Best Places To Take Photos With Santa In Cleveland

December 18, 2015 8:00 AM

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It’s a holiday tradition that goes back as far as to when cameras were first invented…the yearly photos with Santa for children and pets.  Even though it’s crunch time and only eight days remain until Christmas, there are still events and places to get that precious picture of your children and pets taken that will be a keepsake for years to come, plus a special garden where you can take a family portrait as well as have lots of holiday fun.
The Hard Rock Cafe, Cleveland, Ohio (Photo By Mark Horning)

The Hard Rock Cafe in Cleveland (Photo by Mark Horning)

Hard Rock Café
Breakfast and Photos With Santa
230 Huron Road
Cleveland, OH
(216) 344-3859

Bring the kids for a lovely buffet style breakfast with Santa on Saturday. Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20 2015.  A photographer will be available to take photos of the children with Santa Claus (price of photo is included in fee). Breakfast begins as 9 a.m. and reservations must be made in advance by calling (216) 344-3859.  The cost is $14.95 per person.

PETCO Of Fairview Park, Ohio
Pet Photos With Santa
20980 Westgate Mall
Fairview Park, OH
(440) 356-9570

The Berea Animal Shelter will be sponsoring “Pet Photos With Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairview Park PETCO.  The cost is $10.00 and all proceeds will go to the shelter.

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Beechwood Place
Santa Photos Reservations
26300 Cedar Road
Beechwood, OH
(216) 464-9460

If the holidays have you running around in circles trying to get everything done, Beechwood Place has the answer for photos with Santa.  Simply go to the web address listed above and reserve a date and time for your child’s special meeting with Mr. Claus.  Photo packages can be pre-purchased and are required in order to make a reservation date and time. Packages start at $31.99 after discount. For those not wishing to make a reservation, you can pre-purchase a photo package online as well with the same 30 percent off discount.

Holly Hall (aka Township Hall)
Free Photos With Santa
83 North Main St.
Chagrin Falls, OH
(440) 247-0900

Chagrin Falls, Ohio really gets into the spirit of the holiday with a variety of holiday programs.  From now until Dec. 22, children can visit Holly Hall (aka Township Hall) to view the decorative mini tree display and silent auction as well as Santa’s Gift Shop, the Holiday Train Display, Holiday Toy Raffle and free visits with Santa where you can take “selfies” and photos using your own phones or cameras.  There are also carriage rides, caroling, cookies and hot cocoa throughout the holiday season. For more information go online at the address above.

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The Cleveland Botanical Gardens (Photo By Mark Horning)

The Cleveland Botanical Gardens (Photo by Mark Horning)

Cleveland Botanical Gardens
“Glow” Holiday Celebration
11030 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 721-1600

Through Jan. 3, 2016, you can celebrate the holidays with your family by attending “Glow” at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Open Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.  This is the fourth year for “Glow,” and it is quickly becoming a family tradition. Ride the Garden Express Train, take a family photo in front of a two story tree, listen to musicians and carolers, decorate your very own gingerbread house (additional fees charged for this activity), have the children shop in the kid-sized Treetop Shop, purchase yummy treats at Mrs. Claus’s Sweet Shoppe, view evening lighting displays, do your adult shopping at The Garden Store, make a wish at the Wishing Tree or view decorated trees created by the Affiliate Garden Clubs.  Admission is $16 for non-member adults and $12 for non-member children and free to Garden Members. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking HERE or by calling (216) 721-1600 ext. 100.

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