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10 Best Places to Meet Santa in Calgary – Christmas 2018

November 15, 2018 @ 12:00 am - December 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Calgary Top 11 Places for Photos with Santa - Christmas 2018

10 Best Places to Meet Santa at the mall in Calgary for this Christmas 2018!  We’ve rounded up plenty of options to create some lifetime family memories of your own!  So, post some Instagram-worthy pics this season!

Although most places have taken away the endless lines and long waits, you will still need to plan ahead and reserve your spot online or simply sign up for a virtual line up at the mall. Meanwhile,  you can go get a warm pretzel or do some holiday shopping, seriously, you are there already! Getting a spot early in the season is highly advised. The important part is that you won’t have to wait outside in the cold to see the big guy in red! This list will be updated on a regular basis as schedules are posted!

1. Christmas at Chinook Centre 

Located at 6455 Macleod Trail SW. Santa arrives at Chinook Centre (in front of the Bay, the main floor) from Nov.17, 2018 to Mon Dec 24, 2018. Chinook Centre is one of the most popular places to visit Santa especially because they use a registration system – you can book ahead online and NO long line ups. There is even a waiting area with activities for the kids. They do allow walk-ups but only if time allows – better to go on non-usual busy times. Bookings do fill up quickly. Visit with Santa is free, picture prices vary depending on the package purchased. Santa’s workshop is in front of The Bay. Only a limited number of reservations are available!

Once registered, you can connect with Hadley, your digital shopping assistant, who will keep track of your Santa reservation details, send appointment reminders, on your mobile device via Facebook Messenger!

Santa’s workshop will be located in Bay Court.
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm; 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday:  11:00 am – 2:00 pm; 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
December 24:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm – 3:00
All visits with Santa are free of charge. Photo package pricing varies.
Questions? Just text (403) 910-9022 or go to Christmas at Chinook Centre

Christmas at Chinook Centre

Christmas at Chinook Centre


2. CrossIron Mills- Brass Pro Shops 

Near Airdrie. 261055 Crossiron Boulevard, Rocky View. From Nov. 17 to Dec. 24th 2018. Free Photo with Santa WITH Bass PASS. From 6 to 8PM, Free Crafts, Games and Activities. Magical tree lighting, Unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland®, FREE cookies and McSteven’s® hot chocolate*
Santa will be giving away a $25 Bass Pro Shops® Gift Card to 1 lucky winner every half hour! 5:30–7PM. Christmas at Brass Pro Shops.

Santa's Wonderland- Brass Pro Shops Schedule

Santa’s Wonderland- Brass Pro Shops Schedule

BASS PASS Santa Schedule

BASS PASS Santa Schedule

3. Southcentre Mall 

South Calgary. 100 Anderson Road SE. From Nov-17th to Dec 24th, 2018 during mall hours, but registration will close at 12:00 pm noon or earlier on Christmas Eve so he can leave by 3:00 pm to get back to the North Pole. Santa’s workshop is in the Centre Court. Expect an early cut-off on high volume days, including Christmas Eve. Southcentre’s Enchanted Forest is one of the biggest well put together settings!

Wait times are shorter earlier in the season, no advance reservations, Santa’s Magic messenger system allows you to not wait in a line that is over a half hour. When the wait is over 1/2 hour they will give you a special paper invitation with an approx time to return. If Santa is ready sooner you will receive a text with the option of returning sooner!

Visit the Cookie Kitchen and decorate a cookie, watch a holiday movie in the Magic Pond, have sume fun at ROAR Play Park and snap a pic at one of their photo stations! Christmas Events at Southcentre Mall

Santa at Southcentre Mall

Santa at Southcentre Mall

4. The Core -CORE Shopping Centre  

Downtown Calgary: 324 8 Ave SW, Calgary –FREE SANTA PHOTOS AT THE CORE! Starting on November 22 through to December 23. Join the CORE this holidays season as to welcome Santa downtown every Thursday – Sunday! Santa will be sitting with children on a giant red chair amongst a forest of Christmas Trees on level 2 of the CORE (glass bridge near Holt Renfrew).

Photos with Santa are complimentary and are to be taken with your smartphone so you can easily share them with friends and family! If you post the photo of your child with Santa and use #FindChristmasDowntown your photo will automatically print out at our hashtag printer!

(Monetary donations will be accepted for The Veterans Food Bank of Calgary).

November 22: 4:30pm – 8pm
November 23: 12pm – 7pm
November 24 & 25: 12pm – 5pm
December 1 – 23, 2018. Thursdays – Saturdays: 12pm – 7pm, Sundays: 12pm – 5pm
More info at: Christmas at the Core


Christmas at the CORE

Christmas at the CORE


5. Market Mall

Located at 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW. Santa’s workshop will be located in Centre Court. Start Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018, End Date: Mon Dec 24, 2018. Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic, simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience! Once you are registered, you can connect with Hadley, your digital shopping assistant. Hadley will keep track of your Santa reservation details, send appointment reminders, help you view holiday promotions and more on your mobile device via Facebook Messenger. Questions? Just text (587) 671-0188 or go to Market Mall.

Only a limited number of reservations are available & walk-ups will be accommodated as time allows.

