Pets are part of the family, and Christmas is a family affair—so, of course, you want your pet to take photos with Santa Claus! In addition to being an adorable memento of the 2021 Christmas season with your fur-baby, you can also get prints to use as the cutest Christmas cards your friends and family will get this year. We found all the places where you can get pet photos with Santa near you for Christmas 2021!
There are a few important things to remember and prepare for when taking your pet to take a photo with the man with the bag: Is your pet comfortable around large groups of people? Do they behave well around other animals? Are they housebroken? If so, fantastic! On the other hand, if your pet gets skittish around strangers, pees when it gets excited, or is a little too protective—and especially if your pet has a bite history—it may be best to get a pal with whom your pet is comfortable with all ready to dress up as Santa to take photos at home.
Of course, being that it’s 2021, there are other concerns this year as the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing and protective face masks are still a must, and unfortunately, far fewer pet shops and pet-friendly photo shoots are available this year. Still, you’re not totally out of options—you may just have to get a little more creative or travel a little further. Be sure to also check your local pet rescues and animal shelters, which often host pet photos with Santa (and usually donate the proceeds to animals in need). Find a list here of rescues near you.
Virtual Pet Pictures With Santa 2021
The COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to be festive and creative. Virtual pet pics with Santa are an option for 2021!
Create Holiday Magic
Create Holiday Magic lets you upload your pet’s photo, and they do the rest of the hard work of getting your canine or kitty in frame with jolly old St. Nick. They have several package options for the ideal holiday photo of your critter.
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You can get a free virtual Santa visit for your pet, including a selfie, through Dec. 24, 2021, from Macy’s.
SantaPix lets you upload a photo of your pet and choose from a ton of amazing backgrounds to make sweet, silly, and super-festive holiday photos. The app will be available for Apple and Android devices on Nov. 20, 2020.
Where Can Pets Get Pictures With Santa?
A great first place to look for pet photos with Santa is at your local animal shelter. Many animal shelters and rescue organizations offer pet photos with Santa as fundraisers and to raise awareness of the sweet critters in their care. Bring a donation and snap away—and maybe take home a new furry friend while you’re there.
No shelters in your area offering pet pics with jolly old Saint Nick? No problem. You have other options! These businesses all offer pet photos with Santa, but bear in mind: Locations for pet photos with Santa can vary, and you want to be sure to contact each place you’re interested in snapping photos of Fido to be sure pets are allowed in at that specific date and time. Additionally, be sure to check in before heading out to make sure there haven’t been any COVID-related cancellations.
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Here Are All the Places That Your Pet Can Take Pics With Santa for Christmas 2021:
Pet Photos With Santa at PetSmart
For three weekends beginning Dec. 4, 2021, bring your pet to PetSmart between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time for a free photo with Santa. You can add fun filters using the PetSmart app. Book a timeslot here.
Pet Photos With Santa at Cabela’s
Pets are generally welcomed in Cabela’s stores to take photos with Santa, but that policy can vary by location, as some outlets and malls have their own pet policies—so be sure to check with your local store before heading out! Make a reservation here.
Pet Photos With Santa at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops generally welcome pets to take photos with Santa, but it’s important to check with your local shop of choice, as some locations cannot host animals due to mall or outlet policies. Pet photos with Santa are free, contactless, and require an appointment in advance.
Pet Photos With Santa at Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming
Select Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming locations will offer pet pics with Santa through their Santa Paws events throughout December. Contact the location nearest to you to check availability, dates, and times.
Pet Photos With Santa at Woof Gang Bakery
Pet Photos With Santa at Pet Food Express
Pet Photos With Santa at Framebridge at Westside Provisions District
Framebridge at Westside Provisions District in Atlanta will host pet photos with Santa event on Dec. 11, 2021 The cost of getting a photo taken by Nina Parker Photography, along with a digital file to keep, is covered by a single frame purchase from Framebridge.
Pet Photos With Santa at Roosevelt Field Mall
Get pet photos with Santa at Roosevelt Field Mall on Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please have your pet leashed or crated and enter through Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Pet Photos With Santa at Smith Haven Mall
Pet photos with Santa are available at the Smith Haven Mall on Dec. 5 and 12, 2021, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 19, 2021, from 9 to 10 p.m. Use the entrance labeled with a “Pet Photo” sign outside in the corner between Macy’s Furniture Gallery and the previous Sears store.
Pet Photos With Santa at Inland Center
On Dec. 6 and 13, 2021, from 4 to 8 p.m., bring your pet for a photo with Santa at Inland Center in the Center Court.
Pet Photos With Santa at Barton Creek Square
Barton Creek Square offers pet photos with Santa on Dec. 5, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Pet Photos With Santa at La Plaza Mall
Take pet photos with Santa at La Plaza Mall on Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pet Photos With Santa at Las Vegas South Premium Outlets
Las Vegas South Premium Outlets offer pet pictures with Santa on Dec. 12 and 19, 2021, from 8 to 9 p.m.
Pet Photos With Santa at Lenox Square
Sit and stay for pet photos with Santa outside Macy’s at Lenox Square on Dec. 5, 2021, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please use the main entrance for your and Fido’s visit.
Pet Photos With Santa at Southpark
Pets can pose with Santa at the Santa Photo Station at Southpark from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2021.
Pet Photos With Santa at Stoneridge Shopping Center
Pet Photos With Santa at The Galleria
The Galleria hosts pet photos with Santa on Dec. 5, 2021, from 7 to 8 p.m. Please enter from the Red/Green Garage.
Pet Photos With Santa at The Westchester
Bring your pet for Santa pics at The Westchester on Dec. 5, 2021, from 7 to 8 p.m. Please use the North Paulding St. entrance.
Pet Photos With Santa at The Shops at Mission Viejo
Pet photos with Santa are available at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Dec. 5, 2021, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please use the entrance near the Cheesecake Factory and be sure your pet is leashed.
Pet Photos With Santa at Treasure Coast Square
Treasure Coast Square hosts pet photos with Santa on Dec. 5, 2021, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Please use the entrance near Forever 21, and keep your pet leashed or in a carrier until photo time.
Holiday Pet Photos at Waikele Premium Outlets
Dress up your pet and snap photos of them at the Waikele Premium Outlets photo center through December. Please keep your pet on a non-retractable leash (six feet maximum), and be sure to clean up after your critter.
Pet Photos With Santa at Earthwise Pet Yakima
Earthwise Pet Yakima hosts pet photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 2021. Your pet can get photos with The Grinch on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pet Photos With Santa at University Village Seattle
University Village in Seattle offers pet photos with Santa from Dec. 6 through Dec. 11, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays). You must wear a mask, and your dog must be leashed. Reservations are recommended, and digital copies are $48.
Pet Photos With Santa at Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Get pet photos with Santa at Fashion Outlets of Chicago on Tuesdays in December from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pet Photos With Santa at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital
Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland, will host a Paws and Claus picture and meet and greet on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in exchange for a $10 donation to benefit Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue. There will also be adoptable pets on hand in case you want to give and get even more love this holiday season (and furever).
Pet Photos With Santa at Parkway Pooch
Shore Saves (a Monmouth County, New Jersey rescue) is hosting a pet photo with Santa event on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parkway Pooch in Brick, New Jersey. Bring your leashed and collared pets and snag a photo with St. Nick for a $10 donation benefiting the rescue.