Calling Dasher and Dancer and Prancer — and all families who want photos with Santa! With only a handful of days until “the big day,” and winter break either already underway or about to start, it’s the perfect time for families to get snapshots with Santa. Take a look at five different Phoenix Metro destinations providing festive, memory-making photo opportunities with jolly ol’ Saint Nick.

Free photos with Santa at Desert Ridge Marketplace

This Friday, Dec. 16, Santa is taking a night off from the North Pole and heading to Desert Ridge Marketplace. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., stroll through the enchanting marketplace and get the family together for holiday pictures with Santa Claus in front of a beautiful wintery backdrop. Desert Ridge will also be offering free digital prints of photos with Santa on Dec. 16.

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Photos With Santa at Scottsdale Quarter

Capture joyful holiday moments at Scottsdale Quarter by taking a photo with Santa daily through Dec. 25. Santa’s cabin is located inside Santa City in The Quad. Hours and photo packages vary. To ensure your snapshot with Santa, reservations are recommended.

Families can capture the holiday spirit with jolly ol’ Saint Nick at Scottsdale Quarter. (photo courtesy of

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Norterra

Sip cocoa and smile for a photo with Santa at Elevate Coffee Co. at The Shops at Norterra. The final day to get pictures is Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Photos with Santa at Queen Creek Marketplace

On Saturday, Dec. 17, come enjoy a free photo with jolly, St. Nick from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Queen Creek Marketplace. It’s lovely weather for a family photo gathering near Kohls and Ulta, where the Marketplace has created a holiday setting perfect for memory-making photos, while also finishing up your holiday shopping (before it’s too late!)

Photos with Santa at Westgate

Mr. Kringle is making his rounds in this cozy West Valley town: Pose for a free picture at Westgate’s designated Santa stop, with a luminous Christmas tree backdrop on select days. His schedule is as follows:

  • December 17 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 18 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 19 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 20 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 21 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 22 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 23 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • December 24 — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Photos to be taken on your own personal device. Photos are on a first come, first served basis. No reservations allowed.