Pictures with Santa Claus Near DC: Where to Take Santa Photos

Take a free picture with Santa at the District's Holiday Boat Parade. Photo courtesy of The Wharf DC
Take a free picture with Santa at the District's Holiday Boat Parade. Photo courtesy of The Wharf DC

The holiday season is full of festive photo ops, including the most important photos of all—pictures with Santa. There are so many places for families to meet Santa Claus and take Santa photos throughout the DC area. You can take pictures with Santa at the mall, visit him at fun events, and even see him fly into the College Park Airport and Aviation Museum. Most visits with Santa are free with the option to purchase photo packages, but there are even some places where you can get free pictures with Santa. Don't forget to secure a reservation ahead of time at most of these places—Santa is very busy this time of year.

Read on for our list of places to take Santa pictures near DC. Then check out our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for DC Kids, which includes our roundups of the best holiday and Christmas activities and events in DC, Christmas and Polar Express trains near DC, and more. Happy holidays!

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Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown
Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle Park
Dupont Circle - 8:30 AM Pick
Groundhog Day Celebration
Maydale Nature Classroom - 10:30 AM Pick
Storytime at Glen Echo Park Aquarium
Glen Echo Park Aquarium - 11:00 AM Pick
Explore More! In STEM: How the Museum Uses Light
National Museum of African American History & Culture - 11:00 AM Pick
Maple Sugaring Walk
Brookside Nature Center - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides