Santa Claus is coming to town – which means it is time for photos with Santa in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and beyond! When it comes to getting the kids ready for Santa, sometimes it can feel overwhelming.
Where is the best place to go, how much is it going to cost, and do I need to reserve a spot or can I be spontaneous and just bring the kids by when they are in a good mood?
Our team at Nevada Moms has been keeping an eye out for photos with Santa in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, and surrounding areas and we’re sharing all of the details. We are not including individual photographers doing sessions unless it is at a brick-and-mortar location or an annual experience.
Reservations: Required for the train, but not required for just a picture with Santa at the Depot
Cost: $60+ for the train | $25 for pictures with Santa at the depot
If you are just looking for a professional picture with a great Santa you can still head to the Depot for a picture! Packages start at $25.
Starting Nov. 17, The Polar Express train rides commence! During the holiday season, characters, entertainment, and Santa bring the story to life, with a souvenir silver sleigh bell to remember the journey. Bring your cameras to capture a moment with Santa on the train. The one-hour-long rides are fun for the whole family.
Meet Santa Claus himself! From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Santa will be in town to spread holiday cheer and listen to all your festive wishes. Play the day away with a variety of games, sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. Savor the flavors of the season with a collection of food trucks, warm up your hands with delectable warm drinks, enjoy an outdoor inflatable movie theater, and creating memories under the night sky.
Dates: Nov 25 and Dec 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 22 select times for each day
Location: Cotton Candy Clouds, 1503 U.S. Hwy 395 N K, Gardnerville, NV 89410
Reservations: Limited spots available
Cost: $40/child $15/adult
Santa AND Mrs. Claus photos. We will provide a beautiful, whimsical scene, playful, super fun and magical! Storytime with The Elves, Ornament Making- Create a one of a kind ornament uniquely designed and created by your child. This will be one you’ll want to cherish forever, we promise!
Dates: December 3rd from 11am-3pm
Location: Gardnerville Station
Reservations: Not required
Cost: $30 for 3 edited photos, 1-week turnaround. Cash or venmo only.
Get your pictures with Santa before the Parade of Lights!
Location: Junkee Clothe Exchange & Antiques, 299 E Plumb Lane #135A, Reno
Join us on Friday, November 24th to kick off the holiday season! Bring your phone or camera for a free photo op with Funkee Junkee Santa! Photos are from 11-4 pm. First come first serve. We will assign you a number and you can shop while you wait! *Junkee is now located inside Reno Public Market!
Join the Junior League of Reno for an unforgettable evening of holiday enchantment, community spirit, and charitable giving with “Cocktails for a Cause, ” from 3pm – 7pm on December 7 at the Grand Sierra. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children, which includes a Santa photo keepsake.
Location: RED Leasing Pavilion, 2072 Experience Way Reno, NV 89502
Save the date! Santa’s coming to town on December 10th from 11am – 2pm at the Reno Experience District, and we’ve got the perfect spot for your festive photos. To keep you warm while you wait we will have free hot cocoa and cider and don’t forget to bring your letters and Christmas lists for Santa. We hope to see you there!
Date: Nov 30-Dec 1 from 4-9pm, Dec. 2 from 11am-9pm
Location: 900 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV
Reservations: Not Required
This year, 39 North Pole Village will bring more vendors, double the amount of family activities, and the plaza will be saturated in holiday light displays and memories. Shop ‘til you drop in the heated vendor tent. Santa will be there for all to take free photos and to listen to Christmas wish lists.
Location: 2155 Green Vista Drive Suite 202 Sparks, NV 89431
Reservations: Not required
Come visit Santa! Photos with Santa, activities for the kids, Christmas mocktails, local vendors, and holiday cheer. Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, shop for locally-made holiday gifts to give to someone you love (or for yourself), and enjoy a family-fun afternoon. Event is free, suggested donation of new unwrapped toys, games, clothing and other family friendly items for the Washoe County Human Services Toy Drive.
Location: The Outlets at Legends, 1310 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV 89434
Cost: Free, Please bring a personal camera to capture the moment.
The magic of Santa is HERE! Visit Santa on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:30am – 5pm located by the holiday tree between H&M and Express. Santa will take (1) 30 minute and (1) 15 minute break to feed his reindeer throughout the course of the day.
Santa has arrived! You can take a free photo with him with a reservation. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo! Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store. You can also take your own pictures so you have one without Cabela’s label on it!
Location: 4100 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Cost: Kids $20, Adults $30
Limited Seating is available. Photos and access to Mrs. Claus and Santa are included with the purchase of an interactive breakfast at Fire and Ice Restaurant, located in the Heavenly Village. Seeing is believing! Bring the whole family to mingle with Santa, take photos, and enjoy one of the heartiest breakfasts the village has to offer! Access to Santa and Mrs. Claus is included with the purchase.
Location: The Great Room at the Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main Street Virginia City, Nevada 89440
Cost: $20 per child
The Great Room will be converted to Santa’s work shop for one night only. Children will be invited to design sugar cookies, roast a marshmallow, drink hot chocolate, make a holiday ornament and meet Santa!
Photos with Santa in Reno Area Not Confirmed or Returning 2023
Date: Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, select days (see below), from 12-2pm
Location: The Summit Reno; 13925 S Virginia St UNIT 212, Reno, NV 89511
Reservations: Not required
Santa is coming to The Summit! Join us this holiday season for a stroll with Santa as he visits the shops & restaurants at The Summit! Enjoy shopping for gifts & spot Santa strolling along full of holiday cheer during these dates:
Nov. 25, 12-2pm
Dec. 3, 12-2pm
Dec. 9, 12-2pm
Dec. 17, 12-2pm
Dec. 23, 12-2pm
Note: It is unclear if Santa will be taking photos at a specific spot this year. Instead, The Summit has announced he will be strolling around The Summit at various shops/stores so if you spot him, you can run up and take a photo. We are including it on this list, just in case your family is near the area during the following dates.
Santa Claus is Coming to The Garden – Not Confirmed 2023
Date: Dec. 11 from 10am-4pm
Location: The Garden, 700 S Wells Ave, Reno, NV.
Bring the kids, or just your friends, and have professional photos taken with the Big Man in Red. No appointment is needed. Photos taken by RikkiJPhotography will be available for digital download, for $25 per family, and $5 for every additional image. Contact Rikki at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Join the Summit and United Federal Credit Union for Stories with Santa! There will be hot cocoa and cookies galore! Santa will be reading some Christmas favorites and chatting with the kids! While he is doing that you can learn about setting you a savings account with United Federal Credit Union. The first 25 accounts opened to get a piggy bank. Every new account gets $5 deposited as well.
Join us November 27, 5-7 pm for Lights Up, featuring a laser light show, live music and Santa at The Center Plaza near Ulta and Vans! This event is free and open to the public!
Where is Santa?
There you have it! Photos with Santa in Reno, Sparks, and beyond just got easier (we hope!). Are we missing your favorite Santa location? We may have missed a couple here or there, because hey – we’re human and not all Santa photo locations have been released to the public.
In any case, if we did miss one, write us a comment below! We are happy to include it on our list. If you are a business or photographer and would like to partner with us, please email us as well.
Happy Holidays and enjoy your photos with Santa in Reno and surrounding areas this year!
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!