Photos with Santa at the mall in Calgary – 2020

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

2020 Santa at the Mall in Calgary

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

CrossIron Mills – Bass Pro Shops

Santa’s Wonderland  located inside at Bass Pro Shops opens Nov 7, 2020 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 is an acrylic barrier in place between Santa and families at all times. 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 7th, 2020. 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 21, 2020. Santa will be located on his Ski Gondola in the Food Lodge this year. Social distance friendly professional photos.

Thursdays – Sundays from Nov 21 – Dec 24.
Guests can also opt for a complimentary self-serve Family Photo on Tuesdays without Santa.
All photos are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – no walk ups.


Santa arrives at the Holly Jolly Tree Farm located on the upper level by Hudson’s Bay and H&M. Southcentre centre court on Nov 13th this year during all mall hours.

Reservations are required. Visits with Santa are socially distanced. Professional photos only ($23+)

Southcentre is also offering sensory friendly visits with Santa again this year and pets with paws photos with Santa at select times.

The Core

Santa will be taking distanced photos from the back of the CORE’s holiday truck on weekends from Friday, November 27 – Sunday, December 20.

Chinook Centre

Chinook Centre is not offering Santa photos for 2020.

Market Mall

Market Mall is not offering Santa photos for 2020.

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17 thoughts on “Photos with Santa at the mall in Calgary – 2020”

  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.

  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.

  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.

    • 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!

  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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