Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Atlanta & Picture-Perfect Breakfast with Santa

Take pictures with Santa at Phipps Plaza and make memories forever. Photo courtesy Bill Leffler
Take pictures with Santa at Phipps Plaza and make memories forever. Photo courtesy Bill Leffler

Christmas is a magical time and what better way to celebrate the season than taking pictures with Santa Claus. Capture these cute-kid moments with Santa pictures and, in some cases, your dogs! Wear those Christmas sweaters and holiday outfits and get ready to say, "Cheese!"

We've created a list of Atlanta places —from tree lightings and festivals to breakfasts and indoor malls— to meet Ol' Saint Nick and take Santa pictures. For locations requiring reservations, don’t delay as slots are expected to book quickly. Although many of the malls encourage but don’t require reservations for Santa photos, book anyway to avoid long lines...and bored, cranky kids.

For more fun events this season, check out our Best Christmas and Holiday Events in Atlanta for Kids, Great Atlanta Holiday Gift and Christmas Markets, and the rest of our Atlanta Holiday Guide.


Give Santa a wave at Bass Pro Shops. Photo courtesy of the shop

Pictures with Santa at Atlanta Events

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's – Lawrenceville and Acworth

Book a reservation to let the kiddos get Santa pictures! You'll receive a free 4x6 photo and a digital greeting card to share on social media. While there, purchase additional photo packages printed in the store. November 5 - December 24, 2022

Stone Mountain Christmas – Stone Mountain

Head to the North Pole office window at Stone Mountain Christmas, and take photos of your little ones while they chat with Santa. Enjoy the nightly Enchanted Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas parade, and the World’s Largest Christmas Light Show. One-day passes begin at $34.95 for kids 3-12 and $35.95 for ages 12 and up. November 12, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Santa at Rhodes Hall – Midtown

Enjoy the historic mansion and let your children give their wish list to Father Christmas. The cost is $50 for a 5x7 photo; for an additional $20, you can bring your own device to capture extra memories. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Reservations are required and all children receive a goodie bag. Pet night is Wednesday, December 7. Weekends, November 19 - December 11, 2022

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia – Austell

Come to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags for a full day of fun. Get photos with Santa, as well as have children write letters to Santa, play reindeer games, and make crafts at the North Pole Playground. The price of admission includes holiday shows, the new light show extravaganza, and train ride featuring global traditions. Admission begins at $29.95 for a one-day pass. November 19, 2022 - January 1, 2023

Georgia Festival of Trees - Atlanta

Santa will provide photo opportunities at the Georgia World Congress Center at various times during the event featuring holiday trees, live entertainment, and shopping. The photo package, which includes 10 digital images, costs $29.95 and you can reserve a time to skip the line. November 19-27, 2022

Santa visitng a boy who is in his pajamas"
Get cozy for photos with Santa at Santa at Avalon. 

Santa at Avalon – Alpharetta

Santa visits with youngsters at his North Pole cottage located in Avalon's Palmer Court. Reservations may be booked, but walk-ups are available as time permits. For $40, get a digital copy of all images taken. On Tuesday evenings, Santa will pose with dogs. November 21 - December 24, 2022

A Farmstead Christmas at Southern Belle Farms – McDonough

Snap free pictures with Santa at this fifth-generation farm. For a fee, kids can partake in hayrides, pedal karts, rubber duck races, and other activities. November 25 - December 18, 2022 (excludes Mondays and Tuesdays)

Boy getting a hug from Santa
Get a hug from the big man at The Battery. Photo courtesy of The Battery

Santa's Post Office at The Battery – Atlanta

Kids deliver their wish lists to the big man himself at Santa’s Post Office. Conveniently located in the Truist Community Corner at The Battery, snap pictures with Santa. He'll stay behind the counter if you prefer a no-contact experience. FREE. November 25 - December 24, 2022

Callanwolde Winter House – Virginia Highland

The Winter House features many holiday activities! Although free to attend, tickets are required. For an additional $25, register for a picture session where staff take Santa photos of your family in his workshop using your personal camera. Pets can visit November 26-28, 2022; sensory-free photo sessions are December 3 and 10. Select dates November 25 - December 10, 2022

Santa at Georgia Aquarium – Downtown

Get a picture with Seaside Santa when you visit the Georgia Aquarium. Package prices vary. Select dates November 25-December 24, 2022

Snap a photo with Botanical St. Nick at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Snap a photo with Botanical St. Nick at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. 

