Luckily for kids across Vancouver Island, Santa has a jam-packed schedule in the lead-up to Christmas giving them a chance to get photos with him.
Though December is a busy month for the big guy, Santa has found time in his schedule to take pictures with children, families and pets on the Island.
There is no shortage of chances to meet with him and pass along a Christmas list this year.
Greater Victoria Santa Photos
Starting on Dec. 1, Santa photos are available at the mall daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and evenings starting on Dec. 7. Appointments can be made on the mall’s website. Costs range from $22.50 to $42.50.
Mayfair Shopping Centre
Every day until Dec. 24 Santa will be available for photos at varying times by appointment, which can be booked on Mayfair’s website. He will be taking pictures with pets on Dec. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations cost $28 and photo packages range from $28 to $45.
Royal Oak Shopping Centre
Until Dec. 14, Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on site on Wednesdays, and Fridays taking pictures by the fireplace, hot cocoa stand and Christmas kitchen for $50. Bookings for appointments are available on Breakwater Photography’s website.
From Dec. 5 to Dec. 23 Santa will be available by appointment. Photo packages range from $22.50 to $42.50.
Uptown Shopping Centre
Visits with Santa and photos for up to six family members are available by appointment every day between 10 a.m. to 8 pm., except Sunday which will be offered 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for the visit and photos is $40.
Westshore Town Centre
Daily visits until Dec. 24, except on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, when the Santa photo studio will be closed. The centre has opportunities for those with sensory sensitivities on Dec. 4 and 11, pet photos on Dec. 5, 11, and 13, and family photos without Santa on Dec. 4 and 13. Appointments can be booked on the centre’s website. One printed and digital download photo costs $27.99, with additional print and digital downloads costing $8.99.
Nanaimo Santa Photos
Country Club Centre
From Dec. 2 to 24 Santa will be available to take photos free of charge with your own camera, or the assistant can take pictures for a suggested donation of $5, with proceeds going to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island. There will also be pet photo nights on Dec. 12 to 14, Dec. 19 and 20, for a suggested donation of $5 with proceeds going to Nanaimo SPCA.
Nanaimo North Town Centre
Santa will be at the town centre until Dec. 24, and pet photos will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Photo prices range from $15-$35.
Until Dec. 24, Santa will be at Woodgrove on Wednesday through Sunday with different daily events. Some events are by donation, and professional photos will be offered on Friday to Sundays with prices ranging from $15 to $35.
Do you know of another opportunity for pictures with Santa? Email [email protected] to be added to this list.