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The Ultimate Guide to Santa Photos in Metro Vancouver!

The Ultimate Guide to Santa Photos in Metro Vancouver!

The season of eggnog and holiday lights is just around the corner. Santa has begun to set up shop around town to greet little kiddos and their holiday wishes. We’ve got the Ultimate Guide to Santa photos in Metro Vancouver.

The Greater Vancouver area has so many amazing holiday events and activities to choose from, where you can get a picture with the big man in red himself. Get ahead of the crowd and get your photos early, or if your an on-the-go last minute photo op- we got you covered here too.

Photo with Santa at the mall:

Cabello's Santa
Photo submitted by: Lindsey Threlfall, Cabela’s Abbotsford 

There are lots of shopping centers offering photos with Santa throughout the Lower Mainland this year. Make sure to check out whether pre-booking is required. Spots are already filling up.

Here’s a list of malls offering pictures with Santa:

>> Metropolis at Metrotown >> Capilano Mall >>Park Royal >>Brentwood Mall >> Lougheed Shopping Centre

>> Royal City Centre >> Highstreet Shopping Centre >>Semiahmoo Shopping Centre

>> Coquitlam Centre >> Sevenoaks Shopping Centre >> Bass Pro Shop >> Cabela’s

Santa Sevenoaks Mall
Photo submitted by: Nikki Thompson, Sevenoaks Mall in Abbotsford 

Out and About

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

The Peak Of Grouse
Photo Credit: Grouse Mountain Website

For the ultimate festive experience The Peak of Christmas is the place to go. Santa photos are taking place inside his workshop. Ice skating, a light walk, real reindeer and are available too . You can even book a Santa breakfast. This is a truly magical experience for the whole family.

Christmas at Enquist Lodge on Mt Seymour

Mount Seymour
Photo Credit Mt. Seymour Website

Visit the snowy mountains of Mt Seymour to have some special Santa photos taken in a Yurt. Have some Christmas treats and drinks in Harold’s Cafe while you are there. And the Enquist Lodge has a full Christmas store selling festive decorations and perfect gift options for you. 

Santa Photo at Surrey Holiday Lights

Santa and ms. Claus at Surrey Lights
Photo Credit: Surrey Holiday Lights Website

Head to Surrey for the indoor/outdoor light festival with so many festive light displays everyone will find a display they love. Listen to the live music and enjoy the food trucks. The best part is you can have your photo taken with Santa. Photo times are limited to between 5:30-6:30 and 7:30-8:30pm, so plan your trip accordingly to sneak in a visit with Santa. The best part is an elf will take the photo on your device so everyone can be in the picture!

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Steveston Village (Richmond)

photo opts at Steveston Village
Photo Credit: Richmond BC Website

From December 1 to 31 Steveston Village will be transformed into a winter wonderland. There will be many free or low-cost Christmas activities taking place. Santa will tour the streets by horse and carriage. 

A few festive spots include Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond) , The Steveston Museum (3811 Moncton Street, Richmond), Steveston Tram (4011 Moncton Street, Richmond) and the intersection of No. 1 Road and Bayview Street.

Santa at PNE Winter Fair

Santa Photos from afar
Photo Credit: PNE Twitter Account

The PNE Winter Fair has a special performance this year called The Magic of Santa. The event runs for ten festive nights and will feature a nightly Christmas-themed concert series, skating on the Tim Horton’s Ice Rink (indoor), magical holiday theatre shows that will be a favourite for the little ones, a winter market, tasty food and beverages, and a sparkling walk-thru WinterLights display presented by BC Hydro.

Santa at Glow Langley

Glow Gardens Santa
Photo Credit: Glow Gardens Website

This experience is sure to dazzle the whole family. Walk through many festive scenes and get to enjoy millions of twinkling lights. Elves, castles, hopscotch and more! Plus you get to meet Santa (on site nightly until Dec 24).

With so many fun options to experience Santa in-person this year, tag @Vancouver_mom on Instagram in all of your Santa photos for your chance to be featured.

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