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Pet Pictures with Santa in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois


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Nowadays people want pet pictures not just of their children with Santa but with their pets as well. Many people consider their dogs and cats as cherished members of the family. Because of this pet pictures with Santa have become almost a fad. A number of malls, as well as stores and animal shelters are now offering this service to the public. Most places only allow dogs or dogs and cats to be photographed, but some places have gone so far to allow just about any species to have their picture taken with Santa. We are not sure how he feels when someone shows up with their pet cobra, alligator or skunk but it could be interesting.


Arlington Heights

Photos with Santa Paws in Arlington Heights
Saturday, December 3rd, 10th & 14th, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 11 am to 3 pm
Sponsor: The Buddy Foundation
Event at: 65 West Seegers Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 290-5808

Cost: $7.50 donation per picture
Bring the pets and kids for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Be sure to stop by our Holiday boutique and bake sale and help the Buddy Foundation with this fund raiser.


Pet & Kids Pictures with Santa in Bensenville
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Santa Pet & Kids Pictures Hours: Kids 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm & Pets 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Sponsor: Bensenville Park District
Event at: Deer Grove Leisure Center
1000 West Wood Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
(630) 766-7015
registration required
Cost: $7 for residents or non-residents
Bring your pets and the kids in for a visit and picture and a special treat from Santa Claus. Be sure your pets are on a leash or in a box or cage.


Pet Portraits with Santa                                                                                     at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale
Monday, December 7th & 14th 2015

Santa Pet Hours : 6 pm to 8 pm
Sponsor: Picture People
Event at: Stratford Square Mall
Lower Level in Center Court
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 582-4120
No reservations required
Cost: Call Pet People for prices
On Sunday nights, which are pet nights families and their pets can visit Santa and have their pictures as well as their cats' and dogs' pictures taken with Santa. Note, Only cats and dogs on leashes are allowed.


Photos of Santa with Your Pet at Paws Meets Claus
at Northfield Square Mall Bourbonnais
Sunday, December 4th 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Sponsor: Northfield Square Mall
Event at: 1600 North State Route 50
Bourbononnais, IL 60914
reservations not required
(815) 937-4111
Cost: Photo package prices apply
Come and see Santa at Center Court on a special day and time at the mall and have our photographer document the event with a special holiday photo.




Pet Pictures with Santa in Burbank
Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 11 am to 12 pm
Sponsor: Burbank Park District
Newcastle Park Recreation Center
8050 South Newcastle
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 599-2070
Cost: $5
Santa will be at the Newcastle Recreation Center for one hour only to get pictures with his furry friends. The photos will be processed while you wait. Pre-registration is not required.


Pet Pictures with Santa at the Red Door Animal Shelter
Winter Bazaar in Chicago
Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Santa Pet Hours: 11am to 4pm
Sponsor: Red Door Animal Shelter
Event at: Warren Park Fieldhouse
6601 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 764-2242
Note: While there is no cost to attend this event
pictures of Santa with pets or people are $15 each

Advance reservations are not required
This free event features a cookie walk with hot cider and coffee, arts and crafts vendors. All proceeds benefit the dogs, cats and rabbits at Red Door Animal Shelter. FREE PARKING.


                                                   Photo courtesy Red Dog Animal Shelter

Photos of Your Pets and Santa at Doggy Style in Chicago
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 12 Noon - 5 pm
Sponsor Doggy Style Pet Shop
2023 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622-3157
Reservations recommended
(773) 235-9663
Cost: $15 Donation to Alive Rescue
Get your pets picture with Santa Claus and help support Alive Rescue at the same time. You’ll be given a copy of your photo and will be emailed electronic copies of all your pet photos.


                                                             Photo courtesy Alive Rescue

Photos with Santa & Your Pets in Chicago                                                  Metropolitan Veterinary Center
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 2 pm - 6 pm
Sponsor Metropolitan Veterinary Center
1556 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 583-1921 Fo Information
Cost:FREE SANTA EVENT                                                                                Donations accepted but not required
Bring your pets and children for a free 5" X 7" photo with Santa and a great afternoon at the Metropolitan Veterinary Center.


