Best Places to get a Pic with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s not camera shy. Toronto and GTA parents have a host of options for posing with Santa, from the popular Santa at the Eaton Centre to more casual events like the Toronto Christmas Market where you can take your own festive photos of the kids and jolly St. Nick. 

*Note: Access our 2018 article here.

We’ve rounded up some favorite places to get a pic with Santa...

A Visit with Santa at Markville
November 1, 2017 to December 24, 2017
Come experience magic with the Big Guy! Mark your calendars! Online registration for Santa opens November 1st. Make your shopping trip easier by choosing a time that suits your family and take in the magic of the jolliest man around. Santa has been busy revamping his workshop to include a new interactive experience that includes a special gift for all.
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Santa Photos at the Toronto Christmas Market
November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Returning for its eighth year on November 16 to December 23, the Market will have a wide variety of activities and entertainment assured to be fun and inclusive for the whole family. With magic in the air and glittery lights, there are several opportunities to capture the perfect family photo - even including one with the iconic, jolly man himself. Get pics with furry friends too!
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Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Bramalea City Centre
November 16 to December 24, 2017
Have you been naughty or nice? Get your wish list ready, Santa is meeting with boys and girls and their four-legged friends at Bramalea City Centre (25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton) to find out what they want to find under the Christmas tree from Thursday, November 16 until Sunday, December 24 in Santa's Winter Wonderland in the Bay Court. Santa VIP Experience with photos. available.
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Santa at the Eaton Centre
November 18, 2016 to December 24, 2017
Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience, complete with a gift! Visits with Santa are $10. All proceeds will be donated to Eva's Initiatives and Autism Speaks Canada. Photos can be taken during your visit.
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Visit with Santa at Fairview Mall
November 18, 2017 to December 24, 2017
Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience, complete with a gift! 
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Light Up the Square 2017 at Celebration Square
November 25, 2017
In our final celebration of Canada 150 we kick-off the holiday season at Light Up the Square, presented by Rabba. Celebrate the wonder that is the great white north where bright lights, winter's magic, and cozy moments make for an unforgettable night. Don't forget everyone's favourite, photos with Santa and his elves. Free event.
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Christmas in the Village
November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this November! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the second annual Christmas in the Village festival, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! All weekend long, family-friendly live bands will be playing for guests while they feast on delicious eats from an array of local restaurants and unique food trucks. Visitors can head down Queen St. S. to check out the Children’s craft tent, browse through dozens of unique market vendors, enjoy a horse and carriage ride, and take pictures with Santa outside the Robinson Bray House. Free.
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Santa at Seasons!
November 26, 2017
Avoid the line-ups at the mall and join us for an afternoon of crafts and treats! Join Seasons and Pictonat Photography for an enjoyable Santa experience. Ticket includes snacks, crafts, sitting fee and 1(4×6) picture. Additional pictures are available for purchase.
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Light Up The Holidays
December 2, 2017
Every year in Fairbank Village, we light up the holidays in true family style! We offer free snacks, drinks, and family fun! Of course, we can’t forget the beautiful display and lighting of the Fairbank Village tree at 5:45pm. We have some great free family entertainment this year. Don’t forgot to get your face-painted and have your picture taken with Santa at our central location! We’re spreading the cheer. We’ll also have smaller event stations at both ends of our area with bouncy castles for the kids and a free treat! Free.
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Paws n’ Mr. Claus - Pet Pictures with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 2, 2017
A family photo isn't complete without the whole family. Or maybe your pet needs some quality time with Santa. Bring them into the Bradley Museum for an afternoon of four-legged fun. Proceeds will go to support the Mississauga Animal Services Special Care and Resources Fund (S.C.A.R.F).
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Pet Photos with Santa at Cosmopawlitan - Toronto
December 2 to December 17, 2017
Find out what your pet wants this Christmas! Back by popular demand our Pet Photos with Santa returns to the Harboufront at a new location. Capture the magical bond between Santa and your pet and take home a beautiful portrait. This is a family friendly event.
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Family Photos with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 3, 2017
Dress in your seasonal outfits and capture a holiday memory. Have a professional family photo taken with Santa in the Log Cabin at the Bradley Museums. Proceeds to support Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.
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Milk & Cookies with Santa at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
December 9, 2017
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming to the Butterfly Conservatory! Have fun decorating cookies and get a chance to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! Please note: Reservations are required, and full payment is due upon reservation.
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