He’s making his list and he’s checking it twice, so you better let him know if you’ve been naughty or nice! That’s right…Santa Claus is coming to town!
As soon as Halloween is over, you may be thinking, “Where are the best places to take pictures with Santa near me?” And we’ve got the answer.
Whether you’re looking for an elaborate set up perfect for a Christmas card, or looking for a laid back visit with the jolly man in red — we’ve got plenty of options, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for you.
Here are 25+ of the best places to take pictures with Santa in Atlanta in 2023!
SANTA PICTURES NEAR ME: ATLANTA CLASSICS
DATES: Select dates Nov. 3 - Dec. 23, 2023
Santa at Phipps is a beloved Atlanta tradition for many families! Register online for your slot to visit with Santa and let your children tell him what they want for Christmas. The Santa set at Phipps is beautiful, and when we visited, we were so happy with our pictures.
Once your pic has been taken, they have plenty of photo package and even video options for you to choose from. These pics make for a great Christmas card. Registration is required.
COOKIES WITH SANTA AT ZOO ATLANTA
DATES: December 2 and 3, 2023
Tickets are on sale now for Cookies with Santa at Zoo Atlanta – Santa’s annual stop in the home of more than 1,000 animals worldwide.
Santa will park his sleigh in the Zoo Atlanta Conservation Action Resource Center on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 2023. Each ticket holder will receive one printed photograph. Digital copies will be available after the event.
While you’re there, enjoy cookies with Frosty, hot chocolate with Rudolph, holiday crafts with the Elves, and of course, holly jolly photo opportunities for all! Tickets are required for ages 3 and up.
SANTA AT RHODES HALL
DATES: Weekends, November 18 – December 16, 2023
The "Castle on Peachtree" will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring personal appointments with Santa at Rhodes Hall. This has been one of Atlanta's most beloved traditions for over 25 years!
New this year, they will host two Pet Nights, so your 4-legged friends can get a pic with the big guy too. Registration required.
ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
DATE: Nov. 18, 2022 at 7pm
Atlanta History Center will kick-off the holiday season with a new annual tradition and you’re invited! Join them in Veteran’s Park for a special tree lighting ceremony with their new 50 ft. Christmas tree followed by music, children’s activities, cash bar, roaming pictures with Santa and more in the museum.
Special performances will take place throughout the night. And bonus! Atlanta's beloved Pink Pig train cars will be on display in the atrium.
ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS
DATES: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., November 25 – December 16, 2023
Meet Botanical Saint Nick at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! Bring your camera and come tell all of your holiday wishes to the big guy adorned in green.
Free with Garden admission or membership.
DATES: Select dates from Nov. 24 - Dec. 24, 2023
Photos with Santa at the Georgia Aquarium are back! A photo op with Santa is a must-do every holiday season, so let’s check it off your holiday “to-do” list while visiting Georgia Aquarium! They’ll capture the magic through the perfect picture of your family and our very own seaside St. Nick.
Santa has a busy schedule, so he’ll be available during select dates and times from November 24th to December 24th. Santa enjoys a break from 12:00pm-1:00pm each day.
SANTA PICTURES + AN ADVENTURE
TREETOP QUEST (DUNWOODY & GWINNETT)
DATES: TBD (The following info is from 2022.)
Enjoy an exciting family-friendly outdoor activity, snap photos with Santa Claus (with your phone), and enjoy the cool fall weather when Santa Claus ziplines to Treetop Quest!
Visits included with regular admission.
SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM (DULUTH)
DATE: TBD (The following info is from 2022.)
It is a little-known fact that Santa’s reindeer get to take the month of November off to prepare for hard work in December. This means that Santa Claus travels by train and he will be at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth!
Museum doors open at 9am and the holiday festivities will last from 11am to 4pm. Santa arrives promptly at 1pm. There will be plenty of opportunities for photos with friends and family with Santa and around the museum so do not forget to bring your camera!
