Don’t overpay for cute photos with Santa! Whether you’re looking for a steal of a deal on Santa Photos in San Antonio for your kid or your pet, look no further. We’ve put together the Ultimate List of Free (and cheap!) Santa Photos in San Antonio for 2018:
Free Santa Events
Bass Pro Shops is hosting its annual Santa’s Wonderland in all participating locations. For free, your child can decorate cookies and ornaments, play games, and more. You can also get a free photo with Santa. Just register for a Bass Pass.
Pet Photos with Santa will be available at Luther’s Cafe November 28 from 6- 9 pm. Entrance is free, dog photos are just $5, or free with an unwrapped, new toy donation to support Operation Blue Santa.
The Lighting of the Lights in the City of Helotes features live performances, the tree lighting, and free photos with Santa. The lighting takes place November 30 from 6- 9 pm on Bandera Road.
Get Free Family Photos with Santa at Lexus at Dominion. The event is December 1 from 10 am to 1 pm.
The Mammen Family Public Library is hosting Santa Claus December 1 from 11 am to 1 pm. Stop by for hot cocoa, cookies, and don’t forget your camera! The event is totally free and open to the public.
Colonial Hills United Methodist Church welcomes you for a pancake breakfast, kids crafts, puppet shows, and free photo ops with Santa. Just bring your own camera. The event is December 1 from 8:30 am- 10:30 am.
Bulverde United Methodist Church is hosting Breakfast with Santa. Have a warm breakfast with the church and bring your own camera for photo ops with Santa. Kids and families are welcomed. The breakfast is December 1 from 9 11 am.
Luminous Church and the Momentum Group are teaming up for Cookies and Cocoa with Santa. There will be cookie decorating and other crafts. Bring your own camera and RSVP to this free event December 1 from 1- 3 pm.
Have Breakfast with Santa at St. Francis Episcopal San Antonio! The event is free and open to the public December 8 from 8:30- 11: 30 am. There will be toys, photo ops, crafts, games, music, and more.
East Central High School is hosting a totally free family event, Pancakes & Photos with Santa. December 8, you’ll get free pancakes and orange juice and be able to take a free digital photo with Santa. Bring your own camera. Also, enjoy free arts and crafts and fun for the entire family. The event is from 8:30 to 11:30 am.
Thousand Oaks Family YMCA is hosting Breakfast with Santa. The event is totally free- you just sign up before December 7th. You will get a free breakfast and photo ops with Santa Claus- bring your own camera.
Javelina Harley- Davidson is hosting a free Pictures with Santa event. Enjoy free cookies and milk, plus free photos with Santa! Bring your own camera. The event is December 8 from 11 am to 3 pm.
The City of Windcrest is having its annual Light Up Saturday, December 8th at City Hall. The event, from 6- 9 pm, features hot cocoa, carols, and photos with Santa!
Visit with Santa for free at the Windcrest Santa Open House! Windcrest Santa Jim will be on site for Santa Photos- just bring your own camera! There will also be toys, cookies, and hot cocoa while supplies last. The event is December 14 from 6:30- 9 pm.
St. Jerome Youth Ministry is hosting their 2nd Annual Pancake & Pajama Brunch with Santa. December 15 from 9- 11:30 am, you can wear your pajamas and have pancakes with good ole Santa Claus.
The 2018 Alamo Christmas Tree Celebration includes a choir, reading Christmas stories, free cookies, and more. Plus, get your photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves in front of the Alamo! The event is December 15 from 7- 9 pm.
Spring Creek Gardens is hosting a Holiday Open House December 15th from 11 am to 5 pm. There will be crafts, games, cocoa, treats, and wine tastings for the parents, plus more! The pictures with Santa are totally free but all of the other activities are a one- time fee of $5 per child. Santa will only be there from 11 am to 3 pm!
Stop by for a coffee or ice cream at Bees Neez Cones & Coffee and have a Party with Santa! December 15th from 11 am to 4 pm, Beez Neez will offer ornament crafting, Christmas carols, and more. Wear your favorite Holiday Hat and don’t forget to bring your own camera to snap a pic with Santa!
Have Breakfast with Santa at Metropolitan Community Church. This free, family event is December 16 from 8:30- 9:30 am.
The Alzafar Shriners are hosting their Annual Children’s Christmas Party. The event is free and open to the public on December 16 from 2- 4 pm. Call ahead to RSVP for free and get a surprise gift. There will be food, party favors, and fun!
