Where to See and Take Photos with Santa in Houston

The best places to find Santa Claus around Houston.

My family's holiday traditions wouldn't be complete without the annual torture session that is photos with Santa. Whether your children are like mine and find Santa to be the most terrifying being they've ever encountered, or you are among the lucky few to end up with smiling faces, photos with Santa is a holiday staple. If you are interested in spending more time with the big man in red, check out an area breakfast or brunch with Santa. And for all things holidays in Houston, visit our activity and event guide.

Without further ado, here is where you will find Saint Nick this year in Houston.

Photos with Santa Events

Photos with Santa at Sugar Land Town Square - Sugar Land
Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 2017
Every weekend in December you take a FREE photo with Santa at the Sugar Land Town Square.

Smile with Santa at Market Street - The Woodlands
Nov. 17-Dec. 24, 2017
Track down the big man in red next to Maggie's at Market Street. Photos are FREE.

Santa. Selfies, and Jammies - Downtown
Dec. 9, 2017
Wear your favorite holiday pajamas for pictures with Santa at the People's Trust Foundation. The kids can also enjoy holiday crafts and activities.

Santa Stop and Holiday Market - Cypress
Dec. 3, 2017
Cypress Creek Lakes' Artisan Market's holiday edition includes FREE photos with Santa and the lovely Mrs. Claus. There are appearances from other holiday characters and even gingerbread decorating sessions.

Photos with Santa Claus at Traders Village - Jersey Village
Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2017
Traders Village, the massive flea market in Northwest Houston, has $5 photos with Santa on weekends in December. However, parking is $4.

Photos with Santa at LaCenterra - Katy
Nov. 19-Dec. 16, 2017
Hangout and take photos with Santa at Katy's outdoor shopping complex. You'll find the big man in red at Heritage Plaza.

Photos with Santa at the Mall

Deerbrook Mall - Humble
Nov. 19-Dec. 24, 2017
Find Santa at the Lower Level Sears Court.

Baybrook Mall - Friendswood
Nov. 19-Dec. 24, 2017
Find Santa at the Center Court.

First Colony Mall - Sugar Land
Nov. 19-Dec. 24. 2017
Find Santa at the JC Penney Court.

Galleria Mall - Galleria
Nov. 13-Nov. 27, 2017
Find Santa in the Level 1 Nordstrom wing (the best entrance is the Red Parking Garage at 5135 W. Alabama)

Willowbrook Mall - Northwest Houston
Nov. 19-Dec. 24, 2017
Find Santa in front of JC Penney.

Memorial City Mall - West Houston
Nov. 6-Dec. 24, 2017
Find Santa in the Dillard's wing.

Katy Mills Mall - Katy
Nov. 19-Dec. 24, 2017
Find Santa in Neighborhood 6 by American Eagle Outfitters and Aeropostale.

Events and Festivals Featuring Photos with Santa

Sugar Land Holiday Lights - Sugar Land
November 24, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018
The third annual festival has more than 2.5 million holiday lights on display with more than 100 walkthrough exhibits. It's quite the sight! Santa Claus is available for photos, and this year the kids will get a kick out of the massive, larger-than-life inflatable snow globe situated in the center of the arena.

Santa's Wonderland - Katy and Pearland
Nov. 10,-Dec. 24, 2017
Even if you're not an outdoor enthusiast you'll want to head to Bass Pro Shops for its annual holiday event. Aside from the FREE photos with Santa, there are crafts and activities for children along with holiday games.

Festival of Lights - Galveston
Nov. 11, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018
Moody Gardens' annual event has basically every holiday game and activity in the box, from ice skating to screenings of classic seasonal films. And of course, there are FREE photos with Santa. 

Holiday in the Park - Bellaire
Nov. 30, 2017
Bellaire Town Square transforms into a winter wonderland complete with holiday music, train rides, a petting zoo, holiday crafts, and FREE photos with Santa. Actually, the entire event is free - so you have no reason not to go!

Galveston WinterFest - Galveston
Dec. 1-2, 2017
The fourth annual festival features a Houston Rodeo favorite - Mutton Bustin' - along with tons of holiday activities. The entire event is free and includes photos with Santa.

16th Annual Christmas in the Park - Kingwood
Dec. 2, 2017
This annual FREE festival has live entertainment, shopping from local vendors and artists, and photo opportunities with Santa.

6th Annual Southside Place Winter Wonderland Carnival - Southside Place
Dec. 2, 2017
Shop from local vendors and let the kids try their hand at the numerous carnival games at Southside Place's annual festival. There are FREE pictures with Santa for the whole family.

A Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival - Katy
Dec. 2, 2017
The kids will love that this festival has more than 50,000 pounds of snow to play in, and your wallet will love that everything is FREE - including pictures with Saint Nick.

Holly Jolly Christmas - Fulshear
Dec. 16, 2017
Aside from the FREE pictures of Santa, this event has a live nativity scene, a children's fun zone, ice skating, and vendor booths to shop from.

