It’s a magical experience to get up close and personal with Mr. Santa Claus himself! If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to meet an elf or Mrs. Claus too! Santa is popping up all over Columbus this holiday season and many of the photos with Santa opportunities are free! This will be a keepsake you will hold on to for years to come and may just be a right of passage for most kids. Will they smile or scream? Will they be shy or tell him an endless wish list? Either way, this is a favorite tradition, even if you have to sit with Santa because your kids are scared of him. 🙂
Locations to get Photos with Santa
Columbus Shopping Malls:
Dates: November 8, 2019 – December 24, 2019
Times: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. most days (view online schedule for specifics; some days are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Details: During Santa’s brief time away from the North Pole, children can stop by to whisper their wish list, then have their magical moment with Santa captured forever with keepsake photos. Don’t miss the quickest way to Be Merry! You can reserve your fast pass and skip the line too!
Dates: November 17, 2019 – December 24, 2019
Times: All day (typically mall hours 10 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.) Tentative Breaks for 2019: Mon-Sat 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. They kick off the event with a Santa Parade through the Mall on November 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Details: Skip the line with Santa’s Fast Pass!
Dates: November 22, 2019 – December 24, 2019
Times: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. (Monday-Saturday, 45-minute breaks at 1 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.), 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Sunday, break 3 – 4 p.m.). December 24: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Details: No more standing in long lines! Now you can shop, dine, or just get off your feet while you save your place in line! Have your photo taken with Santa, or take a candid pic with your own camera! Your first 5×7 is only $5! Photos begin after the Holiday Lighting Ceremony.
Dates: November 29, 2019 – December 24, 2019 (Tentative dates): Check their website for exact information of dates and times as it will be updated soon.
Times: The schedule will plan to follow mall hours.
Details: Come out and see Santa with a smaller crowd at The Worthington Mall! Packages can be purchased or just visit with Santa.
Various Photo with Santa Locations:
Dates: Santa will be in the store for the holiday season so be sure to check their website to see exact dates as it is updated!
Time: Store hours
Details: Meet and share your Christmas list with Santa himself. One complimentary photo will be printed for each family. Attendees are encouraged to bring their camera for additional pictures. Elk, characters, and a festive set are expected this year!
Dates: November 15, 2019- December 23, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday- Thursday
Details: Visit Santa’s Holiday Home and let him know what is on your holiday list. Professional Photograph for an additional cost.
Dates: November 15, 2019- January 1, 2020
Time: Sunday- Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Details: After seeing the lights, head across the street to Cross Creek Camping to see Santa for pictures, cookies, and hot cocoa!
Website: Santa’s House at Cross Creek Camping
Oakland Nursery (All locations)
Dates: Saturdays & Sundays – November 30, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Details: Visit with Santa and experience the season at the Santa Wonderland which features lights, music, and plush characters.
Date: December 5, 2019- December 21, 2019
Time: Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Details: This year, Partners Park will once again be transformed into Santa’s Village! The Village is set amidst festive lights and decorations with holiday music merrily filling the air. Children can visit Santa for FREE Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. beginning December 5. Coloring and other activities during operating hours. Bring your camera to capture those special holiday memories that you will cherish forever!
Dates: Friday, December 6, 2019 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Friday December 13, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ; Saturday, December 14, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ; Saturday, December 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Sensitive Santa) and Saturday, December 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Details: Visit Santa in the Strand Theater. Santa House hours will feature a gift for each child, as supplies last. There is no Santa House on First Friday, but you can visit Santa at the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck!
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Details: Santa will be strolling around the market during the event and is available for free photos. Check out the link for more information on what is planned.
Dates: December 7, 2019 and December 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Details: Santa is taking time out of his busy toy-making season to talk with the little ones about visions of sugar plums, toy soldiers, and ponies!
Cost: $5 per craft/photo or three items for $12
Location: 3703 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Details: Amy Scoles Photography will be there taking photos. There will also be face painting, snacks and crafts! If you are able please bring a toy to donate to Firefighters for Kids. This event is hosted by the Antry Team at Saxton Real Estate.
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Details: Visiting Santaland at the downtown Lazarus building was a fond memory of many. Take your own photo with Santa and the little ones can enjoy face painting and crafts. Starting at 5:00 p.m. head over to the Columbus Commons to check out the light display, free carousel rides, hot chocolate and holiday music.
Capturing Courage Photos with Santa Fundraising Event
Location: Hilliard VFW Post 4931 (2436 Walcutt Road, Hilliard 43228)
Date: December 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Details: A professional photographer will be there taking photos for a donation to go towards the non-profit Capturing Courage which provides complimentary photography sessions to NICU families.
Cost: Minimum donation of $10
Santa in the Caboose at Historical Village at Weaver Park (Hilliard)
Location: Historical Village at Weaver Park
Date: December 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Details: Interact and take photos with Santa in his suit from the 1800s in the red caboose. Last year Mrs. Claus was in the one-room schoolhouse for visits with her as well. Historical Village will also be open with live music, art projects, refreshments and more.
Location: The Grove City Veterinary Clinic
Date: December 14, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Details: Pets and families are invited. Check out the Facebook post for more info.
Cost: $10 donation per family
Further Drive for Photos with Santa:
Location: West Chester, Ohio
Date: November 16, 2019- January 1, 2020 (although Santa leaves Christmas morning, so if you want to see him, visit before then.) Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Monday – Saturday and 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Sunday
Details: This Christmas Journey is a magical experience. Step back in time to a 1950’s street scene, see the reindeer stables at the North Pole and watch the elves make toys in their workshop getting ready for Christmas. Don’t forget to stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen to get a cookie before visiting Santa Claus in his study. In addition to this Christmas Wonderland, there is also the world’s largest indoor train display, play area, and A-Maze-N Funhouse.
Cost: Different prices depending on what you want to do. Buying your tickets online ahead of time saves you money as well as check Groupon for discounted tickets.