Best Places in Northern Virginia for Santa Pictures

The Best Places in Northern Virginia for Santa Pictures

November 24, 2019 | Inside Washington {Metro} | By: The Goodhart Group

The Best Places in Northern Virginia for Santa Pictures

Looking for the best places in northern Virginia for Santa pictures? We’ve got you covered!

Whether you are looking for pics with your kids or your pets, here are our recommendations of the best places in Northern Virginia for Santa pictures! Plus, we have some insider tips for making your visit easier – and cheaper.

Tyson’s Corner Center

1961 Chain Bridge Road
Tysons, VA 22102

Both portions of the Tyson’s Corner mall complex offer ongoing Santa photos and breakfasts. Click here for a list of the hours Santa is at Tyson’s Corner Center mall.
For more on the breakfast with Santa at Tyson’s Corner Center in early December, click here.

At Tyson’s Galleria, you can skip the long lines. Simply reserve your photo session online to avoid the crowds. You can also save $5 on the photos when you book your session on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. You can also take the little ones to breakfast with Santa at the Neiman Marcus Cafe, located within the Galleria.

Pentagon City Mall

1100 S. Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Locals rave about the Pentagon City Santa, located in the first-floor courtyard by Nordstrom. Be sure to also check out Pentagon City’s Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Macy’s and Sugar Shack.

Pentagon City Mall also offers pet photos with Santa! Click here for more information.

Deck the Halls with Santa (Part of the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
228 S. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

This much-anticipated event is part of The Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, which we are proud to sponsor. Bring the little ones to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Old Town for arts and crafts, carols, cookies, and storytime with Santa. For more details on Deck the Halls, click here. 

Be sure to read our related article on the best holiday events in Alexandria.

Reston Town Center

11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190

Visit the Reston Town Center on Black Friday for a variety of holiday events for the kids. Start with the Gingerbread Man Mile, a fun run for kids that benefits Neediest Kids.
Santa photos are just $10 each with proceeds benefiting a local non-profit. As an added bonus, the whole family can go ice skating at the Reston Town Center.

Jingle on Lake Anne

Reston, VA
Santa also makes an appearance at Reston’s Jingle on Lake Anne. He arrives by barge to this festive event with music, merchant specials, children’s crafts, cookie & ornament decorating, holiday arts & crafts, and of course, photos. Click here for more information.

Great Falls Celebration of Lights

Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

At the Great Falls Celebration of Lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by antique fire truck! Kids can meet and chat with the big man in addition to enjoying pony rides, a petting zoo, and a living Nativity.

Dulles Town Center

21100 Dulles Town Circle
Sterling, VA 20166

Go visit Santa in a winter wonderland at Dulles Town Center through Christmas Eve. An added bonus here; you can avoid the lines by booking a “fast pass” on the Dulles Town Center website.

Bull Run Festival of Lights

7700 Bull Run Drive
Centreville, VA 20121

Santa makes an appearance at this much loved Northern Virginia event. In addition to a fabulous holiday light display and Santa photos, the festival includes bonfires, s’mores, holiday merchandise and activities, the Holiday Village is fun for the whole family. Click here for festival hours. Insider tip: visit Monday through Thursday at a discounted price and avoid a long wait.

Merrifield Garden Center

8132 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042

Looking for a change from the usual mall visit? Meet Santa at any of the three Merrifield Garden Center locations (Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville) between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Click here for hours.

As an added bonus, Merrifield Garden Center also offers photos for your pup too! Check out Paws with Claus here.


Looking for Alexandria options for pet photos? Word is Old Town School for Dogs, the Del Ray Animal Hospital, and the Potomac Yard Petsmart all offer them as well.

Did we miss your favorite spots the for best places in northern Virginia for Santa pictures? Please let us know so we can check it out!

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