Where to Visit with Santa in Austin for Free

Santa Trail of LightsAustin Trail of Lights
Daily through December 22 from 7-10 p.m. |  Zilker Park, Austin
Visit the North Pole at the Trail of Lights to share your holiday wish list with Santa and Mrs. Claus and get a FREE photo!  Digital photos will be emailed or texted. Entry to the Trail of Lights is FREE from December 8-15. From December 16-22, general admission is $3 for guests age 12 and up, online or at H-E-B stores. Children 11 and under are FREE every night! Parking passes and shuttle tickets are also available online.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (Round Rock)
Daily through December 24; hours vary   |    Bass Pro Shops, 200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock
The first digital 4×6 photo with Santa is FREE!  Additional photos available for purchase. See Santa’s schedule here.



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Free Photos with Santa at Hill Country Galleria (Bee Cave)
Daily through December 24; hours vary | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
Meet Santa and tell him what you want for the holidays! Kids of all ages are welcome; pets are welcome too! Bring your own camera and take fun holiday photos! There is no charge for this event as you will be taking your own photos. No professional photographer on-site. Check here for hours. FREE!

Free Photos with Santa at Pflugerville Community Church (Pflugerville)
December 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  |    Pflugerville Community Church, Bldg. 1 Foyer, 1214 Pfennig Lane, Pflugerville
This event is open to the community. All are welcome to come take FREE photos with Santa! In addition, there will be a “make up” photo session on Sunday, December 13 from 1-3 p.m.

Crockett High School Fine Arts Winter Showcase
December 11 from 6-8 p.m.   |    Crockett High School, 5601 Manchaca Rd, Austin
Fun and festivities for the whole community. Games and activities for all ages! Bean Bag Toss, face painting, Arts & Crafts, visit with Santa and more! FREE admission. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served. 

Breakfast with Santa at Lakeline Mall (Cedar Park)
December 12 from 8:30-10 a.m. | Dillard’s Women’s Court, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park
Enjoy a FREE breakfast with Santa. Note that photos are not free at this event. Photo packages available for purchase. Make an appointment for photos.

Breakfast with Santa at the Arboretum
December 12 from 9 a.m. – noon | 10000 Research Blvd, Austin
Join Santa for a light breakfast and enjoy holiday music, games and other festive activities including a special visit from the Peppermint Princess! The event is FREE and open to the general public. Please note that the event is outdoors. Visit the Facebook event page for weather updates.

Cookies with Santa at 26 Doors
December 12 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  |    Frost 26 Doors Financial Center, 1206 W 38th St, Austin
Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel – no matter what moniker you prefer to use for this holiday season’s head honcho, Frost invites families to jingle on over to the nearest participating Frost Financial Center for a chance to enjoy a sweet treat with the big guy in red. Guests can nosh on holiday cookies and coffee next to the tree as they await their chance to cozy up to jolly St. Nick during “Cookies With Santa” at Frost. Families are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture this special holiday moment. FREE and open to the public.

Cookies with Santa in North Austin
December 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  |  Frost North Austin Financial Center, 111 E Anderson Ln, Austin
Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel – no matter what moniker you prefer to use for this holiday season’s head honcho, Frost invites families to jingle on over to the nearest participating Frost Financial Center for a chance to enjoy a sweet treat with the big guy in red. Guests can nosh on holiday cookies and coffee next to the tree as they await their chance to cozy up to jolly St. Nick during “Cookies With Santa” at Frost. Families are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture this special holiday moment. FREE and open to the public.

Christmas Market Winter Fest (Kyle)
December 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.   |   Cross Plants and Produce, 705 North Old Highway 81, Kyle
Get in the Christmas spirit at Cross Plants and Produce. Bring your family and friends to this fun Christmas event. Admission is FREE. Fees apply to some activities. FREE photos with Santa from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (bring your own camera). Do some shopping with local vendor booths, have your picture taken with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa, snacks, face painting, free Christmas photo areas, Farmer’s Market, and more!

Pug Rescue Austin’s “Let it Snore”
December 12 from 1-4 p.m.   |    Austin Canine Central, 5402 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin
Bring your family and furry friends out to celebrate the holiday season in true pug fashion! The event is FREE so don’t miss out! There will be photos with Texas Santa, a pugly sweater contest presented by the Austin Pug Club, a raffle, and a selfie photo booth.

Free Photos with Santa (Hutto)
December 12 from 3-5 p.m.   |  The Downtown Hall of Fame, 205 East St, Hutto
Get your photo taken with Santa for FREE!

An Afternoon with Santa (Pflugerville)
December 12 from 3-5 p.m.    |  Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W Pfluger St, Pflugerville
Spend an afternoon with Santa. Bring your own camera, take your own pictures, and work on holiday crafts together. All ages are welcome. FREE and open to the public. Materials available while supplies last.

Holiday Party at Cepeda Branch
December 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  |   APL – Cepeda Branch, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin
Santa! Treats! Crafts! Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. so bring your camera to capture a photo with him. Special performance by Brooke Elementary School’s Ballet Folklorico. FREE!

Holiday Fiesta at Southeast Branch
December 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. |    APL – Southeast Branch, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd, Austin
Join Austin Public Library for fun and refreshments at our Holiday Fiesta! Create holiday crafts, enjoy our Youth Librarian Band, Echo and the Bats at 6:45 PM and bring your camera to take photos with Santa. FREE!

Holiday Open House at Little Walnut Creek Branch
December 17 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.   |    Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln., Austin
Joe McDermott, a long time Austin singer-songwriter for children will provide family musical entertainment. After Joe’s performance, Santa will arrive for picture taking. Snacks will be provided. BYOC – bring your own camera – to take a picture with Santa! FREE!

Night Before Christmas Break with Santa
December 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  |    Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street, Austin
Santa would like to invite all the boys and girls to play FREE reindeer games and visit with him!  This event is outdoors, so dress warm.  The rain date is December 19 from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

Cookies with Santa
December 19 from 9-11 a.m.  |  Oswaldo A. B. Cantu / Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East Third St., Austin
Kids 10 and under can decorate cookies, enjoy hot chocolate, and meet Santa for FREE!

Christmas Dreams & Snowy Things (Round Rock)
December 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. |  Chasco Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays Street, Round Rock
Snow is coming to Round Rock! FREE admission! Appearance by Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Holiday Open House at Pleasant Hill Branch
December 19 from 1-3 p.m.  |   APL – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin
Enjoy refreshments, crafts for the kids and a visit by Santa Claus. FREE!

Santa Special at the Carver Museum
December 19 from 1-3 p.m.   |    The George Washington Carver Museum Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, TX 78702
Presented by The George Washington Carver Ambassadors and The George Washington Carver Museum Cultural and Genealogy Center. FREE photos with Santa! Call (512)974-4926 to RSVP by Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Breakfast with Santa at Round Rock Premium Outlets (Round Rock)
December 20 from 9-10 a.m. | 4401 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, Round Rock
Children are treated to a special Breakfast with Santa, complete with entertainment and crafts! Breakfast is FREE, but photos are not. Photo packages will be available for purchase.

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