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Best places to get a Santa photo

Best places to get a Santa photo

Metrotown Santa - Best places to get a Santa photo

The traditional mall Santa has come a long way from the simple man in a red suit sitting on a chair. Think on-cue snow falls, professional photos delivered on a memory stick, choir performances and more. Remember to check your chosen location for the exact times Santa is available.

Oakridge Centre

A favourite with Vancouver moms, Oakridge’s Santa photo line-up elves will take your cell phone number and call you when it’s nearly your turn. Proceeds from your photo purchase goes to Canuck Place. You can also get your dog or cat’s photo with Santa on December 2nd.

14 November – 24 December, 41st Ave & Cambie St, Vancouver

Park Royal Santa - Best places to get a Santa photo

Park Royal

For more of a Nordic Christmas feel, head to the Park Royal Santa Grotto. Check their site for special pet Santa photo days. If you tweet your holiday Park Royal photos using the hashtags #IheartLGHF and #ParkRoyal, and tagging @LionsGateFoundation and @ParkRoyal, Park Royal will donate $1 to the Lion’s Gate Foundation.

21 November – 24 December, 2002 Park Royal S, West Vancouver

Metropolis at Metrotown

Santa sits at the centre of the Winter Wonderland at Metrotown, complete with digital game consoles, and a 70-foot column of dancing lights. All proceeds go to the Burnaby Christmas Bureau.

20 November – 24 December, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Brentwood Town Centre

Great little mall Santa’s Grotto, short line-ups, and kids can blow off steam at the toddler play area afterwards.

4567 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby

Lougheed Town Centre

The snow is scheduled at Lougheed’s Winter Wonderland – 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm & 7pm. When your child gets their picture taken with Santa, you also get a free 5 x 7 print.

23 November – 24 December, North Rd & Austin Ave, Burnaby

Grouse Mountain

Make a day of it, and head up the mountain to guarantee a White Christmas experience. Visit with the reindeer, take a sleigh ride, go for a skate. Santa is there in his Christmas village, but it’s best to check in as soon as you arrive on the mountain to get a photo time slot.

27 November – 4 January, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market - Best places to get a Santa photo

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Vancouver Christmas Market

This year, Santa will be available for photos at the Photo Hut. You can get a Christmassy shot of your whole family, or just the kids with the big guy. Lots of props available for your photos too.

21 November – 24 December, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Vancouver Lookout Snowglobe

Not into Santa photos? How about a photo of your family inside a giant snowglobe? Vancouver Lookout has created this cool photo opportunity, with all donations going towards the Kettle Society. It’s worth noting you’ll be taking the photos with your own camera or phone.

5-24 December, Harbour Centre Lobby, 555 West Hastings St, Vancouver


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Image credit: Metrotown Centre, Park Royal, Vancouver Christmas Market

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