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Buying Santa pictures at the mall can be expensive. Luckily there are free Santa pictures in Tucson available for those that live on a budget.
Free Santa Pictures in Tucson
Now keep in mind, most of these free Santa picture opportunities require you to bring you camera or use your phone to take pictures. Santa Claus is just available to visit for free and you must take your own pictures.
Santa at Bookmans
Head to your local Bookmans on the dates below for pictures and story time with Santa. More information here.
Midtown Bookmans, December 8th from 4PM-5PM
Northwest Bookmans, December 14th from 2:30PM-3:30PM
Eastside Bookmans, December 15th from 5PM-6PM
Santa at Kohls
The Oro Valley Kohl’s stores has two special Santa events. Please call your local Kohl’s store to verify if they will be hosting their events on the same days/times. Click a pic with St. Nick and get a gift.
Where: 7785 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley
When: Sunday, December 8th 1-3pm (LEGO gift)
and Sunday, December 15th 1-3pm (Playdoh gift)
Santa Pictures at PetSmart
Free photos with Santa at all PetSmart locations on two different weekends. More information here.
Where: All PetSmart Locations
When December 14, 15, 21 & 22, from 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Santa at Little Anthony’s Diner
Get a free picture with Santa with when you bring in a non-perishable food item to donate to Tucson Community Food Bank. More information here.
Where: 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.
When: December 6th-8th, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM
December 13th – 15th, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM
and December 20th – 22nd from 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Santa at Tanque Verde Swap Meet
Find Santa near the rides area. More information here.
Where: 4100 S. Palo Verde Road, Tucson
When: Saturdays in December 7, 14, and 21 from 7-10PM
Santa at Miracle on Congress Street
Enjoy holiday lights, arts & crafts, music and Santa for free! More information here.
Where: 300 E. Congress St.
When: Fridays, December 6th, 13th and 20th from 4PM – 10PM
Saturdays, December 7th, 14th and 21st from 11AM – 6PM
Sundays, December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 11AM – 6PM
Santa in Main Gate Square
Visit Main Gate Square on several dates in December to meet Santa with his sleigh. Kids can bring their letters to drop off at their magical mail box. No charge for pictures, balloon art, or face painting! More information here.
Where: 943 E University Blvd, Tucson
When: Saturday December 14th from 1PM – 4PM
Sundays, December 8th, 15th, 22nd 1PM – 4PM
and Monday, December 23rd, 1PM – 4PM
Santa at the Historic Depot
Visit with Santa in front of Locomotive 1673 during the 15th annual Holiday Express. At this free event you can listen to a reading of The Polar Express, sing Christmas songs and write a letter to Santa. Find more information here.
Where: 400 North Toole, Tucson
When: Saturday, December 21st. 10AM-3PM.
More Free Tucson Santa Claus Pictures
Cookies with Santa at Ace Hardware
Head over to the Ace Hardware on 22nd and Kolb for a free holiday event that includes pictures with Santa, cookie decorating and arts & crafts. Find more information here.
Where: 6959 E 22nd St, Tucson
When: Saturday, December 7th 10AM-2PM
Santa at Harlow Gardens
Bring your camera to take a picture of your children (and/or pets) with Santa. Your children also get to make their own Christmas ornament to take home. This even is free and no registration required. More info here.
Where: 5620 E. Pima St.
When: Saturday, December 14th 10AM-2PM
More Places to Visit Santa in Tucson
There are a few more ways to see Santa for free if you are already attending special events or venues in Tucson during the holidays. These places require admission or tickets to attend but include a visit with Santa Claus.
Marana Christmas Express
Head out to the Marana Pumpkin Patch for fun Christmas event that includes riding a Christmas Train through holiday light displays, petting zoo, jumping pillow and Christmas Story Time. And of course meet with Santa! More information and tickets here.
Where: 14901 N. Wentz Road, Marana
When: Friday-Sundays December 6th – 22nd from 5PM-9:30
and Monday, December 23rd from 5PM-9:30
Zoo Lights at Reid Park Zoo
Enjoy the Reid Park zoo decorated with over 1 million holiday lights, festive decorations and animal sculptures. Holiday music, hot cocoa and Santa will also be on hand. Find more information and tickets here.
Where: 3400 E Zoo Ct, Tucson
When: December 5th – 23rd and December 26th -30th from 6PM-8PM
Dave & Busters Breakfast with Santa
This event includes a breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa, arts and crafts and video game play. Find more information and tickets here.
Where: 1390 E Tucson Marketplace Blvd, Tucson
When: Sunday, December 15th 9AM-11AM
Pancakes with Santa & Winter Wonderland
Eat a pancake breakfast with Santa at the International Wildlife Museum from 9-10AM for $5 each. Enjoy Winter Wonderland with crafts, reindeer games, pictures with Santa with regular museum admission from 10AM-1PM. Find more information and tickets here.
Where: 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd, Tucson
When: December 7th from 9AM-1PM
Santa’s Extravaganza is a Christmas theme Carnival for kids. Come hang out with the Emcees Elsa, and OIaf. Even take a picture with Santa. Activities include crafts, Christmas movies, obstacle course, cookie decorating, reindeer games and lots more! Find more information and tickets here.
Where: 475 N Granada Avenue, Tucson
When: December 7th from 4PM-9PM
Holiday Party with Santa & Mymo
Enjoy Christmas activities, music and visit with Santa. More information and tickets here.
Where: 7942 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
When: Friday, December 13th 4PM-4:45PM, 5PM-5:45PM
and Saturday, December 21st 4PM-4:45PM, 5PM-5:45PM