Where to Get Your Pet Photos With Santa for Christmas 2019

November 5, 2019

Pets are part of the family, and Christmas is a family affair—so of course you want your pet to take photos with Santa Claus! In addition to being an adorable memento of the 2019 Christmas season with your fur-baby, you can also get prints to use as the cutest Christmas cards your friends and family will get this year. So we found all the places where you can get pet photos with Santa near you for Christmas 2019!

There are a few important things to remember and prepare for when taking your pet to take a photo with the man with the bag. Is your pet comfortable around large groups of people? Do they behave well around other animals? Are they housebroken? If so, fantastic! On the other hand, if your pet gets skittish around strangers, pees when it gets excited, or is a little too protective—and especially if your pet has a bite history—it may be best to get a pal with whom your pet is comfortable already to dress up as Santa at take photos at home.

Where can pets get pics with Santa?

A great first place to look for pet photos with Santa is at your local animal shelter. Many animal shelters and rescue organizations offer pet photos with Santa as fundraisers and to raise awareness of the sweet critters in their care. Bring a donation and snap away—and maybe take home a new furry friend while you’re there.

No shelters in your area offering pet pics with jolly old Saint Nick? No problem. You have other options! These businesses all offer pet photos with Santa, but bear in mind: Locations for pet photos with Santa can vary, and you want to be sure to contact each place you’re interested in snapping photos of Fido to be sure pets are allowed in at that specific date and time.

Here are all the places that your pet can take pics with Santa for Christmas 2019:

1. PetSmart

PetSmart will offer pet photos with Santa on Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22, from 12-4 p.m. nationwide. Additionally, this year, PetSmart will host a holiday gift giving event on Nov. 23 from 12-2 p.m. nationwide. Pet parents can visit their local PetSmart store for seasonal inspiration, including dog cookie decorating, samples, exclusive offers and more.

2. Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow, the largest and leading doggy day care and boarding franchise, is offering pup photos with Santa at Camps nationwide. Be sure to check for availability at your local Camp Bow Wow locations.

3. Santa HQ

Santa HQ is a nationwide holiday activation that provides guests with opportunities to completely customize their adventure during their visit with Santa in the digital age. Santa HQ locations featuring Pet Photos with Santa include:

Danbury Fair (Danbury, CT)

FlatIron Crossing (Broomfield, Colo.)

Deptford Mall (Deptford, NJ)

Fresno Fashion Fair (Fresno, CA)

Freehold Raceway Mall (Freehold, NJ)

Lakewood Center (Lakewood, Calif.)

Los Cerritos Center (Cerritos, CA)

The Oaks (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Queens Center (Elmhurst, NY)

Tysons Corner Center (Tysons Corner, Va.)

Vintage Faire Mall (Modesto, Calif.)

Washington Square (Portland, OR).

4. Simon Malls

Select Simon Malls will offer Pet Photo Night at their locations. Pet Photo Nights are hosted before or after regular mall hours and the set receives extensive cleaning following the event to minimize potential risks to allergy sufferers.

Great Mall (Milpitas, Calif.) – Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. PT

Ontario Mills (Ontario, Calif.) – Sunday, Dec. 1 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. PT

Arizona Mills (Tempe, Ariz.) – Sunday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. MST

Colorado Mills (Lakewood, Calif.) – Sunday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. MDT


Grapevine Mills (Grapevine Texas) – Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. CT

Gurnee Mills (Gurnee Ill.) – Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. CT

Katy Mills (Katy, Texas) – Sunday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. CT

Opry Mills (Nashville, Tenn.) – Sunday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. CT

Concord Mills (Concord, NC) – Nov. 24, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. ET

The Mills at Jersey Gardens (Elizabeth, NJ) — Sunday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ET

Potomac Mills (Woodbridge, Va.) — Sunday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ET

Sugarloaf Mills (Lawrenceville, Ga.) – Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. ET

5. Muttropolis

California residents can visit Muttropolis in Solana Beach for a special holiday pet portrait event on Nov. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

6. Nick’s Cove

Each year, pet-friendly resort Nick’s Cove and Cottages in Marshall, Calif., hosts Santa in their picturesque Boat Shack at the end of their 300-ft. pier and take complimentary professional photos of pets and people.  This year, in addition to photos with Santa, the property is also offering complimentary treats, cocoa and hot apple cider for attendees. The on-site restaurant will also have food and drink specials throughout the day, and 10 percent of sales will be donated to the Marin Food Bank.

7. PetCo

PetCo offers pet photos with Santa nationwide on Dec. 7, 14 and 15 in exchange for a $9.95 donation. All of the funds raised will benefit a local animal welfare organization in your area.

8. Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops

Pets are generally welcomed in Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops stores to take photos with Santa, but it’s important to check with your local shop of choice, as some locations cannot host animals due to mall or outlet policies.