Photos with Santa and Your Pet at
the Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire in Evanston

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
Santa Pet Hours: 11 am – 5 pm
Sponsor: Community Animal Rescue Effort
Event at: Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 705-2653

The Holiday C.A.R.E. Faire is your chance to get Santa Claus pictures with your dog or cat, to stock up on home made cookies or to get gifts for your pets. Donations of canned pet food would be appreciated by the Evanston Animal Shelter.

Photo courtesy Community Animal Rescue Effort Evanston


Glen Ellyn

Pictures with Talons and Claus
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
Sponsor: Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S. Park Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 942-6200
Cost: $10 per photo
Get a picture of Santa with his wildlife friends ($10 for the photo) at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Note, photos with personal pets are not being taken at this event Registration is not required.


                                      Photo courtesy Willowbrook Wildlife Center


Santa at Pet Photo Night in Gurnee
Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 7pm to 9pm Event at: Gurnee Mills Mall                                         6170 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 263-7500                                                                  Cost: Call Gurnee Mills Mall for information on photo package pricing.
Santa will be having photos with dogs and cats on Sunday, December 11th at Gurnee Mills Mall.


Pet Night with Santa at Louis Joliet Mall
Friday, December 4th & 11th, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 7 pm to 9 pm
Sponsor: Louis Joliet Mall
3340 Mall Loop Drive
Joliet, IL 60435 reservations are not required for information (815) 439-1001
Cost: Regular photo package prices will apply
Four-legged family members want to see Santa, too. Furry friends attending Pet Night must be leashed or in a carrier at all times and use the mall entrance near Cinemark Theaters.


Pet Night with Santa at Lincolnwood Town Center
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 6pm to 8pm
Sponsor: Lincolnwood Town Center
Event at: 3333 W Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
(847) 674-9220
Lincolnwood Town Center is located at the intersection of Touhy Avenue and McCormick Boulevard in Lincolnwood, Illinois.
reservations are not required
Cost: Regular photo package prices will apply
Bring your dogs and cats in for a special night to get pictures with Santa after regular mall closing.


Pet Night with Santa at Yorktown Center
Sunday, December 4th & December 11th, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sponsort: Yorktown Center
Event at: Yorktown Mall
Highland Avenue and Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 629-7330
For additional information click on the following link.
reservations are not required
Cost: Regular photo package prices will apply
Hey, pets love Santa too! Two nights this year have been set aside for Santa to pose for pictures with pets at Yorktown. Pet owners can get in the pictures if they would like. Owners and pets will be allowed to enter after mall hours, but may line up earlier at entrance 5 next to Egg Harbor Cafe. Domestic animals only


Santa at Pet Night at Riverwalk in Naperville
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 5 - 8 pm
Naperville IL 60540
(630) 848-5000 to reserve a time for your pet
Santa House location
Jackson Ave. & Webster St.
(along the Riverwalk)
reservations required
Cost: $8 per photo or two
for $15 - cash or checks only
Pet Day at Naperville Park District's Santa House
Riverwalk, Jackson Avenue Photos
Bring your dog or cat to the Santa House on the Riverwalk, get their picture taken with Santa Claus and they will receive a treat.


                     Santa at Pet Night at Riverwalk in Naperville

                         Photo courtesy Naperville Park District


Pet Pictures with Santa at Golf Mill Shopping Center
Monday, November 23rd & 30th                                                               December 7th, 14th, & 21st 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 5 pm to 8 pm
239 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714
(847) 699-1070
Cost: FREE SANTA EVENT - Note: Regular photo prices apply
Bring your pet any Monday evening starting November 18th through December 23rd to be photographed with Santa Claus. Golf Mill will provide costumes. Please, no exotic pets. Dogs must be leashed & cats crated. Personal cameras are ok if you purchase a photo package.


St. Nick's Pet Pictures at Northbrook Court
Monday, November 14th, 21st & 28th
December 5th, & 12th 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 6 pm to Santa set closing
2171 Northbrook Court
Northbrook, IL 60062
fronting on Lake Cook Road
(847) 498-8161
Reservations not required
Cost: Regular photo prices apply
Make sure to spread the holiday cheer to your four-legged family member at Northbrook Court. Dogs and cats (only) are welcome to meet Santa and have their photo taken as well. Join us for some holiday fun at Northbrook Court.


