The Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati {2020}

Hold on tight because 2020 is not over yet and getting out for pictures with Santa in person this year might prove to be a bit tough! We did find, however, some fun and clever options we think you’re going to like for your visits with Santa in Cincinnati.

So 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 5: Breakfast at the North Pole is happening at Liberty Heights Church. This will happen in the parking lot and it’s free. You do need to grab a reservation though!

December 12: 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 12: The Little Miami River Chamber of Commerce is hosting two seatings for Breakfast with Santa at the The Landing Event Center in Loveland. Two seatings are offered: 8:30-10am and 10:30am – noon. Kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa (socially distanced), get their picture with Santa (socially distanced), crafts, and more! Breakfast to be served includes: Waffles with Toppings, Scrambled Eggs,  Sausage Links, assorted fruit display and pastries.

December 19 and 20: Maggiano’s & Santa Claus cordially invite you to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa & share their holiday wish lists.  Santa’s elves will have activity stations & games set up, so everyone can join in the fun!  They will have a photo booth and face painting too!

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Pictures with Santa / See Santa in Person:

Bass Pro Shop is bringing Santa’ Wonderland back for 2020 with some precautions. You must reserve your visit time and date in advance. Temperature screenings are required for families and team members prior to entering. Kids can have “Contactless Claus” visit with Santa. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store.

Entertrainment Junction (their site is not clear about costs, call them for details before visiting); admission fees apply. November 14 – January 1, 2021.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo; admission fees apply. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m. through December 23, 2020. To be noted: the Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year.

Fifty West Brewing has a socially distanced photo opp with Santa. Get a photo in front of Santa’s mobile toy workshop with just the kids, or the whole family. While your photo prints, turn around and chat with Santa, and then head to the bar to grab a free hot cocoa for the kids! Dogs and kids from 1 to 92 are welcome. Online reservations required. Available Nov. 27 and Dec. 6, 13, and 20 from 4-6pm in the Beer Garden.

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center. Santa makes his grand arrival on Friday, November 27, 2020. Although guests will not be able to sit with Santa to make sure he hears their wish list this year, they will be able to speak with the jolly elf in the Public Landing adjacent to Holiday Junction. Santa will be busy preparing for the big day but will happily pause to speak with guests through a plexiglass barrier. Admission tickets may be required.

Santa Skates at the Fountain Square Ice Rink on Saturdays and Sundays, 12-3pm through December 20, 2020. Reservations are required for the ice rink this year.

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. 2 is at Kenwood Swim Club, Dec. 5 is at Marriott North, Dec. 6 is in Pleasant Ridge, Dec. 7 is at Crossgate Lanes, Dec. 10 is at Marriott North. Schedule online.

Santa’s Workshop at Washington Park, Saturdays from November 28 through December 19, 2020; 1-3pm. Santa and his merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm. Stop by the wish-list station where elves will help you write a list to give to Santa when you meet him- or bring yours from home. 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. 27 – 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:

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. These visits will be contactless, and hand sanitizing stations will also be available. Scroll further down the page to learn more about available dates, times, photo package pricing and more. Face masks are 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 required and available online.

Kenwood Towne Centre, reservations required and available online.

5 thoughts on “The Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in Cincinnati {2020}”

  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.

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