‘Tis the season yet again! With so much negativity in the world right now, thank goodness the Jolly ‘Ol Fellow is coming to spread cheer! Are you looking for the best places to have photos taken with Santa this year?Las Vegas has you covered! Every year shops and attractions transform into winter wonderlands where children can visit Santa and let him know just how good they’ve been! These are some of the best places to get your precious photos with Santa this 2017 season!
- Town Square Las Vegas
- Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
- Operation North Pole @ Tivoli Village
- Magical Forest At Opportunity Village
- Galleria Mall Henderson
- Meadows Mall
- Springs Preserve Holiday Express
- Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
- Downtown Summerlin Santa’s Chalet
- Henderson Winter Fest
- Fashion Show
- Brunch With Santa @ Downtown Container Park
- The District At Green Valley Ranch
- MonteLago Village
- Holiday Cactus Garden & Ethel M. Chocolates
Town Square Las Vegas
Santa is a busy guy this time of year, but he’ll be available for photos at Town Square starting November 18, 2017! The photos are by appointment only and can be conveniently scheduled online. No standing in line, just show up with your children at your designated time for a great experience with Santa! The festivities kick off at Town Square on Friday, November 17th at 5:30 pm. There will be a parade, tree lighting, and other activities. There will be snow falling every night at 7 pm to help get you into the holiday spirit! A $20 deposit is required when making a reservation and it goes towards the photo package of choice. Wander through the shops afterward and marvel at the decorations and lights!
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
Looking for something a bit more exciting than the typical photo with Santa? Come explore the underwater wonderland and wait for Santa who spreads cheer even to sharks! Oh wait, we forgot, there’s Santa Jaws too! Come see them both at the Shipwreck Exhibit at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium. Beginning December 2 and going every weekend until Christmas the jolly soul will be there with his Great White partner Santa Jaws! Be sure to watch Santa scuba dive with the sharks at 4:00 pm! $20 admission includes treats and a photo with Santa & Santa Jaws.
Operation North Pole @ Tivoli Village
Bring the entire family to see Santa like you never have before! Operation North Pole is the full Santa Claus experience that will light up your child’s eyes! A must see attraction where 5,500 square feet of space is transformed into Santa’s magical North Pole workshop. Tickets are $36 and include an almost hour-long journey through Santa’s Village! Visit elves in the toy shop, enjoy stories from Mrs. Claus, and visit with the big guy Santa in his own office! Kids will help package candy, learn to make toys, and much more! There are many activities at the North Pole for the entire family to enjoy. One digital photo is included in admission and larger packages can be purchased. Each child goes home with a teddy bear also!
Magical Forest At Opportunity Village
A wonderful tradition continues for the 2017 season as the Magical Forest At Opportunity Village comes to life again! The festivities begin November 24th and run through December 31st. Little ones can have their photos taken with Santa at his workshop and enjoy several activities. Walk through the forest filled with hundreds of lit up trees! Take a ride on the magical carousel and don’t forget to visit the elves! There is food, music, and all the holiday cheer one could ask for! There are even amusement rides like slides, roller coasters, and a special holiday train! Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children.
Galleria Mall Henderson
Santa is flying in for visits at this popular mall and seeing him couldn’t be easier! November 11 – December 24 photos will be available with Jolly Saint Nick! Same day reservations can be made and a text will be sent when it’s your turn! No worries of waiting in line, shop while you wait! They also have a Santa’s Fastpass option. Mom and Dad can go online in advance to order a photo package and reserve a time. Just show up and take the photo! There are several packages to choose from starting at $24.99.
Santa will be available for photos at the Meadows Mall beginning on November 11, 2017. Reservations can be made online and there’s a $5.00 discount for photos taken Mondays through Wednesdays. Looking for something different this year? There will also be a PJ Party with Santa on 11/17 and 12/08/2017! Dress the whole family in your best Christmas PJ’s for a photo shoot like no other!
Springs Preserve Holiday Express
All aboard! For a magical ride to Santa’s Village aboard the Holiday Express train! December 9-10, 16-23, from 12-6 pm the whole family can join for a spectacular holiday train ride! Tickets are only $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Reservations can be made online for your convenience. Enjoy the snow, cocoa, and other activities on the exciting ride! Decorate Christmas cookies, do holiday crafts, listen to stories, and photos with Santa!
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland
Santa even has time to visit the great outdoors at Bass Pro Shops Las Vegas. Beginning November 11- December 24, he’ll be spending time in the winter wonderland to take photos with good boys and girls! A special pass called a Bass Pass is required and includes a free photo. Passes can be found in stores, with a limited number given each day so go early! They are offering a $5.00 Christmas card package for a limited time and free goodies like a picture frame! Other activities are available like craft tables and arcades games.
Downtown Summerlin Santa’s Chalet
Santa Claus is coming to town, well Downtown Summerlin that is! He arrives at his brand new Winter Wonderland Chalet beginning November 17 – December 24. Beautifully decorated with sophistication and lots of lights, the brand new location for Santa is sure to awaken the child in all who see it. A variety of photo packages will be available starting at $24.99. You can even bring your pets down on Tuesdays for a pic with Santa!
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Henderson Winter Fest
Henderson is holding its annual Winter Fest celebration and of course, Santa will be stopping by! Bring the family for a day of fun and Christmas cheer surrounded by lights and friends! It is a two-day winter fun event with games, concessions, and a variety of vendors. The event is kicked off by a tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 pm with Santa Claus himself! Stay for the light parade, amusement park rides, and even sledding! The best part of it all? Admission is FREE!
Santa won’t miss his annual mall appearances and will be arriving for photos at Fashion Show on November 18. You can conveniently reserve a time online instead of waiting in line. After visiting Santa’s Wonderland, mom and dad can do some shopping! Photo packages are starting at $39. You can save $5 by reserving a time Monday – Wednesday.
Brunch With Santa @ Downtown Container Park
December, 2 and December, 9 from 10 am to 1 pm Santa will be in town at Downtown Container Park for a delicious brunch. Enjoy an all you can eat breakfast for $30 and parents can enjoy all you can drink mimosas for $15.00! Several activities including ornament making, hot chocolate stations, and photos with Santa Claus! Don’t forget to decorate some cookies if there’s any room left after the food and mimosa’!
The District At Green Valley Ranch
Santa will be arriving at The District on November 25! Join the fun for a tree lighting ceremony from 6 pm-9 pm. There will be music, food, live dance performances, laser shows, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus for pictures and fun!
Santa always makes sure to show up for MonteLago’s annual tree lighting ceremony and celebration! The details are still in the works, but the festival will begin on November 25th. In the past, there have been snacks, cocoa, and train rides.
Holiday Cactus Garden & Ethel M. Chocolates
Yet another great tradition in Las Vegas! This year will mark the 24th annual holiday celebration at Ethel M. Chocolates! The celebrations starts November 7th with the cactus lighting ceremony from 5 pm – 10 pm. Over 1 million lights are displayed over the beautiful gardens of cactus and plants. The event will be hosted by Mercedes from popular Mix 94.1 radio station. It also includes live entertainment from Penn & Teller, Sin City Opera, Nevada Ballet Theater, and much more! Santa always arrives to spread cheer to all the good girls and boys so have your cameras available! This year they are also introducing a skating rink for even more winter fun! ‘Tis the season for giving so make sure to bring some toys or food to donate to the local charities!