2017 Atlanta Area Photos With Santa

santaHe’s making a list, and he’s checking it twice – Santa Claus is coming to town! We’ve put together a list where you can be sure to spot him tin 2017 and get a picture with your family and pets.

No matter where you are in the Atlanta area this holiday season, Santa won’t be hard to find. Don’t miss out on seeing The Big Man in Red as he makes all his stops along the way!

1. Lenox Square
Santa Arrives: November 3rd
Through December 24th, families can have a memorable keepsake photo taken with Santa at Lenox Square Mall. Be sure the check out more chances to get merry at Lenox!

  • Pet Photo Night
    November 12th | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    December 10th – 11th
    Sit. Stay. Pose. Be sure to bring your four-legged furry family members along for their own special photo with Santa!


  • Caring Santa
    December 3rd | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    The private event is designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families to have an opportunity to have their photos taken with Santa. Lenox Square has made necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical, and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event.
  • Pink Pig
    While at Lenox Square Mall, families can enjoy riding the Pink Pig, a multi-generational Christmas tradition held at Macy’s each year! Rides are available through December 31st.

2. Phipps Plaza
Santa Arrives: November 1st

Photos with Santa at Phipps are so popular, tickets sell out each year! However, even when appointments have filled up, families can still call for same-day cancellation time slots to get their pictures taken with Santa. The beautiful Christmas decor at Phipps Plaza will make strolling by Santa’s set a special holiday treat!

reindog-header4. Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Santa Arrives: November 25th

Botanical Saint Nick will arrive at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays November 25th – December 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Families are welcome to bring cameras to take their own holiday pictures with Santa, adorned in his special green robe and holiday head wreath.

Be sure to explore the magnificent Garden Lights, Holiday Nights for a truly magical evening, and enjoy all the holiday events throughout the season!

7. Perimeter Mall
Santa Arrives: November 12th

Children of all ages are invited to take pictures and visit with Santa through December 24th! Bring your furry friend to see Santa for Pet Photos with Santa on Monday evenings from November 14th – December 12th. Special promotions are available on photo packages reserved in advance online.


9. Cumberland Mall
Santa Arrives: November 18th

Photos with Santa are available through December 24th. Don’t miss out on Pet Photos with Santa on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. from November 20th through December 11th!

10. Alpharetta Welcome Center
Santa Arrives:
December 2nd

From 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Alpharetta Welcome Center is offering free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Families will receive one photo and digital copy for sharing, and refreshments will be served. No reservations required!

11. Rhodes Hall
Santa Arrives: December 2nd

Feel like skipping the malls this holiday season? On weekend through December 17th, your family can enjoy a special photo session with Santa at “The Castle on Peachtree.” Rhodes Hall will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland filled with catered holiday treats, arts and crafts, holiday music and entertainment, and the magic of Santa and his elves!

Bring your furry family members for a one-day-only Pet Night on Thursday, December 8th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. where pets will be invited on the porch of Rhodes Hall for a special picture with Santa. Children are also allowed in the pictures, and all friendly pets are welcome!

12. Cookies with Santa at Zoo Atlanta
Santa Arrives: December 2nd – 3rd

Warm up with hot cocoa, cookies, and your professional photo with Santa! The event will feature Christmas crafts, festive music and games, a chance to see the Zoo’s animals, all of your favorite holiday characters, and more! Advance reservations are available online.

As part of your new holiday tradition for 2017, Jungle Bells features fun for all ages including a Tree Lighting celebration, special entertainment, holiday treats, and more! Join the fun on December 2nd from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

13. Santa at Avalon
Santa Arrives: November 20th

Visit Avalon’s Santa for a dose of Christmas magic at Santa’s cozy cottage! Santa will be around through Christmas Eve to spread his holiday cheer, so be sure to make an appointment.

Avalon’s Special Events will also include:

  • Story Time with Santa
    Mondays | November 20th – December 18th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Visit with jolly Old Saint Nick as he reads holiday classics and brings cheer for all to hear! $15 per child.
  • Pet Photos with Santa
    Sundays | December 3rd, 10th, and 17th | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Bring your furry friends for photos and treats with Santa! Walk-ups only for this event.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Saturday & Sunday December 10th & 11th | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Make it a tradition and join Santa for an authentic breakfast at Oak Steakhouse with all the good boys and girls. $20 per child | $35 per adult.

14. Wake Up Santa at Georgia Aquarium
Santa Arrives: November 18th

Santa arrived in Atlanta early this year! After an exciting visit around the Georgia Aquarium, he fell asleep and needs your help to wake him up. The interactive event includes holiday activities, a hot chocolate bar, cookies with Santa, and a souvenir mug! 

15. Mandarin Oriental
Santa Arrives: December 3rd

For $75, families will enjoy having pictures taken with Santa, hot cocoa, and festive treats to enjoy!  The ticket price is inclusive of photographs, refreshments and valet parking.

15. Petsmart
Santa Arrives: December

Participating Atlanta-area Petsmart stores will begin taking holiday photos of your furry loved ones select afternoons and weekends throughout December. Check out your local store for details and specific times this holiday season.