                                       Santa at Pet Night at Northbrook Court

Photos with Santa Paws at Heartland Animal Shelter
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: 11am to 2pm
Heartland Animal Shelter
2975 Milwaukee Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 296-6400
Reservations not required
Click here for a link to the photos with Santa Paws page.
Cost: For a $5 donation, you and your pet(s) can have a holiday picture taken.
Get a photo taken of you and your pet with Santa Paws. You can also visit with our wonderful animals and enjoy some holiday cheer. Electronic photos will be emailed after the event.


                                               photo courtesy Heartland Animal Shelter

Orland Park

Pet Pictures with Santa in Orland Square
Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Sponsor: Orland Square Mall
Event at: 288 Orland Square Drive
(at Lake View Drive)
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 349-1646 For more information: Click here.
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: Photo picture prices apply
Bring your furry friends to Orland Square to have their picture taken with Santa! Please enter through the upper level mall entrance near Sears or the upper level mall entrance near Macy's.


Pet Pictures with Santa in Palatine
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Sponsor: Salt Creek Rural Park District
Event at: Twin Lakes Clubhouse
1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive
Palatine, IL 60074
pre-registration required
(847) 259-6890 For more information:
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: $10
Here’s a chance for your pet to meet Santa and get their picture taken with him. Picture comes with a frame and your pet will get a treat. Additional dogs are $1 each.


 photo courtesy Salt Creek Rural Park District


Santa Paws and Picture
Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Sponsor: Roselle Park District
Event at: Clauss Recreation Center
555 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Roselle, IL 60172
pre-registration required - online registration not available
For information: (630) 894-4200
Time: 10 am - 12pm
Cost: $5 for pooch pass holder; $8 for non-pooch pass holder
Grab a Santa hat and get some reindeer antlers! Dress up your pooch for a picture perfect photo shoot. Santa will be dressed in red from head to toe, and his jolly elves will take a picture of you and your pup on his lap. Don’t forget your camera to snap a few pictures to keep for yourself. If you are not a Roselle Park District Pooch Pass holder, or have not attended a dog event during the 2014 calendar year, proof of vaccinations is needed at time of registration.  Pre-registration is required to guarantee a picture with Santa. Fee includes refreshments for you, a treat for your dog, and a souvenir photo.

Pets Pictures with Santa
Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Santa Pet & Kids Pictures Hours: 11 am to 3pm
Sponsor: Purr Photography
Event at: Roselle Animal Hospital                                                                                  25W571 Lake Street
Roselle, IL 60172
847-977-9774 questions? Contact Purr Photography
Cost: Your donation will make the holidays brighter for homeless pets
Bring your pets and the kids in for a visit with Santa and get your holiday photos. You can get photos of the kids with their pets, just the pets or just the kids. Great for Christmas cards. Be sure your pets are on a leash or in a box or cage. All proceeds benefit homeless dogs and cats.


                                                               Photo courtesy Purr Photography

St. Charles

Animal House Veterinary Hospital Pet Pictures with Santa
Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 10 am to 2 pm
Sponsor: Animal House Veterinary Hospital
2079 Route 38
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-7404
Cost: $10 per pet photo
Animal House Veterinary Hospital is having its annual photos with Santa. Bring your pets in for pictures with Santa. All proceeds benefit H.E.L.P. - Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets.


   photo courtesy St. Charles Veterinary Clinic


Santa at Pet Night at Woodfield Mall
Sunday, November 13th & 20th, 2016                                                                
Santa Pet Hours: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Woodfield Shopping Center
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-1537
See - for information & photo pricing.        Santa will be having photos with dogs and cats at Grand Court in Woodfield. Pets must be leashed or in carriers. Enter through Door 1 next to Subway.

Santa at Jingle Paws in Schaumburg
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Santa Pet Hours: Noon to 2 pm
Meineke Recreation Center
220 E. Weathersfield Way
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 985-2143
Registration required
Cost: Residents $2 per person; Non-residents $3 per person

Residents Dogs $5 per dog; Non-Residents Dogs $7 per dog
Put some bells on your dog and get his picture with Santa Claus. There will be a treat hunt, an agility course plus a play area. The afternoon will be topped off with a costume contest for the hounds.

