The Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati {2022}

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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Most, if not all, Breakfast with Santa events require advance ticket purchases or reservations.

Breakfast With Santa Events:

December 3: 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. Free for museum members; $7 for students; $12 for adults: family admission $20.

December 3: Join Santa for breakfast at Frisch’s on Winton Road, hosted by the City of Forest Park, 10am-noon. They’ll have crafts, coloring contest, giveaways, and most importantly, you get to meet Santa!

December 3: Enjoy Brunch with Santa at Frosthaus. Kids will enjoy brunch, crafts, and pictures with Santa while the adults enjoy the brunch beverages. The kids ticket includes a drink (hot chocolate, chocolate milk, white milk, orange juice) and a meal (Kids Tots and Eggs or Kids Loaded Waffle) and the adult ticket includes one adult beverage (mimosa or spiked hot chocolate) and a meal (Loaded Waffle, Goetta and Egg Tots, Captain Burrito, Weekend Special Burrito).

December 3: Joseph Beth’s Bronte Bistro in Rookwood is hosting Breakfast with Santa starting at 9am. Enjoy a fantastic feast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, and your choice of coffee, tea, milk, or orange juice. Advance ticket purchase required.

December 4: 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 10: 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. 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 (or online).

December 10: Santa will be at Glenview Golf Course for Breakfast with Santa. They’ll have a Breakfast Bar available from 9-11am. Santa will visit from 10am to 12:30pm with opportunities for pictures. Christmas crafts for the kids, brunch cocktails available for the adults.

December 10: Add some jolly to your holiday with tickets to the Scuba Santa Breakfast at Newport Aquarium! Begin your day in the Riverside Room showcasing spectacular views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. Meet playful Elves, design your own Christmas ornament and more! Enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, country gravy, biscuits and fresh fruit with your choice of coffee, orange juice and water. After breakfast, you’ll be among the first to visit Scuba Santa for the day and explore his Water Wonderland as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind Cincy holiday tradition! See Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks – including the three new Sand Tiger Sharks – and tell him what you want for Christmas. Visit with your favorite animals and enjoy uninterrupted family time while making special holiday memories together!

December 11: Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Santa at The Bonbonerie. They have two seatings to choose from – 10am, 12:30pm. 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! 

December 11: Pebble Creek Golf Course is hosting Breakfast with Santa, 10am-12:30pm. Enjoy breakfast basics plus a pancake bar and cocoa bar in a beautiful Christmas setting. Take your own pictures to share. Call 513.385.4442 ext. 3 for reservations.

December 17: Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Scene75, 9-11am. At this event, Santa Claus will be making an appearance throughout and you will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet. Afterwards, take a stroll out on the game floor! If you bundle your tickets with game cards, you can make a truly fun morning that your little ones will remember for a lifetime!

December 17: Add some jolly to your holiday with tickets to the Scuba Santa Breakfast at Newport Aquarium! Begin your day in the Riverside Room showcasing spectacular views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. Meet playful Elves, design your own Christmas ornament and more! Enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring scrambled eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, country gravy, biscuits and fresh fruit with your choice of coffee, orange juice and water. After breakfast, you’ll be among the first to visit Scuba Santa for the day and explore his Water Wonderland as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind Cincy holiday tradition! See Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks – including the three new Sand Tiger Sharks – and tell him what you want for Christmas. Visit with your favorite animals and enjoy uninterrupted family time while making special holiday memories together!

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Pictures with Santa / See Santa in Person:

Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s are hosting Santa’s Wonderland, November 5 – December 24, 2022. Santa arrives on Nov. 5 and families are invited to the parade that day. Head over to their site to make your free reservation Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo. 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. from Nov. 18 through December 23, 2022. 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 25, 2022. 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 Workshop at Washington Park, Saturdays from November 26 through December 17, 2022; 1-3pm. 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. 25-Dec. 24; 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:

Kenwood Towne Centre, reservations are encouraged and available online.

Northgate Mall, reservations are encouraged and available online.


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: Dec. 7 is at Marriott West Chester, Dec. 9 in Kenwood, Dec. 17 is in Pleasant Ridge, and Dec. 18 at Silver Spring House, and Dec. 18 at the Crossings of Blue Ash. Reservations required. canceled 🙁

8 thoughts on “The Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati {2022}”

  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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