Botanical Saint Nick – Midtown

Bring your camera to the Atlanta Botanical Garden where Botanical St. Nick takes photos with children. The contact-free experience is included in the cost of daytime admission to the gardens. Train fans see the holiday model trains on display, and the Botanical Express rides around the Great Lawn. Saturdays November 26 - December 17, 2022

Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting – Vinings

Attend the annual tree lighting in its fourth decade. In addition to taking selfies with Santa, your family can take train rides, sing carols, and decorate ornaments. This year families receive a take-home puppet pack from the Center for Puppetry Arts. FREE. December 1, 2022

Santa on the Marietta Square – Marietta

Meet and take pictures with Santa at the Marietta Museum of History every weekend in December. Parents can purchase digital images for $32, a Christmas ornament with one image for $15, or a combination package for $45. Reservations required. Weekends December 2-24

Special Experiences with Santa at Avenue East Cobb - Marietta

Bring your camera to snap a shot with Santa at these holiday-themed experiences. Check the schedule to choose between giving letters to Santa, painting with Santa, or milk and cookies with Santa. Tickets are $15 and benefit Habitat for Humanity NW Metro Atlanta. December 1, 8, and 22, 2022

A Day with Santa – Kennesaw

After the kickoff parade at 2pm, photos with Santa will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A professional photographer will offer free digital downloads the week after the event with an option to purchase additional photos. Live performers and tree lighting. December 3, 2022

Pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Alpacas at L&R Alpaca Haven Farm – Douglasville

For a unique twist, take a picture using your own camera with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and alpacas. The $15 fee (for anyone over age 3) includes a cup of carrots for the alpacas and a visit to the color-your-own wooden ornament station. December 3 and 17, 2022

Deck the Hall – Duluth

Stroll around downtown Duluth. Not only will you have plenty of photo opportunities with Santa using your own camera, but the entire family will also get in the holiday spirit with music, crafts, and tree lighting. December 3, 2022

Christmas in Acworth - Acworth

Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa from 1–5pm. FREE. December 3 and 10, 2022

Visits with Santa at Scottsdale Farms - Milton

While picking out your Christmas tree, snap photos of your kiddos with Santa. Parents can also shop for plants and shrubs in the garden center or home decor items in the gift barn. FREE. December 3-4 and 10-11, 2022

Season of Celebration - Alpharetta

What’s not to love about caroling, marshmallows, and falling snow? Alpharetta's Season of Celebration is held the first three Fridays in December. FREE. December 9, 2022

Lawrenceville's Merry Little Christmas - Lawrenceville

Head to downtown Lawrenceville's historic square to shop for gifts, sing Christmas carols, and let your little ones give wish lists to Santa. Bring your camera for photo ops. FREE. December 10, 2022

Santa at Chastain Park - Buckhead

Santa will ride on a John Deere Gator to the Chastain Park playground for pictures, holiday music, and kids’ activities. Families can also meet the horses in the Atlanta Police Department's Mounted Patrol. FREE. December 11, 2022

Pictures at Mealtime and Breakfast with Santa

Cookies and Milk with Santa on the Square – Decatur

St. Nick rides in on a large fire truck to the delight of little ones at Santa on the Square. Register for free tickets and bring your own camera. You’ll also enjoy a cookie with a choice of milk or hot cocoa. November 26, 2022

Toys and Tea at Ritz Carlton - Downtown

Sip delicious hot cocoa and enjoy seasonal treats at this family-friendly tea with Santa at the Ritz Carlton. In addition to giving a wish list to Santa, kids will decorate cookies and receive a special gift from Mrs. Claus. To help Santa spread joy, please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to charity. Reservations required. November 27, December 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, and 21, 2022

Breakfast & Brunch with Santa at Scottsdale Farms - Milton 

Bring your camera for plenty of photo ops as your kids enjoy breakfast, holiday music, and story time with Santa. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas. Breakfast with Santa is 9-10:30am on Saturday, December 3, and brunch with Santa is 11am-12:30pm. Reservations required. December 3 and 4, 2022

Breakfast with Santa at Maggiano's - Buckhead, Cumberland, Perimeter

Make reservations to attend one of three breakfast buffets with Santa at Maggiano's Atlanta locations. In addition to a holiday craft, families feast on eggs, bacon, pancakes, and muffins. Santa breakfasts happen on December 3 from 8-10am in Buckhead; December 11 from 10am-noon in Cumberland; and December 18 from 8:30-11am at Perimeter. December 3, 11, and 18, 2022

Cookies with Santa at Zoo Atlanta – Grant Park

Purchase tickets for Cookies with Santa at Zoo Atlanta. The price is $25 for members and $30 for non-members, which includes admission, a 4x7 photo with Santa, and a take-home kit of cocoa, cookies, and craft. Includes zoo admission. December 3 and 4, 2022

