Santa! Where to get pics with him in Boise, Meridian and Nampa this season


Looking for Santa Photos, Boise? How about Meridian and Nampa? Mr. Claus is prepping for his pre-Christmas visits to Boise and the Treasure Valley. Here’s where to see the big guy and get pictures with your little girls and boys (or fluffy ones).

Downtown Boise

Ever since Macy’s closed up shop after Christmas 2009, the city’s core has been without a permanent camp for Santa. But DL Evans Bank hosts him for two limited engagements during the Christmas season.

  • First Thursday, December 5 – 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday, December 7 – 10am-2pm

Photos with Santa are free, but donations are accepted for the Women’s & Children’s Alliance.

Santa photos at Boise Towne Square

Boise Santa Photos
Santa’s setup at Boise Towne Square

The 1,749-year-old Claus will spend quite a bit of time at the center court of Boise Towne Square between now and Christmas. The mall allows parents to reserve a time to cut down on line-standing time.

Claus-visiting hours from November 9 through December 14:

  • Monday-Saturday – Noon-8pm (with a break from 3-4pm)
  • Sunday – Noon-6pm (with a break from 2:30-3pm)

December 15 – December 23:

  • Monday-Sunday – 9am-9pm (breaks 12-12:45pm and 3:45pm-4:30pm)

Christmas Eve December 24:

  • 9am-4pm (break 12:30-1:30pm)

Pet nights!

  • Bring your pets for a photo with Santa on November 25, December 2, December 9 or December 16 from 5pm-close.
  • Pet reservations here.

The mall has a variety of photo packages available for purchase.

[Mr. Potato Head once ran for mayor of Boise. He just couldn’t get a head]

Village at Meridian

Village at Meridian Santa photos

The Jolly Old Elf (wait… is he an elf?) has plopped down in a custom house at the Village at Meridian in recent years, complete with a tiny ice skating rink and hourly fountain show.

This year, the man in red already started welcoming kids.

  • Monday-Saturday – noon-7pm
  • Sunday – noon-5pm
  • Christmas Eve – 10am-4pm

Santa sneaks off to feed the reindeer each day between 3:30 and 4pm. The line is cut off each day at 7pm, except Sundays when the line will end at 5pm.

Picture packages are also available at the Village starting at $15.95, though visits do not require a purchase. You can call the Village concierge at (208) 501-8207 for a line status update. The Village urges folks to visit earlier in the season.

Winter Garden aGlow

The Idaho Botanical Garden will host the world’s fastest gift-giver on select nights throughout the annual festival of lights. The details aren’t public yet, but when they are you should be able to find them here.

Winter Garden aGlow starts Thanksgiving Day November 22 and runs through the end of the year.

Festival of Trees Boise Santa photos

Santa will nestle himself among the trees at this annual fundraiser for Saint Alphonsus Health System. Photos are available with a donation, though seeing Santa requires admission to the Festival at the Boise Centre.

  • Wednesday, November 27 – 10am-8pm
  • Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving) – 2pm-8pm
  • Friday, November 29 – 10am-8pm
  • Saturday, November 30 – 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, December 1 – 10am-8pm

Kids can also create a Christmas card in the North Pole Village and participate in other family-friendly activities.

Canyon County Festival of Trees

Claus brings his happy smile to the Canyon County Festival of Trees throughout the annual event at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

  • Friday, November 29th – 1pm-6pm
  • Saturday, November 30 – Noon-4pm
  • Sunday, December 1 – 12pm-3pm

Zoo Boise – Claus ‘n’ Paws

The zoo in Julia Davis Park opens its doors to the public for free on Saturday, December 7 from 10am-5pm. Santa will pose for pictures starting at 11am, and kids can get their photo taken for a donation to benefit the zoo and its conservation programs.

Bark ‘N’ Purr pet pics with Santa

The pet store in Boise’s Vista Village will get the guy in fluffy clothing to sit down with your pets in fluffy fur.  This stop will be at Bark ‘N’ Purr in Boise’s Vista Village. Come by December 1 from 10am-4pm and December 2 from 10am-2pm.  Donations will benefit Conrad Strays.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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