GREAT WOLF LODGE (LAGRANGE)
DATES: Nov. 24, 2023 - Jan. 8, 2024
A Snowland Extravaganza at Great Wolf Lodge is an immersive winter wonderland filled with special seasonal events, winter activities, crafts, visits with Santa Claus, and more. And, at the Georgia location -- you can book a Snow Globe! Inside the Snow Globes at Snowland, your family will enjoy their very own hot cocoa bar with all the fixings, as well as a cookie decorating kit.
The festivities continue to the 84-degree indoor waterpark which will surely warm you up no matter how chilly it is outside!
NORTH GEORGIA WILDLIFE PARK (CLEVELAND)
DATES: TBD (The following info is from 2022.)
Christmas time at the North Georgia Wildlife Park in Cleveland, GA, includes Santa visiting the animals and people! I am not sure who has more fun, Santa or the people.
Tell Santa what you would like for Christmas, say hello to his elves, and take your family Christmas photos. All right next to a zebra and a camel!
Tickets are $10 per child, plus the Safari Drive-Thru Admission. Your ticket includes a visit with Santa, cookies, a candy cane hunt, and a Safari Animal Experience (camel, fallow deer, or small animal).
Read More: North Georgia Zoo: 5 Best Reasons to Visit
GOATS ON THE ROOF (TIGER)
Take your picture with Santa at your favorite roadside attraction -- Goats on the Roof in Tiger, GA. This year, the baby goat will not be with Santa for pics.
STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
DATES: Nov. 11, 2023 - Jan. 2, 2024
Each day during Stone Mountain Christmas, you can enjoy park attractions including Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, and more! Then, become immersed in holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, millions of dazzling lights, spectacular shows and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters -- including Santa himself!
Bring your Christmas wishes to the big man himself, live and in person, at his North Pole office. Enjoy a chat with Santa while you get a peek at where all the magic begins.
SANTA PICTURES AROUND TOWN
SELFIES WITH SANTA AT PONCE CITY MARKET (ATLANTA)
DATES: Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, 2023, Noon - 3pm
Dash over to The Yard at Ponce City Market for a selfie with the jolly man in the red suit! Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to snap a photo with Santa. If the weather is frightful, Santa will be spreading holiday cheer on the second floor of the Central Food Hall next to The Village Retail and Bar Vegan.
DATES: Pics With Santa - select days beginning Dec. 1, 2023; Santa's Magical Moments - Sold Out for 2023
Marietta is hosting two amazing Santa events -- Pictures with Santa and Magical Moments with Santa.
- For Pictures with Santa, you’ll find Santa in front of a beautiful Christmas backdrop at the Marietta Museum of History this season, with the beloved Hadley’s Photography team ready to capture your family’s memories.
- Santa's Magical Moments is when your family gets a 30 minute magical, unique, and private experience with Santa! A digital link to download full-res images of your visit, and an ornament with your favorite image are included. You can expect to experience storytime with Santa, cookies and milk, and crafts too! Note: Santa's Magical Moments is Sold Out for 2023 dates.
SCOTTSDALE FARMS (MILTON)
DATES: TBD (The following info is from 2022.)
Attend the tree lighting at Scottsdale Farms in Milton and enjoy the evening, complete with hot cocoa and cookies, and Santa Claus himself.
In addition, Santa will also be visiting Scottsdale just for pictures on select December weekends. Scottsdale Farms invites your family to come and see Santa in a picturesque setting where photographs are welcome.
DATE: December 2, 2023
Pictures with Santa will be available from 1:00 – 6:00 PM at the City of Kennesaw Council Chambers located on the first floor in the back of City Hall. Photos will be taken by a professional photographer.
Digital downloads of the photos will be available free of charge the week after the event. Attendees will have the option to purchase photos from the site.
SANTA IN NEWNAN
DATE: November 24, 2023, 6-8pm
Santa will arrive in downtown Newnan in a fire truck, and will immediately light the Christmas tree on the Court House Square. Afterward, children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and read him their Christmas list! The event is FREE.