Children's Holiday Party - Buckhead

Santa returns to the annual brunch and party held at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. Feast on yummy buffet items including yogurt parfaits, omelets, waffles, carved beef, French toast sticks, holiday desserts, and more. Reservations required for the two seatings: 11am and 1pm. December 4, 2022

Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus Atlanta - Buckhead

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at the NM Cafe. Offerings include pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, and French toast topped with whipped cream and berries. Kids will enjoy a balloon artist and a meet-and-greet with dancers from Atlanta Ballet. December 10 and 17, 2022

Merry Morning with Santa at Georgia Aquarium - Downtown

Spend a fun morning with Santa at the Georgia Aquarium. In addition to breakfast and holiday craft activities, families hear from animal keepers, pose with Santa, and receive a complimentary 4 x 6 photo. December 11, 2022

Holiday Tea with Santa at Swan Coach House - Buckhead

Introduce your littles to afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts. Santa makes a visit to greet children and pose for photos. Reservations are required. December 15, 2022

Santa Pictures at Atlanta Malls

Santa at Phipps Plaza – Buckhead

By reservation only, meet Santa Claus at Phipps Plaza. Children can sit in the jolly man’s lap or on a nearby bench for social distancing. Prices vary for photography/video packages and include options to order Christmas cards, ornaments, and more. November 3-December 19, 2022 (excludes most Tuesdays)

Santa Photo Experience at Mall of Georgia – Buford

Find the man in red at the JCPenny's Court on the lower level. Reservations encouraged. Photo packages range between $39.99 - $49.99 and include a phone call from Santa. Caring Santa, a sensory-free session, is December 4 and Pet Night is December 11. November 10 - December 24, 2022

Photos with Santa at Town Center at Cobb - Kennesaw

Say “cheese” with Santa at Town Center at Cobb. Reservations encouraged. Photo packages range from $35 - $45 and include a personalized phone call from Santa. Bring your pet for photos on November 27 or December 7. November 11 - December 24, 2022

Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square Mall - Buckhead

Visit Santa at Lenox Square Mall! Reservations encouraged. Photo packages are $39.99-$49.99. Pets can come on December 11, and children with special needs can visit for a lower sensory experience on December 4. November 17 - December 24, 2022

Santa at Arbor Place Mall – Douglasville

Find Santa’s Workshop at Arbor Place Mall. Reservations encouraged. Photo packages are $39.99 - $49.99. An African-American Santa will pose with children on December 4 and 5, while furry friends can attend Santa Paws Photo Night every Monday through December 12. November 18 - December 24, 2022

Santa's Workshop at North Point Mall – Alpharetta

Catch Santa at his North Point Mall outpost. Reservations are encouraged through December 21; walk-ups on December 22-24. Photography packages cost $35-$45. November 18 - December 24, 2022

Holiday Photos with Santa at Greenbriar Mall – Atlanta

Santa greets children at Greenbriar Mall near the children’s play area. Reservations are encouraged through December 21 (walk-ups on December 22-24). Photography packages cost $39.99 - $49.99. Pet night is November 28 and Sensory Santa, for children with special needs, is December 14. November 20 - December 24, 2022

Pictures with Santa at Perimeter Mall – Dunwoody

Little ones can pose with Santa on the lower level of the Von Maur wing at Perimeter Mall. Reservations encouraged. Prices range from $39.99-$49.99. Bring your pet for photos on Monday, November 28 and December 5 from 4-7pm. Children with special needs are encouraged to visit December 4 for a sensory-friendly experience. November 25 - December 24, 2022

Santa Photo Experience at Sugarloaf Mills - Lawrenceville

Photo with Santa reservations are encouraged through December 21 (walk-ups on December 22-24). Photo packages cost $39.99 - $49.99 and include a phone call from Santa. November 25 – December 24, 2022

Pictures with Santa at Cumberland Mall – Atlanta

See St. Nicholas at Cumberland Mall. Reservations encouraged. Photo packages cost $39.99-$49.99 and include a phone call from Santa. Let your pet join in on the fun on November 28 and December 5. Additionally, special needs children can enjoy a sensory-free, Santa Cares session on December 4. November 25 - December 24, 2022

Places featured in this article:


Marietta Museum of History

Lucky's Burger & Brew - Roswell

Lucky's Burger & Brew - Brookhaven

Cumberland Mall

Maggiano's Little Italy - Cumberland Mall

Maggiano's Little Italy - Perimeter Mall
Storytime at Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop of Stories - 11:00 AM Pick
Lunar New Year at Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station - 5:00 PM Pick
All Smiles at Alliance Theatre
Alliance Theatre - various times Pick
Toddler Thursday
High Museum of Art - 10:00 AM
How People Make Things at Tellus Science Museum
Tellus Science Museum - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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