Ho, Ho, Ho! Best Places to Snap a Pic with Santa

Ahhh, the holiday traditions. From the day you choose to open presents (Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?) to the annual trek to chop down a Christmas tree to the family cookie recipes you unearth every year, the holiday season abounds with traditions. And photos with Santa is right at the top of that merry list. To help minimize the Santa photo stress, we’ve rounded up the best places to seek out St. Nick. Choosing the least meltdown-inducing matching Christmas sweaters for your mini-mes? That one’s up to you.

The Ultimate Santa: Downtown Nordstrom
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The Ultimate Santa: Downtown Nordstrom

If you grew up around the Seattle area, chances are you and your siblings had photos taken with the Frederick and Nelson’s Santa, and remember waiting impatiently in line with your parents and siblings, dressed to the nines while you drank in all the magic and splendor of Santa’s Workshop. For the current generation of kiddos, Nordstrom has captured this magic – and then some. Yes, the wait is still long—getting there early in the day and season is highly advised—but now the downtown Nordstrom has a multitude of rotating Santas on the schedule, including an African-American Santa, an Asian-American Santa and a Santa that knows ASL (American Sign Language). For special needs kids or large groups, Santa can meet up with you in a private room, away from the hubbub. If any of these preferences sound good to you, be sure to call Santa Lane at 206-628-1000 for additional details, including when the African American, Asian American and ASL Santas will be visiting. (Or call him up if your kiddo just needs to hear Santa’s kind voice).

In addition to Santa at the Downtown Nordstrom, kids can visit him (with much shorter wait times) at the Nordstroms in Bellevue Square, Westfield Southcenter and Tacoma Mall. All photo packages will be mailed to you once completed. Psst! If you want them before Christmas, make sure to visit Santa by Dec. 18.

Dates: Nov. 28–Dec. 24, 2014
Cost: Photo packages range from $21 to $84; a CD of digital photos is $33.

500 Pine St.
Seattle, Wa 98101

photo: Nordstrom Facebook page

  1. The Ultimate Santa: Downtown Nordstrom
  2. Step Inside Santa’s House: University Village
  3. Interplanetary Santa: The Space Needle
  4. Reindeer Games: Swanson’s Reindeer Festival
  5. Holiday Wonderland: Redmond Town Center

Where is your favorite place to take the kiddos for Santa photos every year? Let us know in a comment below!

—Erin Cranston