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 DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. You can take pictures with Santa at the mall, visit him at fun events, and even see him on the rails at the National Capital Trolley Museum.
Many 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 must-do Christmas events and holiday activities in DC, where to have breakfast with Santa in the DC area, and more. Happy holidays!
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Places featured in this article:
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Maggiano's Little Italy Chevy Chase
Brown's Chapel Recreation Area
Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown
Fair Oaks Mall
Tysons Corner Center Mall
Springfield Town Center
Pentagon City Mall
Prince Georges County Mall
Bass Pro Shops Hanover
Norfolk Avenue Streetery
Old Town Square
National Museum of the Marine Corps
Courtyard by Marriott Silver Spring Downtown