Bass Pro Shop:
Both the Pearland and Katy Bass Pro Shop locations host Winter Wonderland from the day after Thanksgiving through December 24th. A photo op with Santa is not the only holiday fun to be had here. Arts and crafts, games, remote control cars, popcorn and more are all on deck for the little ones to enjoy. A stop at this particular spot has become an annual tradition for my own family. My sons are convinced that this is Santa's official address.
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5000 Katy Mills Circle
1000 Basspro Dr.
From November 24th to December 16th, Traders Village celebrates the holiday season with the Holiday Market With Santa Claus. Young ones can score a photo with Santa while grown-ups cross a few names off their Christmas lists in this gigantic open-air flea market setting. Entrance and photo are free and parking is $3.
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7979 N. Eldridge Pkwy.
Learn about sea life, witness white tigers, feast on a breakfast buffet and of course, take a photo with Old Saint Nick at the Downtown Aquarium:. ALso expect live musical entertainment and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Breakfast hours are 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on December 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18-24. Tickets are $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 11 and under. Call to make reservations.
On Saturdays in December from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Santa will ditch his regal chair for a pair of ice skates and stroll along The Ice at Discovery Green with all his adoring fans. Parents are welcome to take photos with Santa and the little ones. Skate rental is $12 (tax included) and there is a 1.5 hour time limit.
Houston, TX 77010
Switch things up and take this year's holiday photo with Chick-fil-A's Santa Cow. Several Houston locations will offer free Christmas photos, breakfast, cookies and coloring pages. Participating restaurants include (but are not limited to) the Cooperfield, Cy-Fair, Meyerland and Kirkwood Chick-fil-A.
If you can't make it out to one of the events mentioned above (or you're trying to kill two holiday birds with one shot), you can always visit jolly ol' Mall Santa. He'll be making his annual appearances at First Colony Mall, Baybrook Mall, Willowbrook Mall and of course the Houston Galleria.
500 Baybrook Mall
Friendswood, TX 77546
2000 Willowbrook Mall
Houston, TX 77070
5085 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77056
Both the Westheimer and Bissonnet locations will be offering free photos with Santa himself throughout December. And for an additional treat for the parents, guests can meet artist Mario Tare, ornament artist for Christopher Radko. Bring in your ornament or purchase one at Bering's and have the artist don it with his signature.
November 24, 25, December 1,2,8,9,15 and 16
noon to 4 p.m.