THE ART BARN (CANTON)
DATES: Nov. 5 and 19 and Dec. 16, 2023
Come on out to The Art Barn in Canton and meet Santa before he heads back to the North Pole. A magical day you won't want to miss, with lots of opportunities for photos galore.
Of course, all of their barnyard buddies will be there too. Everyone from the donkeys, to the chickens, to the goats and sheep, to Daisy the cow and her daughter Marigold! And finally guests will make some awesome art and hop a hayride. Reservations must be made in advance.
MIMOSA HALL & GARDENS (ROSWELL)
DATE: Nov. 4, 2023
Join the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens for their 7th annual Photos with Santa Duncan at Historic Mimosa Hall in Roswell.
You'll get a 10-minute photo session with Santa Duncan, and all the high-quality digital images from your session. Reservations only, spots are limited.
SANTA'S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOP AND CABELA'S
DATES: Nov. 4 - Dec. 24, 2023
Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s is continuing the beloved tradition of visiting Santa Claus in-person this holiday season at Santa’s Wonderland experience. Pics with Santa are FREE.
Online reservation recommended.
SANTA AT AVALON (ALPHARETTA)
DATES: Nov. 20-Dec. 24, 2023
Santa will be at Avalon throughout the season spreading holiday magic and taking photos at their North Pole-inspired cottage in Palmer Plaza for festive photo ops to cherish for a lifetime. To guarantee your special time with Santa, please book an appointment. Walk-ups will be accepted only if time allows.
To guarantee your special time with Santa, please book an appointment. Walk-ups will be accepted only if time allows.
SANTA ON THE SQUARE IN DECATUR
DATE: Nov. 25, 2023
Kids of all ages -- bring your camera and take a photo with Santa during Decatur's Santa On The Square event from 10am-4pm. Then enjoy make and take crafts, holiday music, hot cocoa, warm cookies and other fun surprises!
The fun continues throughout the day at local businesses for Shop "Small" Saturday. (They'll have free gift wrap on the square for all your locally bought gifts.) And a kid-friendly Holiday PJs Dance Party starts at 6 pm!
HENDERSON FARMS IN GORDON COUNTY (CALHOUN)
Date: December 2, 2023 from 11am - 5pm
Come out and celebrate Henderson Farms' 4th Annual Christmas on the Farm! They will have premium Christmas trees for sale, local vendors, bounce houses, petting zoo, a DJ and...you can VISIT SANTA and more!
Entry fee is $25 per car. They will also have food for sale from local vendors.
REINDEER FLIGHT SCHOOL IN MILLEDGEVILLE
Reindeer Flight School in Milledgeville hosts Christmas lights in Middle Georgia for all ages. Visit to see the lights and Santa. Have your photo taken with Santa in his sleigh for FREE.
ALPHARETTA SEASON OF CELEBRATION
DATE: November 18, 2023
Kick off the holiday season with a 50 ft. tree lighting in Downtown Alpharetta on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, snow flurries, vignettes from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, sing-alongs, and more! To top it all off, Santa and friends will make a guest appearance!
THE BATTERY ATLANTA
DATES: Weekends Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 2023
Santa Claus is once again setting up shop at his Post Office in The Battery Atlanta! From Friday, November 24 to Saturday, December 24, Santa will continue the time-honored tradition of greeting local children in the Truist Community Corner, located at the corner of Power Alley and Battery Avenue.
Families are invited to bring their handwritten letters to Santa – postage not required – at his official Atlanta outpost. Santa’s helpers will take care of the rest! This free opportunity allows parents and guardians to take their own photos of their children interacting with Santa as he listens to their wish lists.
AT THE MALL
- Arbor Place (Pet visits too!)
- Cumberland Mall
- Sugarloaf Mills
- Lenox Square
- Mall of Georgia
- North Georgia Premium Outlets
- Northpoint Mall
- Perimeter Mall
- Town Center at Cobb
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