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Best Places in DFW for Photos with Santa in 2022

Jay Marks

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 25 years ...

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 25 years ...

Nov 30 9 minutes read

If taking photos with Santa are one of your family traditions, there are lots of places around Dallas-Fort Worth he can be found this year. Some options are free and some require the purchase of a photo package. Find the location closest to you!


Dallas County


Santaland at the Dallas Galleria

When: Through Saturday, December 24, 2022

Where: Dallas Galleria, Level 1 Near Banana Republic

Cost: Adults $12.99; Children 12 And Younger $19.99; See website for other pricing details

Get on board the Santaland Express, a multi-sensory, immersive train experience that takes you on a journey through an enchanted forest with photo ops along the way before you finally arrive at Santa's chalet hideaway. 

What we love about this experience is that Santa will know every child's name and a gift they'd like for Christmas before they arrive to make the experience even more personal.

When making your reservation, you can book a combo ticket to also visit SNOWDAY, which features unique photo opportunities including a mirror maze of lights and a 1970's RV.

Purchase your tickets here!


Holiday at the Arboretum

When: Through Saturday December 31, 2022

Where: Dallas Arboretum

Cost: Included with admission

We know that Holiday at the Arboretum is a tradition for many of you and this year it has returned with their beloved Christmas Village, the 12 Days of Christmas and their Dazzling Musical Tree! The Arboretum also invites you to visit the historic DeGolyer House, elaborately decorated by renowned designer Michael Hamilton, with a NEW exhibit, The Artistry of Faith & Culture. This new seasonal exhibit prominently features the three world holidays celebrated during the run of the festival: Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa.

Purchase your tickets here!


Northpark Center

When: Friday, Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: Northpark Center, Level 1 in Macy's Court

Cost: Donations to Children's Health beginning at $25

Your visit with Northpark's Santa will include a 5-minute private conversation and photography session inside Santa's cozy cottage. You'll also receive a commemorative digital photo with your visit. If you'd like more photo ops or if you have more than 3 children, they recommend you purchase additional time with Santa.

There are lots of other fun holiday events happening at Northpark this year too including: Stories and Songs with Santa, The Trains at Northpark, gingerbread events, and performances from Children's Puppet Theatre. 

Make your reservation here!


Collin County


The Shops at Willow Bend

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: The Shops at Willow Bend, Macy's Court near Crayola Experience

Cost: Photo Packages Available Ranging from $39.99-$49.99

The Shops at Willow Bend are encouraging you to make reservations for your visit with Santa this year, and are even giving you a free phone call from Santa if you book online.

And for all you Dog Parents out there, you can bring your pets up December 5 and December 12 for Pet Night where they'll be collecting donations for The Humane Society of the United States.

Make your reservation here!


Santa at The Star

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: The Star, Across from Ascension

Cost: Packages starting at $40; Save $5 if you book before December 2

We all know by now that Santa is a huge Cowboys fan. So, he's once again set up his Cowboys Cottage at The Star and is available for photos. Visitors wishing to see Santa will have the opportunity to book appointments for a photograph with him and photo packages include a printed 5×7 photo and an exclusive Cowboys gift for each child.

Make your reservation here!


Christmas in the Square

When: Select dates Through December 23, 2022

Where: Frisco Square

Cost: $15 per person

Visits with Santa is just one of the many activities happening at Christmas in the Square in Frisco this year. Other activities you'll find include carriage rides, ice skating, and story times with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.

Make your reservation here!


Santa at Watters Creek

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: Watters Creek, Allen

Cost: $20 per visit; See website for pricing info on photo packages

Santa has set up a very special Bavarian Village at Watters Creek in Allen. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ups will be accommodated as they can. On December 5 and December 12 from 5:00-8:00pm, you can bring your pets for a visit. And if you have children who need special accommodations for sensory issues, come visit Santa on December 4 for a sensory-friendly morning. 

Make your reservation here!



Tarrant County


Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop & Cabela's

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: Bass Pro Shop - Grapevine & Garland | Cabela's - Forth Worth & Allen

Cost: FREE; Additional photo packages available

The Santa's Wonderland experience at Bass Pro Shop and Cabela's is another very popular destination to meet Santa, probably largely because it's free! Reservations are free and include a 4x6 photo and a digital greeting card to share on social media.

During your visit, you can also mail your letter to Santa and visit the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in all their stores. 

Make your reservation here!


Main Street Santa

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: Grapevine Christmas Village - The Founders Building, 701 S. Main St.

Cost: Photo Packages Available from $50

Grapevine isn't called the Christmas Capitol of Texas for nothing! Bring the family to explore Grapevine's Christmas Village where you can shop around the General Store, join a Cookie Cutter Making Class or take home other handmade projects.

You can bring your pets or your kids to have their photo with Santa and there are also a limited number of spots available for Story Time with Santa on December 15.

Make your reservation here!


Gaylord Texan

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: Gaylord Texan Resort, Yellow Rose Pavilion

Cost: Photo Packages Starting at $35

The Gaylord Texan may just be one of our favorite spots to visit at Christmas - there's always so much going on! Come visit Santa in his festive setting at the Gaylord Texan and tell him what's on your list this year. 

Other Christmas activities at the Gaylord this year include ICE: The Polar Express, Cirque Winter Wonderland, snow tubing, Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends™, and ice skating.

Make your reservation here!


Cowboy Santa at the Stockyards

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: The Stockyards, Across from the Livestock Exchange Building

Cost: Photo Packages Starting at $25

It wouldn't be Texas without a Cowboy Santa on the list somewhere. Visit the Stockyards this holiday season and you can visit Santa across from the Christmas tree and skating rink at the Livestock Exchange Building. Reservations are not required but are encouraged so you can skip the line! 

Make your reservation here!


The Shops at Clearfork

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: The Shops at Clearfork, The Plaza

Cost: $10 Donation for Walk-Up; Minimum $25 Donation for Reservation

Come and visit Santa at The Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth. You can pay a $10 donation to walk up for a photo with Santa on your own device, or you can make a reservation online for a larger fee. 

Make your reservation here!



Santa's Village in Southlake

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: Outdoor Pavilion at Rustin Park

Cost: FREE

Visit Southlake's Santa's Village for a visit with the big guy in red. You'll check in at the Elf Station next to the village and will be on the reservation list for that day only. This year they're keeping with the paging system where you'll receive a text 10 minutes prior to your group's turn. So, feel free to do some shopping at Southlake's Town Square while you wait!  


Denton County

The Shops at Highland Village

When: Through Saturday December 24, 2022

Where: The Shops at Highland Village

Cost: $33.99 for November Reservations; $39.99 for December Reservations

Santa is back inside his magical Christmas Tree Workshop this holiday season and is ready to meet your kids, take a photo, and send them off with a treat. They do accept walk-ups or you can make a reservation online. And every Monday you can bring your pets up for their own photo with Santa.

Make your reservation here!

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