Bowl & Barrel San Antonio is hosting Bowling with Santa! This event is free for anyone wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater, or dressed up as Santa or Mrs. Claus, or another holiday character. Get one free hour of bowling plus pictures with Santa on the lanes! The event lasts from 6 pm to midnight on December 16th.
The Avenida Guadalupe Association presents their 3rd Annual Pictures with Santa, December 18th. Pictures begin at 6:20. There will also be hot chocolate, food games, crafts, and more.
Cheap Santa Photos In and Around San Antonio
The City of Shertz, Texas is having its annual winter festival, this year named Holidazzle. Entrance to Holidazzle is free. Breakfast with Santa is just $10 and you can bring your own camera to get pictures with Santa Claus. The event is December 1 from 8 am to evening. Breakfasts are available in different shifts until 1 pm. Stick around afterwards for live music, shopping, winter activities, and a lighted parade.
Have Breakfast with Santa and get your own photos for just $5 at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. The event is held December 1 from 8:30- 11 am. Tickets to the event are sold at the door.
Have Breakfast with Santa and get your photo taken by a professional for just $13 and up! Entrance to the event is $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and $5 for the pictures. You’ll get a digital copy by text or email, meet some of the Converse Fire Department, a delicious warm breakfast, and kids activities. The event is December 1 from 8- 11 am.
Kid Entrepreneur Markets is hosting an afternoon with Santa at Cross Plants and Produce. Entrance to the market is free and photos with Santa are just $5! The event repeats December 2nd and 8th from 2- 4 pm.
The Santa Express at Trader’s Village is one you don’t want to miss! Admission to Trader’s Village is free and parking is just $4. Every weekend now through December 22nd, Santa will be on site for $5 photos benefiting the charity T’eed off at Cancer. You can take your own photos with Santa for $5 or purchase a variety of packages.
The Mill Boutique is offering Photos with Santa for just $10. Santa will be in his traditional red and white suit, and you get one free photo printed on site. The event is right after the Cibolo Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 10 am and pictures with Santa are from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Aggie Park is hosting Sunday with Santa on December 9th from 12 noon to 3 pm. The event is free for members. For everyone else, $7 gets you in the door, plus Christmas themed activities and crafts for the kids including cookie decorating, Christmas ornamets, coloring books, and more. You can get a professional quality digital photo with Santa, or bring your own camera to take pics!
Christmasville is hosting two Christmas Festivals this year. One on December 9th at Castle Hills Church Central and one December 16 at Castle Hills Church Northwest in Leon Springs. For each event, admission is just $2! You will get admission plus snow play areas, slides, food, and more. Both events are from 5- 7 30 pm.
The School of Science & Technology Alamo is hosting a Holiday Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa Claus! Entrance to the party is just $5 and includes a cookie, a cup of cocoa, and a coloring sheet. You will also have time to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and take your photos- just bring your camera! The event is December 13 from 6- 7:30 pm.
Free Santa Photos with Donation
Pet Supplies Plus is hosting cheap Santa Photos with your Pet. For just a $7 donation, you get a keepsake photo of your pet on Santa’s lap. Multiple locations are hosting photos, just search for your closest Pet Supplies Plus on Facebook and look up their events.
GJ Gardener Homes is hosting Santa in his Workshop! Get a free photo with Santa and other fun activities for a small cash donation or bringing diapers and wipes. All proceeds go towards helping local foster and adopted children. The event is Saturdays, December 1, 8, and 15 from 10:30 am- 2:30 pm on Main Street in Boerne.
The 4th Annual Holiday Block Party is going on at Artessa at Quarry Village. The luxury apartment home community is hosting this event free and open to the public. Enjoy live music, drink samples, and play in their real snow! You can also get a free photo with Santa when you bring a canned good donation benefitng the San Antonio Food Bank. The event is December 13 from 6- 9 pm.
Cookies & Cocoa with Santa is hosted by the Fernandez Valley PTA on December 19 from 5:30- 7 pm. Santa will be there with a beautiful backdrop to take photos. You can also take advantage of cookies and hot chocolate! The event is free and open to the public with a canned food donation benefiting the San Antonio Food Bank.
The Shop at Lincoln Heights will have their Holiday in the Heights on Thursday, December 20. This free family event features gingerbread man- making stations, decorating ornaments, and more. Donate a canned good to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank and you can get a photo with Santa. The event is from 6- 9 pm.
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