Santa Hours. All visits with Santa are free of charge. Photo package pricing varies.
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm; 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm; 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec 24th: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

6. Joy to the CIty, Deerfoot City 

North East, 901 64 Avenue. Capture your perfect moment with Santa Fridays-Sundays: November 16 to December 23, 2018. Our timeless display features a backdrop of real trees offering beautiful keepsake photos. Santa will be located in the Food Lodge and photos are available at $20 a sheet (different photo configurations available). Additional sheets are $5 and memory cards with a variety of poses are available for $45. For more info go to Photos with Santa at Deerfoot City

Friday           10am-1:30pm  |  2:30pm-6:00pm  
Saturday      10:00am-1:30pm  |  2:30pm-6:00pm
Sunday         11am-2:00pm  |  2:30pm-5:00pm

Other activities also include The Curated Holiday Market. Experience Curated, a holiday market including 85+ different emerging market vendors each week, prizes and live entertainment. Market admission is $4, kids 12 and under are free. Learn more about Curated.

Nov 24 – Dec 17   |   Friday to Sunday
Friday          10am-9pm
Saturday     10am-6pm
Sunday        11am-5pm

Deerfoot City Photos with Santa and Curated Holiday Market

Deerfoot City Photos with Santa and Curated Holiday Market

To be Announced. As of November 17th, 2018 the following malls have not announced when and how they will be having their photos with Santa, we are checking this regularly, so please save this page on your browser and check back with usTBA more information will be posted here, so check back with us soon!

7. Westbrook Mall 

Visit Santa at Westbrook Mall! Weekends from December 1 – 24. Located at Centre Court. Santa will be feeding the reindeer between 2 – 2:30pm.1200 37 Street SW. Westbrook Mall

Friday’s & Saturdays 11am – 5 pm
Sundays 12pm – 4pm
Christmas Eve 10am – 4pm

Photo Pricing: 1st Sheet – $20
Each Additional Sheet – $10
USB – $42.00 (includes at least four poses)

Gift items: Snow Globe – $21
4 Item Holiday Photo Gift Set – $21
Magnet or Keychain – $4
Christmas Card – $2
3 – Pack Ornaments – $10
Wood Frames – $25
(plus GST)

WBM Westbrook Mall Calgary-Santa-2018

WBM Westbrook Mall Calgary-Santa-2018

8. Marlborough Shopping

310, 433 Marlborough Way NE.  Marlborough Mall. 

9. Sunridge Mall 

2525 36 Street NE. Holidays for Everyone at Sunridge Nov 23 – Dec 23. Lots of family entertainment each Saturday in December. Saturday, December 8th 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunridge Mall. 

Santa’s Arrival at 11:00 am
Balloon Artist
Face Painters
Selfies with The Grinch and Olaf from Frozen
3D Photo Booth
Saturday, December 15th 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sand Art – you get to keep your creation!
Story Telling with Princesses
3D Photo Booth FOR PETS!!
Saturday, December 22nd 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Magic School – Kids learn and keep their magic trick
Cookie Decorating
3D Photo Booth

10. Northland Village

Sugarplum Lane – Santa Hours Dec 1 – Dec 24. You will find Santa in Sugarplum Lane (next to the food court). There will be many activities such as a visit with Santa, Christmas craft, letter writing to Santa and a treat. The activities are FREE, however, we are suggesting a donation of $5 per child, with all donations going to Habitat for Humanity. There will not be a photographer on site so parents are encouraged to bring their camera to take their own pictures. 5111 Northland Drive NW.  Events at Northland Village Mall.

Sat & Sun hours from 11am – 5pm (break 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Mon – Fri from Dec 03 – Dec 12 from 11am – 5pm (break 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Mon – Fri from Dec 13 – 21 from 11am – 7pm (break 1pm – 1:45pm and 3:45pm – 4:30pm)
Mon, Dec 24 from 10am – 1pm


Or Find Other Christmas Events & Markets:

Global Pet Foods, Photo’s with Santa Event

Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm
As the holiday season is fast approaching you can’t forget about getting photos of your furry family members with Santa! They make for great Christmas cards!
We of course will have the whole store on sale as well.
Santa Photos are only taking place on Sunday the 9th. The sales will be both Saturday and Sunday.
Come join our family and celebrate Christmas with us! starting Monday, Dec. 3.

Global Pet Foods, Photos-with-Santa-and-your-Pets

Global Pet Foods, Photos-with-Santa-and-your-Pets

Calgary Humane Society Pet Photos with Santa 

Located at 4455 110 Avenue SE. By appointment only (no walk ups will be taken) to avoid long line-ups and frustrated Fidos. Santa will be in the building on Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st, 2018 to take holiday photos with you and your pets! (As of November 17th most appointments were already Sold Out)

Time-slots are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. To book, go to the following link Pet Photos with Santa

The session includes a single instant-print portrait. Additional print images will be made available by donation or web images for free download within 1 week. Multiple pets (and people) can appear in the same photo and your session will include approximately 5 images, be creative! Proceeds from photo sessions go to support the over 5,500 animals Calgary Humane Society cares for each year.

Calgary Farmer’s Market

Near Costco / Heritage Meadows. 510 77 Ave SE. Santa Claus will be strolling the market from 11am – 2pm greeting everyone young and old. 2 Dates · Nov 17 & Nov 24 11:00 am. Just follow your ears to the sound of his jingle bells and Ho Ho Ho and you’re sure to find him. He loves taking selfies, giving high fives and comes bearing candy cane treats & holiday specs.

Saturday November 17 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday November 24 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Heritage Park- Once Upon a Christmas

1900 Heritage Drive SW-Once Upon a Christmas

More Info Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park
Saturdays & Sundays, November 24 – December 23, 2018
9:30 am to 4:00 p.m.

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market, more information HERE

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