Photos with Santa at the mall in Calgary – 2021

Photos with Santa are very different this year. Some malls have cancelled their photo ops altogether, but others are hosting an alternate experience.

Photos below are from previous years and may be different than this year’s Santa experience.

2021 Santa at the Mall in Calgary

Photos are from previous years. The set up may be different this year and Santa visits are contactless.

CrossIron Mills – Bass Pro Shops

Santa’s Wonderland  located inside at Bass Pro Shops opens Nov 14, 2021 and offers – a free 4×6 photo with Santa. with the option of purchasing picture packages in store or when you get home. During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and bring home free holiday craft activity kits while supplies last.

The Magic Santa Shield – an acrylic barrier in place between Santa and families at all times. Reservations are required. Reservations are required.

Bass Pro - Photos with Santa at the Mall Calgary

Cabela’s at Deerfoot City

Cabela’s is in the Deerfoot City complex (on the South West side near Canadian Tire). They have a traditional Santa this year with a set-up similar to Bass Pro in Cross Iron. Santa arrives on November 13th, 2021. You receive a free 4×6 photo with Santa and they have some kids crafts as well to take home as well.

Cabela’s is also using The Magic Santa Shield – an acrylic barrier in place between Santa and families at all times. Reservations are required.

Deerfoot City (Deerfoot Mall)

Santa will be at Deerfoot City (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) beginning on November 27, 2021. Santa will be located in the Food Lodge this year, Santa will be sitting in his big red chair and the kids can sit on oversized presents next to Santa. Social distance friendly professional photos.

There is plexiglass between guests and Santa. Santa will be wearing a special masks and all guests are asked to wear their masks for the full duration of their visit.


All photos are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – no walk ups. Reservation fee required when booking which is applied to photo purchase.

Southcentre

Santa arrives at the Enchanted Forest at centre court on November 12th. To keep Santa and our guests safe, there will be a plexiglass placed between guests and Santa. Santa will be wearing a special mask and we thank you for wearing your masks (ages 2 and up) for the entirety of your visit including the photo. Clear masks are available for a donation to Meals on Wheels.

Reservations are required. Visits with Santa are socially distanced. Photo packages available to purchase. You can also send letters to Santa at their special mailbox.

Southcentre is also offering sensory friendly visits with Santa (Monday – Saturday, 9:30am – 10am) again this year and pets with paws photos with Santa (Monday – Saturday 8pm – 9pm).

The Core

Santa will be taking distanced photos from the back of the CORE’s holiday truck on Friday, November 26. No appointment required. Photos are complementary, however donations are being collected for the Mustard Seed. You can even print a complementary photo from your phone while you are there.

Santa Hours:

  • November 26 (Black Friday): 12PM – 5PM
  • November 27 & 28: 12PM – 5PM
  • December 4 & 5; 11 &12; 18 & 19: 12PM – 5PM

Santa will take a cookie break daily from 2:30PM – 2:45PM

Chinook Centre

Santa is back this year at Chinook Centre near Hudson’s Bay, on November 19th, 2021. Visits with Santa are by reservation only and a $5 fee will apply to each booking. Individuals 12 years and older must provide their REP QR code and individuals 18 and older must provide government issued photo ID. All booking fees will be donated to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and CF will be matching your donation.

You can take photos with your own camera/phone or buy packages from the photographer on site.

Market Mall

Santa is back this year at Market Mall, near Sephora, on November 19th, 2021. Visits with Santa are by reservation only and a $5 fee will apply to each booking. Individuals 12 years and older must provide their REP QR code and individuals 18 and older must provide government issued photo ID. All booking fees will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alberta and CF will be matching your donation.

You can take photos with your own camera/phone or buy packages from the photographer on site.

Sunridge Mall

Every Saturday and Sunday in December until Christmas, Santa will be at Sunridge from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. You can find Santa in his Sleigh in the West Parking Lot beside Fit4Less.

They have a special photobooth inside where you can capture your family photo while you wait for your turn to see Santa. And the kids can interact with The Grinch and Olaf from Frozen as well. Visitors are asked to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation to The Calgary Food Bank in lieu of payment for photos.

Each child that sees Santa receives a Sunridge goodie bag filled with fun activities and retailer coupons for Mom and Dad too! (Quantities are limited, while supplies last)

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17 thoughts on “Photos with Santa at the mall in Calgary – 2021”

  1. Heritage Park has an AWESOME Santa set up in Gasoline Alley. No rushed visits like in the shopping malls Great ideas for gifts all over the park. Way better than last year at the malls rushed vist and we had the option of professional or take your own pictures. Please add this option even though it’s only weekends it was an awesome family day and the Grandkids loved it…..almost as much as Grandpa.

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  2. Just a heads up to everyone, we had a terrible experience at Southcentre Mall for our Santa photos. He was the worst. He barely said hi to our son, he was so distracted and not paying attention. There was a group of young boys trying to get his attention from the second floor balcony and he was completely focused on them for our whole session. i had walked up to him, sat down and they had taken a picture all with him still looking up and singing to these other kids. The girl taking the photo had to snap at him and tell him to pay attention so we could get a photo with him actually looking at the camera. and when my son got nervous and scared he just said ‘it’s not gonna work’ and turned to look for the next kid, completely dismissing us before we were even done. Very disappointed with the experience, as my son was so excited to meet him and he was totally ignored.

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  3. Went to Westbrook Mall this weekend and was ambushed only after we had placed our kids on and beside Santa that you had to buy their photos starting at $25. Is that not outrageous! Scenery was okay, but the Santa doesn’t smile.

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    • For places where you don’t take your own photos the prices are typically around there. Deerfoot is only slightly less expensive at a minimum of $22.

      I wish they would post the rates on their websites but they usually don’t.

  4. I have heard that the Santa who has done photos at Market Mall the past few years, is not the same one for 2019. Any idea where the old santa might be doing his gig? Or how is the new Santa at Market Mall? The old Santa was great with our son that past 2 years and did a great job making the photos work!

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  5. Photo with Santa at Cabela’s this year 2020 doesn’t turn out nice. People is not in the center, part of body got cut out. My friend use her phone taking for turn out better. Her picture from Cabela’s is the same. Disappointed.

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