Christmas on Commerce - Tomball
Dec. 9, 2017
Tomball's old-fashioned holiday festival features carols from area high schools, a children's zone, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa in the Park - Friendswood
Dec. 9, 2017
Friendswood's Home for the Holidays features a parade, tree lighting, fireworks display, and a snow hill with more than 40,000 pounds of snow for the kids to play in. The entire event, including photos with Santa, is FREE.

Snow on the Boulevard - The Heights
Dec. 17, 2017
Play in the snow at Grace United Methodist Church's holiday event. There are snacks and activities along with the FREE photos with Santa.

Photo courtesy Shary Peck with Houston Galleria Santa.

Constellation Field
1 Stadium Drive
77498 Sugar Land , TX 29° 37' 25.1148" N, 95° 38' 41.892" W
Texas
Bass Pro Shops
5000 Katy Mills Circle Ste. 415
77494 Katy , TX 29° 46' 32.9916" N, 95° 48' 33.6096" W
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Bass Pro Shops
1000 Bass Pro Drive
77047 Houston , TX 29° 35' 41.46" N, 95° 23' 23.2764" W
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Moody Gardens
1 Hope Bouelvard
77554 Galveston , TX 29° 16' 22.9008" N, 94° 51' 2.376" W
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Maggie's - Market Street
9595 Six Pines Drive
77380 The Woodlands , TX 30° 9' 50.5476" N, 95° 27' 51.1848" W
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Deerbrook Mall
20131 Highway 59 N.
77338 Humble , TX 30° 0' 33.8184" N, 95° 16' 14.106" W
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Baybrook Mall
500 Baybrook Mall
77546 Friendswood , TX 29° 32' 33.9684" N, 95° 8' 54.3336" W
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First Colony Mall
16535 Southwest Freeway
77479 Sugar Land , TX 29° 35' 30.1776" N, 95° 37' 27.4332" W
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Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City
77024 Houston , TX 29° 46' 50.412" N, 95° 32' 16.7784" W
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Willowbrook Mall
2000 Willowbrook Mall
77070 Houston , TX 29° 57' 39.9708" N, 95° 32' 22.5672" W
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Galleria Mall
5135 West Alabama St.
77056 Houston , TX 29° 44' 14.7552" N, 95° 27' 48.4092" W
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Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Circle
77494 Katy , TX 29° 46' 32.9916" N, 95° 48' 33.6096" W
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Bellaire Town Square
7001 5th St.
77401 Bellaire , TX 29° 42' 9.2412" N, 95° 28' 13.1268" W
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Galveston County Fairgrounds
10 Jack Brooks Road
77563 Hitchcock , TX 29° 21' 37.6416" N, 95° 2' 50.3232" W
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Children's Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
77004 Houston , TX 29° 43' 21.8928" N, 95° 23' 6.1728" W
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People's Trust Foundation
413 Bastrop St.
77003 Houston , TX 29° 45' 14.9148" N, 95° 21' 0.1836" W
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Kingwood Town Center
8 N. Main St.
77339 Kingwood , TX 30° 2' 51" N, 95° 11' 6.198" W
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Southside Place Clubhouse
3743 Garnet St.
77005 Houston , TX 29° 42' 39.3696" N, 95° 26' 7.9872" W
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Houston Heights Woman's Club
1846 Harvard St.
77008 Houston , TX 29° 48' 13.2228" N, 95° 23' 46.8276" W
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Historic Downtown Katy
5717 Second St.
77493 Katy , TX 29° 47' 13.5816" N, 95° 49' 22.0476" W
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Cypress Creek Lakes Phase 3 Recreation Center
10080 Cypress Creek Bend
77433 Cypress , TX 29° 55' 25.0536" N, 95° 43' 10.758" W
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Downtown Fulshear
30603 FM 1093
77441 Fulshear , TX 29° 41' 18.096" N, 95° 54' 3.7332" W
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Traders Village
7979 N. Eldridge Road
77041 Houston , TX 29° 53' 17.9196" N, 95° 36' 23.2596" W
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Stevenson Park
1100 S. Friendswood Drive
77546 Friendswood , TX 29° 31' 12.8208" N, 95° 11' 28.8888" W
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MainStreet America
18750 I-45 N.
77373 Spring , TX 30° 6' 8.1036" N, 95° 26' 8.6028" W
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Galena Park Branch Library
1500 Keene St.
77547 Galena Park , TX 29° 44' 36.3948" N, 95° 14' 13.02" W
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Heritage Place Amphitheater
500 Collins St.
77301 Conroe , TX 30° 18' 39.5964" N, 95° 27' 36.342" W
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Sugar Land Town Square
16190 City Walk
77479 Sugar Land , TX 29° 35' 43.8432" N, 95° 37' 23.3256" W
Texas
Grace United Methodist Church
1245 Heights Blvd.
77008 Houston , TX 29° 47' 38.0544" N, 95° 23' 53.9844" W
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