South Barrington

Photo of Your Pet with Santa
at Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital in South Barrington
Saturday November 21st, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 3 pm - 6 pm
Sponsor: Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital
Event at: 35 South Barrington Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 310-8668
call to schedule an appointment
Cost: $5 donation per photo goes to The Buddy Foundation
Bring your pet in for a photo—see Dr. House as Santa, 10 minute photo shoot appointments are available.


                               Photo with Santa at Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital


Pet Photos with Santa in South Barrington
Saturday December 5th, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: 12:30pm
Sponsor: South Barrington Park District
Event at: South Barrington Community Center
3 Tennis Club Lane
South Barrington, IL 60106
(847) 381-7515
Cost: $10 residents; $12 non-residents - for the Animal House Shelter
Santa is coming to town to see the pets as well as the kids. Bring your pet in for a photos with Santa and a treat.

South Elgin

Professional Pictures with Santa at Animal Care Clinic in South Elgin
Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Santa Pet & Kids Pictures Hours: 1pm to 3pm
Sponsor: RunFurShelter
Event at: Epic Air Trampoline Park
477 Briargate Drive
South Elgin, IL 60177
For additional information contact Tanya at 224-805-3722
registration required
Cost: Donations appreciated
Come to Epic Air and have either your pet(s), children or family’s picture taken with Santa on his sleigh! A photographer will be on site and will share all photos taken via a website link when you make a pet food or monetary donation. All donations go to support RunFurShelter.


                                                                   Photo courtesy RunFurShelter

Spring Grove

Pet Pictures with Santa at Nature’s Feed in Spring Grove
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Santa Pet Hours: 11 am to 2 pm
Sponsor: Nature’s Feed
Event at: I2440 Westward Drive
Spring Grove, IL 60081
(815) 675-2008
Join us and get pet pictures with Santa Claus. Pictures will be provided electronically in plenty of time for your holiday cards and pictures. While this is a free event donations are requested to benefit the Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock.


Here Comes Santa Paws
Saturday, December 12th, 2015
Santa Pet Hours: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Sponsor: Warrenville Parks
Event at: Warrenville Community Gym                                                                             3 S 240 Warren Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 393-7279
Cost: $5 residents; $10 non-residents
Bring your canine pal and get pictures with Santa Claus. Dog owners will get a goody bag. You can register in advance or at the event. Fee is for a maximum of two dogs.

West Dundee

Santa Pet Pictures in West Dundee
at Spring Hill Mall
Tuesday, November 29th, December 6th & 13th, 2016

Santa Pet Hours: Tuesday, Nov. 29th - 6 pm to 8 pm                                                    Tuesday, December 6th & 13th - 6 pm to 9 pm
Sponsor: Spring Hill Mall
Event at: Spring Hill Mall
Route 59 and Aurora Avenue
West Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 428-2200
No reservations required
Cost: Regular Photo prices apply
Capture your holiday experience with your favorite pet at Spring Hill Mall. Dogs and cats only please.


Santa Claws & Chanukah Hound Pet Photos
Sunday, November 6th, 2015

Santa Pet Hours: Saturday - 11am to 3 pm
Sponsor: Adopt-A-Pet
Wilmette Pet Center                                                                                                     625 Green Bay Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-6750 for an appointment
advance appointments appreciated, walk-ins ok
Cost: $12 for framed photo print - digital package also available.
Framed Holiday photos of your pet with Santa or posed as Chanukah Hound with a menorah and holiday accessories. Free refreshments served. Proceeds Benefit Homeless Pets at Adopt-A-Pet.


                                                                             Photos © Jim Czerwinski


Photo of Your Pet and Family with Santa Claus
at Yorkville Animal Hospital
Saturday, November 28th, December 12th & 19th                                   Friday, December 18th, 2015
Times: for times click on the following LINK
Sponsor: The Yorkville Animal Hospital
Event at: 102 Garden Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
reservations available, not required
(630) 882-6060
Cost: Packages start at $50 - proceeds donated to local animal rescues.
Bring the entire family and your pets to meet Santa Claus and to get professional photos by Burns & Batchelor Photography. Ornaments, greeting cards and photo keepsakes are also available.


                       Santa with the Macaw - photo © Burns & Batchelor Photography


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