Commons, Kent Station, University Village, and others—allow pets to join in pictures. But if you are looking for a place that’s dedicated to your furry family members, there’s a Santa just for them. Mud Bay has numerous locations participating in a pet photo op fundraiser, with proceeds going to MEOW Cat Rescue.
📍 Redmond Mud Bay: 8867 161st Ave NE, Remond
📅 Saturday, December 16th | 12–3 pm
🎟 $20

📍 Lynnwood West Mud Bay: 19709 Highway 99, Lynnwood
📅 Sunday, December 17th | 12–3 pm
🎟 $20


Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.

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