Santa Photos: Top Spots to Get a Sweet Snap




Whether the kids are beaming or screaming, you gotta love a photo with Santa. They can be precious and funny (and sometimes scary!) So if you celebrate Christmas, these photos are a must. If you're wondering where to go to get those sweet seasonal snaps, check out our list of some of the best spots to get that pic with Santa.

The Holly Jolly Lodge at Upper Canada Mall
November 13, 2018 to December 24, 2018
Upper Canada will have a brand NEW Santa Photo Experience this holiday season, called The Holly Jolly Lodge. Events include Celebrate the Holidays with Santa, visit the Holiday Tree Lot, Story Time with Santa, a Holiday Market, Pet Photos with Santa, and more! Free events + Purchases.
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Toronto Christmas Market
November 15, 2018 to December 23, 2018
Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world, the festival features hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, stunning light canopies, family friendly entertainment, heated mulled wine, beer and hospitality gardens, and Santa and the elves, all in an atmosphere so romantic you can't help but fall in love with the holiday season all over again. Rediscover the magic of Christmas. Meet and greet with Santa, and photo opportunities. Free admission on weekdays.
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Santa at the Eaton Centre
November 17, 2018 to December 24, 2018
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! Once registered, you can connect with Hadley, your digital shopping assistant. Hadley will keep track of your Santa reservation details, send appointment reminders, help you view holiday promotions and more on your mobile device via Facebook Messenger!
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Visit with Santa at Fairview Mall
November 17, 2018 to December 24, 2018
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. Once registered, you can connect with Hadley, your digital shopping assistant. Hadley will keep track of your Santa reservation details, send appointment reminders, help you view holiday promotions and more on your mobile device via Facebook Messenger!
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A Visit with Santa at Markville
November 17, 2018 to December 24, 2018
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!  All visits with Santa are free of charge. Photo package pricing varies.
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Holiday Traditions Featuring the RBG Train Show!
November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019
This season’s favourite holiday destination for families! Santa wants to remind everyone that it is very important for them to book their visit with him online, prior to arriving at RBG. Join us also for exciting performances, Santa experiences, Santa brunch, colourful exhibits and more as we welcome the holiday season.‚Äč
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Christmas in the Village
November 23, 2018 to November 24, 2018
Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this November! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the annual Christmas in the Village festival, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! 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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Light Up the Square 2018 at Celebration Square
November 24, 2018
kick-off the holiday season at Light Up the Square! Take in live performances and entertainment surrounded by thousands of twinkly lights. Get in the Holiday spirit with seasonal fun the whole family can enjoy. Enjoy festive fun from photos with Santa. Features a Holiday Market and more! Free event.
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Light Up Riverside & Shop the Neighbourhood 2018
November 24, 2018
On November 24th, enjoy the Warmth of the Season with Riverside’s Annual Tree Lighting Festivities, with Shopping and Holiday Cheer! Each year, on the last Saturday of November, Riverside hosts Light Up Riverside and Shop the Neighbourhood! Free to the public, the celebration features a countdown and tree lighting, live music, meet and greet (plus treats) with our co-sponsors, photos with Santa, warm refreshments, crafts, and more for all to enjoy!
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Toronto Christmas Pet Show
November 24, 2018 to November 25, 2018
A truly unique family event for you and your pets! Over 200 exhibitors, 50,000+ Square Feet of space, and 2 full days with Santa! An indoor where your pets are welcome to come! Santa  will be  taking a break to share the weekend with the CPE pets and their families. Holiday shopping kicks into high gear with the 170 plus vendors sharing their seasonal specials, exclusive products and enjoying the festive season.
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Santa Trains at York Durham Heritage Railway
November 24, 2018 to December 16, 2018
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be joining us on our decorated and heated heritage train! This popular train ride is a great family holiday experience! Enjoy on-board entertainment while waiting for Santa’s arrival. The highlight of the ride is a visit from Santa with each child, big and small.  Upon leaving the train, each child will also receive a gift bag full of goodies. Create long lasting family memories!
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Santa at Seasons!
November 25, 2018
The big, ol', jolly guy in red is coming to Seasons on November 25th. Avoid the line-ups at the mall! 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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Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright
November 30, 2018 to December 22, 2018
Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright this December. The forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves and your favorite Christmas characters. Visit Santa’s workshop to see the elves at work. Play games and make Christmas crafts. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire. Each child will have the chance to visit Santa’s cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.
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The Aurora Winter Festival
November 29, 2018 to December 30, 2018
The Aurora Winter Festival inspires the festive spirit through magical winter experiences. Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other exciting activities. From visiting Santa’s Workshop to lacing up your skates on the Frozen Pond, there is something for every age at the Aurora Winter Festival. The festival takes place at Toronto’s Ontario Place.
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The Junction Holiday Market 2018
November 30, 2018 to December 2, 2018
The Holiday Market is a fun-filled weekend of festive activities! Starting Friday evening, a neighbourhood wide shopping event kicks off with holiday parties and pop-up markets in locations throughout The Junction. Enjoy complimentary gift wrapping, discounts, holiday treats and more. A great chance to get started on your holiday gift shopping while also enjoying activities that keep the whole family entertained all weekend long! And part of the long standing Santa in The Junction tradition, be sure to visit the info booth at The Train Platform early to grab a free ticket for free DIY photos with jolly old St. Nick! Free.
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Light Up The Holidays
December 1, 2018
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. GTA Swing Band will be playing from 2-6pm and carolers and surprise characters will be strolling the area. 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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Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
December  1, 2018
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! 
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Annual Lamplight Tour at Oshawa Museum
December 1, 2018
The Lamplight tour is a time-honoured tradition at the Oshawa Museum. Our signature event allows visitors young and old to tour through the Museum homes that we decorate to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Oil lamps provide the only light in Henry House and looks just as the Henry family would have lit their home back in the 1800’s. Victorian style is everywhere – clothing, music, food, and gift ideas! Be sure to leave enough time for photos with Father Christmas! Museum photographers will be on hand in the Drive Shed by Henry House to snap pics and post them on Facebook where you can share with family and friends. Many more activities!
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Paws n’ Mr. Claus - Pet Pictures with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 1, 2018
A family photo isn't complete without the whole family. Bring your furry friends to see Santa!
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Storytime with Santa at Black Creek
December 1, 2018 to December 16, 2018
Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Make Christmas crafts, decorate cookies, enjoy a wagon ride and explore the village. Gather round Santa’s chair to hear a classic Christmas tale read by the jolly man himself — and don’t forget to snap that perfect photo!
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Family Photos with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 2, 2018
The Log Cabin at the Bradley Museum provides a traditional backdrop for all your holiday photos.
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Vaughan Christmas Village
December 5, 2018 to December 6, 2018
During the Christmas season, Vellore Hall will turn into a wonderland filled with sparkling lights, festive local vendors, and Christmas performances. Free photos with Santa and more! Free admission.
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Santa Brunch Cruise
December 9, 2018
Plenty of fun for the whole family! Join us aboard the newly renovated Northern Spirit for Mariposa Cruises annual Santa Brunch Cruise. Spend a fun-filled afternoon with Santa while you enjoy a delicious brunch on this unique holiday season excursion! 2-hours cruising through the Toronto Harbour with Santa and his Elves, Delicious buffet brunch, Complimentary family photo with Santa Claus, Holiday crafts and more!
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