Santa Claus is coming to town! Don’t wait to make your reservations for your pictures with Santa.
One of the most memorable events of the Christmas season are those wonderful Santa pictures. These photos can tell an entire story, from crying babies to terrified toddlers, and those older kids who look like they want to be somewhere else.
While 2020 make look a lot different, there are still opportunities to get photos taken with Santa around the valley and he should arrive very soon. If you are visiting Santa for a photo, there’s a good chance he (and you) will be wearing a mask, but that’s a part of 2020 we likely won’t forget. Check the links for schedules, dates, times and pricing (if applicable). This list will be added to throughout the holiday season, so bookmark and check back regularly to see the many updates coming over the next few weeks.
This post is currently being updated. Events with an * are from 2019, please check back often.
Santa Pics at Galleria Mall– It’s the most wonderful time of the 2020 year—Santa’s here! The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a photo with St. Nick. Capture magical moments with Santa and take your own photos for free with the big man himself! Santa ‘s hours for photos and visits will be November 27th-December 24th, from noon- 6:30pm daily on Thursdays-Sundays only. Face coverings for you and Santa may be required during your contactless visit based on current state regulations.
Photos with Santa Fashion Show Mall– Come down to Neiman Marcus Court for your 2020 pictures with Santa, beginning November 20th-December 24th. See the link for hours each day and to make your reservation. Reservations are required, so secure your spot today! No photos on Thanksgiving Day.
While you are heading to Fashion Show Mall, join them in the Warm for the Winter Coat Drive, November 20- December 12. The Holidays are a time for giving! partnered with Volunteers of America to help support our local community and give back to those in need. Join them in spreading holiday cheer by donating new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for those in need.
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden– *At this time, the garden is completely booked. To visit the Factory Store and/or Cactus Garden, you must make a reservation for a FREE timed entry pass. They are requiring a FREE pass this year so they can help limit the number of guests in the garden at once and ensure everyone’s safety. Santa’s schedule at the garden is 4-9pm on these dates:
- November 13, 14, 15
- November 20, 21, 22
- November 27, 28, 29
- December 4, 5, 6
- December 11, 12, 13
- December 18-23 everyday
*At this time, the garden is completely booked. You are welcome to stop by as a walk in and, if there’s capacity available due to ‘no shows’, they will happily let you in.
Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City is offering their Santa Express ride for the 2020 holiday season. Come experience the magic of riding the train at night on our Boulder City Santa Express! During the 45-minute excursion to Railroad Pass and back, our story reader shares a story of Santa. Then, return through the Station Platform and into Santa’s Rail Yard. Join your friends and family with cookies, cocoa, and photo ops. (This is in lieu of the Pajama Train we ran for past years since we can’t serve food or have Santa on the train).
The train departs at 5pm, 6pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm, beginning Thanksgiving weekend through December 23rd. Trains run on these dates: Nov. 27 & 28, Dec. 4&5, 11&12, 18&19, 2020. Tickets are $35 per seat, First Class (VIP) tickets are $50 per child (under 10) or $55 per adult. Seats required for all passengers over 1 year old. Masks required while on property/train. COVID-SAFE procedures in place – social distancing & cleaning. Buy your tickets today, this event will sell out!
*Operation Santa’s Workshop at Tivoli Village– No update for 2020. Operation Santa’s Workshop is an interactive holiday workshop. The experience will take you through Candy Cottage, Elf Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, and ending in Santa’s Office. We did this one last year and it was so great! Well worth our drive from Henderson. Opening November 22nd- December 24th, tickets range from $34-39 per person and the experience lasts approximately 65 minutes. Please see the link for all dates and to book your times, they are closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Santa Pictures in Town Square– Photos with Santa begin November 21st and run through December 24th. There are two options, a virtual visit with Santa, or an in-person contactless visit with Santa. Because your health and well-being is their top priority, this year guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their interaction, but will still have the opportunity to engage in conversation and a magical experience with Santa, while maintaining distance. Online registration is required. Check here to make your reservation and for more information.
Snow in the Square at Town Square– Come to Town Square on Monday-Thursday nights for Snow in the Square, where magical snow flurries will fall, set to your favorite Christmas music. This winter wonderland appears every night at 7pm, with a second show at 8pm. Masks and social distancing required.
Santa Chalet Downtown Summerlin– Santa Claus is staying safe this year and will be working tirelessly in his workshop with his elves in the North Pole until the magical night before Christmas. While there won’t be any photos, you are invited to stop by his Chalet on Festival Plaza Drive near Macy’s to drop off a letter to him in his red mailbox. November 13th-December 22nd. Make sure you make your list and check it twice including a return address for a personalized letter back from the big man himself. Letters are accepted through December 22.
*Springs Preserve Holiday Express– The 2019 dates for the Springs Preserve Holiday Express are December 6-8, 13-15 & 20-23. Times for the train ride will be Fridays 2pm-6pm, and 11am-6pm all other event dates. Admission for the Holiday Express is $10 for Springs Preserve members and $12 for non-members. Kids 2 and under are free. Santa will be there for pictures, but no photos will be provided so bring your own camera!
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops– Back by popular demand, Santa’s Wonderland is returning to Bass Pro Shops in a safe and responsible way through December 24th. Kids can write a letter to Santa and receive an email from Santa. Plus, photos with Santa are contact-less and free, and the set and Santa are authentic and festive! You must have a reservation in advance and they are booking up fast! Check the link often, as reservations can be made up to seven days in advance.
Virtual Photos with Santa at the District at GVR– The District at Green Valley Ranch has partnered with Picture Me Santa to create customized digital photos of your child, pet or family with Santa. Follow the three easy steps here on the website. Use code: SANTAGVR for $5 off your custom photo package!
*Breakfast with Santa at Container Park– No updates for 2020 yet. Saturday, December 7th & 14th, from 10am-1pm. Take your picture with Santa, make your own hot chocolate, decorate a holiday cookie and take home an ornament. Cost is $15, 12 and under please. All you can eat breakfast is $35 and all you can drink mimosas are $15.
*Pet Photos with Santa Claus at PetCo– No update yet for 2020. Come in December 7, 14 & 15 to get a picture of your pet with Santa Claus while helping to save shelter pets for a donation of $9.95! 100% of the proceeds benefit lifesaving animal welfare organizations in your local community through the Petco Foundation. This is the perfect opportunity to include your dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in your holiday card! *Please check with your local store for times. Only select stores will be holding an event on the 15th.
*Pet photos with Santa at PetSmart– No update yet for 2020. Bring your leashed pets to PetSmart December 14-15, and December 21-22 from 12pm-4pm for a FREE photo with Santa. Download the PetSmart app to use fun photo filters during the event. Please feel free to snap photos on your personal device or use the free digital file via email.
Please check out a few of our other Holiday posts like The Best Christmas Lights in Las Vegas, and Where to Get Your Christmas Tree in Las Vegas. For a great date night, try Date Skate at the Ice Rink at the Cosmo, and see many of our Holiday and Christmas events listed here.
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