The Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati {2021}

Get the cameras ready and don your best holiday outfits because it’s time for a visit with Santa!

Go ahead and get your Christmas list ready for Santa ’cause we found some spots where you can see Santa in Cincinnati and we even found a few opportunities to take pictures with Santa!

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Breakfast With Santa Events:

December 4: Head to the Tri-State Warbird Museum to see Santa Fly-In! Santa will arrive around 9:45am and will be available to meet and greet until 11:00am. Fun activities, cookies and hot drinks will be available. The Santa Fly-In event is included with museum admission!

December 4: Breakfast at the North Pole is happening at Liberty Heights Church, 8-10am. This will happen in the parking lot and it’s free. You do need to grab a reservation though!

December 4: Kick off the holidays with Breakfast with Santa hosted by the Sharonville Parks and Rec Department. Enjoy holiday activities, treats, and a delicious hot breakfast provided by Waffle House. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and don’t forget your camera! Registration required, cost is $8.00/person. Please register at the Community Center front desk.

December 5: Lunch with Santa is happening at Springfield Township’s Grove Event Center. Families will enjoy a pizza lunch by Krimmers Italianate with cookies for dessert. At noon, Madcap Puppets will present The Nutcracker. Santa will arrive at 1:00 with goodies and he can hardly wait to see your child’s list. Top your afternoon off by having your photo taken with Santa, making a craft and taking a hayride through the parking lot area. Your ticket will include the lunch, show, 4×6 photo and a special gift from Santa.

December 11: Miami University is having a Santa Clause Meet and Greet at the Voice of America Learning Center, 11:30am-1:30pm.

December 18: Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Scene75, 8-11am. At this event, Santa Claus will be making an appearance throughout and you will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet served by our wonderful staff ready to spread a little holiday cheer!

December 18: Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Santa at The Bonbonerie. They have three seatings to choose from – 11am, 1:30pm, and 4pm. This special afternoon tea will include all of your favorites you have come to love from their menu with the addition of some holiday favorites. Each registration includes afternoon tea, meet and greet and the opportunity to decorate your own cookie. Bring your cameras! 

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Pictures with Santa / See Santa in Person:

Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s are hosting Santa’s Wonderland, November 6 – December 24, 2021. Santa arrives on Nov. 6 and families are invited to the parade that day. Head over to their site to make your free reservation. Starting Nov. 7, families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital video greeting card to share on social media. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly in the store.

Entertrainment Junction (their site is not clear about costs, call them for details before visiting); admission fees apply. November 13 – January 2, 2022.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo; admission fees apply. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m. through December 23, 2021. To be noted: the Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year.

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center. Santa makes his grand arrival on Friday, November 26. Although you won’t be able to sit with Santa, you can visit the jolly elf by his fireplace in the Public Landing adjacent to Holiday Junction. Santa will be busy preparing for the big day but will happily pause to speak with you from a safe distance. Tickets required.

Santa’s House on the Levee will be open throughout the season spreading holiday magic and taking photos at a North Pole-inspired cottage in The Gallery for festive photo ops to cherish for a lifetime.

Santa’s Traveling Workshop provides an “at-distance” visit with Santa while he is in his workshop. This mobile Santa and workshop is available at various locations around town: Nov. 20 at the OFF Market (Summit Park), Nov. 30 in Kenwood, Dec. 2 is at Marriott West Chester, Dec. 5 is in Pleasant Ridge, Dec. 7 is at Marriott West Chester , Dec. 9 in Kenwood, Dec. 17 in Pleasant Ridge, and Dec. 18 in Blue Ash. Schedule online.

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, Saturdays from November 27 through December 19, 2021; 12-4pm. Bring your family, your dog, your friends, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras! *Please note that this event is free, but you must bring your own camera for photos.*

Scuba Santa will be at Newport Aquarium, Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2021; admission fees apply. See Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks and tell him what you want for Christmas! Meet cheerful elves straight from the North Pole and enjoy a Water Wonderland full of colorful holiday lights and festive music. Reserve your time when you book a ticket.

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See Santa at a Local Mall:

Eastgate Mall: In person visits will still be available, but you will have to reserve a special time to see Santa. Click here to reserve your spot now. Scroll further down the page to learn more about available dates, times, photo package pricing and more. Face masks may be required to visit Santa for children age 2 and up as well as adults, so remember to bring your festive holiday mask or face covering.

Florence Mall, reservations are highly recommended and available online.

Kenwood Towne Centre, reservations are encouraged and available online.

7 thoughts on “The Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati {2021}”

  1. There are also Santas at Land of Illusions and the Christmas Ranch!

    Does anyone know if/where there is a Grinch photo?

  2. Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering personalized virtual Santa video calls every Saturday and Sunday 11a-5p until December 20th.

  3. Where can I take my super friendly dog to get her photo w Santa or at least walk through Christmas lights displays?

  4. Hi Alex, Sadly, I have not seen any pet photo opps this year. As far as light displays go, I’d see if the Cincinnati Nature Center allows dogs. The have some trails that are lit. There’s also an upcoming date to walk the lights at Sharon Woods (again, check to see if pets are allowed). And the Purple People Bridge is lit this year as well.

  5. Happy hangout on the west side is having a Santa on December 12 12-2 Parents will need to buy tickets in advance and are spaced out every 15 minutes. You can take your own photo and the playground will be open!

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